How to make chia seed pudding

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This Chia Seed Pudding Recipe is so easy, so delicious, and perfect for a paleo or vegan chia seed pudding recipe too! Plus lots of variations and options to make easy chia seed pudding at home!How to make chia seed pudding

Do you know what’s a little crazy about pregnancy? My sweet tooth almost completely disappears and I choose more savory items than sweet. That is not my norm! But after baby comes my sweet tooth returns with a vengeance ready for every sweet item it can get! However, with endocrine issues, and PCOS, it’s always a wise idea for me to lean on natural sweeteners and vegan dessert options that cut the sugar. I’ve loved chia see pudding since I first tried it years ago, and with trying to balance my sweet tooth and need for healthier choices, my favorite chia seed pudding recipe is making a comeback in my life!

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I love chia seed pudding because it’s simple, and it’s easy to justify as a treat or a breakfast. I’ve even added nuts, fruit, and granola and called it lunch before. It takes a little planning ahead since it’s basically an overnight chia seed pudding recipe and that’s just how it’s made, but it’s so worth it!

There’s a lot of tweaks that are easy to make when you’re making Chia Seed Pudding. With all I’ve experimented with and tried, this is my favorite easy Chia Seed Pudding Recipe, and I love that it happens to have a vegan chia seed pudding recipe option with it too!

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

How to make chia seed pudding

Chia Seed Pudding Ingredients

– 2 1/4 cups vanilla almond milk (You can also use coconut, soy, or regular milk)
– 1/2 cup raw chia seeds
– 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
– 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup

  • One note on the milk/liquid used: it’s easy to substitute and replace! If you want to make a paleo chia seed pudding you can go right ahead with the best milk alternative for you. For a creamier option you can use whole milk. If you’re in the market for some fruit flavoring, add some juice to the milk.

How to make chia seed pudding

How to Make Chia Seed Pudding

This is the easy part that even the most novel of cooks can do! All you need to do is dump all the ingredients into a refrigerator safe bowl that you can cover and stir. Okay, it may take a bit more than that.

I like to start with the milk base and stir in the chia seeds. Make sure everyone is coated and none are floating to the top of the bottom. It takes a few minutes of stirring to get it just right. I then love to add in the vanilla and maple syrup and stir for a few more minutes. This makes sure everything is mixed right and the chia seeds are fully coated.

From there, cover your bowl, put in the fridge, and give it overnight to plump up. I’d say at least six hours total, but overnight is an easy rule to live by.

The chia seeds get this gelatinous film around them soaking in the milk, and when the two combine it ends up being a thick, creamy pudding texture.

How to make chia seed pudding

The Best Chia Seed Pudding Toppings

From here you can serve however you’d like- it’s even delicious plain! But I’m all about the toppings, and these are a few of the best chia seed pudding toppings (IMO).

  • Fresh fruit: strawberries, mangos, bananas, blueberries, mixed berries- pick your favorite!
  • Fruit puree: a little blender action and a layer on the bottom or top of the pudding makes for a great flavor!
  • Coconut: shredded coconut just enhances the flavor and texture, it’s always a must!
  • Granola: I’ve tried lots of different types and I love them all! Even nut-based paleo granola adds a great crunch and mix
  • Nuts: choose your favorite, roughly chop or slice, and top for some added protein
  • Greek yogurt: many people love to top, or layer, or mix their pudding with some Greek yogurt for more protein and a creamier texture
  • Honey, agave, or maple syrup: If you really want a sweet pudding, a little more drizzled on top does the trick!

How to make chia seed pudding

How Long Does Chia Seed Pudding Last?

Covered and refrigerated it should be good for about a week! Feel free to make it and place in jars for easy breakfasts all week. Or it’s excellent for a make-ahead dessert you can serve your friends- if you can stand to share!

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Chia pudding might just be the easiest healthy breakfast you can make. All you have to do is stir chia seeds and milk together along with any sweetener of choice and a couple of hours later you’ve got the most delicious chia pudding.

You can use coconut milk, almond milk or my favorite cashew milk for a delicious dairy-free and vegan option. Then top it with your favorite berries!

