Chia pudding is where it’s at if you’re looking for an easy and healthy breakfast idea.
All you really need to do is mix your favorite type of milk, some chia seeds, and your favorite sweetener, wait a few hours and then voila! You’ve got yourself a healthy pudding that tastes amazing (and can also be filling too).
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This isn’t the type of empty snack that might be on your typical list of breakfast choices. Chia pudding can be surprisingly refreshing and energizing. All you need to do is try it.
It also makes a PERFECT meal prep snack you can keep at home or take to work (hello mason jars).
How to make chia seed pudding
Though you can skip for a full and more detailed recipe below, here’s the quick run down on how you can start making your own chia pudding like an absolute boss:
- Combine 2 full tablespoons of chia seeds to 1/2 a cup of almond milk
- Add your agave nectar/ honey and any extra flavoring add ons like cinnamon or vanilla extract
- Let sit for a few hours or overnight, stir, and then add all your fruit toppings and you’re done!
The general ratio is I like to use is two full tablespoons of chia seed to a half cup of almond milk.
I prefer almond milk since I stopped drinking dairy for health reasons. And I must say I really don’t miss dairy. Almond milk works just fine for all of my ‘milk’ needs.
You can also use cashew milk, oat milk, goats milk…really any type of milk you prefer.
If you think this chia seed to milk ratio doesn’t quite work for you, all you have to do is add another spoonful of chia, mix it in, and let sit for a bit.
Why is chia pudding healthy?
Chia seeds are absolutely filled with tons of health benefits. They aren’t considered a super food for nothin’.
Chia seeds as filled with omega-3 fatty acids, lots of Calcium, Protein, Fiber, and even Zinc.
According to Harvard Nutrition Source, “Two tablespoons of chia seeds (1 ounce or 28 grams) contain about 140 calories, 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber, 7 grams of unsaturated fat, 18% RDA for calcium, and trace minerals including zinc and copper. They are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids that cannot be made by the body.”
Tasty chia seed topping ideas
The fun thing about chia pudding is the amount of toppings you can mix in with it to make it your own.
You don’t just have to stick with chia seeds and milk, you can add extra ingredients that up the ante in terms of healthy ingredients or if you simply want something more flavorful and with more texture.
Toasted nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts, etc)
Drief fruit mix
Graham cracker crumbs
How to add extra flavor to your chia pudding
For added flavor and a bit of a twist when you make your chia pudding the night before, you can add:
How long does chia pudding last in the fridge?
Chia pudding will last you about a week in the fridge. After that you’re better off making a brand new batch to enjoy.
You can also make some and freeze it if that’s what you prefer. It can last longer in the fridge that way.
Weck jars or mason jars are great chia pudding containers especially if you take your pudding on-the-go.
16 Oz. Mason jars
More chia pudding recipes on the blog
I went on a bit of a chia making spree a bit ago and came up with a few quirky chia recipes you can always check out for more inspiration.
Here are a few: