Chia Seed Pudding

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Our family has been sprinkling chia seeds on yogurt and cereal for quite some time, but it wasn't until my girlfriend Kimberly told me about her kids' love of her chia seed pudding that I decided to try using them in a new way.

Chia seeds are known for their high level of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidant properties, but how do those hard little granular chia seeds produce a pudding so creamy, rich, and well, pudding-like? When mixed with liquid chia seeds expand and take on a different texture, like gelatin. Adding just three other simple ingredients to them results in this healthy dessert which is full of vanilla and honey in every bite. I use full fat cow's milk for this recipe, but it works well with rice, almond, and most other kinds of milk.

"Ch-ch-ch-chia!" Chia seed pudding, that is!

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Chia Seed Pudding (serves 4 )

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cows milk
  • 1/4 cup honey, maple syrup or agave
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds

Preparation

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, honey and vanilla. Add the chia seeds and stir to combine.

2. Refrigerate 4 hours, stirring once halfway through.

3. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Accompaniments

cut up mango, berries or chopped peaches

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32 comments

  • Anna

    Can i use almond milk instead of cows milk?

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    • Catherine

      That should work!

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  • Diana Eating Made Easy

    Thank you for this!!! I needed a chia pudding recipe!

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  • Jessica R

    I tried my first chia seed drink yesterday and enjoyed it so I bought chia seeds today and made this! My overly picky 18 month old loved it! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Fbtena

    I tried this recipe today and used maple syrup but otherwise followed the recipe but my pudding didn't set. Any suggestions?

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    • Stormerz99

      Same thing happened to me (wouldn't set). Must have to do with the maple syrup. I threw it in the freezer and made \"ice cream\" My 2 year old gobbled it right up that way :)

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  • Kirsten

    Made this the other day and it was delicious! I added some blackberries on top. I might try it with almond extract next time : ) Thanks for the recipe, I have a whole pouch of chia seeds and didn't know what to do with them!

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  • Ruby

    This was surprisingly good! It reminds me of tapioca pudding. It was sweet with a wonderful vanilla flavor. Great with sliced strawberries! My somewhat picky 21 month old loved it as well and I feel good about giving him a dessert like this! Thank you!!

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  • Maria

    I omited the vanilla and added cinnamon. YUM!

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  • Janelle Weems

    Just got bags of chia seeds ! I'm making this now ! Quick question , what's the best way to store them ? ( the seeds )

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    • Chia

      Shelf life is 2 years if stored in the right conditions (dry environment with temperatures below 20 degrees Celsius)

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  • Harry

    correct, chia in touch with water creates a gelly substance, this can be used for a pudding as in the recipe above but can be used as a base for any kind of sause, including salty juices, meat juices, salad dressing etc etc. Last but not least, the high amount of fiber will make you eat less so a very healthy ingredient: chia!

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  • Krystal

    Do you know if Chia seeds are safe for babies or breastfeeding moms.? Thanks

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  • lovinlife183

    Anyone tried this with chocolate almond milk? I think that would be so yummy!

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  • Patsy

    Do you have nutritional value for this pudding? Watching my calories

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    • Catherine

      I do not have that information yet, but am working to provide nutritional information on all my recipes!

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  • Deanna

    Not sure if the calories are too high but would this and some sliced berries be ok for breakfast or should this be a dessert item only?

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    • Catherine

      Well it's basically milk and chia seeds, so why not have it for breakfast?! :)

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  • Jessi

    I just made this with plain almond milk, lemon extract and vanilla liquid stevia and it is amazing! Mine set in 30 mins and I noticed settling within 5 so I stirred every 5 mins for the first 20 and the texture is lovely. :)

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  • Nancy

    Made this over the weekend delicious, althought my son wasnt so into it. Wondering if you have a recipe for a chocolate chia pudding?
    Thanks:)

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    • Virginia

      I add a tablespoon of Cocoa or Cacao powder and it makes a delicious chocolate pudding!

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  • RubyBlaise

    I made this last night and it's AWESOME! Mine set just fine with maple syrup. Whole family loved it, 13-month old included. I sprinkled some cinnamon on it too. I want to try it with coconut or coconut/almond milk next.... It completely reminds me f tapioca, which I LOVE! Will try with some vanilla creme stevia for myself when I make it again.

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  • Bnrosario

    Just made this recipe and I have to say I really enjoyed it! We tried almond milk and added a dash of cinnamon for twist on rice pudding! yummy! Thanks for this!

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  • Violet Takacs

    Hello, they way I made my pudding is I substituted the milk and sweetener with pure coconut milk and added a hint of cinnamon. It came out just wonderful. .

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  • Nicole

    Have you used milled chia seeds for this recipe?

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  • Liz Smith

    Yummy! I think I'll mix some of this up right now! Can you put peaches in before you refrigerate or after?

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  • Jen

    Can't wait to have this for breakfast tomorrow it sounds delicious! I'm counting calories though so does anyone know how many calories this recipe is?

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    • Julia Colon

      Whole milk has about 150 calories per cup, and honey has about 80 calories per tablespoon, vanilla extract you do not need to worry about, and chia seeds have about 110 per ounce which may seem like a lot but they are packed with omega 3s and other great nutrients

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