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Breakfast for Runners: Coffee Chia Puddings 3 Ways

Sep 26, 2020 | Nutrition, Nutrition for Running, Pre Run Training Nutrition, Run Fuelling | 4 comments

Coffee Chia Puddings 3 Ways

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. But it hasn’t always been that way…

When I was younger I had a poor relationship with breakfast, I wanted to sleep as long as possible (ha wow I’ve changed), didn’t think I liked cereal and was super fussy with food. My poor Mum tried everything to get me to eat before school, driving me to my before school childcare with a pain au chocolat, or getting up to make me eggs when I was older.

Thankfully things changed when I was at uni and I’d actively look forward to brekkie (weirdly this obsession with breakfast started when I tried the Special K diet – but switched it to Bran Flakes!)

Coffee Chia Puddings 3 Ways

There’s a whole section in my book on pre-run breakfast and it seems that a lot of you on instagram have asked for more breakfast and pre-run meals/snacks!

Coffee Chia Puddings 3 Ways

Chia Seeds are a great source of protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, iron and calcium. They make a great post-run breakfast combined with fruit or yogurt for a carb/protein combo.

Cold Brew Chia Pudding – 3 Ways

Serves: 1



  • 120ml // ½ cup cold brew (I used Califa Farms Almond Milk Black & White Cold Brew Coffee) 
  • 20g // 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 5ml // 1 tsp maple syrup or honey, or to taste

Dirty Chai

  • ½ tsp chai spice mix (below)
  • 2g // 1 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 60g // ½ medium banana, chopped

Chai Spice Mix

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • Pinch black pepper

Coffee Chia Puddings 3 Ways

Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • 60g / ¼ cup pumpkin or butternut squash puree 
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice or mixed spice (see recipe below)
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans

Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cloves

Coffee Chia Puddings 3 Ways


  • 2.5g / ½ tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp mini dark chocolate chips
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Optional: 30g // 2 tbsp plain greek or plant based yogurt to top


  1. In a bowl or jar, combine cold brew and chia seeds, stirring to combine until there are no lumps. Add in desired flavourings such as chai spice, pumpkin or mocha.
  2. Place in the refrigerator. Let sit for at least 1 hour,  or overnight until set.
  3. Finish with desired toppings before eating. 

This Coffee Chia Puddings 3 Waysis a quick brekkie to take to work or eat after a run/workout when you’re in a hurry as it can all be prepared ahead. Guaranteed to impress your colleagues!



  1. Pauline Ridel

    I bought some chia seeds and was googling recipes, so thanks for this Charlie !

  2. AtoZrunning

    OOoo! These look so yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Karen Flanagan

    Your photographs are always beautifully taken

  4. margaret

    Hi Charlie, love your posts! What do you think about supplements? I have never tried them but I cannot seem to lose any weight no matter what diet I try and for how long. Please let me know what you think!


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