How to make chia seed pudding

I remember the first time I ever made chia seed pudding and I was like, “That’s it? You just let them soak?” I couldn’t believe that a healthy meal could be so easy and not require at least a handful of kitchen appliances or gadgets.

In fact, if you make this in a mason jar or Weck jar and shake it like you mean it, you won’t even have to clean up a mixing bowl. Brilliant, isn’t it?

As you might expect, my first few chia puddings were just the basic, run of the mill variety – chia seeds, coconut milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract – soaked overnight. And not that there’s anything wrong with that. I still make it plain all the time.

But now I’ve realized that chia seed pudding can be an amazing and creative piece of breakfast artwork. It’s like an adult coloring book. Except there are no lines and the flavor combinations are endless!

Chia Pudding Recipe Video

It’s really easy to make chia pudding. But if it’s your first time, make sure to watch my quick tutorial video below!

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seed benefits are quite significant. They’re packed with antioxidants, fiber, calcium, manganese and healthy fats, like Omega 3’s. This means they’re great for digestion (and keep things moving), they’re great for heart health, they help balance blood sugar and they’re great for bone health.

These tiny little seeds pack a hefty nutrient punch and are all around good for your body and brain.

How to make chia seed pudding

How to Make Chia Pudding

Once you realize how easy it is to make chia seed pudding you’ll find yourself making it weekly. Here’s how to make your basic chia pudding in 3 simple steps:

  • Step 1: Add 1/2 cup nut milk and 2 tablespoons chia seeds to a jar.
  • Step 2: Stir in any optional sweeteners, like maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  • Step 3: Let sit for a couple of hours or overnight, then stir again before serving.

In the video above you’ll see that I quadrupled this recipe to make a large batch for the week. Then, I layered the basic chia seed pudding recipe with strawberry puree.

How did I make the strawberry puree? I tossed two cups of strawberries into my food processor and blitzed for 10 seconds. No other ingredients added.

Lastly, I just topped the chia pudding with fresh fruit and almond slices. It’s a breakfast that looks dazzling (if I do say so myself) and if you have guests over, they’ll think you went to heaps of effort when you barely lifted a finger.

How to make chia seed pudding

Chia Pudding Tips

  • Watch the portion size. It’s easy to go overboard on chia pudding and make it “Instagram-worth” (I’m guilty with these pics as well). But in doing so, you’re likely consuming a much larger portion. Try to stick to 1/2 cup milk to 2 tbsp chia seeds.
  • Adjust the ratios to suit you. Some people like a thicker chia seed pudding and some like a thinner version. Feel free to add more milk to make a thinner version.
  • Get creative with toppings. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, cardamom (chai spices) or cacao powder (for chocolate chia pudding). Use seasonal fruit both in whole pieces and in purees and don’t forget nuts and seeds.
  • Meal prep the chia pudding. If you follow me on Instagram stories you’ll frequently see me meal prep chia pudding. I’ll make the exact ratio in the recipe below, stir it all together in individual 1/4 liter Weck Jars, top with frozen berries and then freeze. It will last for several weeks (if not longer) in the freezer. Then, when I want a healthy breakfast I’ll just thaw it in the fridge the night before. So easy!

How to make chia seed pudding

More Chia Seed Recipes You’ll Love

I’m always creating new flavor combinations with chia seeds, but some of my favorites are:

  • Blueberry Chia Pudding with Figs, Hazelnuts and Maple Syrup
  • Chia Seed Jam – a much healthier alternative to store-bought jam
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Chia Pudding – made with my homemade almond butter
  • Chocolate Chia Pudding – the easiest dessert recipe
  • Eggnog Chia Pudding – perfect for holiday festivities!

Learn how to make chia seed pudding without a recipe. In this step-by-step tutorial, discover the chia pudding ratio for seeds to milk, fruit and toppings for a satisfying breakfast.

As a mason jar breakfast lover who often gets into ruts of eating the same thing every day, chia seed pudding is saving my life. So what is chia seed pudding anyway? It’s .

1. Crazy easy to make–just a mix of chia seeds and nut milk, soaked overnight to turn into a creamy pudding sort of like tapioca pudding, no cooking necessary.

2. Not actually pudding, despite its name. It’s more reminiscent of a healthy breakfast parfait similar to fruit and yogurt or overnight oats (my breakfast go-tos, until now!).

3. A surprising mix of textures from the creamy chia pearls that offer a surprising crunch from the seed at the end.

4. Perfectly portable-just layer it up in a mason jar in the morning for a packable breakfast or snack for work.

Follow these simple steps to see just how easy it is to make delicious breakfast combos of your own without combing through chia pudding recipes.

Step 1: Ch-ch-ch-chia!

You can’t have chia pudding without chia seeds. One serving starts with just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, so don’t let the cost of a bag of chia seeds turn you away-that bag of chia will go far. Plus, this superfood packs in 3 more grams of fiber and 4 more grams of healthy omega-3 fats per serving than oatmeal.

Step 2: Liquid

This is where the true beauty of chia pudding comes in–it fits into most diets. If you’re vegan or dairy-free you can use nut milk, if you have a nut allergy you can use rice or soy milk and if you are a dairy-loving freak like me, you can use dairy milk and even a little bit of Greek yogurt. Really 1/2 cup of any liquid should do the trick. Just be aware that some milks set up more than others due to varying protein and fat content, so you may get away with just a 1/4 cup of liquid or you may need to add just a little more to achieve the texture you like best. These are our favorites:

  • unsweetened almond milk
  • unsweetened coconut milk
  • unsweetened cashew milk

Pictured recipe: Chai Chia Pudding

Step 3: Flavor up!

If chia pudding becomes your new go-to grab-&-go breakfast, don’t be afraid to get away from the same old sweetener of your choice. It’s so easy to add a little bit of sweet and spice to your milk and chia mixture for an ultra-flavorful pudding. If you use a flavored milk like vanilla almond milk, you may want to skip this step, otherwise, sweeten things up with just 2 teaspoons of the following:

  • pure maple syrup
  • honey
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • jam

To take the flavor punch to the next level, add up to 1 teaspoon of one of these boosters:

  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • coconut extract
  • cocoa powder
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground cardamom

Stir this combo together in a bowl, then pop it in the fridge overnight. In as little as 8 hours, your chia pudding will be thick, creamy and ready for topping.

Chia pudding might just be the easiest healthy breakfast you can make. All you have to do is stir chia seeds and milk together along with any sweetener of choice and a couple of hours later you’ve got the most delicious chia pudding.

You can use coconut milk, almond milk or my favorite cashew milk for a delicious dairy-free and vegan option. Then top it with your favorite berries!

How to make chia seed pudding

I remember the first time I ever made chia seed pudding and I was like, “That’s it? You just let them soak?” I couldn’t believe that a healthy meal could be so easy and not require at least a handful of kitchen appliances or gadgets.

In fact, if you make this in a mason jar or Weck jar and shake it like you mean it, you won’t even have to clean up a mixing bowl. Brilliant, isn’t it?

As you might expect, my first few chia puddings were just the basic, run of the mill variety – chia seeds, coconut milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract – soaked overnight. And not that there’s anything wrong with that. I still make it plain all the time.

But now I’ve realized that chia seed pudding can be an amazing and creative piece of breakfast artwork. It’s like an adult coloring book. Except there are no lines and the flavor combinations are endless!

Chia Pudding Recipe Video

It’s really easy to make chia pudding. But if it’s your first time, make sure to watch my quick tutorial video below!

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seed benefits are quite significant. They’re packed with antioxidants, fiber, calcium, manganese and healthy fats, like Omega 3’s. This means they’re great for digestion (and keep things moving), they’re great for heart health, they help balance blood sugar and they’re great for bone health.

These tiny little seeds pack a hefty nutrient punch and are all around good for your body and brain.

