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How to Make Chia Seed Pudding in 3 Easy Steps

How to Make Chia Seed Pudding in three easy steps using three basic ingredients. Serve it up with fresh fruit, almond butter or peanut butter, and enjoy this healthy treat!

Teal bowl of chia pudding with sliced bananas, walnuts, and fresh berries on top. Chopped walnuts to the side, a bowl of fresh blueberries in the background, and a blue striped napkin.

It’s time we high tail it back to the basics and learn how to make superfood, super delicious, super awesome-for-breakfast-OR-dessert chia seed pudding! In three easy steps!

When I posted my first chia seed pudding recipe back in 2013, I thought I was very late to the chia performance. But as it turns out, good food is timeless. This creamy pudding has maintained trendiness over the years and the biggest takeaway is delicious chia seed pudding is here to stay.

Although I’ve posted several chia seed recipes, I figured I would go way back to the basics.

In case this is your first time learning about chia pudding, here is the gist. Chia seeds are combined with any type of milk and allowed to sit overnight, similar to overnight oats. The end result is a thicker pudding with little bursts of gelatinous chia seeds with tapioca-like texture.

There are so many delicious ways you can enjoy this super food pudding. Fresh fruit, fruit puree, dark chocolate, coconut flakes, and nut butters are just the tip of the iceberg for serving options.

With a few simple steps, a few minutes of prep time and three basic ingredients, you’ll have a delicious breakfast with creamy texture.

Let’s discuss some fun facts about chia seeds.

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds:

  • Full of antioxidants
  • Great source of dietary fiber
  • Contains plant-based protein
  • Infused with calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium
  • Full of Omega-3 fatty acids (healthy fats).
  • Absorb 10 times their weight in liquid
  • When soaked, chia seeds form a thick gel (pudding) with a texture similar to tapioca
  • Can be used as a replacement for eggs in vegan cooking
  • Gluten Free & Paleo-Friendly

With all those fun facts stated, there’s recent research that suggests all those nutrients wrapped up in chia seeds actually stay trapped inside chia seeds…like your body can’t put them to good use.

Chia seeds contain phytate, which is an antinutrient that hinders the absorption of minerals, and the gel that forms around chia seeds when they come in contact with liquid actually makes them near impossible to digest.

Does this sell you on chia seed pudding? Regardless of the nutrition debate, chia pudding is a healthier option than a pudding made using dairy milk, egg yolks, and cane sugar. And hot damn, it tastes good! 

Teal bowl of chia seed pudding topped with sliced bananas, blueberries, walnuts and pure maple syrup. Small bowl of fresh blueberries in the background and a napkin

We need 3 basic ingredients to make this easy chia pudding recipe. Let’s discuss!

Ingredients for Chia Seed Pudding:

Milk: Any type of milk you like works here. Coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, cow’s milk, goat milk, hemp milk, flax milk, cashew milk, oat milk, etc.

I often use unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk. Do note that if you use a milk that doesn’t contain emulsifiers like non-dairy milk, there can be a tendency for the chia seeds to clump up.

Chia Seeds: White chia seeds or black chia seeds work equally well for creamy chia pudding! You only need a small amount of these little seeds to make a ton of pudding.

Sweetener: Liquid natural sweeteners are the easiest to work with for chia pudding. Pure maple syrup, agave, and honey taste great! Note: if you use honey, you may need to heat it slightly so that it incorporates into the pudding without clumping up.

In addition to the above ingredients, you need a sealable container with an air-tight lid. I like using a big mason jar.

For the best results, I recommend preparing the full recipe in a large container (like a bowl, tupperware container or large jar) first. After the pudding has finished thickening up, you can divide it between individual jars for a grab and go breakfast or snack.

Wooden cutting board with measuring cups, a jar of milk, and a small bowl of chia seeds. Ready to turn into chia pudding.

Without further ado, here’s how to make chia seed pudding in 3 easy steps.

How To Make Chia Seed Pudding:

Step 1: Pour

Grab a jar and pour your milk and sweetener of choice into it, along with your chia seeds. I like adding the liquids first, because if you add the chia seeds first, they’ll clump up at the bottom of the jar and will be harder to mix.

Pouring chia seeds into a jar with almond milk to make chia seed pudding.

I use 2½ cups of liquid (unsweetened almond milk and canned full-fat coconut milk are my favorite), ½ cup of chia seeds, and 3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave.

Step 2: Shake

Seal that jar tightly and shake it like a polaroid picture.  Shake it like a shake weight. Shake it off, T. Swift. I mean, just shake the thing vigorously. Give it a good shake. But only after sealing that jar!

Hand shaking a jar of chia seed pudding.

Step 3: Refrigerate

Place your jar in the refrigerator overnight. The longer you let the pudding sit, the thicker and creamier it will be, and the softer the chia seeds will be. If possible, give the pudding a good stir every few hours to ensure the chia seeds don’t clump together.

jar full of chia seed pudding, ready to eat.

While you can enjoy the pudding after a few hours, I think it’s best to wait at least 12 hours.

Bonus Step: Devour!

Now comes the fun part! Once your pudding has set up the next day, you can enjoy it in so many different ways!

