Chia seeds are a healthy, filling, easy to utilize little seed. They expand when immersed in liquid, and have been made into everything from flour, to fruit spreads, to drinks, to pudding! They can be added to smoothies, muffins, and more. The best part is they are full of healthy fats, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. In this recipe with just two ingredients, they transform into this delicious breakfast, snack or dessert!
How to Make Simple Chia Seed Pudding
To make this chia seed pudding, all you need is two ingredients:
Your favorite non-dairy milk
To prepare the pudding, you’ll combine 1/4 cup of chia seeds with 1 cup of your favorite non-dairy milk in a small mason jar or bowl. Stir well, cover with plastic wrap or place lid on and leave for at least 2-3 hours or overnight.
Once you’ve let it set, it will be thick and the chia seeds will have soaked up all the milk! Give it a stir to make sure there aren’t any lumps, add toppings, and you’re good to go!
And that’s it!
What Does Chia Seed Pudding Taste Like?
That’s a good question. If you’ve never had chia pudding before, I’m guessing it seems like kind of a strange food.
Chia pudding has a very light flavor. It takes the flavor of whatever milk or sweeteners you add to it. Since it doesn’t really taste like anything, the flavor possibilities are endless!
Depending on the milk you use and the thickness that you prefer it to be, the flavor and texture will vary. With the recipe to follow, the pudding is on the thinner side. It doesn’t stand up on a spoon, instead it runs off slowly. If you prefer your puddings to be thick, then you’ll want to use 1/3 cup of chia seeds instead of 1/4 cup.
Is Chia Seed Pudding Healthy?
Well, now that depends. “Healthy” is an oddly subjective term. It can mean a lot of things, and it can mean entirely different things for different people.
To keep it brief, I’ll give you an example: for someone who has celiac disease, eating breads, pastas, and other foods containing gluten is not healthy. For those without celiac disease, eating whole grains (gluten and all) in good proportions provides lots of health benefits. So, it’s not as simple as a black and white “yes” or “no” when it comes to that question.
But to answer that question, here are some of the nutrition benefits of chia seeds, and you can decide from there whether they would be beneficial for your health:
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are high in fiber. Just one ounce of these tiny seeds contains 11g! The daily fiber recommendations for adults is 25-30g, so eating this as a light breakfast or snack would get you that much closer to this goal. Fiber is necessary for proper digestion, gut health, and feelings of fullness.
Chia seeds also have Omega-3 and 6 fats. These are heart-healthy fats that aid in reducing inflammation.
Another great thing about chia seeds is the protein content! Chia seeds have 4g of protein in a one-ounce serving. Protein is necessary for building body tissues and also contributes to feelings of fullness. For those who enjoy getting plant-based proteins, chia seeds can be a great protein to add to foods.
They’ve also got lots of magnesium, a nutrient important for muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation.
To learn more about the health benefits of chia seeds and see more recipes, check out this blog post.
Is Chia Seed Pudding a Good Breakfast?
Yes! Chia seed pudding makes a great breakfast, especially when you add fresh fruit and nut butters. In fact, my favorite time of day to each chia seed pudding is in the morning. It’s so easy to prepare it the night before in 5 minutes, leave it in the fridge overnight, and then BAM–breakfast is ready when you get up in the morning. Throw some toppings on it (you can do this the night before too) and you can take it on the go with you (just don’t forget a spoon…speaking from experience there).
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know how you like it by leaving a comment and a rating below!
Simple Berry Chia Seed Pudding
- Small mason jar or bowl
- Small knife
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, oat milk or other non-dairy milk
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup, optional I skip the sweetener, and it tastes delicious!
- a handful each of fresh strawberries and blueberries, for topping
- Add chia seeds and milk to mason jar or bowl. For a thicker pudding, use 1/3 cup chia seeds. Stir well and place lid or plastic wrap over it to cover.
- Allow pudding to rest for 2-3 hours or overnight.
- Once the pudding has set, it should be thick and smooth. Stir well and add fresh strawberries and blueberries. If making two servings, divide the pudding between two jars/bowls.
- Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for up to 5 days.