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Make this chia seed pudding recipe for a snack, breakfast, or dessert. It’s super easy to make with as little as 5 minutes of prep time. A delicious guilt-free treat you can enjoy without any guilt.

side shot of chia pudding in a jar, topped with chopped mango and blueberry
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If you love pudding, you will love chia seed pudding. When I introduced Chia pudding to my kids they were a bit worried and skeptical because of the say it looks! 😁 But once they tried it, they were in love. There are so many different ways you can make chia pudding and flavor options are endless. But all you will need to make this one is just 4 simple pantry staple ingredients. It is made with chia seeds, almond milk, maple syrup to add some sweetness, and vanilla extract which can be optional. It is vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and can be enjoyed as a breakfast option or dessert.

Why you will love it

  • Simple and easy: It is literally so simple and easy to make it. With only 4 basic ingredients, you will have a delicious breakfast or dessert without much of an effort.
  • Versatile: There are so many different flavors and options you can do with chia pudding. You can top it with any fruits you have on hand or eat as is.
  • So good: I promise that you will love it. Not too much goes into this one but you can literally add anything you like to it like yogurt, or make it with blended fruits.
top view chia pudding in jars topped with chopped mango and blueberry

Ingredients you will need

  • Almond milk: we used unsweetened almond milk. Any other milk can be used so feel free to use whatever you have handy. To keep it vegan-friendly, use other nut milk like coconut milk instead of almond milk.
  • Chia Seeds: Use any type out there. They are all great.
  • Maple syrup: for a kick of sweetness we used maple syrup. You may use honey if you aren’t looking for a vegan option. Also, any other sweetener like agave will work too.
  • Vanilla extract: This is an optional ingredient just to add taste to the chia pudding.
  • Toppings: Use any toppings you like for this recipe. Fruits work well like berries, mangos, or bananas. Also, you may top it with some peanut butter too! You can get as creative as you like.
top view of ingredients to make chia pudding. Almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, chia seeds, mango, and blueberries

How to make chia seed pudding

  • First, Combine ingredients: Add the milk, chia seeds, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl. Immediately start whisking to prevent any lumps from forming.
  • Next, Place them in jars or containers: Once the ingredients are well combined, divide the mixture into 6 jars and cover with the lids. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours overnight.
  • Finally, Top with fruits and enjoy: Once the chia pudding has set, top with fresh berries and chopped mango.
almond milk being poured over chia seeds in a bowl
chia see pudding added in jars

My Pro Tip

Recipe Tips

  • Switch up the ingredients if needed. Use milk of choice like coconut milk, cashew milk, or even 2% milk. You may even add a bit of yogurt to make it thicker and creamier.
  • Top with any fruits. Also, if you prefer cruncy ingredients, add nuts, granola, and some penaut butter.
  • Allow the chia seeds to sit for at least 2 hours to absorb and expand into a pudding consistency. Do not rush it. I find that 2-4 hours will be enough.
  • One thing I like to do is after 30-40 minutes, I open the bowl or dish the chia is soaking in and give it a good mix because sometimes the chia seeds settle at the bottom.
  • Change the flavor! Like chocolate? Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder in with the chia seeds and milk.
side shot of chia pudding in jars, topped with fruits.

Frequently asked questions

Can you make chia pudding with regular milk?

Any milk can be used to make chia seed pudding. In fact, some may prefer using a full-fat whole milk option instead of almond or coconut milk.

What time of day is best to eat chia pudding?

You can eat chia pudding any time of the day. Most people like to eat chia pudding for breakfast or enjoy it mid-day for dessert. My son actually eats his right before bedtime.

Do chia seeds have to sit before eating?

No. Chia seeds can be used in moderation over things like smoothie bowls, yogurt, or fruit salads. The chia seeds do not need to be soaked first for this. But if you are planning on making chia pudding, the chia seeds will need time to soak into the liquid you are using.

top view of jars with chia pudding topped with fruits

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Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

By: Rena
Servings: 6
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Rest time/ overnight: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 5 minutes
Chia pudding in a jar, topped with chopped mango and blueberry.
Simple and easy to make chia seed pudding made with only chia seeds, almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla.

Ingredients

  • 4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • Toppings of choice: mango, blueberries, creamy peanut butter

Instructions

  • Add the milk, chia seeds, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl. Immediately start whisking to prevent any lumps from forming.
  • Store in the fridge overnight, or at least 2 hours. (Alternatively, you may divide the mixture into 6 jars and cover them with the lids before refrigerating.
  • Once the chia pudding has set, Divide the pudding into 6 mason jars and store again in the fridge if not ready to serve.op wi
  • Top with fresh berries and chopped mango.

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Notes

  • Note: If you prefer your chia pudding more on the thick side, add 1/4 cup of chia seeds.
  • Milk: You may use any milk of your choice. To keep this recipe vegan-friendly, use almond or coconut milk.
  • Sweetener: for non-vegan, use honey. Maple syrup or agave are also great options.
  • How to: There are two ways you can store this to turn into pudding. Either store the huge bowl with the mixture in the fridge and divide it up the next day or mix the ingredients well and divide into mason jars and then store overnight.
  • Allow the chia seeds to sit for a few minutes, mix again until the chia seeds start to float around the milk, then place in the fridge to set.
  • Top with any toppings of choice. Fruits make great topping options.
  • Chia pudding stores well in the fridge for up to one week.

Nutrition

Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 6gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 224mgPotassium: 188mgFiber: 10gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 409mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
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About Rena Awada

Hi, I’m Rena! I am here to help you prepare delicious, light, fresh meals that your whole family will love!

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