Fresh berries, sliced banana, a little extra milk, and a drizzle of honey is my favorite way to enjoy chia pudding. Pick your favorite fruit and additional favorite toppings!

Serving Ideas For Chia Pudding:

Fresh raw fruit: Bananas and blueberries are my favorite because they’re easy to find any time of year, and they’re hard to beat flavor-wise. I also love getting a little tropical when mangoes and pineapples are in season. Check out my Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with mango for example!

Raw nuts and seeds: While chia pudding already has wonderful poppy texture, I love adding raw nuts. Check out my Maple Walnut Chia Seed Pudding for example. Nuts bring extra texture and extra healthy fats to the treat.

Chocolate: For a chocolate pudding, you’ll need to take an extra step by heating the milk with cacao powder until it is dissolved. If you don’t heat the cocoa powder (or cacao powder) with milk first, it will only clump up and won’t become chocolate-y goodness. Check out my Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding for example!

Nut butters: similar to adding chocolate to your chia recipe, you’ll need to heat any nut butters (such as almond butter, cashew butter, peanut butter, etc.) with the milk so that it gets incorporated into the pudding without clumping. Unless you want clumps of chia seeds, which would be delicious, too.

Booze: Making a boozy syrup such as the cinnamon bourbon syrup from my Banana Walnut Waffles post will make an insanely flavorful adult treat. Simply follow the instructions for the boozy syrup from that post and add desired amount to your pudding.

Cooked fruit: If you’re familiar with making fruit compote, feel free to whip up some stewed fruit. As you know, I love adding stewed/cooked fruit to my pancakes. You can do the same with chia seed pudding!  How about some warm spiced apples? Follow the instructions for the spiced apples from my Apple Cinnamon Pancakes post.

Sky’s the limit!

You can mix in a little fresh lemon zest or orange zest for some citrusy flavor.

small teal bowl of chia pudding topped with fresh fruit, nuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Fresh blueberries and a napkin in the background.

And that’s it! Everything you need to know about making the best chia pudding!

Make a big batch for meal prep so that you can enjoy some as a healthy snack throughout the week. Experiment with all sorts of amazing flavors for the perfect healthy breakfast. 

Shake up some chia seed pudding tonight and have it for breakfast AND dessert tomorrow! 

Check out these additional healthy chia pudding recipes!

My Favorite Chia Seed Pudding Recipes!

Let me know what you put on top of your superfood pudding in the comments below!

Teal bowl of chia pudding with sliced bananas, walnuts, and fresh berries on top. Chopped walnuts to the side, a bowl of fresh blueberries in the background, and a blue striped napkin.
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Easy Chia Seed Pudding

Delicious chia seed pudding is a simple and healthy dessert that only requires 3 basic ingredients at a baseline! Serve it up with fresh fruit, nut butters, a drizzle of maple syrup or honey and some chopped nuts for a creamy treat!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 213kcal
Author: Julia

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the almond milk and pure maple syrup to a large sealable jar. Pour in the chia seeds. Seal the jar tightly, and shake vigorously until ingredients are well-combined.
  • Place jar in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 4 hours). If possible, stir the pudding occasionally to ensure the chia seeds are distributed evenly throughout and to avoid clumping.
  • Serve chia seed pudding with your favorite toppings, such as fresh fruit, chopped nuts, a drizzle of pure maple syrup, and a dollop of almond butter.

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Notes

*You can use any dairy or non-dairy milk for this recipe.
**You can use any liquid sweetener to sweeten your chia seed pudding, such as pure maple syrup, honey, coconut palm syrup, etc.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 4 | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 59mg | Sugar: 10g

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Betty

Wednesday 12th of July 2023

How long does the pudding last in the refrigerator

Julia

Thursday 20th of July 2023

Hi Betty! The chia seed pudding will last for up to 5 days if it's kept in a sealed jar or airtight container :) Enjoy!

Dot Everhart

Monday 18th of October 2021

Chocolate Almond Breeze milk makes making chocolate chia pudding very simple. I add peppermint extract to mine as I love chocolate peppermint!

Julia

Thursday 21st of October 2021

Ooh that sounds amazing! xo

Karen

Saturday 22nd of February 2020

I was wondering if you had ever tried this with canned coconut milk? Or Oat milk? Would it necessarily come out thicker?

Julia

Friday 28th of February 2020

Hi Karen!

I've used both! Both work very nicely...coconut milk turns out especially thick and decadent! You may want to combine it with some almond milk just to be sure it doesn't get too thick. Enjoy! xoxo

CJ

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019

Would it be OK to use a little flax seed meal to make the chia pudding a bit thicker, or would that just mess with texture?

Julia

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019

Hi CJ! As long as the flax seeds are ground up, I don't think it will mess with the texture too much! You could also just add more chia seeds :D Hope you enjoy!! xo

Ishita

Monday 2nd of July 2018

Is a refrigerator necessary? Leaving it out won't work?

Julia

Monday 2nd of July 2018

Hi Ishita,

I always refrigerate the chia pudding so it doesn't acquire bacteria. If you aren't concerned with that, you can skip the refrigeration, although I wouldn't recommend it.

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