5 Best Chia Pudding Recipes

Chia pudding is awesome for breakfast, snack, and even dessert.  Healthy chia seed pudding recipes are super easy to make, don’t require any cooking, and you can easily change up the flavors, like with these 5 best chia pudding recipes!

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I’m a huge fan of chia pudding. There’s something about the texture and simplicity that I find super addicting. Plus anything with the word “pudding” is pretty much a winner for me.

At any given time, it’s a safe bet I have chia seeds, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, and milk in my kitchen so it’s also a big no brainer for me to make a batch of chia pudding.

I’ve recently started having a lot of fun with different chia pudding recipes and have thoroughly enjoyed all the different flavor combinations —not to mention the different colors and textures, too. Yum!

If you’ve never made chia pudding or want some tasty new chia pudding recipes, this post is definitely gonna be a keeper for you.

The four basic ingredients for a chia pudding recipe, separated on a counter, including chia seeds, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, and milk.

How To Make Chia Pudding

You’re seriously not gonna believe how easy it is to make chia seed pudding. To start you need four simple ingredients:

  • Chia seeds (can be black or white)
  • Pure maple syrup (or some sort of added sweetener, if you’d like
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Milk or other liquid (my fave is coconut milk because it makes it a little more creamy than almond milk)

That’s it. That’s all chia seed pudding is made of. For realz.

Then, just combine it all in a bowl, place it in the fridge for 30-60 minutes to set, and let the magic happen. When you remove it from the fridge, the chia seeds will have turned into a gel and the whole mixture will be thick, like pudding.

Pouring the coconut milk into a mixing bowl that is filled with the black chia seeds, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in order to make the chia pudding.

How Long Can You Leave Chia Pudding in The Fridge?

In order to make the chia pudding, you’ll need to place it in the fridge to thicken.  You can wait as little as 30 minutes for the chia seeds to turn into a gel, but allowing them to set overnight in the fridge would work as well.

Once made into chia seed pudding, these will last in the fridge for up to 5 days if stored in an air-tight container.  I love these little glass jars for storing the individual portions of chia seed pudding, but you could also store it in bulk in a larger meal prep container, like these.  This means they make a great make-ahead breakfast or snack for on the go.

Overhead view of stirring the mxiing bowl filled with chia seeds, pure maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, and coconut milk, which is how to make chia pudding

What Milk To Use For Chia Pudding

The cool thing about chia pudding is how versatile it is.  The chia seeds really just need any liquid so you don’t have to worry about which milk you choose.  Here are some options for tasty chia pudding:

  • almond milk
  • coconut milk
  • dairy milk
  • oat milk
  • hemp milk
  • soy mlk

Ideally, look for unsweetened milks, whichever you choose.  Personally, I prefer unsweetened coconut milk for healthy chia seed pudding because it seems like it’s slightly creamier that way than with other milks. Seriously though – choose what milk you like.

Is Chia Pudding Good for Weight Loss?

So, let’s talk chia seeds.  Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain seed. One ounce (2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbs and 11 grams of fiber, plus other vitamins and minerals.  That means these little seeds pack a powerful punch and the pudding is a great choice for weight loss and a healthy diet, given that it is high in protein and fiber for the amount of calories you’re consuming.

That being said, I feel strongly that enjoying a variety of foods is what’s best for weight loss and for a happy, healthy diet.  So I’ve put together what I think are some extremely tasty chia pudding recipes.  To start off, we’ll make one large batch of simple vanilla chia pudding (recipe below) as our base chia pudding.  Then, we’ll add our different flavors to make five unique variations. 

Check out the recipes below to get started!

5 Best Chia Pudding Recipes

Blueberry Vanilla Chia Pudding

This Blueberry Vanilla Chia pudding recipe is mellow and smooth and has all the feels.  It’s so incredible easy to make and is beautiful, too!

Blueberry vanilla chia pudding recipe in a jar, with the mashed blueberries at the bottom and then topped with the vanilla chia pudding and then fresh blueberries to serve.

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Blueberry vanilla chia pudding recipe in a jar, with the mashed blueberries at the bottom and then topped with the vanilla chia pudding and then fresh blueberries to serve.
Blueberry Vanilla Chia Pudding
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
setting
30 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
This Blueberry Vanilla Chia pudding recipe is mellow and smooth and has all the feels.  It's so incredible easy to make and is beautiful, too!
Categories: Breakfast, Dessert, Grab n Go, Kid-Friendly, Snack, Sweet Treat
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 2 chia puddings
Calories: 339 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries , plus more for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add the chia seeds, pure maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, and unsweetened coconut milk to a mixing bowl.

  2. Stir this all together and place in the fridge to set. It’s ready to go in just about 30 minutes, but you could leave it overnight if you want.

