Chia seed pudding is delicious, versatile, easy to make, and a powerhouse of nutrients. Made with a couple of ingredients, chia seeds and nut milk, chia seed pudding makes for a delicious snack, breakfast, and even dessert.
Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia pudding has a special place in my health journey. I remember learning how to make chia pudding a few years ago. It was soon after I learned just how nutrient-dense these little tiny seeds were! Since then, chia seed pudding has become an easy staple in my weekly menu!
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Because they are high in fiber, they help with digestion.
Ingredients for the Perfect Seed Chia Pudding
You only need a few basic ingredients to make a chia pudding
- One cup of dairy-free milk. Full-fat canned coconut milk is my favorite milk to use for chia pudding as it results in the creamiest texture of all nut
milksI’ve used. However, I only recommend this if you’re a fan of coconuts! Almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, and any other dairy-free milk taste great as well!
- Chia seeds, preferably organic. I’ve found this to be the perfect milk to chia seed ratio. Use 3 tablespoons if you prefer a thinner consistency. Or play around with different amounts of chia seed until you find your favorite consistency!
- Optional: a few drops of vanilla to add flavor. You can omit this if you’re using flavored milk!
- Optional: a little sweetener. I prefer maple syrup but honey is another great option if you’re not vegan!
- Optional: a variety of toppings. This is completely optional but can consist of fresh fruit, compotes, nuts, seeds, and even nut butter. The sky is the limit on all the delicious combinations you can make!
How to Make Chia Seed Pudding
Once you have your ingredients, all you need is a bowl and whisk. Alternatively, you can use a jar with a lid!
- In a medium bowl, combine the milk, chia seeds, sweetener (if using), and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined. Alternatively, combine the ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake for about 30 seconds to combine the ingredients (I love using a mason jar).
- Let it sit for 5 minutes and whisk again. Or, if using a jar, shake the jar again for 15-30 seconds. Be sure to do this step otherwise you’ll end up with clumpy chia pudding!
- Cover the bowl or pour the mixture into another container with a lid. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Enjoy as is or add any of the optional toppings. One of my personal favorite ways is to add seasonal fruit, like this Fig Berry Chia Pudding.
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Chia pudding is delicious, versatile, easy to make, and a powerhouse of nutrients. Made with a handful of ingredients, chia pudding makes for a delicious snack, breakfast, and even dessert. Learn how to make chia pudding and add this easy staple to your weekly menu!
- 1 cup dairy-free milk
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a medium bowl, combine the milk, chia seeds, sweetener (if using), and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined.
- Let it sit for 5 minutes and whisk again. Be sure to do this step otherwise you’ll end up with clumpy chia pudding!
- Cover the bowl or pour the mixture into another container with a lid. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour, preferably at least 6 hours.
- Enjoy as is or add any of the optional toppings.
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This recipe was originally published on October 1, 2016. Since then, it’s been freshened up with new pictures, commentary, and made even more delicious!