How to make chia seed pudding

How to Make Chia Pudding

Once you realize how easy it is to make chia seed pudding you’ll find yourself making it weekly. Here’s how to make your basic chia pudding in 3 simple steps:

  • Step 1: Add 1/2 cup nut milk and 2 tablespoons chia seeds to a jar.
  • Step 2: Stir in any optional sweeteners, like maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  • Step 3: Let sit for a couple of hours or overnight, then stir again before serving.

In the video above you’ll see that I quadrupled this recipe to make a large batch for the week. Then, I layered the basic chia seed pudding recipe with strawberry puree.

How did I make the strawberry puree? I tossed two cups of strawberries into my food processor and blitzed for 10 seconds. No other ingredients added.

Lastly, I just topped the chia pudding with fresh fruit and almond slices. It’s a breakfast that looks dazzling (if I do say so myself) and if you have guests over, they’ll think you went to heaps of effort when you barely lifted a finger.

How to make chia seed pudding

Chia Pudding Tips

  • Watch the portion size. It’s easy to go overboard on chia pudding and make it “Instagram-worth” (I’m guilty with these pics as well). But in doing so, you’re likely consuming a much larger portion. Try to stick to 1/2 cup milk to 2 tbsp chia seeds.
  • Adjust the ratios to suit you. Some people like a thicker chia seed pudding and some like a thinner version. Feel free to add more milk to make a thinner version.
  • Get creative with toppings. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, cardamom (chai spices) or cacao powder (for chocolate chia pudding). Use seasonal fruit both in whole pieces and in purees and don’t forget nuts and seeds.
  • Meal prep the chia pudding. If you follow me on Instagram stories you’ll frequently see me meal prep chia pudding. I’ll make the exact ratio in the recipe below, stir it all together in individual 1/4 liter Weck Jars, top with frozen berries and then freeze. It will last for several weeks (if not longer) in the freezer. Then, when I want a healthy breakfast I’ll just thaw it in the fridge the night before. So easy!

How to make chia seed pudding

More Chia Seed Recipes You’ll Love

I’m always creating new flavor combinations with chia seeds, but some of my favorites are:

  • Blueberry Chia Pudding with Figs, Hazelnuts and Maple Syrup
  • Chia Seed Jam – a much healthier alternative to store-bought jam
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Chia Pudding – made with my homemade almond butter
  • Chocolate Chia Pudding – the easiest dessert recipe
  • Eggnog Chia Pudding – perfect for holiday festivities!

Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Diane Hoffmaster

This easy coconut milk chia seed pudding recipe was a simple way to make a healthy dessert. Loaded with dried pineapple and plenty of coconut, this dairy free pudding was absolutely delicious!

How to make chia seed pudding

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What is Chia Seed Pudding?

So, you are on your way to eating healthier but you have no idea what chia pudding is. Maybe you are looking at this easy dessert a bit suspiciously and wondering what chia seed pudding tastes like. Well, basically, chia seed pudding is just chia seeds that have been left to soak in liquid, flavored, sweetened and enjoyed!

Traditional pudding recipes are basically thickened dairy milk while chia puddings get their ‘thick’ consistency from the chia seed itself. Even better is that homemade chia puddings require ZERO effort on your part because they just soak in the refrigerator!

Why do chia seeds get gooey when they sit in liquid? When you combine chia seeds with liquid, they become very gelatinous in its texture.This is because chia seeds have loads of mucilage in them, which is a type of soluble fiber. As it absorbs liquid, it achieves this gelatinous state. Kindof strange but also very tasty!

How to make chia seed pudding

Why Is Chia Seed Pudding Good For You?

What’s so healthy about this easy coconut milk chia seed pudding recipe? There are a TON of health benefits of chia seeds so eating more of them is always a good thing. Chia seeds are loaded with soluble fiber. As a result, you may see better blood sugar control, lower cholesterol levels and improved gut health. In addition, their omega 3 fatty acids help to fight inflammation.

All around, chia seeds are healthy. And eating them as this easy coconut milk chia seed pudding recipe makes it a delicious way to stay healthy! Looking for more chia recipes? Try my avocado smoothie recipe with chia and blueberries!

Or, if you want more coconut milk dessert recipes, try my coconut milk popsicles. You can also invest in a chia cookbook for some more easy chia seed recipes.

