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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.

chia pudding recipe

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. Hi! I tried tripling the recipe and put it all in one jar as I don’t have mini glass containers (at least none that are clean right now, haha!). It came out pretty soupy but the flavor was great. Is it a bad idea to try to make this in large batches? Thanks!

    1. When making chia pudding it all comes down to exact measurements of dry vs. wet. No, it’s not a bad idea to batch prep chia pudding. Add a bit mroe chia and let it sit.

  2. I make this often! It is so easy and so perfectly yummy by itself. I usually just eat it right out of the jar with nothing else added. Love, love, love it! Thank you so much!!

  3. I am absolutely blown away by this recipe. I used to eat porridge for breakfast, but decided the Chia seeds in the pantry needed using up and so I looked up how I could use them. I came across your recipe and decided to give it a go. I only had light cows milk and Hershey chocolate syrup to sweeten, until I go shopping. I went with that and today is my 4th day. This is what I have found, by lunchtime I am famished, luckily that is when I eat my main meal. I always eat a well balanced main meal, then afternoon tea and usually soup then fruit for my evening meal. The first day I ate my evening meal but felt very uncomfortable, like I had totally overeaten! So from then until today I have only eaten breakfast (Chia pudding) and a good balanced meal at lunchtime, nothing more except 2 coffee’s and water, thus cutting out 250-300 calories a day! I can’t wait to weigh myself next week. I need to lose at least 5 kilos, so here’s hoping.
    Thank you so much for your recipe❤️

      1. Just a little update, it is important to drink lots of water during the day as it will help with bowel movements, I wasn’t drinking enough and today I have a problem🥺

  4. I won’t lie, I was fully expecting to hate this (had a bad initial chia seed experience), but I made this recipe over night and WOW! I’m eating it right now and I’m sold. I made strawberry puree to add to it and it’s so delicious!

    1. By my calculations, the carb count is high – the chia seeds, vanilla and almond milk are very low net carbs, only the maple syrup has carbs.

  5. This is delicious!! First recipe used with chia seeds. Used gingerbread local to our area honey. My daughter requested I make more! Thank you

  6. Love this recipe!!!! So easy and healthy. I top it up with fruit and seeds for a healthy breakfast.

  7. Haven’t tried yet but looking forward to making it in the next couple of days. I’m 76…you are never too mature to learn!


  8. 😋 I added a pinch of cinnamon and teaspoon of agave nectar. This is a great recipe.

    Thank you,


  9. I now make this all the time and have turned others on to it also. I usually use a little honey. But want to try Stevia. Took it with me out of town for a lunch time snack. Yummo!

  10. This is a great recipe and I love it. I found it a month ago or so and have made it a handful of times. I put fresh fruit in it and it is just ridiculously delicious! You have the perfect recipe. Thank you!

  11. Yum!!! Super easy and delicious!! I have also made mine with coconut milk and added shredded coconut. Truly delicious!!

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