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Eat Well Feb. 12. 2014

Tart Cherry Chia Pudding

Feb. 12. 2014
McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN


Not only is February the official National Cherry Month, but also Valentines day is just around the corner. Many of you are wondering what to make for yourself or your sweet, today I’m here to share with you all a delicious tart cherry inspired recipe + a GIVEAWAY! I’m so thrilled to share with you some really exciting products and goodies in this giveaway, which is also the first here on Nutrition Stripped.

I’m picky about what products I choose to giveaway, because I want them to reflect my personal views and preferences here on Nutrition Stripped, this giveaway is all that and more. So not only are you getting a delicious recipe perfect to celebrate healthy eating this Valentines day, but also a chance to enter an awesome giveaway to receive some really yummy prizes!

Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the National Cherry Month #GoTart Campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free samples of tart cherries mentioned in this post from the Cherry Marketing Institute. I was compensated for my time. Honest opinions expressed are 100% my own.

So let’s get to the juicy part, what does the [giveaway include]?

  • A Year’s Supply of Dried Tart Cherries and Tart Cherry Juice,
  • a KitchenAid 7-Quart Mixer,
  • Le Creuset 4.5- Quart Dutch Oven,
  • and an Anthropologie Apron!

How to enter // simply fill out the box in the link below with your information and you’ll be entered to win. >>> Click this link! GIVEAWAY and be sure to “SHARE” with your friends via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

NOTE: Entering in the Comments section DOES NOT enter you in the giveaway- please click the link above 😉

3 facts about tart cherries and why I’m lovin’ them this month:
  1. Love the tart? For fruits and vegetables, a sour taste is often a cue for more phytonutrient compounds inside.
  2. Tart cherries contain anthocyanins, a flavonoid that contributes to the ruby-red color and distinguishing flavor.
  3. Dried and frozen tart cherries are rich in vitamin A.
Tart Cherry Chia Pudding
Recipe Type: dessert
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2
A delicious, sweet and slightly tart cherry chia pudding made with all natural ingredients and no added sugar. GF VGN Raw
  • 1 cup tart cherries, frozen
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup tart cherry juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • GARNISH // optional tart dried cherries, dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  1. In a small bowl, combine chia seeds and cherry juice and coconut milk. Allow this to soak for at least 30 minutes or until the chia seeds have absorbed most of the liquid creating a thick gel.
  2. In a food processor or high speed blender, pour the chia seed mixture into the blender will all remaining ingredients and blend until creamy.
  3. Pour in the bowl/glass/cup you’re serving in.
  4. Garnish with sprinkling chocolate chips on top or additional tart cherries, fresh, frozen or dried.
  5. Enjoy!

I hope you all enjoy this recipe, be sure to “SAVE” it for later in your Recipe Box or PIN IT for inspiration in the kitchen.

Good luck to you all that enter this giveaway!

xx McKel

The Recipe

Serves 2



  • 1 cup tart cherries, frozen
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup tart cherry juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • GARNISH // optional tart dried cherries, dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs


  1. In a small bowl, combine chia seeds and cherry juice and coconut milk. Allow this to soak for at least 30 minutes or until the chia seeds have absorbed most of the liquid creating a thick gel.
  2. In a food processor or high speed blender, pour the chia seed mixture into the blender will all remaining ingredients and blend until creamy.
  3. Pour in the bowl/glass/cup you’re serving in.
  4. Garnish with sprinkling chocolate chips on top or additional tart cherries, fresh, frozen or dried.
  5. Enjoy!

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  • Nicole

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to give this a try. Tart cherries are perfect for after an intense workout since they help soothe sore muscles. Looking forward to having this as my post-long run recovery snack!

    • Yes they are! I love them post and pre-workout as well for that very reason. Hope you enjoy it!