How to make chia seed pudding

What Does Chia Seed Pudding Taste Like?

If you haven’t had this chia pudding before, you might be wonder what chia pudding really tastes like. Basically, the texture is like a thick, creamy tapioca pudding. Chia seeds have no real flavor so the pudding itself will taste like whatever liquid and mix-ins you’re using. Adjust the sweetness by increasing or decreasing the liquid sweetener in this coconut milk chia seed pudding recipe. Vary the flavor profile by using chocolate almond milk or fresh berries instead of pineapple and coconut. There are endless chia seed pudding variations that you can try.

How Long Can You Keep Chia Seed Pudding In The Fridge?

The great thing about this homemade chia pudding is that you just leave it in the fridge til you want to eat it. As long as you use it within about 5 days you are fine. I found that thick chia pudding took a few days to set up. After 12 hours, it was still a bit thin. However, your personal tastes may vary so play around with it. Just make sure to keep it in an airtight container or the chia sees on top may dry out.

For a thick chia pudding, use ¾ cup chia seeds for this recipe. If it gets TOO thick, thin it out by adding a touch more coconut milk. Many recipes say to only let it sit for a few hours, however, I really found that it needed at least 24 hours to get to the thickness I liked.

How to make chia seed pudding

Can You Eat Too Much Chia Pudding?

Okay, we are going to have a little TMI conversation here. Chia seeds have a LOT of fiber. And, as a result, they move your digestive tract along rather quickly. Will chia seeds make you poop? Yes. Yes, they will. So, if you are not used to a high fiber diet, go easy on the chia seed recipes and add them in slowly to your diet.

A common ‘dosage’ recommendation is about 1.5 tablespoons of chia seeds, twice per day. So, you probably don’t want to start with more than a ¼ to ⅓ cup of chia pudding at first. Once your body adjusts to the high fiber, you can increase your intake of this simple chia pudding!

Easy Coconut Milk Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Make this easy coconut milk chia seed pudding recipe for an easy gluten-free, dairy free dessert. Chia pudding is a healthy dessert recipe you will love.

Easy Coconut Milk Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

How to make chia seed pudding

Make this easy coconut milk chia seed pudding recipe for an easy gluten-free, dairy free dessert. Chia pudding is a healthy dessert recipe you will love.

How to make chia seed pudding

Every spoonful of this Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding is incredible. It truly is the thickest and creamiest chia seed pudding you will ever have – and so quick and easy to make. Simply whisk together five pantry ingredients to create this filling and satisfying no-cook make-ahead nutritious breakfast. It is vegan, grain-free, naturally sweetened and flavored with a touch of vanilla.

How to make chia seed pudding

Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding

I thought I knew what creamy chia seed pudding was until I added one magical ingredient: full-fat coconut milk. Total game changer in the thick and creamy category. Plus it gives it a subtle and naturally sweet coconut flavor that makes this chia seed pudding extra delicious. And, I find the full-fat coconut milk to be even more filling so this meal keeps me full longer than most chia seed pudding recipes. You could even add a scoop of your favorite protein powder for more staying power.

How to make chia seed pudding

How to Make Perfectly Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding

I have been making this recipe a lot lately since it doesn’t require any cooking and it calls for all pantry ingredients that I always seem to have on hand. It is so easy to make. Simple whisk everything together in five minute intervals for twenty minutes. I usually multitask and do this while I’m cooking dinner so that the next morning I have perfectly thick and creamy chia seed pudding. By whisking every five minutes during the first twenty minutes the chia seeds will be evenly distributed throughout the pudding instead of all sunk to the bottom. If you are short on time, even doing it for the first fifteen minutes makes a huge difference.

The thickness and creaminess in this recipe comes from canned full-fat coconut milk. It is naturally thick and creamy and works so well in this recipe. It makes it taste like real pudding that you would eat for dessert. It is so decadent and yet totally dairy-free.

