This satisfying dairy-free vegan chia seed pudding recipe has a creamy and comforting custard consistency and is delicious served as a healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert!
Why this recipe works
These tiny dark seeds are high in fiber and packed with proteins, vitamins and minerals such as Omega-3. So go ahead and add this energy food to EVERYTHING! It can be sprinkled over smoothies, oatmeal, added to baked goods and turned it many variations of scrumptious chia seed puddings, such as this chia seed pudding and these vegan chocolate chia seed pudding pie tarts. Double this recipe for 4 days of meal prepping for the week and have a healthy breakfast ready to go.
This recipe also takes as little as 5 minutes to make, plus leaving it to set for 3 hours or overnight. All seeds are different, so if the seeds tend to clump more, it will take slightly longer than 3 hours to set. If there is no clumping, 3 hours will do the trick! More on those details below in the instructions and printable recipe.
Three simple ingredients or chia seeds, milk, and sweetener goes into this chia seed pudding recipe:
- Cup of vanilla flavored dairy free plant-based milk. Use any of your favorite nut milks such as almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, or oat milk.
- Maple syrup (It is optional to substitute the maple syrup for honey or stevia to sweeten the pudding.)
- Black or white chia seeds
How to make chia seed pudding
STEP 1. Measure out your ingredients. I like to mix my chia seed pudding in a mason jar. It is easy to do by just placing a lid on it and giving it a good shake while it sets. You can also place the milk in sealed container or bowl.
STEP 2. Combine the ingredients together in the jar or a bowl.
STEP 3. Place the lid on the jar and give it a good shake until everything is combined. If using a bowl, use a whisk to mix it a cover it with plastic or a lid. The chia seeds tend to clump so you may need to break up any clumps with a fork or whisk during the setting time.
STEP 4. Allow the chia seed pudding to set in the refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight until the chia seeds expand, become gel-like and the mixture resembles pudding.
After the chia pudding is ready and thick, pour it into a cup or bowl and top with fresh fruit or your favorite toppings! The consistency will look like this:
Chia Pudding Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use canned coconut milk in Chia Seed Pudding?
Yes, you can use any plant-based milk for this chia recipe. Although canned coconut milk has more fat than almond milk or a carton coconut milk and will make the pudding much thicker and creamier.
Is Chia Seed Pudding good for you?
Chia seed pudding is extremely good for you and an excellent source of plant based protein, dietary fiber, and omega-3 fatty acid. Just 1 tablespoon chia seeds contain 2140 mg of omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce anxiety, improve eye health, promote brain health and development in infants, reduce inflammation, blood pressure, and improve heart health. Chia seed pudding is also a wonderful alternative to regular pudding for those with celiac or a dairy intolerance.
Is Chia Seed Pudding good for weight loss?
Yes! This chia seed pudding is excellent for weight loss. Each serving has 7 grams of fiber which helps keep the body full for longer and flush away toxins when consumed with plenty of water. In addition Omega’s can assist to reduce symptoms of metabolic syndrome, including obesity, belly fat, and insulin resistance.
What toppings go on Chia Seed Pudding?
Here are a few favorite toppings to add:
+ Peanut butter (and strawberry jam)
+ Berries and fruit such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and banana slices
+ Almond butter (and banana slices)
+ Nuts such as walnuts, cashews, pecans, and almond slivers
+ Coconut flakes (toasted adds a little crunch!)
+ Hemp seeds (with fresh fruit)
+ Chocolate shavings or morsels (goes well with toasted coconut and peanut butter!)
+ Chopped apples and almond butter
+ Peaches and blueberries (with crunchy walnuts)
- Fudgy Avocado Chocolate Pudding
- Cranberry Smoothie Bowls
- Chia Date Bars
- Chia and Hemp Seed Superfood Oatmeal
- Chia Seed Bars
- Chocolate Chia Pudding Pie Tarts
- Healthy Oatmeal Chia Seed Muffins
- Dragon Fruit Strawberry Chia Pudding Smoothie
- Fresh Fruit Compote
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