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Vanilla Chia Pudding (Video)

by Olena

5 from 29 reviews

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Chia Pudding Recipe

This chia pudding recipe is so easy and simple! It takes 2 minutes to prep and then “cooks” itself overnight in the fridge. You can make a few 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!

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 “pudding”. Overnight chia pudding has similar consistency to rice pudding, hence the name.

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Is Chia Seed 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.

How Long Does It 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.

Chia 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.

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How to Make Vanilla 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.

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 vanilla 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.

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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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Vanilla Chia Pudding

5 from 29 reviews

Make easy perfect consistency chia pudding with One Pro Tip every time! Easy healthy breakfast or snack. Use any toppings or make a part of a meal prep.

  • Author: Olena of
  • 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


  • 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)


  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.


*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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Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Absolutely easy to make, and so delicious!! My first time making any kind of Chia pudding. I used the maple syrup, and added a banana for a quick breakfast! Thanks for posting! Your website is my go-to for recipes!

  2. I love adding hemp hearts for a nutty taste. I also like to replace the maple syrup or honey with flavored skinny syrup for different flavors

  3. Yummy Chia Pudding! This was easy to make and my vegetarian daughter and I loved it for breakfast with some coconut flakes and halved grapes on top. Thank you for the recipe.

  4. I discovered chia puddings on your channel and always use your recipes. I also love the chocolate one!

  5. I have recently discovered chia pudding. I tried it with coconut milk and I have to agree with you about the taste. I was not a fan. I usually have almond milk on hand so I will definitely have to try this recipe. And I absolutely love the idea of making a week’s worth and having breakfast ready every morning.

  6. Worked perfectly for me, thanks!!! 1st time making chia pudding. My husband and I ate the whole thing. And we used fresh strawberries and banana cut up on top. Yummmmm.

  7. Very good! Light, fresh and tastes wonderful with blueberries, almonds and non sweetened coconut on top. Consistency was perfect. Thanks!

  8. Thanks for the recipe! Made yesterday and tried today, very good and glad I made it. I used cow milk. Will likely become a staple in my diet. Thanks again!

  9. Thanks for sharing the recipe Olena.I tried Banana Chai for Breakfast. But haven’t tried Vanilla Chai Puddin. I will try this must and let you know the output.

  10. Hello. I have used chia seeds a little bit. I have a qustion. I am hoping you will answer for me. If I make a chia pudding. Can I freeze it? Thank you for the yummy sounding recipes. I am hoping to try many of them.

  11. Wow! I really didn’t expect to like this as much as I did … I thought it would be tolerable and I would eat it because it’s good for me, but that was it. Wrong! Loved it, loved it, loved it! I picked up sweetened vanilla almond milk by mistake so I didn’t add the maple syrup, and because I’m not a huge fan of too-strong vanilla, I also left out the vanilla extract. It was literally just the chia seeds and vanilla almond milk and fresh blueberries thrown on top right before I ate it. Can’t wait to try it with unsweetened milk to see what the maple syrup adds to the flavor, but this was super simple and delicious! I’m heading to Costco to buy the big bag of chia seeds!

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