Eggnog Chia Pudding


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Eggnog chia pudding is the perfect way to enjoy a Christmas classic – in dessert form! It’s delectably creamy, filled with holiday spices, and it can be made with or without alcohol in the eggnog. Your choice!

Eggnog chia pudding glasses on a table with cinnamon sticks.

It goes without saying that sweets are all the rage during the holidays. Yes, Christmas revolves around no bake cookies and a cozy mug of hot chocolate. But here at Downshiftology, I’m all for putting exciting twists on your favorite classics.

So you best believe that eggnog can be transformed into a deliciously spiced chia pudding dessert. The eggnog lends an ultra creamy texture, with hints of nutmeg, and a slight boozy kick. Then top it off with a dollop of cream and dusted cinnamon – the flavors are quite magical!

Eggnog chia pudding ingredients on a table.

Eggnog Chia Pudding Ingredients

All you need for this recipe are eggnog and chia seeds! While you can use a store-bought eggnog, I say homemade eggnog is the way to go to avoid additional additives and high levels of sugar. Oh, and did I mention it only takes 5 minutes to make in a blender? When you make eggnog at home, you can also choose to make it alcohol-free, and turn this into a dessert for the kiddos as well.

Mixing eggnog chia pudding in a glass bowl.

How To Make Eggnog Chia Pudding

Although it takes the chia seeds a couple of hours to gel up – the wait is worth it. Here’s how to make it.

  • Give it a stir. Stir the eggnog and chia seeds together in a bowl or jar. Let it rest for 10 minutes then stir again to prevent clumping.
  • Let it chill. Refrigerate the pudding for at least one hour, though several hours is best.
  • Serve. Give it stir, separate into four cups, and serve! Feel free to add toppings as well (see below).
Glasses of eggnog chia pudding on a table with a spoon.

Topping Variations

This chia pudding is delicious on its own—and even better when layered with cream and dusted spices. That’s how I like to decorate mine, but it’s really a blank canvas for you to play with flavors. Here’s a few ideas.

  • Dollop cream. Make a batch of my coconut whipped cream for an even creamier texture.
  • Sprinkle spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg is the ultimate holiday combo.
  • Add fruit. Diced apples, sliced bananas, pears, blueberries, or pomegranates add a refreshing touch.
  • Drizzle a nut butter. Drizzle on some almond butter to add a bit of nuttiness.
  • Add crunch. To give this texture, add slivered almonds, chai spiced granola, or seeds such as pepitas.

Storage Tips

Good news – in a sealed container, this eggnog chia pudding will last for up to 5 days in the fridge! So you can make it ahead of time for holiday festivities and parties, then simply garnish before serving. It’s holiday desserts made easy!

More Chia Pudding Recipes

If you love chia pudding as much as I do – I’ve got quite the collection for you to add to your rotation.

If you make this recipe, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Eggnog chia pudding in glasses on a marble tray.

Eggnog Chia Pudding

4.89 from 9 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Wait Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


Eggnog chia pudding is the perfect way to enjoy a Christmas classic – in dessert form! It's delectably creamy, filled with holiday spices, and it can be made with or without alcohol in the eggnog, if you make the eggnog at home.


  • 2 cup eggnog
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • Optional toppings: whipped cream, spices, and cinnamon sticks.


  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the egg nog and chia seeds. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then stir again once the seeds have started to gel. 
    Mixing eggnog chia pudding in a glass bowl with a spoon.
  • Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour or overnight. I usually prefer a minimum of 4 hours to let the chia seeds gel properly.
    Mixing eggnog chia pudding in a large bowl.
  • Remove the eggnog chia pudding from fridge and give it a good stir. Split the chia pudding into 4 cups, add toppings, spices, and enjoy!
    Little glasses of eggnog chia pudding.

Lisa’s Tips


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 299mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chia pudding, Eggnog Chia Pudding, eggnog dessert
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. Really good! I made the recipe as is but would have preferred to do 75% eggnog 25% nut milk as it was sweet. Otherwise, it was a fantastic recipe which I will be making again4 stars

  2. Hi Lisa,
    Do you know any way to make the Eggnog not only dairy free but also egg free for a real vegan option?
    I know you guys over in America have a dairy and egg free version in stores, but I’m from Germany and (shameful enough ;) ) germans don’t know Eggnog at all. I would be more than happy if you could help me :)

    With best regards,


  3. I made this with my leftover eggnog and it was delicious! Dairy free eggnog in a pudding, what more can you ask for? Loved it!5 stars

  4. OMG! I love this two-ingredient recipe. And these cute jars: I am going to buy them :) I love the presentation very much!5 stars

  5. I love the idea of combining eggnog in a Chia seed pudding! This looks easy to make and is perfect for the holidays!5 stars

  6. What a clever way to incorporate eggnog flavor in this! I love chia pudding so am really looking forward to having this for the holidays!5 stars