June 19, 2021

Vanilla Chia Pudding

Clear glass tumblers filled with vanilla chia pudding with strawberry and banana slices.
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Clear glass tumblers filled with vanilla chia seed pudding with strawberries on the side.

Vanilla Chia Pudding is a healthy recipe that’s packed full of protein and other nutrients. It’s vegan, gluten free, and a great breakfast or snack. Easy meal prep recipe for the week.

Two glasses are filled with chia seed pudding and they are topped with fresh fruit.

Vanilla Chia Pudding is so simple to make and is easily made in a large enough quality to last you the whole week.

Chia seeds are a little darling when it comes to adding bulk and lightness to many recipes. The seeds gel when they are added to a liquid which makes them a great addition to baked goods.

That also makes them perfect for the creation of endless pudding recipes. This chia seed pudding recipe is a really good basic recipe. You can add any variation of fruit that you like to the top as an added bonus.

They also make the best overnight oats as in this Oats and Matcha Overnight recipe that also incorporates nut butter and pepitas. Get the picture? These little seeds are amazing!

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In fact, if you include oats in this vegan chia pudding recipe along with plant based milk and other favorite ingredients you get overnight oats after they’ve set in the refrigerator overnight. That’s a nice treat to wake up to.

A spoon is dipping out a spoonful of vanilla chia pudding.

What does this pudding taste like

On their own chia seeds don’t taste like anything. What makes everything taste good is the ingredients that you add.

Vanilla chia pudding tastes like vanilla pudding because you have only added non dairy milk, maple syrup and vanilla. The fruit on top also adds more flavor. Granola would also be really good added to this recipe.

The texture is very similar to tapioca pudding and if you’d like it smoother you can always add the mix to a blender or use an immersion blender.

Two glasses filled with a healthy daily meal with strawberries on the side.

Chia seed pudding combinations

  • Along with the seeds and maple syrup you can add:
  • Almond milk, cocoa powder, and raspberries on top.
  • Nut butter, and your favorite berries.
  • Blueberries, shredded coconut, and coconut milk.
  • Peanut butter, and cocoa powder.
  • Use canned coconut milk if you’d like something a little more decadent. You will feel fuller and the pudding will be thicker with the same amount of chia seeds.


Can you use ground chia seeds?

Yes! in fact I often do that. I ground a batch and keep it in a small freezer jar in the freezer. There it is always ready and you will have a smooth textured vegan chia pudding.

Can I buy ground chia seeds?

Yes, it comes in small packets and packages.

Chef tips and instructions

  • It is so simple that the process is done in less than 5 minutes. Then all you have to do is wait for everything to thicken and get cold.
  • You can see in the photo below that there are only four ingredients for the vegan chia pudding.
Two process photos of the ingredients and sprinkling chia seed onto dairy free milk.
  • Simply measure the dairy-free milk into a bowl and add the chia seeds, maple syrup, and vanilla.
  • Whisk it all together and you will see it mix into a nice color as in the photo below on the right.
  • Now cover with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator to get cold and thicken. that only takes an hour or two but you can sure let it sit overnight.
  • If you’d like it a little thicker when you take it out of the fridge you can add a teaspoon to a tablespoon more of chia seeds.
  • If you’d like it thinner add a little bit more non-dairy milk. let it sit another half hour if you’ve made additions.
Two process photos showing the color as the pudding is being mixed.

I like 3 to 4 tablespoons chia seeds to each cup of liquid. Not counting the maple syrup.

It doesn’t really take that long to thicken. In fact, when I’m making an egg it only has to sit a couple of minutes. But with this amount of liquid give it more time. You want it nice and cold anyway.

Tilted glass looking down at banana and strawberry slices on a glass full of pudding.

Meal Prep

There really isn’t anything different for the meal prepping except that you can evenly divide the pudding into mason jars. It stays good in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days.

Make it on the weekend for a healthy breakfast or pick me up throughout the week. It can be vegan, gluten-free, paleo and even a keto chia pudding. It just depends on what you mix into the recipe.

It’s loaded with fiber, protein and healthy fats, low in sugar and super filling!

What are chia seeds healthy benefits

  • I’ve already mentioned that it packs a wallop in the protein department and becasue of that it keeps you feeling full.
  • It has lots of fiber and the highly sought after omega-3fatty acids.
  • There is also quite a list of essential minerals and antioxidants such as manganese and calcium.

More healthy breakfasts

  • Apple Smoothies are relatively new to the blog but they have already taken their seat in breakfast popularity.
  • It’s easy to make Homemade Oatmeal but it’s even easier when you don’t have to stand over it by making it in an instant pot.
  • Make some Homemade Cashew Butter in minutes then spread it on toast and you’ll be in 7th heaven.
  • Coconut Cream Vegan Scones are great at breakfast with jelly but they are also really good at dinnertime.
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Two glasses are filled with chia seed pudding and they are topped with fresh fruit.

Vanilla Chia Pudding

Ginny McMeans

Vanilla Chia Pudding is a healthy recipe that’s packed full of protein and other nutrients.

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Prep Time 5 mins

Chilling Time 2 hrs

Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins

Course Breakfast, Snack

Cuisine Dairy-Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan

Servings 5 Servings

Calories 127 kcal


  • 2 ½ cups Dairy-free milk
  • ¾ cup Chia seeds
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons Maple syrup
  • Fruit toppings – optional


  • In a large mixing bowl add milk, chia seeds, vanilla and maple syrup.

  • Whisk together until well combined.

  • Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

  • Enjoy on its own or add in your choice of addition fruit, nuts or granola.


If pudding is not thick after refrigeration add more chia seeds, mix and refrigerate for an additional hour or more.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 127kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 106mgFiber: 9gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 161mgIron: 2mg

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