Strawberry Seed Porridge

These days I wake up thinking things like, “I wonder what would happen if I threw a pile of chia seeds in my Vitamix and spun the living daylights out of them?”, or, “I wonder if soaked chia seeds would make a good base for ice cream?”, which leads to, “If I used chia seeds as an ice cream base, I wonder what will happen when I churn it?”.  And then I start thinking about cashew butter and coconut cream, and how many new ways there could be to make ice cream, and how completely awesome it would be if I figured it out.  And then my head explodes and I climb into the green leather chair by the window with a large mug of peppermint tea and an indeterminate number of cats.  If that chair had rockers I’d be rocking back and forth and singing “La la la la la”.

Sometimes I wish I could turn my brain off.  Or at least put it on pause so that I can catch up with the 114 draft posts I have sitting in my folder.  I blame that Bailor bloke for getting me all inspired and excited.  I also blame him for my new back-fat-less look.

This recipe needed no further experimentation or special fixin’ – I did all the fiddling a month or so back.  Strawberry Seed Porridge has now become a breakfast staple at the Brown house.  It’s fast, simple, easy and delicious.  Plus, it makes cereal seem like chomping on cardboard.

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Whip it up the night before so it’s ready the instant your feet hit the floor – bar finding a clean spoon and giving it a quick stir.  I often make a huge batch on a Sunday night, divide it into Pyrex glass bowls and stack them in the ‘fridge.  Then, as I zoom through the kitchen on my way out the door in the morning, I grab one.   20 minutes later I am at my desk enjoying a sweet bowl of scrumptious *SANEity.  Even quicker than cereal.  HA.

Strawberry Seed Porridge

The texture is creamier and softer if made the night before.  One more night-before advantage – you can throw in the frozen fruit and voila!  When you pad bleary-eyed into the kitchen, the fruit is defrosted, the chia seeds are soft, and the texture is thick and creamy.  A swift stir and your porridge is done.

I’ve also served this up for dessert to a chorus of “Yum!”s around the table.  If you do a big batch once a week you will also have a stash in the ‘fridge for those scary moments when you get the munchies and want something sweet.  Whip out a bowl of this and you’ve got a super *SANE snack right at your fingertips.

*SANE over cereal EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Strawberry Seed Porridge
Author: Carrie Brown |
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Serves: 2
  • 1 1/3 cups / 14 fl oz. unsweetened thin coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 lb / 450g fat-free Greek Yoghurt
  • 1/2 lb / 225g frozen strawberries
  1. Pour the coconut milk in a mixing bowl or large Pyrex glass bowl.
  2. Add the chia seeds and stir immediately to stop the seeds sticking together.
  3. Add the yoghurt and stir well.
  4. Add the frozen strawberries.
  5. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  6. In the morning, give the mixture a good stir until completely mixed.



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  • Cathi - I just bought a bag of chia seeds and can’t wait to make this. Just one question: is it coconut milk from a can or the kind for drinking? Thanks a bunch!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Cathi – thanks for stopping by! I used the regular unsweetened coconut milk in a carton – the kind you’d buy for drinking.ReplyCancel

  • cs - A pound of Greek yogurt aka 16 oz? Is that correct for two servings? Sounds like a lot with the fruit and coconut milk.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - When I do that recipe amount it makes me two breakfasts…you may well find you eat less. I have a hearty appetite :-) If those portions are too big for you then you’ll have breakfast for another day ready in advance :-)ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - This looks awesome and I saw it in Jonathan Bailor’s newsletter yesterday. I have a question though… I am unfamiliar with chia seeds and this morning after having the bag opened for a few weeks in the cupboard, I realized that I am supposed to put it in the refrigerator after opening. Does this mean my chia seeds are bad and I should throw them out now? I am going to make this recipe asap though! Looks amazing!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Store chia seeds in a glass or plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid. The antioxidants in the chia seeds allow them to be stored for months in a dark, cool place. I do not refrigerate my chia seeds and they are still working their magic!ReplyCancel

  • Shelley - I made this with peaches today. It was great!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Peaches are not the SANEst fruit, but they are far SANEr than any cereal, and they taste fantastic! I bet it was delicious…great idea to mix it up.ReplyCancel

  • DrTusk - Pretty tasty, although I sprinkled a little Truvia on it. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • carrie - Dr. Tusk – don’t tell anyone, but when I make it with blueberries I add a little bit of xylitol ;-) Thanks for stopping by and I love that you enjoyed this.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Hi Carrie. Great! Love it. Made it with Almond milk and added yoghurt and fruit. Very filling. Thank youReplyCancel

  • carrie - Michelle – good substitute on the almond milk if that’s what you prefer. I like the lighter taste of coconut milk, so you get more fruit flavor, but either is absolutely fine! Thrilled you love it! THANKS for stopping by.ReplyCancel

  • Dan Evers - I’ve just made my second batch of this. I love it!
    I’ve also added blueberries, walnuts, and bananas to mine. I also sweetened it with a bit of honey. Great alternative to cereal.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Thrilled that you love it, Dan! THANK YOU for swinging by…hugely appreciate your support.ReplyCancel

