Chia pudding is one of my go-to, make ahead recipes for breakfast or a snack. Not only is it easy to prepare, chia pudding can be flavoured in a variety of ways so you don't feel like you're eating the same thing all the time.
About Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are tiny black or white seeds that are often referred to as a superfood. They are quite bland in taste which means they readily take on the flavour of whatever you put them in.
These gluten-free seeds are rich in omega-3, protein, fibre (soluble and insoluble) plus vitamins & minerals including calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Chia pudding is simply chia seeds, liquid and flavouring, and can be quite filling. It takes just a few minutes to make and can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days.
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup coconut milk can use almond milk or any other non-dairy milk preferred
- 2 - 3 tsps date paste alternative sweetener options: 2 tsp honey or maple syrup
- ¼ tsp vanilla powder or extract
- Add chia seeds to the water and stir. Let sit to gel, 15 minutes to overnight.
- Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
- Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Why make chia pudding?
- Simple and easy, chia gel can be put together in just a few minutes.
- The flavour combinations endless! Are strawberries in season? Make a simple strawberry jam and add it to your base. Do you want something seasonal? Add in some cooked, pureed pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice for some warming fall flavours.
- Chia pudding is a great portable snack to take to work or school. I like to use these small mason jars - they hold just the right amount for a filling snack.
Customizing your Chia Pudding
- Chia pudding is very versatile and can be customized to your personal taste. I like to make a batch of chia gel with chia seeds & water and keep that in my fridge for a couple of days to make chia pudding or add to smoothies.
- If you prefer a smoother texture simply blend your chia pudding.
- Make a couple of different flavours and layer them together for a bright, healthy and tasty snack.
Try out one of the variations below or make your own and share your favourite in the comments below!
- Add cacao powder for a chocolate pudding.
- Mix fruit puree, chopped fresh or dried fruit into the basic chia pudding.
- Stir in some matcha powder (a little goes a long way!).
- Keep the base the same and switch out the spices.