This recipe has become such a staple for me for breakfast and snacks. I love it because it takes literally 1 minute to put together and the results are so delicious! It keeps me full for a few hours when I have it for breakfast and it also has saved me from eating my entire kitchen when I’m feeling especially snack-ish.
What you need for this recipe
All you need for this recipe is 4 basic ingredients. Chia seeds of course, they can be black or white. A plant milk of your choice, I usually go for almond milk because its usually what I have around but coconut milk is also amazing, it gives it a super creamy texture. Maple syrup for some sweetness, you could also use honey and lastly, vanilla extract. This is an optional one but one I highly recommend, it gives it that little hint of vanilla-ey sweetness!
I like to make a larger batch of this to have on hand for a couple days, but this basic recipe will get you around two servings!
What to top your chia pudding with?
You can really customize this chia pudding to make it your own with the toppings you add! Some ideas for toppings are:
- Peanut butter & Jelly: natural peanut butter and berries
- Chocolate almond: cacao powder, chocolate chips and almond butter
- Pumpkin pie: pumpkin pie spice, almond butter
- Tropical: coconut flakes & fresh mango
- Apple pie: apple slices, cinnamon and almond butter
- Chocolate hazelnut: hazelnut spread and chopped fresh hazelnuts
- Pina colada: pineapple and coconut milk
What makes this recipe healthy?
Before we get to the recipe let’s talk a little about what makes this chia seed pudding so healthy! These tiny black seeds are actually from a flowering plant called Salvia Hispanica that is in the mint family. Despite their small size, the chia seed packs a high nutritional punch. Chia seeds are a great source of dietary fiber, protein, healthy fats, calcium, magnesium, and other vitamins and minerals. They are also high in antioxidants, which our bodies use to fight off free radicals in the body. All this makes them an amazing healthy option to include in your diet!
Some other ways to include chia seeds
- Baked Goods
- Yogurt parfait
Here is another chia pudding recipe to try out, it is a little more decadent than this recipe! Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Chia Pudding
Simple Chia Seed Pudding Recipe
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2/3 cup plant milk
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
- Add all ingredients to a jar with a lid
- Secure the lid tightly and shake for 20 seconds
- Place in the fridge to set for at least 30 minutes
- Should be much thicker and pudding like when ready. Top with fresh fruit, nut butter, nuts and seeds, dried fruit, etc. Enjoy!