  3. Remove it from the fridge and stir it together. You can see the chia seeds have formed a gel and the mixture is thicker, more like a pudding.
  4. Mash the blueberries in a small bowl using the back of your fork or a potato masher until they’re smooth. You can also add them to a blender to get them super pureed.

  5. Add these mashed blueberries to the bottom of our jar and then top with the vanilla chia pudding from the fridge.
  6. To serve, top off with some fresh blueberries.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

The blueberries will start to turn a little brown the longer they sit so I recommend eating this one fast.

Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Vanilla Chia Pudding
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 339 Calories from Fat 110
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.2g19%
Saturated Fat 4.2g21%
Sodium 44mg2%
Carbohydrates 26.1g9%
Fiber 9.9g40%
Sugar 10.8g12%
Protein 6.8g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Raspberry Chocolate Chia Pudding

This Raspberry Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe is tart, rich, and oh so smooth.  It’s the perfect semi-sweet treat for chocolate lovers.

Jar of dark chocolate chia pudding which is layered over fresh mashed raspberries and topped with raspberries for the chia pudding recipe.

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Jar of dark chocolate chia pudding which is layered over fresh mashed raspberries and topped with raspberries for the chia pudding recipe.
Raspberry Chocolate Chia Pudding
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Setting
30 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
This Raspberry Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe is tart, rich, and oh so smooth.  It's the perfect semi-sweet treat for chocolate lovers.
Categories: Breakfast, Clean Eating, gluten free, Grab n Go, Kid-Friendly
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 2 chia puddings
Calories: 280 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup raspberries, plus more for topping
Instructions
  1. Add the chia seeds, pure maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, and unsweetened coconut milk to a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir this all together and place in the fridge to set. It’s ready to go in just about 30 minutes, but you could leave it overnight if you want.
  3. Remove it from the fridge and stir it together. You can see the chia seeds have formed a gel and the mixture is thicker, more like a pudding.
  4. Combine the vanilla chia pudding and the cocoa powder.  Stir together with a spoon until smooth.  Set aside.

  5. Mash the raspberries in a small bowl using the back of your fork or a potato masher until they’re smooth. You can also add them to a blender to get them super pureed.

  6. Add the mashed raspberries to the bottom of our jar and then top with the chocolate chia pudding.

  7. To serve, top off with some fresh raspberries.

Nutrition Facts
Raspberry Chocolate Chia Pudding
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 107
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.9g18%
Saturated Fat 3.9g20%
Sodium 44mg2%
Carbohydrates 21.1g7%
Fiber 9.8g39%
Sugar 10.1g11%
Protein 9.8g20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Strawberry Matcha Chia Pudding

The combination of sweet strawberries with matcha int his Strawberry Matcha Chia Pudding recipe is heavenly.  So good for you and so delicious, too.

Strawberry matcha chia pudding recipe in a jar that has sliced strawberries pressed against the inside of the jar which is then filled with the matcha chia pudding recipe and then topped off with more sliced strawberries.

5 from 4 votes
Strawberry matcha chia pudding recipe in a jar that has sliced strawberries pressed against the inside of the jar which is then filled with the matcha chia pudding recipe and then topped off with more sliced strawberries.
Strawberry Matcha Chia Pudding
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Setting
30 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

The combination of sweet strawberries with matcha in this Strawberry Matcha Chia Pudding recipe is heavenly.  So good for you and so delicious, too.

Categories: Breakfast, Clean Eating. Gluten-Free, Dessert, Healthy Recipe, Kid-Friendly, Snack
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 2 chia puddings
Calories: 301 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tsp matcha, plus more for stronger matcha flavor
  • 3 strawberries, thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. Add the chia seeds, pure maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, and unsweetened coconut milk to a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir this all together and place in the fridge to set. It’s ready to go in just about 30 minutes, but you could leave it overnight if you want.
  3. Remove it from the fridge and stir it together. You can see the chia seeds have formed a gel and the mixture is thicker, more like a pudding.
  4. Add the matcha powder to the prepared vanilla chia pudding. Stir to combine until it’s completely mixed. Then, add a little of the matcha chia pudding to the bottom of a jar, approximately 1/4 of the way up in the jar.

  5. Using thinly sliced strawberries, place them around the inner sides of the jar and then fill to the top with the remaining matcha chia pudding. To serve, add a couple strawberry slices.
Recipe Notes

If you find the matcha to be little too bitter for your taste, you can add in a little extra pure maple syrup in with the matcha chia pudding, but sweet strawberries can also balance it out.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Matcha Chia Pudding
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 164
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.2g28%
Saturated Fat 3.9g20%
Sodium 36mg2%
Carbohydrates 26.1g9%
Fiber 9.6g38%
Sugar 6.5g7%
Protein 6.1g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

PB&J Chia Pudding

The combination of peanut butter and jelly, all wrapped up in a decadent PB&J Chia Pudding recipe.  Sweet mashed blackberries make up the jam and then it’s topped with creamy peanut butter.  My fave chia pudding recipe!

Single jar of PB&J chia pudding which is layered with smashed blackberries for the jam and creamy peanut butter chia for the chia pudding recipe.

5 from 4 votes
Single jar of PB&J chia pudding which is layered with smashed blackberries for the jam and creamy peanut butter chia for the chia pudding recipe.
PB&J Chia Pudding
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Setting
30 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
The combination of peanut butter and jelly, all wrapped up in a decadent PB&J Chia Pudding recipe.  Sweet mashed blackberries make up the jam and then it's topped with creamy peanut butter.  My fave chia pudding recipe!
Categories: Breakfast, Clean Eating, Dessert, gluten free, Kid-Friendly, make-ahead, Snack, Sweet Treat
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 2 chia puddings
Calories: 360 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, plus more for topping
  • 1/2 cup blackberries, plus more for topping
Instructions
  1. Add the chia seeds, pure maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, and unsweetened coconut milk to a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir this all together and place in the fridge to set. It’s ready to go in just about 30 minutes, but you could leave it overnight if you want.
  3. Remove it from the fridge and stir it together. You can see the chia seeds have formed a gel and the mixture is thicker, more like a pudding.
  4. To make the jam portion, mash the fresh blackberries using a fork or a potato masher until they’re pretty fully mashed. Then set aside.

  5. In a mixing bowl, combine the prepared vanilla chia pudding with some natural peanut butter and stir to combine.
  6. Add the blackberry puree to the bottom of a jar, and then top that with the peanut butter chia pudding all the way to the top. To serve, I like to add a little more peanut butter and some fresh blackberries. 
Nutrition Facts
PB&J Chia Pudding
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 181
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.1g31%
Saturated Fat 8.2g41%
Sodium 66mg3%
Carbohydrates 30.1g10%
Fiber 10.7g43%
Sugar 11.1g12%
Protein 8.7g17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Mango Chia Pudding

For mango lovers out there, this Mango Chia Pudding recipe is for you.  So fruity, so flavorful, so perfectly mango.

Jar of mango chia pudding which has layers of pureed mango, then vanilla chia pudding recipe, then topped back off with more mango puree.

5 from 4 votes
Jar of mango chia pudding which has layers of pureed mango, then vanilla chia pudding recipe, then topped back off with more mango puree.
Mango Chia Pudding
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Setting
30 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
For mango lovers out there, this Mango Chia Pudding recipe is for you.  So fruity, so flavorful, so perfectly mango.
Categories: Breakfast, Dessert, Kid-Friendly, Snack, Sweet Treat
Servings: 2 chia puddings
Calories: 290 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup mango, plus more for topping
Instructions
  1. Add the chia seeds, pure maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, and unsweetened coconut milk to a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir this all together and place in the fridge to set. It’s ready to go in just about 30 minutes, but you could leave it overnight if you want.
  3. Remove it from the fridge and stir it together. You can see the chia seeds have formed a gel and the mixture is thicker, more like a pudding.
  4. Mash up the mangos. I find it easiest to mash mango when it’s diced. You don’t need to get it to a full puree, just to be smooth.

  5. Then, add some of the mashed mango to the bottom of a jar and top with the vanilla chia seed mixture, but not all the way up. Finish the top with a little more of the mashed mango.
  6. Then, to serve, top with a few more diced fresh mango and then dig in.
Nutrition Facts
Mango Chia Pudding
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 146
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.2g25%
Saturated Fat 5.4g27%
Sodium 43mg2%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 12.9g52%
Sugar 14.2g16%
Protein 5.6g11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Side view of the 5 best chia pudding recipes, lined up in jars. From left to right is blueberry vanilla chia pudding, raspberry chocolate chia pudding, strawberry matcha chia pudding, pn&j chia pudding, and mango chia pudding.

More Healthy Chia Seed Pudding Recipes

Looking for EVEN more chia pudding recipes?  Check out these other yummy options form the blog:

Alright so we have a raspberry chocolate, a blueberry vanilla, a strawberry matcha, a PB&J, and a fresh mango chia pudding – these 5 chia pudding recipes are so easy to make and are a great way to add more flavor, texture, and fiber to your day. 

Tell me which flavor is your fave that you’re gonna try first.  Its a hard one, but the PB&J is my favorite – love that flavor combo!  

 

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

3 thoughts on “5 Best Chia Pudding Recipes

  1. 5 stars
    I just finished eating a serving of chia pudding I made. Your basic recipe was the inspiration and I used it to get the proportions of liquid to chia. I had some slightly shriveled dark cherries in the fridge that I need to use, to I pitted and chopped them and put them in 2 glass jars. I made the pudding according to your basic recipe except for the maple syrup. I had about 1 1/2 tablespoons of liquid left in a jar from cranberries fermented in honey, so I used that. It was so yummy! Thank you for the inspiration.

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