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June 4, 2019

by Alyssa Rimmer

6 Easy & Healthy Chia Pudding Recipes

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How to make healthy chia pudding in 6 amazing flavors! These quick and easy recipes are great for breakfast, but also can be enjoyed as a balanced snack.

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Whenever I'm in a breakfast rut, I turn to chia pudding. Granted, I love my smoothies, but chia pudding is one of those things that is crazy simple to make but also can be jazzed up a million different ways.

All you need to make chia pudding are chia seeds and a liquid (usually non-dairy milk). From there you can honestly do whatever you want. Add sweetness, add spices, add fruit, add vegetables (!?) and more.

And here's the best part: it's SUPER healthy. Chia pudding is high in protein, full of omega-3s, packed with fiber and helps keep you full and satisfied all day long. It's also meal-prep friendly which I know you guys love.

So today I'm going to talk all about how to make chia pudding, give you some tips and tricks for making it taste good and I'm even showing you 6 of my favorite healthy chia pudding recipes. You'll have everything you need to become a master chia pudding maker after this one!

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The Different Types of Chia Seeds

When most people think about chia seeds, they think of those little tiny black seeds. But did you know there are actually multiple types of chia seeds?

The two main types of chia seeds are black and white. They both have the same nutritional value, they're just different colors! The benefit of changing the colors up is basically just how the chia puddings look. You'll see what I mean when you see our flavors!

The white chia seeds can actually be hard to find, so I definitely recommend picking some up online!

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How to Make Chia Pudding Taste Good

Chia pudding on its own is fairly plain in the flavor department. But that's what makes it fun! Because you can really have some fun with the flavors.

I'm going to be sharing 6 specific chia pudding flavors, but before we get to that I also wanted to share some ways you can add your own flavors to your chia puddings.

Here are some ways to flavor chia pudding:

  • Nut butter: whether used as a topping, as a layer or stirred into the mix. I like raw almond butter, raw cashew butter and also peanut butter (duh)
  • Chocolate: you can never go wrong with chocolate, but if you're looking for something different stir some raw cacao powder into your chia – it's going to make it taste like dessert!
  • Fruit: fruit is another way to totally change up the flavors of your chia pudding, while also adding sweetness and more nutrients. I like berries, banana, apples, pears, peaches, you name it!
  • Coconut: if you're a coconut lover like me, this is a great way to jazz up the flavor of your pudding – whether you use coconut milk in the base, shredded or flaked coconut on top, or even coconut butter as a drizzle.
  • Jams & spreads: if you don't have access to fresh fruit, or you want to avoid browning or tons of added sweeteners, pick up a no added sugar 100% fruit spread. There are tons of flavors to choose from too!
  • Spices: have some fun here – cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, cardamom, etc. are all amazing ways to add a punch of flavor!

And you could also swap out the type of milk you're using to change up the flavors!

How to Make Healthy Chia Pudding

Before we dive into all the delicious flavors I'm sharing down below, I thought it might be helpful to give you my base. This is the chia pudding that is kind of mild in flavor and can be used with all sorts of different flavor combos!

Healthy Chia Pudding (Base Recipe)

How to make healthy chia pudding – as a base for any other flavor you want! This quick and easy breakfast recipe is packed with protein, filling and delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 267kcal
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Leave on the counter at room temperature to thicken, about 15 minutes.
  • Once thick, stir together again and add a splash of extra milk if needed.
  • Stir in your favorite toppings/flavors and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 474mg | Iron: 3mg

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6 Ways to Make Chia Pudding

I've made chia pudding at least 100 times. I love it and love coming up with new flavor combinations. But since there are literally a million different ways to make it, I want to give you my favorites.

I've included all the recipes down below, but here are the flavors we're working with today:

  • Banana Bread
  • Lemon Raspberry
  • Coconut Vanilla Cashew
  • Chai Latte
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Strawberry Cheesecake

Chia pudding makes an awesome meal prep option, so I recommend making a few flavors on a Sunday to enjoy all week long. If you do actually assemble/mix the flavors ahead, I recommend starting your week with the ones that contain fruit (banana first!) as those will get mushy the longer they sit.

Ready to learn how to make chia pudding? Let's do this!

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1. Banana Bread


My first go-to flavor is banana bread. It's only 5 ingredients, tastes so good and is naturally sweet. What I love about using banana is that because it's so sweet, you don't need to add extra sugar. The only thing about this one is it doesn't keep as well – so eat it the same day or next!

Ingredients you need for your Banana Bread Chia Pudding:

  • 1 whole banana, halved
  • 3 tablespoons black chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • Chopped walnuts to garnish

Mash half of the banana in a small bowl. Add the chia, cinnamon and almond milk and stir to combine. Allow the chia to sit for 10 – 15 minutes, or overnight. When ready to eat, add half the chia pudding into your jar. Layer on some slices of the remaining banana, then the rest of the chia pudding, the rest of the banana and some chopped walnuts.

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2. Lemon Raspberry


I love the combo of lemon and fresh berries. Lemon brightens everything up and berries are sweet, but still low on the glycemic index which makes the whole meal a little healthier. This chia pudding is zingy, fresh and delicious!

Ingredients you need for your Lemon Raspberry Chia Pudding

  • 3 tablespoons white chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries + more to garnish

Add the chia seeds, syrup and most of the lemon zest into a bowl. Stir to combine and then let the bowl sit for 10 – 15 minutes to thicken up. When ready to serve, add half the raspberries to the bottom of your jar and mash them into a “jam” consistency. Give the chia pudding a quick stir then add it on top of the raspberries. Finish with a few more raspberries and the rest of the lemon zest.

