Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with Mango - dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and paleo friendly! |

When it comes to food trends, I tend to be pretty stubborn (says the girl who’s writing a cookbook on kale. PAH!). I resist, give the cold shoulder, and ultimately I end up caving because it’s lonely being a black sheep.  Plus, I get hungry.

Up until a few days ago, I ignored chia seed pudding like it was the annoying kid in class who constantly had his/her hand raised. I assumed (incorrectly) that chia pudding would require a time investment with a lot of milk-boiling and yolk-tempering. I imagined it would be just another insulin spike and sugar coma walk down food addiction lane. Sooooo whaaaat, whooooo caaaaaares, no big deeeeeal, was my take. The fact that I was spotting chia seed puddings all over the intraverse made me mistrust its validity when the whole time, I should have been swaddling it in my warm, welcome embrace.

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with Mango - dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and paleo friendly! |

Well, great news for all us folks that enjoy short ingredient lists and 30 second prep times: There’s no boiling or egg tempering required and chia seed pudding is GREAT for you (provided you use healthful milks and natural sweeteners versus cane sugar).  All I did was mix almond milk, coconut milk, and chia seeds together in a jar and stick it in the refrigerator overnight. What came out was a thick, rich pudding similar to tapioca, that I felt absolutely no shame over eating for breakfast.

The first batch I made, I didn’t add a sweetener and simply diced up a ripe mango to mix in. What happened next was I felt like I had cheated the system. The whole system. There I was, enjoying a decadent treat that took half a minute to make, which had zero refined sugar and was nothing but healthful. This is my bliss. Coldplay should be playing right now as background music.

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with Mango - dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and paleo friendly! |

I love you, my chia pet.

So what’s the deal with chia seeds? Other than the fact that they make a delicious, tapioca-like consistency when soaked in liquid, they have mondo health benefits. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, are an anti-inflammatory, can lower blood sugar, and can be used as an egg replacer in vegan cooking and baking. Plus, they are digestible in their whole form, which means they don’t need to be ground up in order to reap the benefits.

Where do you find ’em? You can purchase chia seeds from any natural food store, most grocery stores, and online.

Oh chia…I want to gaze lovingly at you and put you on my windowsill.

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Prep Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 1 minute

Yield: Serves 2 to 3 people

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding



  1. Combine the milks and agave in a jar and stir well with a spoon (or put the lid on and shake the jar. That’s the more fun way of going about this). Note: If your coconut milk is cold and separated, it will need to be stirred well to combine the water and flesh.
  2. Add the chia seeds and shake with the lid on (or stir).
  3. Refrigerate the overnight (at least 6 hours).

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with Mango - dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and paleo friendly! |


  1. says

    Yeah, I have never done any kind of chia seed pudding or chia seed anything for that matter! I like chia seeds, but never use them. Thanks for reminding me about them. This looks awesome and so easy too!

  2. says

    I’m a huge fan of chia pudding in all its gooey glory. I’m obsessed with your pictures, too! Everything is better with coconut, in my opinion. I bet making this with coconut milk makes it super decadent!

  3. says

    ha! I react the same way to food trends, one eyebrow perpetually raised 😉 But I’m usually the crazy one for not trying it. You always make these things so accessible! I love that. I’m going to have to put chia pudding on my to do list now. PS. Are chia seeds easy to find?

    • Julia says

      Exactly – once we finally get around to sampling the in-style food, we realize what we have been missing the whole time. Chia seeds are pretty easy to get ahold of – you can get them at any natural food store or a regular grocery store that carries Bob’s Red Mill’s products (the ones I used are BRM :) You can also get them online cheaper than grocery stores! :) I’m glad you asked because I’m sure other readers have the same question!

  4. says

    Welcome to the Chia Seed Lovers Club! I recently discovered them and I feel a little like, “where WERE you my whole life!?” I love finding new ways to use chia seeds- your version here with coconut milk is def one I’m gonna have to try.

  5. says

    I have been seeing a lot of chia puddings too…but none as pretty as this! I may need to jump on the bandwagon myself! I love the bright mango on top. Just lovely!

  6. Julie says

    Ok. I’m going to have to try this. I haven’t heard about the chia pudding thing. I have all of the ingredients on hand, so maybe for this weekend. Lord knows I need to detox myself from eating so much of Stephie’s peach ice cream. :)

    • Julia says

      UGH, peach ice cream sounds amazing! Definitely try it! Worst case scenario, if you don’t enjoy it, you can add it to oatmeal or bake it into a muffin! :)

  7. says

    Now, what can you tell me about the texture here? Are the seeds chewy? Slimy? Smushy? I tend to avoid bubble tea places because the bubble thingies weird me out, which is kind of what I’m reminded of here, but if this is healthy I don’t want to totally discount it…Also, we all know how I love coconut, so I’m totally on that bandwagon…Hmmmmmmmm…enlighten me, darling friend!

    • Julia says

      Imagine tapioca texture but with smaller balls…let me take a second to giggle…okay, back to my explanation. So, smaller balls that are slightly harder than tapioca balls. There is a slight gooey-ness, but for the most part, it is thick and creamy. The chia seeds totally get stuck in your teeth…flossing after consumption is recommended 😉 Honestly, if you’re a texture person, you may not like the pudding :(

    • Erin says

      I HATE tapioca bubble like those in the bubble tea. The gross, slimy feeling like you’re swallowing partially melted plastic balls. YUK.

      However, I just finished my first bowl of this, and will be eating more. I do think having some fruit (I had pineapple) on top helps cut the texture, but the “bubbles” are so much smaller that, until one gets stuck i your teeth, I really didn’t notice it much.

  8. says

    My poor gigantic bag of chia seeds are sitting in my pantry, patiently awaiting the day I pick of the bag and finally spoon them into something. I have good intentions. This is a pudding I can get behind. Minimal prep. Instant gratification. Health benefits. Yurp, I’m in.

    • Julia says

      You’ll looooove it! Now the only thing I want to do with my chia seeds is make pudding out of them. So long, bag of chia seeds! :)

    • Julia says

      My apologies for the confusion, Andrew. I did mention in my post that there is no “refined sugar” in the recipe, but I understand that there is still debate as to whether or not agave is considered refined, so this was probably poorly worded. I did make the pudding minus the agave and I thought it was wonderful, so if you’re concerned about agave being sugar, you can omit it from the recipe and still have a tasty treat :)

  9. says

    Yep – I’m in the same boat as you and some of your readers! I love chia seeds and use them in lots of my recipes, but just never got around to making a chia pudding. Well, duh! Now I clearly see how bummed I’m gonna be that I didn’t make pudding sooner! Your recipe is the one that is finally gonna send me to the kitchen to give it a try! And, I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be my new obsession, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • says

      Thanks, Loes! I’ve never tried using cow’s milk for the recipe, but I’m pretty sure it would work just fine! Let me know how it turns out! :)

  10. Kristin says

    I’m trying this for dessert tonight. Looks yummy!

    Just FYI, you can also buy a huge bag of organic chia seeds at Costco for pretty cheap.


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