  • dana

    after a workout I like tart cherry juice

    • Smart way to do- tart cherries have been shown to help reduce inflammation with exercise 😉

  • Karen Scobey

    AWESOME giveaway McKel! Count me entered 🙂

    [email protected]

  • itzia

    this tart cherry chia pudding looks like the perfect way to #GoTart

  • Kat*

    This looks beautiful! I have never tried Chia pudding before and am new to the blog, but it has just moved straight to the top of my list. 🙂 Tart cherries are amazing – I can’t eat cranberries, but these provide the perfect tang with just a hint of sweetness, it really wakes up my tastebuds! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Hi Kat,
      I hope you enjoy the pudding- chia puddings are fantastic and so easy to make 😉

  • Beth Brower

    Love dried cherries. I use them with apples in a sald that I am asked to repeat. They are part of my sons fuel food as well.

  • Michelle Von Almen

    Love all the giveaways!

  • Lindsay

    Entered! Also, can i just have that kitchenaid mixer! I’m going to pray for it! Love your stuff and so proud of all you have accomplished girl 🙂

    • Haha! I wish I could say you could- you’ll find out soon enough! Hope you love the recipe dear 😉

  • Josephine

    Making this right now – thanks for the recipe! Ah this is an amazing giveaway!

  • Cathryn

    Amazing giveaway! I’m all over anything tart too – especially in my smoothies. 🙂

  • Beth Roessner

    Chia puddings are a new obsession.

  • Great giveaway. I love using cherry juice in my smoothies!

  • Cherries! I was never a fan of maraschino cherries due to their heavy processing, but cherries in their natural state are delicious! Great post and fantastic recipe!

  • This looks so refreshing! 🙂

  • Yi Leng

    Is this giveaway international? 🙂

  • Looking delicious! Can’t wait to try this one! 🙂 Just came along your blog and have to say that i already love it!

  • Nicole

    Looks delish!

  • I love tart cherry jam in greek yogurt or on toast.

  • Annie

    yum, I love cherries and I love the color red!

  • What an awesome giveaway & recipe! I enjoy tart cherries usually as my night snacks- i love munching on partially thawed ones with mixed nuts… mmm

  • Cherries are one of my favorite fruits! I seriously buy a bag every time I go to the store when they’re in season. Great giveaway!

  • Kim Moore

    I too absolutely detested the maraschino cherries as a kid and recently found REAL cherries! They are a bajillion times better, haha. Great post and giveaway!

  • Rose

    I love tart cherries on top of yogurt – and I am definitely going to have to check out this recipe!

  • Yum! This is a great recipe! Planning a cherry-cacao-goji berry smoothie for a festive V-day breakfast! Thanks for sharing!

  • LOVE THIS (recipe + giveaway!). Frozen cherries are my go-to when I’m craving a sweet snack anytime of the day. #gotart

  • Kathy Wendenhof

    Thanks for sharing what looks like a very lovely dessert!
    Loving me some cherries!!!

  • Looks amazing! Yum!

  • Cherries + chocolate are always a good match, too. 🙂

  • Gabrielle nourishyourday

    I love to snack on dried tart cherries as they taste delicious and aren’t too sweet. They also work perfectly added to granola mix

  • Jennifer

    I agree Janet! What could be better than chocolate and cherries! This looks amazing!

  • Sam

    The colours are so pretty! This makes me want to make some cherry icecream! My favourite! Omnomnom!

  • Georgia

    Cherries right off the stem or in a cup are the perfect way to #gotart!

  • Robyn

    It looks so cute and pretty!! Can’t wait to try this tomorrow 😀

  • Natalie

    I have not tried the tart cherries yet; however, I assume they are delicious because I love all of your recipes. I will be picking these up this weekend.

  • Marie

    Tart cherries are perfect in homemade granola bars – almonds, dates, cherries, chocolate chips, agave nectar, hemp seeds, chia seeds – delicious!

  • Erin

    Looks yummy! Great recipe

  • Dasha

    Amazing give away!!!! I’ have all the ingredients on hand gonna make this!!!! I love chia pudding never though of making it with tart cherries !

  • Lisa

    Where does one find tart cherry juice? I assume I can find at my local organic store. Any good brand options?

  • Leah King

    I LOVE pure cherry juice! It makes me feel totally reenergized! This giveaway is so fantastic, my fingers are crossed 🙂

  • Miranda Naylor

    I never think to have tart cherries but this sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Stacie


  • Jess

    I’m absolutely trying this recipe out! These pics are making my mouth water. Cherries are my absolute favorite #gotart :0

  • Danielle Rateau

    Amazing giveaway!

