Valley Fig Growers

Chia Seed Pudding & California Fig Relish

Have you ever tried chia pudding? The genius behind this simple recipe is that once chia seeds are introduced to liquid, they plump up and expand. There are many chia pudding recipes out there and you can use whatever kind of milk you enjoy, whether it’s cow’s milk, almondmilk, oat milk, or coconut milk. You can also stir in some yogurt into a chia seed pudding too to thicken it more quickly. Some fresh sliced fruit and our chewy California dried figs on top, and you have the makings of a healthy dessert (or breakfast or snack). Starting your day with California dried figs at breakfast gets your fiber in early, keeping you full longer. A pint mason jar is preferred, though you can use a medium sized bowl—just whisk the ingredients together instead of shaking them as indicated in the instructions below and cover the top with plastic wrap.

Makes 2 servings


Chia Seed Pudding:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Kosher salt

Dried Fig Relish:



  1. Pour the almond milk into your mason jar. Stir in the chia seeds, honey, vanilla, and a dash of kosher salt. Cap and seal the jar. Give it a few spirited shakes to ensure even distribution of the chia seeds with the other ingredients. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Remove four California Figs, from the total amount, stemming and thinly slicing them. Set them aside.
  3. Make the fig fruit relish: With the remaining figs, stem and finely dice.  Stir the figs and strawberries together in a small bowl with the strawberries until combined.
  4. Assemble the chia pudding cups: Slide the slices of figs down the walls of two glass tumblers, pressing them into the glass if needed so they adhere. Divide half the chia pudding between both glasses. Top each with the fig and strawberry fruit relish. 

Recipe and photo by Annelies Zijderveld

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Nutrition Information

amount per serving

  • Calories 400
  • % Calories from Fat 18%
  • Fat 8
  • Cholesterol 0
  • Protein 7
  • Carbohydrates 76
  • Fiber 18
  • Iron 5
  • Sodium 160
  • Calcium 520
  • Potassium 781