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Healthy & Versatile Chia “Pudding” Recipe

Healthy & Versatile Chia “Pudding” Recipe

What’s inside this article: A simple 2-ingredient recipe for chia pudding that is extremely versatile, with topping ideas, and an overview of the health benefits of eating chia seeds.

Chia pudding is a versatile and nutritious breakfast option that will give you an energized start to your day.

There are so many ways to make this that you can tailor the recipe to whatever your taste preferences are.

Why Eat Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds are an excellent addition to any healthy lifestyle. They’re recognized as a super food because of their powerful nutritional punch.

Chia seeds are high in:

  • Omega-3s which are an essential fat
  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium (which most people are deficient in)
  • Phosphorous

You can read about 11 health benefits of chia seeds here.

Chia seeds and wooden spoon

How to Make Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is super easy to make. The base of the recipe is only two ingredients

  • Milk of your choice (I recommend almond milk)
  • Chia seeds (One tablespoon per 1/4 cup of milk)

Choose your milk

You can use basically any type of milk but I recommend using almond milk. I often use strawberry almond milk in mine.

But regular milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, soy milk, etc are all fine to use depending on your taste preferences.

Add the chia seeds

Add your chia seeds into the milk.

I prepare my chia pudding in a yogurt parfait contain but you could also use a mason jar.

I suggest using one tablespoon of chia seeds for each 1/4 cup of milk. This gives you the consistency of typical pudding (think tapioca pudding).

Depending on how thick you like it, you could add either more or less.

Then STIR!

You need to make sure there are no clumps of chia seeds in your mixture at all. Stir it up really well and then check back about 5 minutes later and stir it again.

Refrigerate

You need to refrigerate the pudding for at least 2 hours so it can thicken, but I always make it in the evening and leave it overnight so I can enjoy it for breakfast.

Add your toppings

Finally the last step before you enjoy the chia pudding – add your toppings.

This is the part that makes the recipe so versatile. My favorite combination is making the pudding with strawberry almond milk and then mixing in chopped strawberries and bananas.

Here are some ideas for you:

  • Mango puree, fresh mango, and almond slivers
  • Granola and mixed frozen berries
  • Strawberry and cherry compote (recipe here)
  • Pineapples, bananas, and shredded coconut
  • Cocoa powder, honey (or sweetener of your choice) and raspberries
  • Fresh mint leaves and blueberries or blueberry compote
Yield: 1 serving

Healthy & Versatile Chia "Pudding" Recipe

This simple, two-ingredient chia pudding recipe makes a perfect base for an extremely versatile yet healthy breakfast.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Add milk to a mason jar or clear yogurt parfait container
  2. Stir in the chia seeds. Mix well, ensuring there are no clumps of seeds.
  3. Wait five minutes, then stir again. If any clumps have formed make sure they're broken up.
  4. Let the mixture sit for 2 to 3 hours, or overnight, in the refrigerator
  5. Add your choice of toppings and enjoy!

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