  • Callie

    I never would have thought to try this combination, but this looks delicious. I have my heart set on that red creuset!

  • Erica

    LOVE cherries. I was gifted some tart cherry juice when I was having trouble sleeping. Not 100% sure if it helped me sleep better but it was delicious lol.

  • Jill

    Cherries are my favorite! I’ve never tried cherry juice. Can’t wait to try it in this recipe.

  • Joanna

    I love cherries, but have never baked or cooked with them, so I’m excited to try this for the first time AND with chia seeds!!!

  • Shana

    Looks delish! Perfect Valentines dessert!

  • Sara Bantle

    So fun! I love chia puddings and this just takes it to a whole new amazing level!

  • Amy

    This looks so good!

  • Parisa Soraya

    Yum!! Dried cherries are my favorite!! They are so hard to come by though and I’m excited about this giveaway. I love the smoothie #gotart idea.

  • Stacey

    I’ll be honest… I’ve not done much in my life with tart cherries (though I do have a shameful past that involved a slight Shirley Temple addiction… Heh), but I would certainly be inspired with these items! Maybe make my own, healthier Shirley Temple (RIP) to start!

  • Misty

    So making this!

  • Celeste Yeung

    Looks delicious

  • Stacey

    Oh! Actually, we just made adorable mini tart cherry pies for our daughter’s first bday party!!! Totally forgot about that for a minute…. They were a total HIT and I didn’t get a one, haha. I’d make those again:)

  • Marlies

    It’s been too long since I’ve had tart cherries! This smoothie sounds like the perfect way to change that 🙂

  • Mmmmm, this cherry pudding looks like raw heaven! I absolutely love how you make your recipes nourishing and healthy. That’s what I try to apply to my recipes too. Thanks for your inspiration!

  • Amy

    I’m from Oregon…where we grow the most delicious cherries you’ve ever eaten! This recipe is perfect and I’m excited to add it to my repertoire. Thank you.

  • Kathleen

    I’m becoming more and more obsessed with your blog and Instagram page every day. You are so inspirational! I can’t wait to try this- especially since I just got a big bag of chia seeds from Costco! Thank you for sharing the recipe. 🙂

    • Hi Kathleen, THANK YOU! That’s so kind of you to say, I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. Best to you-

  • Beatriz

    I don’t know what’s more marvelous, this recipe or this giveaway! Thank you, as always!

  • Tegan

    I love using tart cherries in bliss balls with cacao, medjool dates, coconut and raw nuts. I can’t wait to try the Tart Cherry Chia pudding 🙂 #GoTart

  • kayla

    this looks so delicious. i would almost consider this a really thick smoothie instead of a pudding? mhmmmm can’t wait to make it!

  • Terra

    I love just eating plain dried tart cherries. Perfect balance of sweet and sour.

  • Oh my goodness, this sounds awesome! I’d make this recipe first, but I also love smoothies, and since tart cherries are good for reducing muscle soreness, I’d enjoy a whole bunch blended up post-workout!

  • Alicia

    Cherries are my favorite smOothie fruit. They add the perfect amount of sweet and tart to balance out veggie-heavy smoothies.

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes

    Delicious! Thanks for providing so many healthy delicious recipes. As a fellow dietitian, I am glad to see more blogs like yours out there providing solid information! Yum – Cherry chia.

  • Hillary

    This looks amazing! I love cherries, dried, fresh, frozen! I can’t wait for them to come into season. One of my favorite recipes my mom has is a dark chocolate cookie that calls for dried cherries.

    On a side note: I am a dietetic intern going through my rotations and taking the test at the end of august. Do you have any tips or words of wisdom?

    • Oooo that sounds awesome! Check out my blog post called “tips for future dietitians…”

  • Lauren

    YUM! I’ve always loved the tart cherry and dark chocolate combo but only used it in my granolas or oatmeal. I will definitely be devouring this. Maybe I’ll get a little crazy and pour some choco-cherry granola on top of my tart cherry chia pudding? 🙂 #GoTart

  • Cassandra

    Ah amazing! 2 of my dream items in my dream color!

  • Deborah H

    Thanks for the terrific give-away and for the recipe! I LOVE cherries and this looks like an amazing way to enjoy them 🙂

  • Shannon

    Yum! I’ve actually made chia seed pudding topped with whole tart cherries, but I love the idea of blending the cherries into it! Can’t wait to try it.

  • laura

    This looks delicious. Now to get my boyfriend to make it for me tomorrow so I don’t have to do any of the work… 🙂

  • Samantha

    I can’t wait to make this! I LOVE cherries in smoothies- so good! #GoTart !!

  • Tracey G.

    This sounds like a perfect healthy treat 🙂 Can’t wait to try it out! Also, I’m new to you blog but I’ve been loving it!

  • I LOVE cherries! I just posted a recipe yesterday for a Cherry Balsamic glaze! I am definitely going to try this recipe, as I have never made chia pudding with cherries even though I adore chia seed pudding! Thank you for the delicious recipe!

  • Emily L

    I’ve never tried tart cherries before so I can’t wait to try this out this weekend!

  • Laura

    I love adding dried cherries to trail mix!

  • Lindsey

    I love to snack on cherries or top my oatmeal with them. I have meaning to try a chia seed recipe, though – this one looks delicious!

  • Kara McLeland

    Cherries are my love language!! I spend a lot of time in Michigan with my family, where the cherries are the absolute best. I got married there and we had them in all their various forms… raw cherries, cherry wine, cherry pie, dried cherries on salad… Excited to try this pudding!

    • Haha Kara- they’re so great aren’t they!? That’s such a sweet story, it must’ve been so nice having access to those 🙂

  • lynn

    I love cherries! I need to start finding more recipes for them 🙂

  • Yum! I needed a new recipe for my chia seeds!

  • Isabella

    I have to say I do not love chia pudding but I have a feeling this one will be great!! So obsessed with your blog! xxx

  • Sara M

    I’d forgotten about cherries. What a sad thing.
    But there’s no better way to be reminded than with a good recipe 🙂

  • Lillian

    I love chia pudding and this looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it out! Thank you!!

  • Alicia C

    I love to make dark chocolate bark with tart cherries, pistachios, cocoa nibs & sea salt!

  • My favorite way to #GoTart is to make raw cookie dough bites with cacao nibs, dried cherries, cacao powder and almond butter- yum!:) Thanks for this amazing giveaway!:) Love your blog!

  • Oh man i loveee love love cherries, so this recipe is seriously RIGHT up my ally!

  • April Deters

    This Chia pudding looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Marlene

    I adore just eating dried tart cherries straight out of the bag!

  • Tart cherries + chia pudding + dark chocolate = the perfect combination!

  • jen

    Entered. Thanks for doing such a fun giveaway! Can’t wait to try this recipe too. #GoTart!

  • Donna

    I love tart cherries in smoothies!

  • Ashley

    I love them in smoothies! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • nosogirl

    I’m a fan of cherry pie – that’s my favorite way to enjoy cherries. Second favorite way is to eat them as a snack. I always buy a bag at the grocery when they are in season.

  • This looks amazing! I bet the tart cherries would be great in trail mix with some dark chocolate 🙂

  • Carah cole

    Yum! I’d definitely try a smoothie like this one!

  • Vikki

    Entered. Great Valentine’s idea!

  • Goreti TADA

    Cherries are my favorite fruit!

  • I’ve heard a lot about cherry juice is good for athletes or after you work out, but have yet to give it a try. I love adding tart dried cherries to granola though. BUT, this pudding! Gotta give that a try too!

  • Jo

    Chia + Cherries + Chocolate……Cha-ching!!!!!! “GoTart

  • Paula Kay

    I just bought cherries today

  • Lynne C

    I love sipping on cherry juice and adding it to fruit and veg smoothies! #GoTart

  • Margot

    Love adding tart cherries to homemade chocolate and fudge! The contrast between sweet and sour is so tasty. Definitely want to try this this recipe too! #GotTart

  • Jenn

    This looks delicious and the photography is awesome!

  • Jessica

    Looks delicious!

  • I love tart cherry juice to cool down my muscles after a good workout. 🙂

  • Lauren B

    Can’t wait to try this smoothie recipe – YUM!

  • Kimmy Truong

    I can’t wait to try this out! I’ve recently gotten really into chia and all those superfoods everyone is raving about(:

  • Whitney B

    I’m a new reader of your blog, and I love it! This recipe is one I definitely want to try. I usually add tart cherries to salads or use them to make my favorite — albeit indulgent — homemade ice cream. I look forward to trying something new with them!

    • Hi Whitney,
      Welcome to my blog! So glad you’ve stopped by and are enjoying it! Sounds great for that use of cherries 🙂

  • Kristine

    My favourite way to add cherries to my diet is in my morning smoothie.

  • Deena Buettner

    Your recipes are inspiring. A new way to combine healthy juices and one of my favorite healthy foods, chia seed. This would be good layered with vanilla chia pudding.

  • I love cooking and baking… Cherries are my favorite fruit. I make my own granola and put them there most often, but I also love putting cherries in beef stew for an interesting and sweet twist.. They go great on salads to.. I never knew feb was national cherry month! 🙂 #gotart
    I recently stumbled on this websire and I am hooked.
    I can’t wait to try a lot of these recipes

    • Love it! Thank you so much for sharing and I’m so happy you enjoy Nutrition Stripped, welcome 🙂

  • Alyse Bagley

    I went to FNCE this past year and tried dried tart cherries, and became obsessed!! I cannot wait to try this chia pudding recipe to add to my obsession! I also have a question for you! What type of blender would you recommend for smoothies? My blender has recently given out and I am in the market for a new one. I am a college student, so price is definitely a huge factor. I have looked at quite a few blenders and also bullets, so I am open to trying anything. I would like to get the most product for my money, so any suggestions would be so helpful! Thanks!

    • Hi Alyse,
      Thank you so much for sharing- I think you’ll love this recipe! As far as blenders go, check out my blog post comparing blendtec and vitamix 😉

  • Kasey

    Looks delicious — LOVE adding cherries to my snacks!

  • Vanessa Marin

    I love cherries but I never tried tart cherries! Looking forward to this new recipe thanks 🙂

  • Annie

    Too bad Canadians cannot participate to the givaway!
    But the recipe looks amazing! 🙂

  • Haley

    This is on the to-do list!! Yum, thanks McKel!!

  • Jen

    I love tart cherries on salads. Love tart cherry juice too!

  • abbey

    that looks delicious!

  • Looks delicious. I just bought and received free cherries. I am planning on using them in vegan granola/fruit nut bars.

  • Cheryl

    Can’t wait to try this Tart Cherry Chia Pudding!!!

  • Katherine

    I love the cherry and almond cookie recipe from “Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar”, the balance of the tart cherries and the aroma of almonds is magical! Plus with the health benefits, no better excuse to reach our for more than one…! Now I HAVE to try this pudding recipe! Looks phenomenal!!

  • brianne

    Yumm!! This looks amazing. XO

  • Carol

    Will it keep in the fridge for a few hours or do I need to eat right away?
    Looks delish!

  • Tammi

    Tart cherry chia pudding looks good. Can you tell me the nutritional information for it? Thanks

  • Julie Rose

    Can you clear something up for me with this recipe. Are you using dried tart cherries or whole frozen (not dried) cherries. I thought that I bought the right product to make this (cheribundi frozen cherry packs) but I think that it is just puree and not whole cherries. I love your blog..my unhealthy friends have been wowed by your recipes, especially the raw brownies. Thank You!

    • Both! I use frozen cherries in the pudding and stir dried cherries into it or on top of it! Hope you enjoy and thank you SO much for your kind words and for sharing 😉 xx mh

  • Sharon Prather

    Wanted to make this tomorrow for Valentine’s Day. I can’t seem to find frozen tart cherries. Will the regular frozen sweet cherries work with the rest of the recipe as is.

  • Nicole

    How far in advance can this be made?

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