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Chia Pudding Recipe – 5 Delicious Flavors!

A basic chia pudding recipe – try a new flavor for every day of the week!

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Chia Pudding – The Ultimate Healthy Dessert?

If you’re new to chia seeds, this easy recipe is a great starting point.

You simply stir everything together and refrigerate until thick.

No fancy cooking gadgets, no whisking on the stovetop, and no baking required.

I’ve posted the base recipe below, along with some of my favorite flavor variations, each of which can be prepared in under 5 minutes.

The resulting pudding is deliciously thick and creamy, with so many health benefits! It can be vegan, gluten free, raw, paleo, low calorie, low carb, and keto friendly… and you can eat chia pudding for breakfast or a healthy dessert.

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Why You Should Try Chia Pudding

1. High in fiber, protein, and calcium
It’s also high in B vitamins, iron, phosphorous, zinc, and magnesium.

2. Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3s
Just 2 tbsp of chia seeds have the same amount of heart-healthy Omega 3s as four ounces of salmon.

3. They’ve been shown to help you feel full
Chia seeds can expand up to 10 times their size by soaking up liquid, which can help keep you hydrated and aid in the digestion process. They are a great source of energy and can help in weight loss but are not strictly a diet food.

4. Natural alternative to cornstarch or heavy cream
The chia seeds naturally thicken the pudding, with no need to add any flour, starch, cream, eggs, or thickeners like xanthan gum or carrageenan.

5. A new flavor for every day of the week!
Try some of the flavor variations below, or have fun coming up with your own. You can make chia seed pudding with almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, yogurt, cashew cream, or even other liquids such as orange juice or coconut water.

Or make a breakfast chia parfait by layering the pudding with fresh berries, banana, coconut yogurt, graham cracker crumbs, or Vegan BrowniesSweet Potato Brownies, or Black Bean Brownies.

Chia Pudding Recipes - chocolate, vanilla, blueberry, banana, and peanut butter

Chia Seed Pudding Flavors

Chocolate Fudge Chia Pudding: Add mini chocolate chips and 2 tbsp cocoa powder or your favorite chocolate protein powder to the base recipe below.

Strawberry Coconut: Use coconutmilk for the milk of choice in the base recipe, and garnish with sliced strawberries or layer the pudding in a glass between layers of chopped berries (as shown in the photo below).

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough: Stir 1-2 tbsp peanut butter or powdered peanut butter into the base recipe. If desired, crumble Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies on top.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: Stir in mini chocolate chips and 1/4 cup mashed banana. I like to heat the banana first so it caramelizes, adding natural sweetness.

Blueberry Pie Chia Pudding: Stir in 1/4 cup mashed or pureed blueberries or blueberry yogurt. Add a dash of cinnamon and tiny sprinkle of cardamom if desired.

Other flavor ideas for how to make chia pudding: mocha, pumpkin, matcha, pb&j, piña colada, nutella, chocolate chip cherry, cinnamon roll, orange vanilla, key lime pie, coconut chocolate…

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

What would be your dream flavor chia pudding?

This recipe will keep 4-5 days in the fridge, so it’s great for meal prep.

Feel free to double or triple the recipe below if you want a larger batch, or make up a bigger version of the base and then portion individual servings into containers, turning each one into a different flavor so you can try a new flavor every day.

And if you’ve tried chia puddings in the past and weren’t a fan of the gel-like texture, simply blend all of the ingredients together before letting it sit overnight. The resulting pudding the next day will be thick and smooth.

