Easiest Chia Pudding

This simple chia pudding recipe is one of my favorite make-ahead breakfasts. Creamy & lightly sweet, it's a healthy way to start the day!

Easiest Chia Pudding

I have to admit, I can’t wait to see some food trends, even the healthy ones, come to an end. I felt this way about chia pudding for, oh, about three years… but it’s all over now. I’ve joined the chia seed pudding club, and I’m in love.

My chia relationship was an unfair one from the start. At first, I judged chia seeds because I thought those little gray balls just looked funny. Then came all of those gorgeous chia bowls floating around the internet, and they made me almost want to try chia, but not quite. Earlier this year I gave in, but I still didn’t “get” it.

Fast forward to now – I’m a better, wiser chia maker – and I’m here to share a few simple tips, in case you’ve been on the fence about it like I have. Of course if you’re already a believer, you can just scroll down to the recipe!

Easiest Chia Pudding

Chia pudding tips:

  1. First things first – the milk. I used Almond Breeze’s Cashewmilk but you can use regular almond milk or coconut milk if you like.
  2. It doesn’t set like actual pudding. I make mine in a big jar and then scoop it into bowls as I’m ready to eat. Err on the side of too many chia seeds, because you can always thin it out as you serve it up.
  3. Mix everything together, let it chill for about 30 minutes, mix it again, and let it chill for the remaining time (overnight for best results).
  4. Add flavor and texture until it tastes good to you. At the bare minimum, I stir in maple syrup, a pinch of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. After it sets, I pile on the toppings (and more maple syrup – yum). It’s citrus season, so this time I mixed in Meyer lemon juice and topped my bowl with clementine slices.

Sunshine Citrus Chia Bowls

Chia Pudding Variations

Chia pudding is a blank canvas, here are some ways you could change it up!

  • Vary your fruit topping by season. In the spring, use macerated strawberries. In the summer try cherries or peaches. In the fall, stewed apples (from this recipe) would be delicious, and in the winter, top your chia pudding with ripe pear.
  • Use a variety of nuts or seeds, or sprinkle granola on top.
  • Add a scoop of nut butter and a few chocolate chips to make a more decadent chia pudding.

If you love this bowl, be sure to try these overnight oats or this breakfast quinoa!

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Easiest Chia Pudding

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This easy, healthy chia pudding recipe a great make-ahead breakfast. Top it with your favorite seasonal fruit! Vegan and gluten-free.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1½ cups cashew milk, almond milk, or coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, more for serving
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ½ tablespoon Meyer lemon juice or orange juice, optional
  • lemon zest or a few drops of lemon oil, optional
  • seasonal fruit and/or chopped nuts, for topping
  1. In a large jar or bowl, stir together the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest, if using.
  2. Chill covered for 30 minutes, then stir again, incorporating the chia seeds that have sunk to the bottom. Chill for about 6 hours, or overnight, until the chia pudding is thick. If it gets too thick, stir in a little more milk to reach your desired consistency.
  3. To serve, scoop chia pudding into bowls and top with fruit, nuts, and maple syrup, as desired.



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  1. Alison

    I have tried a few other chia recipes and haven’t found one that I have really liked. But I am super excited to try this one. Thank you for the great recipe idea!

  2. Kate from holajalapeno.com

    I’m with you….have not been inspired to make chia pudding, yet. But with these tips and that citrus it might be too good to resist.

  3. Beata from thecopycatchef.com

    I’m a chia seed pudding lover but it can get boring – I love your citrus twist to make things more interesting and tasty…would be a great dessert.

  4. I love recipes that just embody sunshine in the dead of winter. I agree a richer milk has to be used with chia, I almost always stick to a coconut milk base. Lovely post and photos.

  5. Alexandra

    Cant wait to try this! 🙂

  6. Thanks for giving the world a refreshing take on chia bowls and especially for these useful tips. I agree that it’s all about the milk. I personally like coconut milk or homemade cashew milk. Living in Switzerland, these amazing new Almond Breeze blends are not accessible ;-), but I like that you suggest cashew milk. And the lemon juice is a great idea too!

    • jeanine

      Thanks Katie! I’m really loving the cashew thing 🙂

  7. Natalie

    So… this is almost tempting enough to give it a try. I love overnight oats with Chia, but the pudding is not as tempting to me. But, what I am truly in LOVE with is your shirt!!!

    Thanks for all your fabulous food ideas!

    • jeanine

      Thanks Natalie! It was a great photo background 🙂

  8. Perfect timing…I just bought a bag of chia seeds yesterday! Can’t wait to try the recipe, in fact, I’m going to go do that right this minute.

  9. I love the way you guys shot this! This is probably going to be my afternoon snack now.

  10. Annie from chasethatilove.com

    I just got back on the chia pud bandwagon, and I’m so glad I did. I love the idea of putting lemon oil in it. Citrus on top I’ve seen before but citrus flavoring in it sounds new. Like a lemon merengue pudding cup, only awesomer. That’s a word, right?

    • jeanine

      Ha – yes, awesomer 🙂

  11. Sunshine citrus bowl is the perfect name for this! Welcome to the chia pudding side.

  12. nanllel

    Hi! Approximately how long does the chia bowl stay good for? IS this something that has to be consumed the next day or can you eat it throughout the week?

    • jeanine

      I keep mine in the fridge for about 4-5 days – I eat it throughout the week, I just keep the fruit separate until I’m ready to eat. Hope that helps!

  13. kamciss from kamciss-zyciezesmakiem.blogspot.com

    I love this! It looks amazing and yummy 🙂

  14. Madeline from madelinemarieblog.com

    What a bright and colorful bowl for these dreary Januaries! That blue bowl is just adorable too!

  15. Jesse from thedomestic.squarespace.com

    Never thought to add citrus to a chia pudding. Meyer lemon sounds like such a great addition! Just posted some other grain free breakfast ideas:)

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