This make-ahead meal is a powerhouse of protein, fiber and healthy fats. Versatile toppings allow you to really mix things up.
Servings: 4 Print Recipe
- 1 cup chia seeds
- 4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Whisk ingredients together thoroughly.
- Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes, or overnight, until desired thickness.
- Refrigerate leftover pudding in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- Optional toppings: Blueberries & fresh lemon juice, sliced banana & cinnamon, sliced strawberries & cocoa powder, sliced peach & vanilla bean (or vanilla extract) or sliced mango & unsweetened coconut flakes.
Nutritional Facts for Basic Chia Pudding
Daily Value %*
* Daily Value % based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Erin McCormick says
How does the chia pudding fit into the superfood swap program? Is it under sweets, treats and alcohol?
Yes I would like to know the same please. Thanks!
This chia pudding is healthy enough to be BREAKFAST or a produce + protein SNACK!
For breakfast: Have 1 cup chia pudding with the recommended toppings: Blueberries & fresh lemon juice OR sliced banana & cinnamon OR sliced strawberries & cocoa powder OR sliced peach & vanilla bean (or vanilla extract) OR sliced mango & unsweetened coconut flakes. The total here of chia pudding + toppings is probably 300-350 calories – perfect for a meal.
For a snack: Have 1/2 cup as much as you’d have for breakfast.
NOTE: 1 cup is 8 grams of protein (as much as an egg) + 15 grams of fiber (super high – an apple or bowl of oatmeal only have about 3 or 4!)
Annalie Snyman says
Does this recipe work with skimmed cow’s milk?
Yes, the recipe works with any type of your favorite milk. PS: If using cow milk, I usually recommend organic 2% for the little extra milk fat that contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which may have health benefits beyond skim milk. xx
I can’t seem to get the mixture to solidfy…mine is always soup.
Sounds like it can be one of three things: 1) Not enough chia. It needs to be 2 TABLESPOONS per 1/2 cup liquid OR 2) Not enough vigorous shaking or sitting/setting time in the fridge OR 3) Weird chia seeds…chia should suck up 10X their weight in water/plump/thicken…and if yours aren’t, perhaps it’s time to try another batch/brand! Don’t give up. Chia pudding is so fun!
Gudrun Krompocker says
I love chia pudding, I always put a good quality cinnamon in it as this flavor compliments any kind of fruit, and cinnamon is good for you; my go to breakfast 🙂
Adding cinnamon is always a GREAT idea!! xoxox
Karen Williams says
I LOVE this chia pudding. It’s my go to treat in the evening. I add unsweetened cacao powder and sometimes put slices strawberries or frozen cherries on top. Delicious!
DJ Blatner, RDN says
Karen! I LOVE your idea of using chia pudding as your go to evening treat….and your additions of cacao & berries/cherries is AWESOME! Thanks for your creativity & inspiration! xx