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Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding can't be beaten for an easy and healthy breakfast or snack. It's thick and creamy, with just the slightest hint of seedy texture (similar to tapioca pudding).
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 1 (1/2-cup) serving
Calories: 205kcal


Base Recipe

Cashew Yogurt Chia Pudding

Protein Chia Pudding


  • Mix. Add the chia seeds, plant-based milk, protein boosters (if using), and flavor enhancers (if using) into a mason jar and stir to combine. It helps if you use a clear mason jar so you can check all around for any clumps. If the chia seeds stay clumped up together, they won’t properly absorb the liquid in the jar, making for a lumpy, crunchy chia seed pudding. Once the chia pudding mixture is well combined, let it sit for about 10 minutes or until the chia seeds have started to gel. Then give it another stir to break up any remaining clumps of chia seeds and ensure the mixture will set. 
  • Refrigerate. Place the chia seed pudding in the fridge for a few hours. The consistency will still be quite liquidy at this point. As the chia seeds absorb all the liquid, they will thicken. Gelling chia seeds takes time - a minimum of 1 hour, but ideally 8 hours or overnight. The longer the pudding sits, the thicker it will get. Letting it sit for at least 12 hours will yield the best results. If your chia pudding isn’t thick enough after 12 hours, just add more chia seeds to the mixture and let it sit a bit longer. If your chia seed pudding is too thick, add a little bit more liquid. Some people like a thicker chia seed pudding and some like a thinner version. There's no right or wrong consistency. 
  • Serve. Top the chia seed pudding with fresh fruit and nuts. You can also serve it with fruit purees, nut butters, granola, coconut flakes, or cacao nibs.
  • Store. Leftover chia seed pudding keeps well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For longer-term storage, freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


*The protein powder I used was flavored with vanilla powder and sweetened with stevia.
**Nutrition information is calculated for the base recipe only.
***Nutrition information is approximate and may contain errors. Please, feel free to make your own calculations.


Serving: 1of 1 | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 0g