  • Mic - Made this with mixed berries last night to feed myself and my family for the week. I love this recipe its sooooo good! My one year old usually fights me when trying to feed her breakfast, but this morning when I gave her a bowl of this she ate the whole thing and wanted more! This recipe is a life saver!ReplyCancel

  • AlpacaMama - You’ll enjoy this with frozen raspberries too but may want some additional sweetener. Only problem is when I have this for an afternoon snack, I don’t have room for dinner. Is that normal?ReplyCancel

    • carrie - I do it with blueberries, but do add some Xylitol as they are not as sweet as strawberries. I adore raspberries, so looking forward to that version! It is very filling, so I would say yes it is normal to be full after eating it! THANK YOU for taking time to comment.ReplyCancel

  • Diana - What kind of chia seeds do you use? The ones at my local store were black.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - I use black, sometimes white looks prettier, but there’s no difference otherwise :-)ReplyCancel

  • Doug - My sweetie-pie and I enjoyed this one today! It’s a great recipe. And all the ingredients can be obtained at Trader Joe’s — for less than other grocery stores, too. Awesome. This is a keeper. We’re going to try the cottage cheese-based SANE “Rice Pudding” next.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Doug – this is probably the thing I make most! I absolutely love it :-)ReplyCancel

  • Doug - I forgot to mention: We added about a quarter cup of sugar-free vanilla syrup (from another of your recipes) to this mixture before stashing it in the fridge last night. The idea was to reduce a bit of the hardcore greek yogurt tang. It worked, of course, but the strawberries are so sweet that it may not really be necessary.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hey Doug, I don’t find it tangy, but the other trick is to add a touch of salt to counteract the tang.ReplyCancel

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  • Matilda - So I made this recipe yesterday. I was like omg there is so much, there is no way this is going to serve 2, more like 4.
    Then the morning came and I put some in my bowl and I gobbled it all up. This is my new fav (summer) porridge.
    I also slightly modified the recipe because I didn’t have enough frozen strawberries, but I had organic home grown boysenberries and used those, and did the trick.
    I give it 5 stars for taste and ease of recipe.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - THANK YOU, Matilda! This is still my favorite week-day SANE breakfast :-) Boysenberries sound awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - Just made my second batch of this Porridge. Love it! It’s the :)

    Roasted turkey casserole in the oven. My house smells Mmmmmmmm. My doggie loves all the new smells I conjure up and stays in the kitchen with me while I cook…whimpering and hoping to get a taste. :) She’s so cute.

    Thank you for all your dedication to creating delicious SANE recipes. I am not a cook by any stretch of the imagination, but your recipes inspire me!

    Also, I love listening to you and Mr. Bailor on your podcasts. I have listened to them all and am always anxiously awaiting the next podcast. :) I preach the Smarter Science of Slim everywhere I go.

    Much thanks to both of you. SANE eating and exercising is the only way to go. :) :) :)

    Much love and much SANITY!!

    • carrie - Stacy – THANK YOU so much for your kind words. Makes my heart happy to hear you getting so much pleasure out of your SANEity!!!ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla - Can’t wait to make this… I’ve had Chia seeds for a couple of months now… gotta go get some coconut milk. Just curious, have you tried heating this? Would it change the taste or mess up the recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Simone - This is the third recipe I have tried this week. Loved Creamy Lemon Coconut cereal and Hot and Nutty Cereal but this is something else! Tastes far too good to be SANE!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - I love the Strawberry Seed Porridge!!! So glad you are enjoying all the recipes, Simone :-)ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - I’ve made this a couple times now. We all love it. My son even asks for it, which is saying a lot. I used almond milk because that’s what I had and I added some sweetener because it was a little too tart for the kids. Thank you for this! One question, what is the serving size? Thx.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn - This stuff is awesome!! Delicious and so satisfying. Carrie, thank you for everything you and Jonathan do!ReplyCancel

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  • Nancy - This is the first SANE recipe I’ve tried. Making my 2nd batch now. Yum. And easy. I’m new to the coconut milk scene. How long does a carton last in the refrigerator after opening? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Nancy – I have kept coconut milk in the ‘fridge for 10 days and it’s been fine.ReplyCancel

  • GTL - This is great. I’ve made it about six times in the last 3 weeks. Here’s a challenge: Can you work on a SANE potato or corn chip? I miss crunchy, salty foods.

    Thanks again for posting these recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Carl Smith - Hi, I made this yesterday and had it this morning and loved it.
    Just a quick question. Am i meant to grind up the chia seeds.
    Thanks CarlReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Carl – you can do either. I left them unground because I love the texture – reminds me of tapioca or rice pudding, but if you want it smoother feel free to grind away!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Hi Carrie! I’m new to SANE and just trying to figure out where to buy all these ingredients that are new to me. Can you give me some guidance on buying coconut milk? Canned or carton? Are some brands more SANE than others? What area of the grocery store do you find canned?? Also, is Xylitol available in regular grocery stores? Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

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