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This recipe for Chia Pudding is made with Greek Yogurt is deliciously creamy, totally healthy, and very quick and easy to make.  The perfect make-ahead breakfast to grab on the go. Vegan-adaptable & Gluten-free. Video.

Chia pudding in jars with berries.

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You have likely heard of Chia Pudding- a popular make-ahead breakfast made with chia seeds and milk, typically coconut milk, and a natural sweetener. After it sets, the chia seeds plump up, providing healthy fiber and nutrients. Chia pudding can be topped with various fruit, nuts and seeds- think of it like a grain-free version of overnight oats.

Perfectly creamy, our chia pudding recipe is made with Greek yogurt (or vegan yogurt) combined with fruit and spices. Store it in your fridge in single-serving portions for a very convenient “grab and go” breakfast. Looking for more make-ahead breakfast ideas? Try Overnight Oats and our popular Breakfast Cookies!

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Why We Love Chia Pudding!

  1. Chia Pudding is a great way to add chia seeds into your diet- healthy and full of protein, fiber, omega 3’s, antioxidants, and essential minerals.
  2. It is easy to make and can be made ahead! Perfect for busy mornings!
  3. Highly versatile, chia pudding can easily be adapted to your diet- make it vegan, keto, or vegetarian.
  4. Chia pudding can be customized with different toppings, spices, nuts and seeds- making it easy for the whole family to love!

Ingredients in Chia Pudding

All ingredients in chia pudding.

Chia Pudding Ingredient Notes

  • Chia seeds– the star of the show! Full of calcium, fiber, iron and omega 3’s.
  • We add Greek yogurt to our chia pudding for a burst of probiotics- feel free to use plant-based coconut yogurt or cashew yogurt if you prefer.
  • Milk- Almond, coconut or soy milk- and real milk works too.
  • Sweetener- maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar all work well here!
  • Vanilla – a little flavor enhancer!

See the recipe card below for a complete list of ingredients and measurements.     

How To Make Chia Pudding (Step-by-SteP)

chia measurement and water

Step One– Choose your container.  I like using a quart ball jar, a bowl with a lid works too.

Add hot boiled water and stir in chia.  This starts hydrating the chia into plump and silky morsels.  Let sit 5 minutes (just about the time it takes to add ingredients in Step two!).

Chia pudding is usually refrigerated overnight to plump up fully.  The hot water speeds up the process allowing you to enjoy the pudding within an hour!

Step Two– Add honey or maple syrup, vanilla and salt.

mixing chia and water

Step Three– Mix in yogurt and nut milk. Feel free to use vegan yogurt.

 chia pudding portioned in three jars

Step Four– Refrigerate, covered, for at least one hour before serving. You can also store in 8 oz containers for 4 portioned servings.

 Chia Pudding with Greek Yogurt with three flavor variations! A healthy make-ahead breakfast that is fast and easy to make. Vegan adaptable!

Chia Pudding Variations:

Add spices and fruit if desired.  Here are some of our favorite additions (see recipe):

  • Golden Glow with turmeric, mango and dates.
  • Mexican Cacao Dream with just a touch of anch0 chili and cinnamon.
  • Berry Happy with a hint of cardamom and fresh berries.

Chai Pudding FAQS

What are chia seeds?

Believed to be from Central America, chia seeds were an essential ingredient used for food, medicine, and cosmetics in ancient civilizations. Chia is tiny black or white seeds from the plant salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family.

Are chia seeds healthy?

Chia seeds are high in antioxidants, fiber, minerals and omega-3 antioxidants. They may support heart health, promote strong bones, and improve blood sugar.

What is the texture of chia pudding?

The mild seeds plump up in liquid, forming a gel around the seed. The texture is smooth and creamy and a bit reminiscent to tapioca, taking on whatever flavor they are paired with.

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Three different kinds of Chia Pudding.

Hope this chia pudding adds some ease and delight to your day!

Tonia

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This recipe for Chia Pudding is made with Greek Yogurt is deliciously creamy, totally healthy, and very quick and easy to make.  The perfect make-ahead breakfast to grab on the go.

Chia Pudding Recipe

  • Author: Tonia Schemmel | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert
  • Method: stirred
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Delicious Chia Pudding with creamy Greek yogurt is totally healthy, deliciously creamy and so very fast and easy to make.  The perfect make-ahead breakfast or snack to grab on the go. Vegan adaptable!


Ingredients

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Chia Yogurt Base Mix

  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup boiled hot water
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt (or vegan yogurt)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk ( almond, coconut, soy, etc.)

See notes for 3 optional flavors.


Instructions

  1. In a bowl or quart jar, mix chia seeds and hot water.  Let sit about 5 minutes. This starts hydrating the chia seed more quickly.
  2. Stir in vanilla, sweetener and pinch of salt.
  3. Add greek yogurt and milk.  Whisk to combine thoroughly. (At this point you could divide into 4 smaller jars.)
  4. At this stage it will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
  5. Add preferred flavor and fruits to serve. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving.

Notes

3 Optional flavors:

Golden Glow

  • 1 cup chia yogurt base mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon orange zest
  • fresh cubed mango
  • 2 dates
  • toasted coconut flakes

Mexican Cacao Dream

  • 1 cup chia yogurt base mix
  • 2 teaspoons raw chocolate powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon cacao nibs
  • banana slices

Berry Happy

  • 1 cup chia yogurt base mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • fresh raspberries
  • fresh blueberries
  • fresh strawberries
  • sliced almonds

If pre-making with fruit added: refrigerate and serve within 2-3 days.

Chia pudding is usually refrigerated overnight to plump up fully.  The hot water speeds up the process allowing you to enjoy the pudding within an hour!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 258
  • Sugar: 22.2 g
  • Sodium: 80.3 mg
  • Fat: 9.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.1 g
  • Fiber: 4.9 g
  • Protein: 15.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.7 mg

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  1. This was really easy and so fast! I added simple blueberries and strawberries. I think I would do a touch less nut milk so it would be a little thicker, just my personal preference! Would recommend!

  2. These look amazing! Could you use coconut cream with the nut milk or is there another non-dairy substitute for the Yogurt?

    1. Yes, Kelly, coconut cream would work too! It’s a lot more calorie-dense, but, yes it tasty. Have you ever tried vegan yogurt? Like coconut or cashew yogurt? Perhaps a little lighter, with probiotics. 🙂

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