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How to Make Chia Seed Pudding (vegan, paleo)

Chia seed 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!

Chia seed pudding with berries

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!

Watch the Video for My Chia Pudding Recipe

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are 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. Use dairy-free nut milk and chia seeds for a healthy vegan chia pudding recipe.

How to Make Chia Seed 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.

Chia seed pudding is easy to make. Use dairy-free nut milk for a healthy vegan option.

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 the 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!

Chia seed pudding with berries.

More Chia Seed Recipes You’ll Love

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

Chia seed pudding is easy to make. Use dairy-free nut milk for a healthy vegan option.
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How to Make Chia Seed Pudding (vegan, paleo)

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Lisa Bryan
Chia seed pudding can't be beat for an easy and healthy breakfast. Use coconut milk or nut milk for a delicious dairy-free, vegan option. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled, depending on the number of people. Watch the quick video above to see how easily it comes together!
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond milk, cashew milk or coconut milk, (or more for thinner texture)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

Optional

  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • fresh fruit, nuts and seeds

Instructions

  • Add the chia seeds and milk to a bowl or jar and stir together. Let sit for 10 minutes, then stir again once the seeds have started to gel. 
  • Cover the bowl or jar and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Chia seeds can also be made overnight for breakfast the next morning.
  • Stir the chia pudding before serving and add your favorite fruit, nuts, seeds and spices.

Video

Lisa's Tips

  • If you notice your chia seeds aren't starting to gel and thicken after 10 minutes, you may have dud chia seeds. This can happen in they've been sitting in your pantry a while. Just grab a new bag of chia seeds

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 8g, Sodium: 166mg, Potassium: 97mg, Fiber: 8g, Calcium: 30.1%, Iron: 10.3%
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chia pudding, chia pudding recipe, Chia Seed Pudding
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Recipe originally posted August 2016, but updated to include new information. 

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46 comments on “How to Make Chia Seed Pudding (vegan, paleo)”

  1. Lisa,
    I made the chia pudding and added almond butter and blueberries. The flavor was delicious, but if I had to look at what I was eating, it was not appetizing. I used black whole chia seeds. As a chia newbie, are there different types of chia seeds? Could a grind up the seeds first to avoid that weird look and funky texture? Thanks and I love your videos too!

    • Hi Mary – You can buy ground chia seeds, but the gelatinous properties of the chia seeds would stay the same. And yes, if its your first time having chia seeds, their texture can be a bit surprising but obviously delicious. Since you are new, I would recommend putting a spoonful or two in a smoothie in order to get use to the texture. :) I’m glad you enjoyed the pudding overall and thanks for supporting my YouTube channel!

  2. I love this recipe for chia pudding.  I made mine with Oat Milk and it was delicious.  I have it with some raspberry sauce. 

  3. Thanks for sharing! Do they keep long?

    • Hi Vanessa – In the fridge it will last 3 – 4 days. But you can also freeze these and they will last 3 weeks or more. Then I usually move them from the freezer to the fridge the night before I want to eat them.

  4. This looks so good! It is hard to find a recipe that is simple but gets the texture right!

  5. Chia seed pudding where have you been all my life. Lisa this recipe is delicious. Thanks

  6. Oh my gosh this looks AMAZING. I’ve never had chia pudding, but like to add it to my oatmeal. I think I need to try this :)

    • Thanks Mary! Chia is a great anti-inflammatory and great for puddings and smoothie. :)

  7. I just love all of your videos.😍

  8. Hi Lisa,
    I was wondering if chiapudding (with almond milk and no sugar of course) is whole30 compliant?
    I’m at day 2 for the moment and I’m looking for some breakfast inspiration.
    I thought I could make chiapudding with fresh fruit to take with me to work, but now i’m not sure..
    The recipe isn’t listed when clicked “whole30” by “dietary”.

    Thank you again for your wonderful youtubechannel and website.

    • Hi Livana – I’d say it’s a grey area. It’s technically Whole30 compliant if you keep the ingredients Whole30, but it shouldn’t be used as a meal replacement, because it’s not veggie-heavy or aligned with the intent of Whole30. But as a small mid-morning snack, I’d say it’s fine. :)

  9. This chia seed pudding looks so creamy and delicious. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon treat.

  10. I have a big bag of chia seeds in my cupboard, yet no idea what to do with them – I’m so glad I found your post :D

    • Awesome! Definitely put those chia seeds to good use (because they will go off). I have several chia pudding recipes on my website that you should check out. :)

  11. Where have I been? I had no idea this was so super easy to make!
    I think I’ll be stocking up on ingredients – chia pudding can be my spring / summer breakfast!

  12. I love love loved this video! Will make this pudding later on tonight.

  13. This looks delicious! What a great way to start your day.

  14. Great recipe! I loved it just wondering how to work out the calorie content of this?

    Sian

  15. Hi, Lisa
    I’ve recently been watching a lot of your videos and I love them all, especially the meal prep ones :)
    I am about to try the Chia pudding recipe and I was wondering how long I can keep it in the fridge for, just in case I don’t finish it all in one day.
    Thanks, 
    Meriam

    • Hi Meriam! Thanks so much! I’m glad you’re enjoying all my recipes and videos. You can keep the chia pudding for about 5 days in the fridge. But you can freeze it as well! I frequently make a large batch and freeze half of it, so I can enjoy it several weeks later. :)

  16. Hi Lisa,

    I was wondering- what is the texture of chia pudding? Is it crunchy? If so, it wouldn’t appeal to me!:)

  17. Hello, Lisa i love your you tube, your are an amazing Thank you for all your recipes, how did you make fresh strawberry pure

  18. Such a delicious recipe! I have a question, what is the recipe for the strawberry puree? Is it frozen? Thank you very much in advance

  19. I love your content, you have beautiful work and your recipes are to die for!

    I am going to make this, I think I’d be on your page more if you had the Nutrition Facts for each recipe you make, I know for people like me who are needing to meet certain caloric needs would really benefit/save a lot of time if you provided the nutritional facts like others do!

    Much love,
    Andrea

    • Aww, thanks so much Drealina! I’m happy you love my recipes! And good news, I’m slowly adding nutrition info to all recipes. You’ll notice my recent recipes have them….and I’m working backwards through all my recipes. Fingers crossed it will be done in the next few weeks. :) x

  20. Yummy! Thank-you! It was a hit for the whole fam!

  21. Awesome video!!! I really love chia seed pudding ( I had it today actually ;) ) and your recipe (the one with the pomegranate) was one of the first I tried!!! <3

  22. Another awesome video and delicious chia pudding recipe!