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Key Lime Chia Recipe

Take regular key-lime pie and up it a few notches – and you’ve got a Key Lime Chia Recipe! The chia seed and almond milk make it vegan and gluten free. Plus, it’s no bake! Perfect for a refreshing breakfast or dessert.
Two tiny jars.

Key Lime. It’s so fresh and tart. It reminds me of vacation. And even if you can’t travel somewhere tropical, it’s such a perfect getaway dessert and it has such a fun and unique history. A bite of it will immediately transport you to somewhere tropical and hot. This chia pudding is just like the real-deal – minus the calories. It’s filled with a creamy chia seed pudding, and topped with a vegan cashew mousse on top. So good and healthy. Go ahead – make this Key Lime Chia Recipe for breakfast!

The main players.

Truth time? We didn’t have key limes. We were able to find regular limes, and those worked. If you’re able to find key limes, grab them. Key limes are smaller, more fragrant and have a more floral and delicate flavor. Here’s an in-depth article about the differences between the two limes. But, for the sake of this pudding, we still enjoyed the flavors with a regular lime. Additionally, we added a teaspoon of matcha powder, which lends its vibrant green coloring to the mousse.

Such a pretty little mess.

The chia pudding is made by starting with the basic chia pudding recipe. Combine 1/4 cup of chia seeds with 1 cup of coconut milk. Then, add a teaspoon of lime zest and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Stir, and let sit overnight.

Soak 1/2 cup of cashews in hot water for about 30 minutes, then drain. Toss the soaked cashews, 6 tablespoons of coconut milk, zest of one lime, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1/4 cup of lime juice, and 1 teaspoon of matcha powder. Blend until smooth.

Spoon the chia pudding evenly into jars, and top with mousse! Top with a wedge of lime if you’re feeling fancy. All done!

Now go ahead – enjoy dessert for breakfast.

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A few quick notes on the Key Lime Chia Pudding.

  • A few tools make this recipe easier. We recommend a food processor similar to this one.
  • To get the vibrant green color, we use matcha powder. We get our matcha powder from Trader Joes, but this one gets good reviews and you can order it with 2 day shipping.

Key Lime Chia Pudding

Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert


  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 6 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 lime zest


  • Make chia pudding by mixing 1/4 cup of chia seeds with 1 cup of coconut milk. Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, and 1 teaspoon of lime zest. Stir, spoon into 4 tiny containers, and let sit overnight in fridge.
  • Drain cashews and place in food processor.
  • Add 6 tablespoons coconut milk, 1/4 cup of lime juice, 4 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1 teaspoon matcha powder, and zest of one lime.
  • Blend until creamy and spoon onto top of chia pudding.

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