Blueberry chia pudding glass jar placed on cutting board

Made with just four ingredients, this healthy chia pudding is one of the best dessert fares you can enjoy without an ounce of guilt. Easy to make & highly satiating, this dish has a tapioca pudding-like texture and scrumptiously delicious flavor.

On top, the chia pudding is high in fiber, protein, calcium, and Omega 3’s while being loaded with healthy fats and antioxidants which can make you feel energized any time you have it. What’s more, you can have this nutritious pudding as a grab & go breakfast or snack.

Chia seed in glass jar

So next time when a hunger pang befriends you, take these hearty pudding jars out of the refrigerator instead of gobbling up those sugars laden treats in between your meals.

To boot, the dessert is an excellent choice for doing meal prep easily. Make a big batch on Sundays in a large bowl and portion them at the end into smaller jars so that they will last for a week.

Alongside, as it is a highly customizable one, you can choose a new flavor for each day and never get bored. Based on your flavor preferences and diet choices, you can make them vegan, ketogenic, gluten-free, paleo, or low calorie, etc.

So why wait for any more to make this no-cooking option anymore??


How to Make Chia Pudding

Ingredients

  • ½ cup milk of your choice
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp honey or sweetener of your choice
  • Almond butter, optional

Method of Preparation

For making this easy yet low-calorie dessert, pour the milk into the mason jars.

Next, spoon in the chia seeds to the jar. Mix them well with a fork or spoon until all the chia seeds are well incorporated into the milk. Tip: Whisk immediately as the chia seed will settle immediately at the bottom and will begin to form lumps.

Pouring milk into seed jar

Set it aside for ten to fifteen minutes. Once ten minutes have passed, you will get a gel-like consistency. Stir again. Tip: Make sure that there are no lumps in it. If it has lumps, then you will get a hard clumpy mixture at the end.

After that, stir in the honey and vanilla to the mix. Combine. Close the lid. Tip: If you wish to get a smoother chia pudding, then blend all the ingredients in the blender and transfer them to the mason jar.

Finally, place them in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight. Tip: The pudding should ideally be thick and creamy. Before serving, stir it again.

Garnish it with your choice of toppings.

Serve and enjoy it cold or warm.


Nutritional Information per calories

  • Calories: 155Kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Proteins: 4g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Sodium: 166mg

StorageThe chia pudding stays good for up to five to seven days in the refrigerator. You can also freeze them for about 1 to 2 months in freezer-safe containers. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight the day before. Or you can thaw by microwaving it for 30 seconds on low heat.


Chia Pudding Tips

  • You can increase or decrease the amount of chia seeds based on the consistency you prefer. If you want it thicker, you need to increase the amount of chia seeds to about four tablespoons of chia seeds.
  • You can use either white chia seeds or black chia seeds for the recipe as the taste and flavor are the same for both. Only the color difference is there.
spoon of white chia seed
  • For toppings, you can use fresh or dried fruits, nuts, shredded coconut, chocolate shaving, chocolate chips, hemp seeds, or even granola. Concerning fresh fruits, some of the best options out there which blend perfectly with this pudding are banana, mango, and berries like strawberries, blueberries, etc.
  • If you desire chocolate flavor, you can either add cacao or cocoa powder. Or you can spoon in chocolate protein powder if you wish to amp up your protein intake. To make it more decadent, you can add chocolate chips.
  • Similarly, for peanut butter flavored chia pudding, add peanut butter to it and mix along with the other ingredients until everything comes together.
peanut butter on table
  • For a citrusy flavored one, you can add ¼ to ½ tsp. orange zest.
  • For making a spice flavored one, you can add either cinnamon or nutmeg, or cardamom.  
  • To enhance the flavor, you can add a pinch of salt so that it will balance the flavors and make them pop out.
  • If you are adding nuts, you can toast them and add to them for more flavor.
  • To make it creamier, you can add yogurt or coconut yogurt for a vegan version.
  • For a strawberry flavored one, you can use cashew milk instead of almond milk and then add strawberry jam say about 2 to 3 tablespoons to it. Mix well and refrigerate.

Chia Pudding FAQ

For best results, follow the recipe as it is.

However, some common substitutes would work well in this recipe. They are:

A bowl of blueberry
  • You can use dairy milk or nut milk like almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk for this recipe. Almond milk tends to be the favorite though. Even water can be used but then the flavor will be less. On the other hand, if you prefer a creamier one, then coconut milk will be the best choice. This is because chia seeds are neutral in flavor and will take upon the flavor of the liquid it is soaked in.
  • Instead of honey, you can use maple syrup for a vegan version.

What to do if the pudding is liquidy?

If the pudding seems liquidy, you can add more chia seeds to it and stir. Wait for half an hour before serving.

What to do if the pudding is too thick?

If the pudding seems too thick, add more milk of your choice to it. This will thin out the pudding.

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