Chia Pudding that is out of this world! An easy, filling and healthy snack loaded with protein, fiber and good-for-you fats! Topped with fresh fruit – you can’t go wrong with this one.
Chia pudding is the perfect go-to breakfast or snack. It can be used to meal prep for the week or if you need to satisfy your cravings but don’t want to feel guilty about eating a tub of ice cream, chia pudding is the answer. It’s creamy, satisfying and perfect for vegan, gluten-free, paleo and keto diets!
Typically, pudding isn’t considered a “healthy” snack. Is it delicious? Yes. Is it good for you? Not really. In this case, chia pudding is the saving grace! Now you can have your cake and eat it too – well, have your pudding and eat it too. Either way this recipe is packed with nutrients, protein, fiber and healthy fats – making it the ultimate healthy snack.
What is Chia Pudding?
Made with the ultra-popular chia seed, chia pudding is a combination of the seed itself and typically a nut milk or coconut milk. The chia seeds will absorb the liquid creating a pudding-like consistency.
What Are the Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are considered a “superfood” that have been proven to promote weight loss, strengthen bones and reduce inflammation. They are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein (plant based), magnesium, potassium and fiber. Talk about beneficial!
They have an extremely mild, almost non existent flavor and when combined with liquid they start to form a gel-like consistency. Eating them on their own will start the gelling process in your mouth – not really my cup of tea, so I prefer them mixed in things like this pudding, smoothies or oatmeal.
Ingredients in Chia Pudding
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- Chia Seeds – The star of the show.
- Almond Milk – You can use your favourite type of milk. I find nut milks or coconut milk work best.
- Honey – Corn syrup or maple syrup will work but it might change the flavor a little.
- Vanilla – If you don’t have vanilla, you can substitute maple syrup or agave.
- Fruit – For topping. I used strawberries, shredded coconut and blueberries but you can use your favourite!
How to Make Chia Pudding
Not only is chia pudding healthy, it’s so easy to make! 3 easy steps.
- Mix Ingredients – Add the chia seeds, almond milk, honey and vanilla to a jar and mix well.
- Refrigerate – Cover with lid and refrigerate.
- Serve – Serve with toppings of your choice.
What Else Can I Add To My Pudding?
Possibilities are endless for toppings and additions to your chia pudding. Mix in fresh berries, nuts or shredded coconut and you have the ultimate HEALTHY pudding. If you are feeling uninspired, here are some options:
- Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries
- Pomegranate Seeds
- Dragon Fruit
My Chia Pudding Didn’t Set
Chia seeds, because of their gel-like consistency when wet can be a bit tricky. If you’re having trouble getting your chia pudding to set here are some tips that could help!
- Type of Seed – Make sure you’re using real chia seeds and not some other type of seed! There are two varieties of chia seeds: white and black – both work for chia pudding, but no other seeds will. Make sure you are using fresh chia seeds that are not old and losing their quality.
- Mix Well – Make sure to mix your chia pudding well! You can give it an extra stir a couple minutes after you first mix it together. This will break up any clumps of seeds and will help ensure the mixture to set properly. If you don’t, the chia seeds can clump together at the bottom of your jar.
- Thickness – If you don’t think your chia pudding is thick enough, just add more chia seeds to the mixture and let it sit a while longer.
How to Store Leftovers
Even though chia pudding is best when fresh – you can keep leftovers covered in the fridge for 4-5 days.
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- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- strawberries, bluberries, or other fruits for topping
- Add the chia seeds, almond milk, honey and vanilla to a jar and mix well.
- Cover with lid and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
- Serve with strawberries, blueberries, shaved coconut, or toppings of your choice.
- Even though chia pudding is best when fresh – you can keep leftovers covered in the fridge for 4-5 days.