Chia Pudding

By Maria Lichty

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Chia Pudding- you only need 4 ingredients to make this healthy and satisfying chia pudding recipe! Customize with your favorite toppings and enjoy for breakfast, a simple snack, or even dessert.

chia pudding in 3 jars with berries on top.

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Mornings are usually super busy, so I love having a healthy breakfast ready to go. Overnight oats, baked oatmeal, and breakfast casseroles are a few of my favorites. I also LOVE Chia Pudding.

If you haven’t tried chia pudding before, you are in for a real treat. It’s super easy to make, can be made in advance, and is easy to customize. Plus, it’s DELICIOUS!

Chia seeds are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and fiber. When you mix them with milk (any variety) they plump up and gel up, creating a soft, creamy pudding.

You do have to stir the mixture and let the pudding chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours (I recommend overnight) so the pudding can thicken up.

Top the pudding with fresh fruit, nut butter, granola, nuts, coconut, etc. Use your favorite toppings to customize your pudding.

Enjoy for breakfast, a satisfying snack, or even dessert. For dessert, I highly recommend a drizzle of peanut butter and chocolate chips. YUM!

chia pudding ingredients in bowls with tea towel.

Ingredients

  • Chia seeds– make sure your chia seeds are fresh! I like to store mine in the freezer.
  • Milk– I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but use your favorite milk. Dairy, coconut, cashew, hemp, and soy milk are all fine.
  • Pure maple syrup– to sweeten the pudding. You can use honey if you don’t need the recipe to be vegan.
  • Pure vanilla extract– just a splash!
chia pudding being stirred in small glass jar on marble board with tea towel and berries.

How to Make Chia Pudding

  • Add the chia seeds to a jar. I recommend using an 8 oz jar (I also like these jars) so you have room for toppings.
  • Pour the milk over the chia seeds. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir well to combine.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes. Stir again until well combined and there is no clumping.
  • Cover the jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. For best results, chill overnight so the pudding has enough time to thicken up.
  • When ready to eat, remove from the refrigerator and stir. If the pudding is too thick, you can add a splash of milk and stir again.
  • Top with desired toppings.
chia pudding in small glass jar with berries on top.

Toppings

  • Fresh fruit– berries, banana slices, peach slices, chopped apples, pears, etc.
  • Granola– for a sweet crunch! My favorite granola recipes: almond butter granola, granola clusters, lemon blueberry granola, chocolate granola, and peanut butter granola.
  • Coconut– plain or toasted!
  • Nuts– almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, or cashews.
  • Nut butter– I love adding a drizzle of peanut butter or almond butter.
  • Maple Syrup or Honey– finish with a little sweetness!
  • Hemp Hearts– for an extra boost of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Chocolate Chips or Chunks– top with chocolate for a decadent treat!

Meal Prep

Chia pudding is perfect for meal prepping. If you want to plan ahead and make several jars to eat during the week, you certainly can. The recipe below makes one jar, but you can easily double, triple, or quadruple the recipe.

To make a larger batch: Instead of making in a jar, combine the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Stir well and let sit for 15 minutes. Stir again to make sure there is no clumping. You can store in a large airtight container, but I still like to store in individual jars. Transfer the pudding to individual jars, put the lids on, and store in the fridge.

How to Store

Chia pudding will keep stored in an airtight jar or container for up to 5 days. Stir well before using and top with desired toppings right before serving.

You can also freeze chia pudding. Make and freeze without toppings in a jar or freezer container for up to 2 weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Stir, add toppings, and enjoy!

chia pudding in 3 small glass jars with berries and granola on marble board.

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Chia Pudding

You only need 4 ingredients to make this healthy and satisfying chia pudding recipe! Customize with your favorite toppings and enjoy for breakfast, a simple snack, or even dessert.
4.79 from 14 votes

Ingredients
  

For the pudding:

Optional Toppings:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Granola
  • Coconut
  • Nuts
  • Nut butter
  • Drizzle of maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Add the chia seeds to a jar. I recommend an 8 oz jar to leave room for toppings.
  • Pour the milk over the chia seeds. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir well to combine.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes. Stir again until well combined and there is no clumping.
  • Cover the jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. For best results, chill overnight so the pudding has enough time to thicken up.
  • When ready to eat, remove from the refrigerator and stir. If the pudding is too thick, you can add a splash of milk and stir again. Top with fresh fruit and other desired toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe makes 1 serving. If you want to double, triple, or quadruple the recipe for meal prep, you can! You can make the chia pudding in individual jars or make in a large bowl and then divide it into individual jars. Just make you stir well before putting in the fridge, so the pudding thickens. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 167mg, Potassium: 115mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 13IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 309mg, Iron: 2mg
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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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