Easy Chia Seed Pudding

How to make chia seed pudding Did you know that I’m a big-time pudding lover? You might not guess it because you don’t see too many pudding recipes on the blog (except this rice pudding, which I still love). I’ve had many pudding disasters. I don’t know what it is, but puddings and custards are difficult for me. I’m still learning. 🙂 And that’s one reason I was interested in trying out chia seed pudding ever since I saw it in on Danielle’s blog. You just stir the seeds in and wait?! Does that really work?Super easy pudding recipeI was also worried that this might taste too healthy, if you know what I mean. I like that it’s super healthy for you, don’t get me wrong. But to me pudding is a dessert, so it’s gotta satisfy my sweet tooth. I check around for other chia seed recipes and really liked this one and also this one. And I figured if you can make a chocolate version, or if kids are loving this, then it must be pretty good. So, I gave it a try. Here’s how I made my versions.Chia seed pudding recipeVanilla vegan pudding!Vanilla Chia Pudding, makes one serving.

2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon honey

In a small bowl or jar combine the first four ingredients. Give it a good stir and refrigerate for at least one hour. After the first thirty minutes give the mixture a stir, so it doesn’t clump together. Once you’re ready to eat, stir in the honey (add more if you don’t think it’s sweet enough) and top with your favorite fruit or chopped nuts.Chocolate vegan pudding!Pom wonderfulChocolate Chia Pudding, makes one serving.

2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon cocoa
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup

In a small bowl or jar combine the first four ingredients. Give it a good stir and refrigerate for at least one hour. After the first thirty minutes give the mixture a stir, so it doesn’t clump together. Once you’re ready to eat stir in the maple syrup. I thought the chocolate pudding needed a bit more sweetener than the vanilla. Top with your favorite fruit or chopped nuts. I highly recommend pomegranate seeds and roasted almonds, but you do what you will.How to make chia seed puddingI had anticipated liking the chocolate version best. I’m a chocolate lover. But I actually preferred the vanilla. Despite its alien appearance. 🙂 If you’ve never tried chia pudding before, or if you’d like to find a slightly more healthy dessert option (even for you chocolate lovers out there), give this a try. It might surprise you. You can spice it up with pretty much any kind of fresh fruit or nuts to turn this snack into more of meal too if you like—hello colorful breakfast! Enjoy. xo. Emma

Easy Chia Pudding

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl or jar combine the first four ingredients. Give it a good stir and refrigerate for at least one hour. After the first thirty minutes give the mixture a stir, so it doesn’t clump together. Once you’re ready to eat, stir in the honey (add more if you don’t think it’s sweet enough) and top with your favorite fruit or chopped nuts.

Recipe Notes

To make this chocolate simply add 1 tablespoon of cocoa to the ingredients before refrigerating.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

  • Looks fantastic! I’m thinking of trying it with sprouted ground chia powder. Do you think it will turn out alright?

  • I love these ideas girls! I have been wanting to make good chia seed pudding for a while! Glad you tackled all of these ideas! Love the blog! I am now following you on bloglovin follow back if you wish:)
    xoxo
    Kendra
    http://fashionstylingbykendra.blogspot.com/

  • I made this for my family and we love it so much! We’ve been chia seed fans for awile, and this is such a good way to eat them! Today I’m preparing Chia Seed pudding for a family battling cancer. This Pudding is a delicious way to give them a very healthy dessert.
    Thank you so much for posting this. It’s a blessing to us
    XOXO- Madi

  • Ceres Organis do chia seeds – available in most big supermarkets. They are also available in bulk from Alison Hols in some New Worlds.

  • Quick a question.. Do you need to cook the seeds before or can you buy the seeds and put it direclty into the mix? Never cooked with chia seeds before.. Thanks for your help!! Will do it this weekend..

  • I’m so happy to inspire your easy chia seed pudding! 🙂 I love it, it’s so healthy and quick and easy. Cheers! Thanks for checking out Produce On Parade. I love A Beautiful Mess!

  • This is kind of random, but could you tell me where you got your spoons featured in the photo? I love them!

    Thank you!

  • I made this yesterday! 🙂 I got all excited and made a mission of getting the seeds and milk etc. Tried to get my super healthy housemate to try it and she was like “ick!” Which was fine as it meant more for me!

    I liked the original too and also tried a berry version, loved it! *and now I feel so ra ra ra healthy!*

  • I made both flavors this evening – the vanilla is my favorite! Thanks for the recipe!

  • I just made the chocolate one today and it was SO perfect! Finding healthier desserts not laden with sugar and extras has been a bit tough…this will be my go to sweet for my chocolate cravings!! Thanks, ladies!!

  • Ooh wow! What a great way to use chia seeds! I would have never thought of using them that way… I have made very delicious juice with chia seeds thou 🙂

  • I want to eat this like now! I love pudding…and this looks delicious and would make me feel like less of a child downing it:)

  • I have a jar of chia seeds in my pantry that I never know what to do with. Now I know! Going to try this…

  • I was just reading all the comments because here in Uruguay i find it very hard to get coconut oil (there probably is somewhere but it ain’t cheap at all, im sure) so i wanted to know if it’d be cool to prepare this with regular milk or almond milk which is more affordable…

    I mean, i’d love to try this but you wouldn’t believe how expensive this pudding can be around this place, living in this country is so bloody expensive! Chia seeds are everywhere but not cheap at all!

