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Chia seed pudding is a delicious healthy pudding recipe that makes a great breakfast or snack.

Let’s dive into this smooth and creamy chia pudding recipe. Once you have the basic formula down, you can switch it up to make your favorite flavors.

vanilla chia seed pudding topped with fresh berries

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Chia Pudding Recipe

This recipe is simple, slightly sweet, with a rich vanilla pudding. It’s a great base for fresh fruit toppings and granola.

What you’ll need…

  • Chia seeds are what make this pudding creamy and also packed with nutrition. Each serving contains 3 to 4 tablespoons of chia seeds.
  • Milk provides the creamy base for this healthy pudding recipe. I like to use unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk in the carton. You can use canned full-fat coconut milk for a richer, creamier pudding.
  • Sweetener of your choice. Maple syrup and honey are both great choices here. If you want to use a keto-friendly sweetener, I recommend Lankanto Simple Syrup or Choc Zero maple syrup.
  • Vanilla extract adds a hint of rich vanilla flavor.
easy chia pudding

How To Make Chia Pudding

  1. Mix the chia seeds and milk. For each serving, add 3 to 4 tablespoons of chia seeds to a mason jar, and add the milk, the maple syrup, and the vanilla extract. Give everything a stir.
  2. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, and then stir again to ensure the chia seeds are evenly distributed. Cover the jars with lids or plastic wrap and let them sit for 2 hours, up to overnight.
  3. Store the pudding in covered jars for 5 to 7 days.

Recipe Variations

This recipe is super versatile. It’s a fantastic base for layering fruit, jam, yogurt, and granola. The combinations are endless. I’ve experimented with flavors, and here are some of my favorite variations.

Find the complete directions in the recipe card below.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Gently warm the milk before adding the cocoa powder so that it will dissolve into the milk. Add the chia seeds, vanilla, and sweetener.

Strawberry Chia Pudding

Combine fresh strawberries and milk in a blender. Blend until smooth, and then add chia seeds and sweetener. For a low-carb option, use strawberry extract and strawberry stevia drops. Add food coloring if desired.

Matcha Chia Pudding

If you love matcha, then you’ll love this easy recipe twist. Whisk together matcha powder with your choice of milk before adding the chia seeds and sweetener.

Banana Chia Pudding Recipe

Blend fresh ripe bananas with your choice of milk before adding the chia seeds. Adjust the sweetness with a sweetener of your choosing.

To make low-carb banana chia pudding, use banana extract. Flavor to your preference. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring, if desired.

Breakfast Chia Pudding

This delicious breakfast parfait is made with chia pudding and layers of fruit, yogurt, and granola.

Optional Layers

  • Fruit preserves. Add your favorite fruit preserves or make lower-carb fruit preserves by heating fruit with monk fruit sweetener until the fruit is broken down and the sweetener is dissolved.
  • Fresh fruit. Berries, bananas, apples, or any other fruit that you’re in the mood for.
  • Yogurt. Greek or coconut yogurt makes a fantastic creamy layer in this breakfast parfait.
  • Granola. A few tablespoons of granola add a tasty crunch to this recipe.
  • Dried fruit. Dice and sprinkle in your favorite dried fruit. My favorites are dried apricots, dried blueberries, and dried apples.
two bowls pudding topped with fresh berries and whipped cream

FAQs and Expert Tips

How long does chia pudding last?

Chia pudding will keep for 5 to 7 days in the fridge.

Meal Prep

You can mix up a batch of chia pudding and store it in individual serving-sized containers by separating it out before it begins to set. Immediately after stirring in the chia seeds, portion each serving.

two bowls of chia pudding made with coconut milk

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easy chia pudding recipe topped with fresh berries

Chia Pudding Recipe

by: Laura Reigel
Chia seed pudding is a delicious healthy breakfast that you can make in a million different ways. Let's dive into this simple chia pudding recipe. Then you can switch it up to make your favorite flavors.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Resting 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 243 kcal

Equipment

  • mason jars

Ingredients
 

Vanilla Chia Pudding

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk, or unsweetened coconut milk or cashew milk.
  • ½ to 1 tablespoon monk fruit sweetener, honey or maple syrup
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Chia Pudding

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons monk fruit simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberry Chia Pudding

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 6 drops strawberry extract , Optional: to make this lower in carbs use strawberry extract instead of fresh strawberries.
  • ½ to 1 tablespoon monk fruit simple syrup, or strawberry stevia drops

Matcha Chia Pudding

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons monk fruit simple syrup
  • 1 pinch cinnamon

Banana Chia Pudding

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ medium banana, extra ripe (or banana extract)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon monk fruit simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pinch cinnamon

Instructions
 

Vanilla Chia Pudding (basic chia seed pudding recipe)

  • Mix the chia pudding. For each serving add 3 to 4 tablespoons of chia seeds to a mason jar, add the milk, the maple syrup, and the vanilla extract. Give everything a stir.
    3 to 4 tablespoons chia seeds, 1 cup almond milk, ½ to 1 tablespoon monk fruit sweetener, ½ to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes and then stir again to make sure the chia seeds are evenly distributed. Cover the jars with lids or plastic wrap and let them sit for 2 hours, up to overnight.
  • Store the chia pudding in covered jars for 5 to 7 days.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

  • Combine the coconut milk and almond milk. Warm in the microwave or in a saucepan.
    ½ cup coconut milk, 2 tablespoons dutch process cocoa powder
  • Mix the chia pudding. For each serving add 3 to 4 tablespoons of chia seeds to a mason jar, add the milk, the maple syrup, and the vanilla extract. Give everything a stir.
    3 to 4 tablespoons chia seeds, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ to 1 tablespoon monk fruit sweetener

Strawberry Chia Pudding

  • Combine the milk and the strawberries in a blender. Blend until smooth
    1 cup almond milk, 1 cup strawberries, ½ to 1 tablespoon monk fruit sweetener
  • Mix the chia pudding. For each serving add 3 to 4 tablespoons of chia seeds to a mason jar, add the milk, the maple syrup, and the strawberry extract. Give everything a stir.

Matcha Chia Pudding

  • Whisk together the milk and the matcha powder.
    2 teaspoons matcha powder, 1 cup almond milk
  • Mix the chia pudding. For each serving add 3 to 4 tablespoons of chia seeds to a mason jar, add the milk, the maple syrup, and the vanilla. Give everything a stir.
    3 to 4 tablespoons chia seeds, 1 to 2 teaspoons monk fruit simple syrup

Banana Chia Pudding

  • Blend fresh ripe bananas with your choice of milk before adding the chia seeds. Adjust the sweetness with a sweetener of your choosing.
    3 to 4 tablespoons chia seeds, ½ medium banana, 1 cup almond milk, ½ to 1 tablespoon monk fruit sweetener
  • To make low-carb banana chia pudding, use banana extract. Flavor to your preference. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring, if desired.

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Laura’s Tips + Notes

  • You can make one larger batch by increasing the number of servings and adding everything to a large bowl that you can scoop out when ready to eat. 
  • For a low-carb option use a keto-friendly syrup, like Lankanto maple syrup. 
  • Unsweetened coconut milk, almond milk, or cashew milk will give you a lighter pudding. If you would like a thicker pudding you can replace some or all of the milk with canned coconut milk. 
Favorite Chia Seed Pudding Toppings
  • Fruit preserves: I make mine lower sugar by heating 1 cup of berries with 1 tablespoon of allulose or swerve sweetener. Cook in a saucepan over medium heat until the berries are broken down. 
  • Granola: Try my gluten-free low sugar granola recipe. 
  • Yogurt
  • Dried fruit
  • Fresh berries or other fruits
Keyword chia seed pudding, chia seeds, healthy breakfast

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