by Olena

Perfect Chia Pudding (Video)

by Olena

5 from 29 reviews

Chia Pudding perfect consistency every time with one pro tip. Only 4 ingredients and you have easy healthy breakfast or snack for a week.

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Chia Seed Pudding

This chia pudding is so easy and simple. It takes 2 minutes to prep and then “cooks” itself overnight in the fridge. You can make a few chia seed pudding at a time. I like to make 5 for Monday till Friday.

Then in the morning, grab a jar, top with your favorite toppings like nuts, berries, fruit or coconut flakes and you are good to go. Literally out of the door with your chia seed pudding in hand. It’s genius!

chia seed pudding in glass jars

What Is Chia Pudding?

Chia pudding is a mix of chia seeds with liquid, usually any kind of milk. Chia seeds are tiny black seeds that expand up to 9 times their original size.

Once you let mixed ingredients sit overnight, they form tapioca like pudding. Overnight chia pudding has similar consistency to a rice pudding, hence the name.

Is Chia Pudding Healthy?

  • Chia seeds are high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.
  • Chia contains more antioxidants than any other whole food, even blueberries.
  • It is also low sugar and low calorie.

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Perfect Chia Seed Pudding Ratio

The most important part for best chia pudding is the ratio of chia seeds : liquid. Most people like chia pudding neither soupy nor so thick that it’s dry. We all want “normal” pudding.

I find the best ratio is 3/4 cup milk : 3 tbsp chia seeds.

It does matter what kind of milk to use. Most popular is almond milk, sweetened or unsweetened. You can use any other plant-based milk from a carton like rice, coconut, soy, hemp etc. You can also use sweetened milk, just add less sweetener. As long as milk has watery consistency.

chia pudding ratio

How to Make Chia Pudding

  1. In any glass container, add milk, maple syrup, vanilla and chia seeds in this particular order. Do not change it up or else… Kidding but don’t. 🙂how to make chia pudding
  2. Stir well with a spoon or fork, let sit for 1 minute and stir again. This will prevent lumps. Then refrigerate overnight. overnight chia pudding
  3. When ready to eat stir and top with favorite toppings: nuts, berries, fruit, coconut flakes etc. I have to say if you like toppings, use bigger Mason jars.

How Long Does Chia Pudding Last?

Healthy chia seed pudding stays fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days. It will not go bad after 5 days, just will not be as fresh.

Tips for Best Overnight Chia Pudding

  • It is important to add liquids first and then chia seeds for easy mixing.
  • Both maple syrup and honey work. I prefer maple syrup because unlike thick honey it dissolves better in cold milk. But honey works too as you can tell from my video (Costco run was overdue).
  • Another good whisk after 1 minute of soaking chia seeds prevents lumps. I personally do not like to dirty a blender for a chia pudding recipe.
  • If your chia pudding is lumpy in the morning, stir well with a fork. It happens.
  • If pudding is too thick in the morning, add a little bit of milk and stir. Common sense.:)
  • Make warm chia pudding by heating it up in a microwave or on a stove with a splash of milk.
  • I do not like the taste of canned coconut milk after a few days in the fridge. It tastes “soapy”. Therefore, carton plant-based milk is the best IMHO.

Toppings Ideas

Sky is the limit.

  • I like to add fresh or frozen fruit and berries. Who am I kidding?! It’s frozen fruit 95% of time because money.
  • Nuts. Toasted are even better although they lose a bit of their nutritional value.
  • And coconut flakes. Again toasted are yum but I think we are getting very fancy. Working mom here…

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Chia Pudding

5 from 29 reviews

Chia Pudding perfect consistency every time with one pro tip. Only 4 ingredients and you have easy healthy breakfast or snack for a week.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving (8 oz jar) 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: North American
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey*
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • Nuts, berries, fruit, coconut flakes for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. In any glass container with a tight seal lid, add ingredients in the following order: milk, maple syrup, vanilla and chia seeds. If you would like to add toppings in the morning, use bigger jars, otherwise use smaller jars (pictured).
  2. Stir well with a spoon or fork, let sit for 1 minute and stir again. This will prevent lumps. Then refrigerate overnight.
  3. When ready to eat, stir well and top with favourite toppings: nuts, berries, fruit, coconut flakes etc.

Store: Refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Notes

*Maple syrup dissolves better but honey works too.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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  1. I probably should’ve asked before hand if you can make this with the trilogy seeds..hemp, chia & flax. I just made it so I won’t know if the other seeds expand the way chia does until the morning. I bought this trilogy because I was told all of these are good for you. But I hadn’t used it yet. So here goes nothing. 💁💁

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