Chia with quinoa

Chia with quinoa

1 h
This delightful quinoa and chia pudding is made with milk, skyr, banana, and shredded coconut. The combination of simple but flavourful ingredients results in a creamy pudding full of sweet tropical flavours and earthy undertones. It is a delicious option for breakfast, brunch, or a satisfying snack for cosy afternoons and evenings. Chia with quinoa flakes and fresh fruits is not only easy to prepare but also visually appealing, making it perfect when you are on the lookout for a colourful mood booster.


  • Mix chia seeds, quinoa flakes, and milk in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Mash the banana and add it to the mixture along with shredded coconut and skyr. Adjust the flavour with a pinch of salt if desired.
  • Spoon the mixture into small glasses, top with orange fillets and pomegranate seeds, and serve.

If you prefer a smoother texture in your chia with quinoa flakes, blending it in a high-powered blender can be a great option. By blending the ingredients, you get a creamy consistency like traditional pudding rather than a textured one. To ensure that the seeds have had enough time to plump up, you should not blend the mixture before it has been refrigerated for at least 2 hours.

Questions about chia with quinoa

Chia quinoa pudding with fresh fruits is a tasty, must-try breakfast treat. To learn more about the key ingredients in this recipe, look below, where we have answered questions about how they compare and what they bring.

Can I eat quinoa and chia seeds together?
Yes, you can absolutely eat quinoa and chia seeds together. They can be combined in various recipes, including sweet puddings and porridge, to create a delicious treat. Neither needs to be cooked but can simply be prepared as a hands-free overnight mixture. Quinoa adds a nutty flavour, while chia seeds contribute a gel-like consistency and mild, nutty taste. Together, they provide a satisfying blend of textures and flavours.
Are quinoa and chia the same?
Quinoa and chia seeds are not the same but share some similarities. Quinoa is a grain-like seed from South America, known for its protein content and nutty flavour. Chia seeds, on the other hand, are tiny black or white seeds derived from the Salvia Hispanica plant. They have a mild, nutty taste. While both are versatile ingredients, their main difference lies in texture and usage. Quinoa flakes are processed quinoa seeds flattened into flakes, convenient for quick cooking and baking. Chia seeds, in their whole form, are often soaked to create a gel-like consistency suitable for puddings and smoothies.
How long does chia with quinoa last in the fridge?
When properly stored in an airtight container, overnight chia with quinoa flakes can typically last in the fridge for 3-4 days. The chia seeds and quinoa will continue to absorb liquid during this time, resulting in an increasingly thicker texture. However, the exact duration of freshness may vary depending on the specific recipe and ingredients used. It is important to check for any signs of spoilage, such as an off odour or unusual texture, before consuming.


Chia with quinoa
Quinoa flakes
75 ml
Chia seeds
3 tbsp
Skimmed Arla Cravendale Milk
200 ml
Shredded coconuts
3 tbsp
Arla® Skyr
300 ml
Of fine salt
1 pinch
Orange, in fillets
Pomegranate seeds
100 g

Make an overnight quinoa chia breakfast

This hands-off recipe allows you to prepare a simple chia with quinoa overnight. The milk hydrates the chia seeds and makes their texture go from crunchy to tender. Both chia seeds and quinoa flakes are mild tasting but add subtle earthiness and delicious nutty undertones. The subtleness of their flavour allows them to pair seamlessly with a range of more flavourful ingredients to create a well-rounded eating experience.

Banana and shredded coconut in the base

To flavour the quinoa and chia pudding and balance the earthiness of the two main ingredients, mashed banana and shredded coconut are added to the base. Both infuse the pudding with sweet, tropical flavours that pair nicely with the nuttiness. In addition to enhancing the flavours, the banana and shredded coconut also impact the texture. While the small pieces of coconut add crunch and chewiness, the banana helps to ensure a rich texture. If you like the idea of using bananas this way, we have a wealth of great breakfast recipes with bananas for you to choose from. For example, have a look at our smoothie bowl with oats, dragon fruit smoothie bowl, and raspberry smoothie bowl.

A fresh topping with orange and pomegranate

Orange and pomegranate seeds make for a vibrant pairing in terms of flavour as well as colour. The mix of red and orange looks beautiful against the creamy off-white backdrop of the pudding, enticing you to grab your spoon and dig in. The jewel-like pomegranate seeds have a refreshing, sweet-tart taste that pairs very well with the sweet and slightly acidic taste of the orange fillets, creating a balanced and vibrant flavour profile. The pomegranate seeds also have a signature texture. They are juicy and crunchy at the same time, while the orange fillets are generally soft and juicy. When combined, you get juiciness from both fruits, softness from the orange, and a slight crunch from the pomegranate seeds. This ensures a chia quinoa pudding with plenty of taste and texture.

Make your own version

If you want to experiment, you can change up the base flavourings as well as the toppings. For example, switch out the shredded coconut with chopped nuts or dried fruits such as dates that will add flavour and texture in a similar way. You can also use your favourite spices to infuse the pudding with flavour. Warming ones like sweet-spicy cinnamon, aromatic cardamom, or earthy turmeric, which will also add a dash of colour, are good choices. When it comes to toppings, you can use any of your favourite fresh fruits and berries to brighten the chia with quinoa and add freshness. For instance, try a classic tart-sweet combination like strawberries and raspberries, or opt for a tropical twist with mango and kiwi berries. The creamy, nutty pudding will taste delicious with just about any type of fresh or dried fruit.