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Simple Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is simple to make for breakfast or a snack.

Three small jars of chia pudding with fruit

About Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are tiny black, brown 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.

Small wooden bowl of chia seeds with a few chai seeds spilling out onto the table.

When put into liquid like water, juice or a smoothie, chia seeds absorb the liquid and a gelatinous coating forms around each seed creating a chia gel that can be used in a variety of ways.

These gluten-free seeds are rich in omega-3, protein, fibre (soluble and insoluble) plus vitamins & minerals including calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is simply chia seeds, liquid and flavouring, and can be quite filling. A little goes a long way! It takes just a few minutes to make and can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days.

Why make chia pudding?

  • 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 small mason jars or recycled yogurt pots – they hold just the right amount for a filling snack.
  • Chia pudding is quite filling.
Two small mason jars with coconut cardamon chia pudding with blueberry compote
Coconut Cardamom Chia Pudding with Blueberry Compote

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.
Coconut Chia Pudding with Tart Cherry Compote and Granola
A small jar of pureed strawberry, coconut and blueberry chia pudding
Blended strawberry, coconut and blueberry chia pudding

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.
  • Keep the base the same and switch out the spices.

Chia Pudding

A simple, make ahead chia pudding that is great for breakfast or a snack. Use this basic recipe to build your own varieties of chia pudding.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Serving Size 2 servings


  • small mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 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
  • 1/4 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.


This is a basic chia pudding recipe. Add fruit, fruit puree, nuts, seeds or spices for variety.
For a smoother pudding, blend everything until chia seeds are broken down into a smooth and creamy texture (about 2 minutes).

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