Chia seeds are a serious superfood. They’re full of fiber, so adding them to foods helps you feel full for longer. They’re great for digestion and can even boost your energy. While you can sneak them into smoothies or juices, chia seeds are also really tasty — not to mention fun — when you use them to make chia seed pudding.
See, when you add chia seeds to a liquid and let them soak in it, the chia seeds absorb the liquid and puff up in size, transforming from a seed-like texture to a gel consistency that’s reminiscent of pudding.
Best of all, this chia seed pudding can be eaten as breakfast, snack or dessert. You have to try it!
3-Ingredient Chia Seed Pudding
This is the classic chia seed pudding, with just three ingredients: a nondairy milk, chia seeds and vanilla extract. Each serving is roughly two tablespoons of chia seeds, a half-cup of nondairy milk (coconut or unsweetened almond milk work best) and a quarter teaspoon of vanilla.
Because of the fiber in chia seeds, this classic version also doubles as a keto chia seed pudding, with only 4 net carbs per serving. It’s also friendly to nearly any kind of diet, including vegan and Paleo.
Beyond the benefits of chia seeds, coconut milk adds great creamy texture, electrolytes and healthy fats. As an alternative, almond milk contains far fewer calories and contains half a day’s recommended intake of vitamin E, a significant amount of vitamin D and a hearty dose of calcium.
If you want to dress up this pudding, consider making a strawberry rhubarb compote.
Rhubarb does more than give the pudding a gorgeous color. The vegetable lowers inflammation and eases digestion while adding a tart taste to this chia seed pudding.
Start by mixing the first three ingredients — coconut milk, chia seeds and vanilla — in a bowl and place in the refrigerator.
Next, chop up the rhubarb and strawberries, then add to a small pot over medium heat. Cook until the rhubarb is tender.
Add the rhubarb mixture plus maple syrup and water to a blender, and blend until all the ingredients are well combined.
Remove the chia seed pudding from the refrigerator and separate into four glasses, topping with the strawberry rhubarb compote once it has cooled.
Place the glasses in the fridge for about an hour to let them chill and set. Top them with coconut flakes, cacao nibs or both and serve! (This pudding will also last in the fridge for a week.)
This strawberry rhubarb chia seed pudding is easy to take on the go to work — just put in a portable container. It also doubles as a super healthy dessert that the entire family will enjoy.
If you dig the taste of this chia seed pudding, try our chia seed smoothie bowl next!Print
The classic chia seed pudding only requires three ingredients. On top of this pudding, you can add any kind of fruit, or this strawberry rhubarb compote.
Chia Pudding Mixture:
- 3 cups coconut milk (full fat/canned)
- ¾ cup chia seeds
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Compote Mixture (Optional):
- 5–6 rhubarb stalks, chopped
- 1½ cups strawberries
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ⅓ cup water
- top with shredded coconut flakes/cacao nibs
- Mix well the first 3 ingredients in a bowl and place in the refrigerator.
- For the optional compote, chop up the fruit and add it to a small pot. Cook over medium heat or until rhubarb is tender, about 8 minutes.
- Add mixture, maple syrup and water into a blender and blend until well combined.
- Distribute chia seed pudding evenly into four glasses and top with the compote, once it has cooled. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill for up to 1 hour.
- Serve topped with shredded coconut flakes and/or cacao nibs.
- If you want to reduce the calories, use reduced fat coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk.
- Rather than a compote, you can also simply add some fresh fruit: blueberries, strawberries, pineapples, cherries, etc.
- Coconut flakes, raw sliced almonds, hemp seeds and cacao nibs all offer good toppings, with or without fruit.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 10 min
- Category: Snacks, Desserts
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 serving (135g) of pudding only
- Calories: 327
- Sugar: 0.1g
- Sodium: 18mg
- Fat: 30.5g
- Saturated Fat: 22.1g
- Unsaturated Fat: 6.7g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 12.1g
- Fiber: 7.1g
- Protein: 5.7g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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