June 8, 2020

Vanilla Chia Pudding

Delicious Vanilla Chia Pudding that is rich, creamy, and so easy to make. This gluten and dairy free pudding is perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or treat. Try topping it with your favorite fruit, granola, and nut butter!

vanilla chia pudding in glass jar with strawberries, blueberries, coconut and granola on top

Easy Vanilla Chia Pudding

I’m not really a sweets for breakfast kind of girl (team savory all the way), but if there is one sweet-ish recipe that I can pretty much always eat for breakfast, it’s chia seed pudding.

There was a time, a few years ago that I thought chia seed pudding was just plain weird. You know those recipes you see online that only food bloggers would make and eat, but the actual normal public wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole? Yea…that was what I thought of all the chia seed pudding recipes I saw online.

But, after seeing my ten thousandth chia seed recipe in a cookbook one Saturday morning, I finally decided to give it a try and see for myself. I was convinced I would hate it. I was pleasantly surprised by how wrong I was. It was absolutely delicious. Now, chia seed pudding is one of the tools in my quick healthy breakfast arsenal that I rely upon heavily. And when I say heavily, I mean it.

At least a couple of times a month, I prep a big batch of chia seed pudding to eat throughout the week. Even though I work from home and have the flexibility of being able to cook whenever I need to, I don’t want to spend all of my time in the kitchen. Having a healthy option that I can grab and quickly put together makes my life so much easier and I’m willing to bet it could help you, too!

What Are Chia Seeds? 

Chia seeds are tiny black oval seeds that come from the plant Salvia hispanica which is a plant related to the mint plant. They have the ability to absorb high amounts of water and fat which makes them a great option to thicken sauces and can also be used as an egg substitute. When you add chia seeds to liquid like water or nut milk, they bloom and can create a gel or delicious chia seed pudding.

What are the Health Benefits of Chia Seeds? 

chia seeds in a white ramekin

Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and have over ten grams in ounce. They are also an excellent source of omega-3 healthy fats which are a great addition to your healthy diet. They are also rich in antioxidants, iron, and calcium.

Vanilla Chia Pudding Ingredients

Nut Milk: You can use whatever nut milk you love to make this recipe. I love combining almond milk with full fat coconut milk for a thick and creamy chia pudding. Another great option is cashew milk.

Nut Butter: Any nut butter you love will work here! Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or any mixed nut butter will work. Be mindful that if you use peanut butter, the chia pudding will have a peanut butter flavor to it.

Vanilla Extract: The vanilla extract helps to give the chia seed pudding that delicious vanilla flavor. If you do not want too much vanilla flavor you can scale back the amount.

Maple Syrup or Honey: These are used to sweeten your chia seed pudding. Personally, I like to use just one tablespoon of sweetener but feel free to use two or even three if you like things a bit sweeter. You can also leave the sweetener out completely and allow the fruit to sweeten the pudding.

How Do You Top Vanilla Chia Pudding?

vanilla chia pudding topped with blueberries, strawberries, coconut, and granola

Topping the chia seed pudding is my favorite part! Because this is a vanilla chia seed pudding, there are so many delicious toppings that you can use. Here are a few of my favorite toppings:

  • fresh berries like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries
  • sliced bananas or apples
  • nuts and seeds like toasted almonds, chopped peanuts, or cashews
  • your favorite granola
  • shredded coconut
  • a spoonful of creamy nut butter like cashew butter, peanut butter, or almond butter

How Do You Store Chia Pudding? 

You can store the chia seed pudding in an air-tight container in the fridge for two to three days. Store it without the toppings or fruit and add them to the pudding when you’re ready to eat!

vanilla chia pudding in a glass jar topped with blueberries, strawberries, granola, and coconut

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Vanilla Chia Pudding

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 hours
  • Total Time: 12 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 hours
  • Total Time: 12 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 12 tbsp maple syrup or honey (depending on how sweet you like things)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/4 c chia seeds

Method

  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients except the chia seeds

  2. Add the chia seeds and whisk again until well combined.

  3. Pour the mix into a storage container and place it in the refrigerator. After twenty minutes, give it another stir to make sure everything is evenly combined.

  4. Leave the chia pudding in the fridge overnight. In the morning give it a good stir and then top it with berries, your favorite granola, and even a little nut butter if that’s your thing. Enjoy!

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    23 comments
  1. This is such a fantastic recipe! My husband and I have been devouring it. Super creamy and flavorful, with an excellent texture.

  2. Thank youuuu for this recipe! I made it to see how it was (I’m a chia skeptic) and devoured it, then promptly made a double batch of it that day for the week.

  3. Easy and flavourful recipe! With so many different options for toppings, I feel like I’m having “different” breakfasts each day even though the base is always this chia seed pudding. My favourite toppings are banana & granola

  4. First time making chia pudding and this recipe is so quick, easy, and delicious! I’m very happy I found your profile. Can’t wait to try more recipes! Everything you make looks delicious!

  5. This chia pudding is my new go-to for breakfast! It is SO easy, delicious, and as a type 1 diabetic I find it regulates my blood sugar very well in the morning (I use less maple syrup :)) Thank you!!

  6. This chia pudding was deliciousness! So excited to add it to my weekly breakfast meals. So quick and easy and my favorite is the ability to make it a day or two ahead. Great recipe!

  7. I made this recipe, and it came out perfectly! I was skeptical about the nut butter, worrying it would just settle at the bottom. But after stirring a second time, as instructed, everything mixed together well. As suggested, I added strawberries on top, and it was all very delicious.

  8. First time making chia pudding & it was so good!! Adding this to my weekly routine!

    Question: How long will coconut milk last in the fridge once open?

    • I like to keep my coconut milk in the fridge for 3-4 days after opening. So happy you loved the recipe, Samantha! Thanks for taking the time to share a review!

  9. I have never tried chia pudding before, and I thought I wouldn’t like it! Glad I stumbled on your recipe, it made me brave enough to try it! I used peanut butter (can confirm, very peanut- buttery, but still delicious) and about 1/3 cup plain yogurt + 2/3 cup almond milk because it’s what I had. It came out great! I served with berries and now I have breakfast for a couple days.

  10. I love chia pudding- can’t wait to try this!
    How do you handle the separation that occurs in the canned coconut milk since it’s half a can? Thanks

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