Ambrosia is one of our favorite breakfast treats when there's lots of fresh fruit, especially during strawberry season. You can variate the fruit–you aren't stuck with pineapple, grapes and strawberries. I've used bananas, oranges, blueberries, canned fruit, frozen fruit, and any variety that you enjoy! Just keep in mind color variety and make sure the flavors blend well. Choose two or three kinds of fruit and have fun! The texture is like a tapioca pudding, because all the chia seeds swell up into little beads. Try it! You're in for a real treat! 🙂 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, fruit
Prep Time 45 minutes
Refrigeration Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings 11 cups
Calories 181 kcal


MIX ahead in a quart jar:

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds (white works best)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice concentrate OR any other sweetener
  • 14 oz coconut milk

SHORTLY before serving, prepare your fruit.

  • 1 can pineapple chunks
  • 2 cups seedless grapes cut in half
  • 4 cups strawberries sliced


MIX ahead of time in a quart jar:

  1. MIX the coconut milk, pineapple juice concentrate, and vanilla.

  2. ADD the chia seeds and mix well with a fork OR a wire whisk.

  3. WAIT 5 minutes and mix again.

  4. REPEAT this a few times until all the chia seeds are well mixed without any lumps.

  5. REFRIGERATE for at least 4 hours OR overnight.

JUST before serving:

  1. CUT the fruit in bite-size chunks.

  2. MIX the fruit with the coconut-chia pudding.

  3. SERVE it cold in a nice glass bowl. You can top it with fresh strawberries for more color.

Recipe Notes

This makes a nice holiday dish for breakfast, supper, or dessert.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 338mg10%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 41mg50%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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