  • Just made this myself and absolutely loved it! Must try it with the chocolate though……

  • I’ve never tried this type of pudding! You should try a bread and butter pudding. It is super easy to make, delicious, and uses up bread loaves that aren’t their freshest anymore 🙂

    Kate Xx
    http://themintedbeauty.com

  • It’s pretty much exactly like tapioca pudding except a little crunchy. They are seeds, after all!

  • You know what this is? This is NOT ONLY gluten free BUT ALSO dairy free. Which means ALL of my roommates can eat it. This is perfect.

  • A little like rice/tapioca pudding texture – mmm i LOVE that texture!

  • Yummmm need to try this!
    And such a good presentation, in a simple wine glass 🙂

  • Looks so delicious and this doesn’t have much to do with the recipe or anything! ;D

    http://mademoisellejuliet.blogspot.com/

  • I love making this, such a nice guilt free dessert.
    I love to use rice milk which makes it quite sweet without adding sugar 🙂

    Mademoiselle C. xx
    www.creamstop.com

  • I’m so excited to make this! My boyfriend and I recently made toasted coconut crumble that would be freakin delicious on top. The possibilities are endless…

  • Emma this looks SOO good. Now how about we all hang out and eat pudding together? <3
    Thanks for the link love, lady! 🙂

  • i recently learned about the healthy benefits of chia seeds. i’m excited to try these recipes!! thank you!

  • Wow Emma this looks incredible. I love chia in my granola so I’ll definitely be trying this!

  • I have made this using vanilla almond milk and it is amazing. I think the recipe I had was overnight. Makes a yummy breakfast with fruit!

  • I’ve been really interested in trying chia seeds! Thanks for this post, I found it really informative. I think you hit the nail on the head with “alien appearance”… but I’d definitely try it! 😉
    Allison
    www.alliray.com

  • This looks interesting.. I have a bit of a texture problem though… Is it weird? Lol!

    Heather

  • I love chia pudding, especially chocolate pudding with coconut milk 🙂 Chia seeds are also good mixed with strawberries as a jam! Xoxo
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/CrownofCreationShop

  • oh yeah! i bought a GIANT bag of chia seeds at costco months ago and keep forgetting to use them. i know what i’ll be having for breakfast all next week!

  • I’ve never actually heard of chai seed pudding, but these look and sound so yummy! Plus, it’s healthy?! That sounds like a winner to me! Can’t wait to try it out!

    By the way, what do you guys use as your background for your food photography? It looks like something you built and I like it!

    xoxo
    Taylor

    www.welcomehometaylor.com

  • I use chia seeds everyday but never tried it on a pudding. Well I’m a not a real fan of puddings but I think I’ll give this one a try! 😉 Lovely idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • This looks amazing, do you think I could eat it for breakfast?
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  • yummy this looks delicious, i need to try the recipe!

    xx Emilia

    http://emiliasheaven.blogspot.de

  • looks delicious and healthy! perfect for the new year and a new healthy lifestyle.
    – Janine
    janinemaral.com

  • Dessert that is healthy and looks pretty? Win win win. Now to find chia seeds. Anyone know if they are available in NZ?

  • OK, this doesn’t have much to do with the recipe or anything, but I have to say that I’ve really been enjoying your photography in the last few food posts!!

  • Does it have to be coconut milk exactly, like because of a texture thing? I’m just wondering if I can substitute almond milk instead; I hate coconut no matter how hard I try to like it. xP

  • I love chia seed pudding … it’s so .. different, yet tasty. I made some a while back and got very weird looks at work. Chia seeds are such a neat food.

    Here’s my recipe for Overnight Chia Seed Pudding: http://www.coffeewithkate.com/2013/12/06/chia-seed-breakfast-pudding/

  • You are very talented and passionate around the kitchen, it’s contagious! That chocolate chia pudding needs to be in my mouth right now! I’m seriously going to dig all over our pantry and try and make this happen 🙂 I’m hungrier than I realized!

    Thanks for sharing!
    xo
    Jen B

  • I absolutely loved the chocolate version! I added a bit more maple syrup, as well as a dash of cayenne, and topped the whole mess with strawberries and blackberries. It was a hit with both of the junk food-loving boys that I live with, even though it was healthy. Thank you so much for the recipes!

  • Looks delicious–I think I would try it with vanilla almond milk rather than coconut milk. The appearance of chia seeds has always made me wary, but I’m sure they taste delicious.

  • Puddings are hard, but this one sounds great. I love a good desert that both tastes good and does good things for my body.

  • awesome!! I gave up sugar but this looks like it can satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthy way!!

  • The first one is similar to the overnight oats recipe I eat almost every morning. Most ingredients are the same, minus the oatmeal! Is it me or does it look extra yummy in the glass?

  • Holland and Barrett sell them! I’ve not tried them myself, I wonder what the texture is like?

  • Would it be alright if I did this and do a repost on my blog? I will be sure to mention where I got the recipe from!!

    Christina
    Promisesofcoffee.com

  • I’m from the UK, so I’ve never actually heard of chia seeds, but from the quick look I’ve had on Google, they seem pretty cool. I have no idea if we have them over here, but it would be nice to give them a try. The chocolate pudding looks great!

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