Mardi Gras King Cake Chia Pudding

by Kaitlynn Fenley

I also like to call this Mardi Gras Cheesecake Chia pudding! You may not find a king cake baby in this healthy dessert, but you will find loads of delicious king cake flavor. Enjoy this lightly sweet, nutritious Mardi Gras king cake chia pudding for a snack or dessert.

The History of King Cake

King Cake is eaten in a lot of countries around the world, particularly in predominately Catholic countries. Depending on where you are, king cakes look and taste different. 

The name king cake came about because the cake is traditionally eaten on January 6th (twelfth night). This day represents the day that the three magi (kings) visited baby Jesus to give him gifts. This is also why there’s a plastic baby hidden in most king cakes. 

In Louisiana, King Cake is enjoyed on January 6th through Mardi Gras Day. For Catholic people, this period starts with the Epiphany and ends on Ash Wednesday. In New Orleans, king cake is more than just a Catholic thing… It’s essential to the Mardi Gras celebration. 

Mardi Gras king cakes consist of a cake-like bread dough flavored with cinnamon and vanilla and topped with icing and sprinkles. Normally the cake is shaped in a braided circular pattern to mimic the shape of a king’s crown.

An Easy King Cake Chia Pudding Recipe

Every year, in mid-January my Instagram feed becomes a feed of just king cakes. This always leaves me wanting some Mardi Gras king cake, of course. Now, I will be eating my fair share of actual cake… but the other night when I really wanted king cake, I wasn’t about to bake one. So I decided to try out this idea for Mardi Gras king cake chia pudding!

Looking for Gluten-Free King Cake? Try Out This Healthy Chia Pudding Dessert!

If you want to try baking your own king cake, you totally should! But if you’re lazy on the weekends in the middle of a global pandemic, like I am, this ridiculously easy recipe hits the spot. It’s completely gluten-free and vegan too.

I get asked this question a lot when I post new chia pudding recipes: “where are those cute jars from?” So I’m just going to go ahead and tell you. These are 6-ounce week jars that I bought off Amazon.

Mardi Gras Cheesecake Chia Pudding

The way I make the cream layer in this pudding is very similar to how I make vegan cheesecake, so this recipe has a lot of Mardi Gras cheesecake vibes.

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Mardi Gras King Cake Chia Pudding

I also like to call this Mardi Gras Cheesecake Chia pudding! You may not find a king cake baby in this healthy dessert, but you will find loads of delicious king cake flavor. Enjoy this lightly sweet, nutritious Mardi Gras king cake chia pudding for a snack or dessert.

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: chilled
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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Cinnamon Chia Pudding Layer

  • 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 1 Cup Soy Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Mardi Gras Cheesecake Layer

  • 1 Cup Raw Cashews (soaked for one hour in hot water and drained)
  • 3/4 Cup Soy  Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Toppings

  • Vanilla Granola
  • Crushed Pistachios 
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Mix all the chia pudding layer ingredients in a bowl. Whisk together for about a minute until everything is evenly combined.
  2. Place the chia pudding mixture in the fridge and let it set for 1 hour (or overnight if you want).
  3. Ensure you soaked your cashews for 30 minutes in boiling water, then drain.
  4. Combine all of the Mardi Gras cheesecake layer ingredients in your blender and blend on high until evenly combined and silky smooth.
  5. Evenly split the chia pudding mixture into three small jars (6-ounce jars are pictured here).
  6. Pour the Mardi Gras cheesecake layer on top of the cinnamon chia pudding layer.
  7. Top with granola, pistachios, and  Mardi Gras colored sprinkles
  8. Place the jars in the fridge to set for 2 hours before eating.

Keywords: Mardi Gras, King Cake, Chia, Pudding, cheesecake

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4 comments

Alexandra Grey April 7, 2021 - 11:17 am

I can’t tolerate soy. Would this work with oatmilk?

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Kaitlynn Fenley April 8, 2021 - 7:21 am

yes! Oat milk works perfectly in this recipe.

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Morgen July 12, 2022 - 10:04 pm

When you say to soak the cashews in boiling water for 30 minutes-1 hour, do you pour boiling water over them and let them set (with the water eventually cooling off as it sits) or do you boil the cashews in a pot of water for the full 30 minutes?

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Kaitlynn Fenley July 14, 2022 - 9:46 am

Just pour boiling hot water over them in a bowl and then let them soak.

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