How to make chia seed pudding

All About Chia Seeds

When you combine chia seeds with liquid, they expand to form a “gel” (which is why they work so well in this “pudding” recipe). Chia seeds are low in calories and offer important nutrients including essential fatty acids (omega-3 and 6), antioxidants and minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium. They are also rich in fiber. In fact, this entire recipe uses two tablespoons of chia seeds which provide 38% of your recommended daily fiber. More fiber means you will feel fuller longer and your digestive system will thank you.

How to make chia seed pudding

More make-ahead easy nutritious breakfasts (all vegan and gluten-free):

How to make chia seed pudding

Now, Let’s Make Some Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding!

This easy no-cook Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding recipe will be your new go-to make ahead nutritious breakfast or snack. It is naturally vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, legume-free, paleo-friendly and refined sugar-free so it works well for many types of diets.

I cannot wait for you to give this recipe a try! Let’s get whisking!

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Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1 x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Every spoonful of this Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding is incredible. It truly is the thickest and creamiest chia seed pudding you will ever have – and so quick and easy to make. Simply whisk together five pantry ingredients to create this filling and satisfying no-cook make-ahead nutritious breakfast. It is vegan, grain-free, naturally sweetened and flavored with a touch of vanilla.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk*
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened plain almond milk (or oat milk or cashew milk)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Instructions

  1. In a 2-cup container whisk together the milks, maple syrup and vanilla until well combined. Add the chia seeds and whisk again.
  2. Whisk briefly every 5 minutes for the first 20 minutes. Cover with an airtight lid and place in your refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Divide into two bowls and enjoy plain or for a more filling meal top with hemp seeds, fresh fruit (blueberries or mango are my favorite and my kids love banana slices and strawberries), unsweetened shredded coconut, granola, almond butter and/or raspberry chia jam.
  4. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Notes

*Use canned full fat coconut milk that is room temperature. Shake the can vigorously before opening and measuring for this recipe. Save extra coconut milk for a smoothie, soup or stew.

  • Category: Breakfast or Snack
  • Method: Whisk and Chill

Keywords: thick and creamy chia seed pudding

Did you make this recipe?

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How to make chia seed pudding

Every spoonful of this Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding is incredible. It truly is the thickest and creamiest chia seed pudding you will ever have – and so quick and easy to make. Simply whisk together five pantry ingredients to create this filling and satisfying no-cook make-ahead nutritious breakfast. It is vegan, grain-free, naturally sweetened and flavored with a touch of vanilla.

How to make chia seed pudding

Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding

I thought I knew what creamy chia seed pudding was until I added one magical ingredient: full-fat coconut milk. Total game changer in the thick and creamy category. Plus it gives it a subtle and naturally sweet coconut flavor that makes this chia seed pudding extra delicious. And, I find the full-fat coconut milk to be even more filling so this meal keeps me full longer than most chia seed pudding recipes. You could even add a scoop of your favorite protein powder for more staying power.

How to make chia seed pudding

How to Make Perfectly Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding

I have been making this recipe a lot lately since it doesn’t require any cooking and it calls for all pantry ingredients that I always seem to have on hand. It is so easy to make. Simple whisk everything together in five minute intervals for twenty minutes. I usually multitask and do this while I’m cooking dinner so that the next morning I have perfectly thick and creamy chia seed pudding. By whisking every five minutes during the first twenty minutes the chia seeds will be evenly distributed throughout the pudding instead of all sunk to the bottom. If you are short on time, even doing it for the first fifteen minutes makes a huge difference.

The thickness and creaminess in this recipe comes from canned full-fat coconut milk. It is naturally thick and creamy and works so well in this recipe. It makes it taste like real pudding that you would eat for dessert. It is so decadent and yet totally dairy-free.

How to make chia seed pudding

All About Chia Seeds

When you combine chia seeds with liquid, they expand to form a “gel” (which is why they work so well in this “pudding” recipe). Chia seeds are low in calories and offer important nutrients including essential fatty acids (omega-3 and 6), antioxidants and minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium. They are also rich in fiber. In fact, this entire recipe uses two tablespoons of chia seeds which provide 38% of your recommended daily fiber. More fiber means you will feel fuller longer and your digestive system will thank you.