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3. Vanilla Coconut Cashew


I'm a biiiiig coconut lover and this chia pudding recipe is one of my favorites on the list. It's made with creamy coconut milk which gives it a little natural sweetness, but we also stir in some vanilla to give it a pop of flavor. Finished off with some cashew butter and coconut flakes and it tastes like incredible!

Ingredients you need for your Vanilla Coconut Cashew:

  • 3 tablespoons black chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk (full-fat or lite)
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter
  • Shredded coconut to garnish

Whisk together the chia seeds, syrup, extract and milk in a small bowl. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 – 15 minutes until the mixture has thickened. Give it a stir before serving then add the chia pudding into a jar (or keep it in the bowl). Top with the cashew butter and coconut flakes.

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4. Chai Latte


I've always loved the chai lattes from Starbucks, but they're just too much sugar for me these days. So I created a chia pudding inspired by that drink! It tastes like a chai latte, but is packed with protein and not much sugar. It's also caffeine-free so it can be enjoyed as an afternoon treat as well.

Ingredients you need for your Chai Latte Chia Pudding:

  • 3 tablespoons black chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon each: nutmeg, ginger, cloves, cardamom
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • Chopped pecans and a cinnamon stick to garnish

Whisk together the chia seeds, sugar, spices, and milk in a bowl. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 – 15 minutes until it has thickened. Give it a stir before serving then add the chia pudding into a jar (or keep it in the bowl). Top with the almond butter, pecans, and a cinnamon stick if desired.

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5. Dark Chocolate


I had to throw something chocolatey in here because I just love chocolate for breakfast! This combination has a base of creamy chocolate pudding (thanks to cacao and almond milk) and then is topped with coconut yogurt, hazelnuts, and mini chocolate chips. It's just divine!

Ingredients you need for your Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding:

  • 3 tablespoons black chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • Coconut yogurt, chopped hazelnuts and chocolate chips to garnish

Whisk together the chia seeds, raw cacao powder, maple syrup, and almond milk in a bowl. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 – 15 minutes until it has thickened. Give it a stir before serving then add the chia pudding into a jar (or keep it in the bowl). Top it with coconut yogurt, nuts and some chocolate chips if desired!

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6. Strawberry Cheesecake


This might just be my favorite ones on the list! There's a creamy coconut-infused base and then a layer of strawberry jam and finished with some chopped fruit and almonds on top. Each layer is infused with sweet strawberries and a creaminess that reminds me of cheesecake. It's fabulous!

Ingredients you need for your Strawberry Cheesecake Chia Pudding:

  • 3 tablespoons white chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • Fresh strawberries & almonds to garnish

Whisk together the chia seeds, vanilla, and milks in a bowl. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 – 15 minutes until it has thickened. Give it a stir before serving then add half of the chia pudding into a jar (or keep it in the bowl). Top with the jam and spread it into an even layer and then add the rest of the chia pudding on top. Finish with the fresh strawberries and almonds.

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What's Your Favorite Chia Pudding Flavor?

Since the possibilities are truly endless with chia pudding, we'd love to hear from YOU! What are your favorite ways to make chia pudding? We'd love for you to leave your flavor combinations below!

 

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  1. I can’t wait to try the chai. I am addicted to chai lattes but try to moderate myself due to the caffeine and sugar…I might have to make a VAT of chai chia pudding so I can have it all the time!

  2. I’ve made the Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding numerous times! I’ve tried different recipes but this is by far my favorite! Chocolate lover!

  3. I have tried the banana bread and chai latte so far, and let me tell you, these are delicious!! They both taste like the real thing it’s amazing. Can’t wait to try the rest! 😁👍

  4. Hi! Just a warning: DO NOT MAKE THE CHAI RECIPE AS INDICATED! The rest of them are good, but that is WAY too much spice for chai pudding and I love spicy chai! What a waste of ingredients 😩

  5. Hello! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes, I have never tried Chia Pudding but yours look so delicious that I feel I must try. Since I have never bought Chia seeds, I thought it would be best to buy your recommended ones. However, since I am from the UK, shipping costs over double the price of the Chia seeds. Do you have any that you would recommend on somewhere like Amazon? Thank you and don’t worry if you don’t!

  6. Thank you for these lovely recipes. I can’t wait to try them! I have two questions: what final amount do these recipes make, 12oz..16oz? And whrer do you find these pretty jars with the flared tops? I’d like to find some to use for my pudding too.

  7. Wow! Sooo good. I made the banana bread one but added a little bit of maple syrup at the top and a little bit of brown sugar 10/10!!! Tastes like you’re eating a treat for breakfast lol

  8. I’m on a low carb diet. Do you know the nutritional counts for these please? I absolutely loved Starbucks chai tea lattes, but they are a killer in carbs. Also, is there any other sugars to replace with? Thank you so much!

  9. I’ve never tried Chia pudding, it always looked funny to me! But this looks great! I’m going to try it, to make breakfast a little more interesting on my health journey. How many ounces are in these servings??

  10. Great chia recipes.
    My favorite recipe is made with milk, rose syrup, pistachios, almonds, cardamom and chia seeds. You can top it off with dollop of cream and you got great dessert!

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