This is a super simple and adaptable recipe for overnight chia seed pudding (vegan and gluten free). It’s a two ingredient recipe for that you can make in under 10 seconds. Simply mix it before bed, pop it in the fridge, and enjoy your tasty breakfast the next morning! Plus, you can make this chai seed pudding with any type of milk – regular, almond, soy, coconut, hemp, hazelnut…the milk world is your oyster!
Chia seed pudding is an easy and healthy breakfast
If you’re anything like me, there will be times when you’re too tired to think about breakfast the night before or first thing in the morning. One of the lazier breakfasts recipes I’ll make for us is a chia seed pudding.
Right before we retire to the bedroom, I will spoon some chia seeds into a jar, top it up with almond milk, and then pop it into the fridge. Then it sits in the refrigerator overnight.
Voila! By the time morning arrives, a magical chia seed breakfast pudding is ready to be served. We just need to add our favorite toppings.
This chia pudding recipe is both simple and adaptable, so it makes an easy breakfast.
Chia seed pudding is easy to make with the simple ratio in the recipe
The most important part of making chia seed is getting the chia seed to milk ratio correct. Once you have that ratio down, you can experiment and make your own chia seed pudding with different milks and different toppings.
Use your favorite type of milk for this chia pudding recipe
What kind of milk is best for chia seed pudding? I often make chia pudding with almond milk, but this chia seed pudding generally also works with any milk. You can make chia pudding with your choice of milk:
- almond (my favorite)
- regular dairy milk
- oat milk
- soy milk
- coconut milk
- hemp milk
- hazelnut milk.
We also mix the milks sometimes, depending on what we have left in our fridge too (it’s a great way to use up the last bit of milk in the jug).
You should keep in mind the type and brand of milk that you use may also naturally add some sweetness to the chia seed pudding – some milk alternatives come sweetened already, while others sometimes are more naturally sweet.
As summer is coming to a close, we’re getting the last few handfuls of juicy berries here. So I’ve topped the chia pudding pots in the photos with said berries. You can always top chia seed pudding with other fruits, nuts, or seeds.
Serve chia seed pudding with a handful of berries, nuts and seeds for a healthy breakfast
If we are low on fresh fruit, we’ve also topped our chia pots with granola, which offers more of a delicious crunch instead! This offers some variety from the typical yogurt and granola, plus you get the added nutrients from the chia seeds.
I sweeten chia pudding with a bit of maple syrup sometimes, but often we just have it plain without any sweetener. Honey and agave syrup also work well as sweeteners.
Now you know what kind of milk to use for chia pudding, and what toppings to use, here is the crucial part of the chia seed pudding recipe.
Super Secret Chia Seed Pudding Ratio:
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) chia seeds: 1 cup milk (or milk alternative)
It’s quick, it’s simple, and now that you know the super secret ratio of chia seeds to milk, I’m hoping this chia seed pudding gets added to your morning breakfast routine.
But don’t skip away so quickly! Even armed with that perfect chia seed ratio, you still need to follow the steps in the recipe correctly. No one likes clumpy chia pots.
Chia seed pudding is a healthy make ahead and grab and go breakfast idea
This healthy breakfast also keeps in the fridge for several days, so you can make a batch of chia seed pudding at a time.
The best way is to make the chia pudding in advance is to do it in a big bowl. In the morning, give it a very good stir to break apart any clumps. Once the pudding is a good consistency, then portion it out into the individual pots for the next several days.
Here are a few jars that would hold this chia seed pudding for a quick grab and go recipe.
There are so many different brands of chia seeds. Here are a few that I recommend. While you can buy chia seeds in health food stores, I find chia seeds are much cheaper to buy online:
Overnight Chia Seed Pudding (Vegan, GF)Print Recipe
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- fresh fruit (for topping, ie. strawberries and blackberries)
- nuts and seeds (for topping, ie. chopped hazelnuts)
- sweetener (to taste, ie. maple syrup)
- In a medium bowl, gently stir together the chia seeds and almond milk. Cover and set in the refrigerator overnight.
- In the morning, give the chia seed pudding a very good mix, breaking apart any clumps. It's normal for it to have clumps, but once you give it a good stir, it will become a pudding texture.
- Top with your favorite fruits, nuts and seeds (I like to use strawberries, blackberries and chopped hazelnuts). You can also mix in some yogurt to make it extra creamy. If desired, drizzle on maple syrup to taste.
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