Chia Pudding with Coconut Milk and Berries 

1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the coconut milk, chia seeds, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla extract. Stir well to ensure the chia seeds are evenly distributed and not clumping together. 2. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes, then stir again to prevent the chia seeds from settling at the bottom.

1. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. The chia seeds will absorb the liquid and expand, creating a thick, pudding-like consistency.

1. While the chia pudding is setting, prepare the berry topping. In a small bowl, combine the mixed berries, lemon juice, and honey or maple syrup. Gently toss to coat the berries evenly. 2. Let the berry mixture sit for about 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

1. Once the chia pudding has set, give it a good stir to ensure it's evenly mixed. 2. Spoon the chia pudding into serving bowls or jars, filling each about two-thirds full. 3. Top with the prepared berry mixture, dividing it evenly among the servings.

1. If desired, add fresh mint leaves, shredded coconut, and/or nuts or seeds to garnish each serving. 2. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Consistency: Adjust the consistency of the chia pudding by varying the amount of coconut milk. For a thicker pudding, use less coconut milk; for a thinner consistency, use more. 

Sweetness: The level of sweetness can be adjusted to taste. You can also experiment with different sweeteners, such as agave syrup, stevia, or coconut sugar.

Flavor Variations: Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or cocoa powder to the chia pudding mixture for a flavor twist. You can also mix in a bit of matcha powder for a green tea flavor.

Layering: For a more visually appealing dessert, layer the chia pudding and berry mixture in clear jars or glasses. Alternate layers of pudding and berries, finishing with a layer of berries on top.

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