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Chia Pudding Recipe

An easy recipe for how to make chia pudding in five different flavors.
4.97/5 (134)
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 – 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk of choice or cashew cream
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • sweetener of choice, as desired
  • scant 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

  • *Sweetener amount will depend on the type of milk and sweetener you use, as well as your tastes. Options include maple syrup, stevia, sugar, coconut sugar, date paste, etc.
    Chia Pudding Recipe: Whisk all ingredients in a container. If desired, you can blend everything together now, which will result in a smoother consistency the next day, but I actually love the taste and fun texture of leaving the seeds whole, so it's up to you. Cover, shake, then refrigerate overnight. The next day, it will be nice and thick. The pudding will keep 4-5 days refrigerated, so feel free to make a larger batch and portion into individual containers. I’ve included some flavor ideas earlier in this post, or have fun dreaming up your own!
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Published on April 26, 2018

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  1. Jessica says

    I don’t have any vanilla bean paste at home but have everything else can I leave it out or is there a sub?

  2. EVA says

    I’ve heard about the magical grow spell that chia can cast. A little too expensive for the amount I’d probably end up using it….

    I can TOTALLY relate to this story. I can’t believe some of the ridiculous stuff I’d beg my mom for and for actually disliking her because of those reasons. Momma knows best, people! I also had a Chia Pet, the dinosaur one. I had an obsession with dinosaurs as a kid. I also had an obsession with the dinosaur eggs oatmeal, which is one item I would beg my mom to buy that was completely reasonable.

  3. Lisa B says

    Haha I wanted that ‘dog’ too. I think my parents just thought it was dumb and didn’t even bother with a substitute! I think I’ll try this…looks yummy! By the way the 2nd pic is amazing!

    • EVA says

      I whole-heartingly agree, I keep scrolling up to that second picture! I’m not even big on raspberries, yet my mouth is salivating!

  4. Amanda says

    How come you stir in the other ingredients the next day? Does that make a different consistency than if you added the vanilla, stevia and salt when you were mixing it up the first time? I am going to make some tonight!

      • Amanda says

        Thanks! I tried it this way (stirring in the next day) and it turned out great!! I’m really glad I saw your method because other recipes haven’t mentioned to stir it after it sets, so I’ve always just eaten it as is. It’s always been kind of flat and not at all like a pudding texture. I never thought to stir it up because I guess I thought it might separate again and be even less like pudding. But this forced me to stir it all up the next day and I saw that stirring it after it sets does the exact opposite of what I thought it would do. It made it nice and fluffy! Thanks so much Katie!!!! 🙂

  5. C says

    I love chia seed pudding! I mix the dry chia seeds with cacao powder, a little powdered stevia, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Then I add the milk and whisk it. Put it in the fridge and let thicken, whisking a few more times as needed. Mmmmm!

  6. Jules @ WolfItDown says

    Mmmm, this sounds good! Can you use Stevia Vanilla Creme drops instead of the vanilla bean, or even just half a capful of vanilla extract?
    I’m intrigued to see what this tastes like, and might have a go at it! I reckon it’ll go well with some fresh mango too, yum! Does the mixture thicken a lot overnight? x

  7. terezka says

    Hello Katie, reading my mind as usual. I love Chia seed pudding at this one cafe in NYC they put mushed banana mango deliciousness on top! It’s awesome. xoxo

  8. Karen TP says

    My recent chia pudding obsession is:

    For two servings:
    1 smashed banana
    4 T chia seeds
    1 cup chocolate almond milk

    Mix well, leave in the fridge overnight. I like to top mine with strawberries or raspberries. We’ve had this for dessert almost every night for a week!

  9. Christine says

    This post made me giggle because I have been obsessed with chia pudding lately. I’m actually eating my newest creation and this popped up in my email. 1c unsweetened almond milk, 3T chia seeds, juice and zest of 1 lemon and stevia to taste. Blend on high in vitamix and let sit in fridge overnight. Sometimes I’m not in the mood for the texture of chia, and this makes such a creamy pudding.

  10. Bianca says

    I love recipe that can be easily adapted to suit one’s cravings! One question, though: can I substitute chia seeds with grounded flax? I don’t have chia seeds where I live, unfortunately. 🙁 Thanks!

  11. Mia (Mia in Germany) says

    Love the story about the invisible dog and the chia dog LOL Here, we have garden cress hedgehogs instead.
    So far, I’ve only made chia chocolate pudding, but I already planned on trying it with vanilla and fruit. You got me here, I’m right off to throw some seeds and milk into a container. Yum.
    Your photos with the raspberries are awesome, too!

  12. Jordan @ The Blonde Vegan says

    Ahh this looks so good! I have been trying to perfect my chia pudding recipe for a while now, and I love that you don’t use agave or banana or anything– this sounds nice and light. And also, so funny but somehow I wound up on your mailing list twice so I get double emails every time you post! (I’m not complaining! Double the reminders of yummy foods I want to make.) Happy Monday! xo

  13. The Gilded Sprout says

    This looks great! The cashew cream is a great idea and a fun alternative to the usual coconut milk. For people who do choose dairy, kefir works really well too.
    Thank you for sharing!

  14. Nikki says

    How many servings is the nutrition facts based on, and which type of milk is used in the calculation? I have not really jumped on the chia-wagon since I find they yield a hefty dose of calories for a very small volume of food, and thus, they don’t fill me up… and not a big fan of the slippery texture. Doesn’t gross me out, but just doesn’t satisfy me…. I could make a bowl of oatmeal for twice the volume at the same calories!

    • Samantha says

      Have you tried mixing the chia seeds with almond milk? I use Almond Breeze, which only has around 40 calories per cup. The chia seeds are around 70 calories per 2 tablespoons. You could also try blending the chia seeds up with the mixture after it has set? That should grind the seeds up and make it less ‘slippery’. I do this sometimes for a smoother texture. I’ve only tried it in my Vitamix, so not sure how it would work in a normal blender?

  15. Emma of Zimt says

    I love chia seed pudding! And now I am craving raspberries more than ever… yum. Hopefully will find my chia seeds soon so I can make this- we moved again yesterday and they are nowhere to be found.

    (PS- I bet a chocolate variation of this would be fantastic, too- raspberries & chocolate. Amazing! Or PB chocolate…)

  16. Terri Cole says

    I love chia pudding, and chia in my green smoothies. One trick I’ve learned recently is using chia to thicken oil-free salad dressings.

  17. Samantha says

    I LOVE chia pudding! It’s so great that you can play around with chia pudding recipes, and make them ‘your own’ so easily. My favourite at the moment is choco-chia pudding, which I also add protein powder too, and sometimes a dash of peanut butter.

    I have chia everyday for breakfast, and sometimes dessert. I find it keeps me full for ages and my hair and nails have grown so long and strong since using chia consistently.

    Your photography is beautiful Katie!

  18. Elizabeth says

    I just bought chia seeds for the first time today and came here to see if you had any chia recipes, so I think I have to make this now!

  19. Lisa @bitesforbabies says

    I love love love chia seeds!!! I’ve been basically coming up with a new chia seed recipe every day, lol! This past week I made a raw vanilla bean coconut and a raw carob chip & cocoa pudding…I can’t get enough of it!! 😉

  20. Samantha C. says

    I love chia seed pudding! I find the easiest way to make it is to dump all the ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid or a mason jar and SHAKE! I keep it on the counter for the first 15 minutes or so and give it a good hard shake every couple of minutes, otherwise I find I get clumps in mine (if I just let it sit). Just a hint if anyone has issues with clumps!

  21. Kristy Creamer says

    This is the first time you have posted a recipe that I already know and love! I LOVE LOVE LOVE chia pudding! I omit the fruit. It gets in the way of the yummy chia-ness. My nutritionist says this is so good for you, you can eat it for breakfast. Imagine how giddy I was when I ate it for breakfast! Not going to lie. I have never used vanilla bean paste. I use vanilla extract. Now I need to find vanilla bean paste. I’m intrigued.

  22. Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen says

    I LOVE chia seed pudding and I love that this recipe is sooo simple and yummy! 🙂 I am going to have to try this with some cashew milk! And to answer your question, I love everything Chia! In fact I am drinking a Chia seed smoothie right now!

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