How to make chia seed pudding

More make-ahead easy nutritious breakfasts (all vegan and gluten-free):

How to make chia seed pudding

Now, Let’s Make Some Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding!

This easy no-cook Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding recipe will be your new go-to make ahead nutritious breakfast or snack. It is naturally vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, legume-free, paleo-friendly and refined sugar-free so it works well for many types of diets.

I cannot wait for you to give this recipe a try! Let’s get whisking!

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Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1 x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Every spoonful of this Thick and Creamy Chia Seed Pudding is incredible. It truly is the thickest and creamiest chia seed pudding you will ever have – and so quick and easy to make. Simply whisk together five pantry ingredients to create this filling and satisfying no-cook make-ahead nutritious breakfast. It is vegan, grain-free, naturally sweetened and flavored with a touch of vanilla.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk*
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened plain almond milk (or oat milk or cashew milk)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Instructions

  1. In a 2-cup container whisk together the milks, maple syrup and vanilla until well combined. Add the chia seeds and whisk again.
  2. Whisk briefly every 5 minutes for the first 20 minutes. Cover with an airtight lid and place in your refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Divide into two bowls and enjoy plain or for a more filling meal top with hemp seeds, fresh fruit (blueberries or mango are my favorite and my kids love banana slices and strawberries), unsweetened shredded coconut, granola, almond butter and/or raspberry chia jam.
  4. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Notes

*Use canned full fat coconut milk that is room temperature. Shake the can vigorously before opening and measuring for this recipe. Save extra coconut milk for a smoothie, soup or stew.

  • Category: Breakfast or Snack
  • Method: Whisk and Chill

Keywords: thick and creamy chia seed pudding

Did you make this recipe?

Tag @eatingbyelaine on Instagram and hashtag it #eatingbyelaine

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Chia seed pudding is an easy nutritional snack or simple make-ahead breakfast! It is packed with fiber, plant-based protein and abundant in nutritional benefits.

How to make chia seed pudding

Chia seeds on their own can be enjoyed in salads, smoothies, baked goods and oats! Chia seeds are gluten-free and plant-based making it easy for those with dietary preferences to reap the benefits of this superfood. The best part is when chia seeds are added to liquid they make a delicious creamy chia pudding.

Why You’ll Love Chia Seed Pudding

  • Chia seed pudding makes the best make-ahead breakfast, snack, or dessert.
  • Chia seeds are high in fiber, protein, and contain healthy fats which makes them super satisfying.
  • You can customize this recipe as much as you want. Add in cacao, fruit, and coconut flakes or whatever your stomach desires.
  • It’s minimal ingredients with minimal prep-time. This chia seed pudding takes about 5 minutes to make and it requires only 3 ingredients.
  • Chia seeds support heart health and are a great source of omega-3 and omega-6!

How to make chia seed pudding

How To Make This Easy Chia Pudding Recipe

The best part about this recipe? It’s so easy to make!

Start with adding your chia seeds, plant-based milk, maple syrup,, and any other mix-ins you want in the jar of your choice. Give it a good stir and then, refrigerate overnight.

It will form a pudding-like consistency that can be enjoyed almost anytime! Don’t forget to spice it up a bit by adding your favorite toppings before you dive-in.

I love adding some berries and granola to mine.

How to make chia seed pudding

Hack It

  • Amp up the protein: Add your favorite plant-based protein powder to the original mixture before refrigeration.
  • Make it even creamier: Add a scoop of plant-based yogurt to give a creamy consistency.
  • Change the texture: Don’t like the texture of chia seeds? Pop the mixture in a blender before refrigeration to break up the seeds. This will give it a smoother more pudding-like consistency.
  • Spice up the flavor too: Add in unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolate pudding.

How to make chia seed pudding

Is Chia Pudding Healthy?

Chia pudding is a perfectly healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert. Chia seeds are packed with fiber – About 11 grams for every 2 tablespoons. This amount also contains 4 grams of proteins and 9 grams of healthy fats, making it a well-balanced treat.

Having a mixture of fat, fiber, and protein makes this chia seed pudding healthy and satisfying- as in it won’t leave you hungry.