This is the absolute creamiest chia seed pudding recipe you will find! It is a simple make-ahead breakfast or snack that is filling and incredibly nutritious. It can be topped with your favorite fruit, nuts, granola, or spreads to make it your own!
This Chia Seed Pudding recipe makes a creamy, satisfying and nutritious treat, pre-breakfast nosh, mid-morning snack...I pretty much eat it anytime I can! It is pretty versatile but I think my favorite time to enjoy it is first thing in the morning if I'm starving and don't have time to make my full breakfast. On rushed mornings I enjoy chia seed pudding straight out of the fridge and then typically make a larger breakfast a bit later when I have more time! I love that it's full of fiber and other nutrients while tasting just like tapioca vanilla pudding.
Creamy Chia Seed Pudding Ingredients
Short and simple is the best combination for a busy weekday breakfast or snack. There are just four ingredients in this recipe, and you can add any toppings you like or have on hand...or eat it as is!
- Cashew milk - Homemade Cashew Milk is so easy and fast to make with no straining or fancy equipment required. It doesn't add much time to the recipe and it is a total game changer if you want a creamy dreamy chia pudding! The key is to use a 1:3.5 ratio of cashews to water.
- Chia seeds - This recipe uses 3 tablespoons of chia seeds. It always surprises me that such a small amount goes so far in this recipe!
- Maple syrup - Pure maple syrup, which is made from the sap of maple trees, is my favorite all-natural sweetener that keeps recipes free of refined sugar. You only need a splash of it in this chia seed pudding.
- Pure vanilla extract - You need a little vanilla for the perfect pudding flavor!
All About Chia Seeds
When you combine chia seeds with liquid they expand and create a gel-like consistency, which is why they work so well in this "pudding" recipe. Chia seeds are low in calories and offer important nutrients including essential fatty acids (omega-3s), antioxidants and minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium. They are also rich in fiber. In fact, this recipe uses 2 tablespoons of chia seeds which provides 38% of your recommended daily fiber! More fiber means you will feel fuller longer and your digestive system will thank you.
How to Make The Creamiest Chia Seed Pudding
I prefer a thick pudding with the chia seeds evenly distributed. After many attempts at making chia seed pudding that mostly ended up with a soupy, inconsistent mess, I finally perfected the recipe! This version is super luscious thanks to using Homemade Cashew Milk. Any thick, homemade plant milk would work. I have recipes for homemade oat milk or homemade almond milk and both would be tasty. This recipe makes one serving and it's an process similar to overnight oats: stir everything together the night before, pop it in the fridge, and wake up to smooth, milky pudding deliciousness the next morning.
Vegan Chia Seed Pudding Toppings
You can eat this pudding exactly as is and it's delicious...but you can also get creative with toppings and really make it your own! I honestly think anything you're craving could go on top of Chia Seed Pudding and taste incredible. It's versatile like this!
- My go-to topping is a swirl of Homemade Chia Jam and fresh berries! You could also do Easy Sautéed Cinnamon Apples on top for an apple pie flavored pudding.
- For a more filling meal, pour the pudding into a larger bowl and top with my Easy Granola Recipe.
- Nut butter adds protein and filling flavor. I love Homemade Raw Creamy Almond Butter!
- If you want a sweet treat, I have a Healthy Homemade Nutella that would be incredible drizzled overtop with a spoonful of Coconut Whipped Cream. YUM! My kids would go crazy for this.
- Add some crunch with Healthy Maple Candied Pecans. I love snacking on these as well!
This Creamy Vegan Chia Seed Pudding is made without dairy, eggs, soy, refined sugars or gluten. It's a super friendly way to make an allergen-free snack! If you give this recipe a try, snap a pic and tag #eatingbyelaine and @eatingbyelaine on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook so I can see you enjoying your creations. You can also leave a review below this post, which helps other readers find and make this dish!
My friend, Laney from Life is But a Dish makes a delicious Almond Butter and Jelly Chia Seed Pudding recipe that I also highly recommend.
More Puddings & Parfaits
This is the absolute creamiest chia seed pudding recipe you will find. It is a simple make-ahead breakfast or snack that is filling and incredibly nutritious.
For the chia seed pudding
- 1 cup homemade cashew milk (or sub homemade oat milk orhomemade almond milk)*
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Optional Topping Ideas:
- In a medium-sized lidded jar whisk together the milk, chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla. For the initial 15 minutes whisk every 5 minutes to make sure the chia seeds distribute evenly. Once everything is well incorporated, cover with the lid and place in your refrigerator overnight (at least 4 hours until thickened and cold).
- In the morning, stir with a spoon and enjoy. Or, garnish with your favorite toppings such as chia jam, granola, coconut whipped cream, almond butter, healthy homemade nutella, easy sautéed cinnamon apples, or fresh berries.
- Chia pudding lasts up to four days in your refrigerator if stored in an airtight container. After that look for normal signs of spoilage.
You can substitute other homemade plant milks if desired but just make sure you use a recipe that yields a thick and creamy plant milk (not watered down). You can substitute store-bought plant milk but it will not be as thick and creamy and the chia seeds will not distribute evenly. But it would work in a pinch. When I make homemade milk for chia seed pudding I use a 1:3.5 ratio (meaning 1 cup of nuts or oats to 3.5 cups of water). For an even thicker pudding you could go down to 3 cups of water.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Category: Breakfast/Snack
Keywords: creamy chia seed pudding