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Chia Pudding Recipe

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

Vegan Banana Chia Pudding

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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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Chocolate Chia Pudding

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

How To Make Chia Pudding

Whisk all ingredients together in a container. Cover the container, shake, and refrigerate overnight.

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.

What would be your dream flavor chia pudding?

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Chia Pudding Recipe

An easy recipe for how to make chia pudding in five different flavors.
4.96/5 (150)
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 – 2 servings


  • 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


  • *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. Emily says

    Chia seeds generally gross me out because they get slimy and stick in my teeth. This pudding, however, is perfection. I’ve made it 3 times in two weeks (with the last batch being a double). The first batch I let set before blending and it was still clumpy. Blending right after mixing, however, yields amazingly smooth results! Chocolate is my favorite. I’m still working on figuring out the right sweetener. Stevia didn’t satisfy my sweet tooth. I’ve had the best luck with pure maple syrup, but I’m still figuring out the right amount. Anyway, amazing recipe!

  2. jean weiss says

    hi, Katie,

    i love your website and recipes, and thank you so much for making such healthy treats! a flavor i’d like to see more of (though i am not sure how one can make it healthy) is caramel, or salted caramel, or toffee. all involve sugar and butter, so it would be great to have substitutes that taste great as well. i saw your request for other flavors desired in the chia pudding recipe.

  3. Sydnie says

    Another recipe idea: Banan and honey peanut butter! It tastes great! Thanks so much for these recipies, they’re one of the best chia chia pudding recipies i have found!

  4. Maryanne Houghton says

    When you mention using coconut milk as an option in this recipe and in overnight oats, do you mean the stuff in a carton (like Silk) or in a can? Thanks!

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hi, either works! The canned version will be much richer, but any time a recipe says “milk of choice,” the carton version is fine too 🙂

  5. Melissa says

    Hello! I tried this with oat milk and it didn’t seem to thicken as described. Have you tried oat milk? If yes, have you had similar results? Thank you!

  6. Kat says

    I was wary of this as I’ve found soaked chia seeds gross and hard to choke down, so I was pleasantly surprised when this came out not only edible, but good!
    I chose to make half recipe to start.
    Used, 1 tbls dark cocoa, 2 tbls ea peanut butter and sugar (melt pb first), and 2 tbls chia seeds
    It does not always make it to the fridge!! Lol!
    Sometimes I just eat it like cold soup, haha.

    Tried one with golden flax seeds, I DO NOT recommend that!

    I luv flax, but they turned to stringy slime in this *shudders* So gross!
    (I do have a recipe that requires soaking flax first – flax brittle – but it turns out Way different.)

  7. Joanne says

    For those who like to indulge in liquor-spiked desserts, try adding baileys/kahlua/malibu etc (my fav is soy milk with baileys and fresh stawberries)

  8. Ruth-Ann says

    This is really good! I liked it better my second time around – I used cocoa and natural peanut butter with some cinnamon. I added sliced banana when I was eating it. Yum! I will double the recipe next time so I don’t have to ration it out for myself 🙂 A nice healthy treat or dessert option! Thanks for sharing this.

  9. Susan says

    If you like mango lassi, try this version.
    Plain chia pudding
    Sliced mango
    Dusting of powdered cardamom
    Drizzle with raw honey
    I always make plain chia pudding without vanilla or sweetener;
    that way I can use the sweetener that compliments the added ingredients.
    Example would be Apple with cinnamon and either brown or coconut sugar.
    Peanut butter with either honey or jam.

  10. waitingforbananastoripen says

    I made the chocolate version and sweetened with 1 tbsp of raw sugar…and WOW this is better than a dream.

  11. Gina says

    I am in love with your blog! I love dessert and chocolate so this is a dream for me, finding these recipes. I made the chia pudding and it’s currently in the fridge chilling. I sampled some, and can already tell it’s good!

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