Luscious Chia Seed Pudding takes a minute to make, is super healthy and so versatile it can be served for breakfast, as a snack, even dessert. You can find a big batch of it in my fridge at all times.

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 Our family has been sprinkling chia seeds on yogurt and cereal for quite some time, but it wasn’t until my girlfriend Kimberly told me about her kids’ love of her chia seed pudding that I decided to try using them in a different way. 

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Chia seeds are known for their high level of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidant properties, but how do those hard little granular chia seeds produce a pudding so creamy, rich, and well, pudding-like? When mixed with liquid chia seeds expand and take on a different texture, like gelatin. 

Adding just three other simple ingredients to them results in this silky smooth and healthy dessert with the addictive flavor combination of vanilla and honey (or maple syrup — your choice!) in every bite. 

This recipe caught on like wild fire in my house. My whole family loves it so much, my husband makes us 1-2 batches a week. In fact, he’s so territorial about it, he insists on being in charge of making it. That’s because he experimented with all different types of milks before arriving at the one he believes to make the creamiest chia pudding (in his opinion, oat is the best, but almond a close second). I personally like using full fat cow’s milk for this recipe, but it works well with rice, almond, and most other kinds of milk.

We love putting out an array of toppings to adorn each of our bowls, from berries, to cacao nibs, chocolate chips, bee pollen, and shredded coconut to name a few. The possibilities are limitless.

If you prefer an utterly smooth texture (like the consistency of a chocolate pudding or mousse), or have a little one who does, just blend your ingredients till smooth in the blender before pouring into jars and refrigerating.

“Ch-ch-ch-chia!” Chia seed pudding, that is!

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Chia Seed Pudding

5 from 1 vote
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 cups milk (almond, rice, soy or cow’s milk)
  • 1/4 cup honey, maple syrup or agave
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, honey and vanilla. Add the chia seeds and stir to combine.
  • Refrigerate 4 hours, stirring once halfway through.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Can’t wait to have this for breakfast tomorrow it sounds delicious! I’m counting calories though so does anyone know how many calories this recipe is?

  2. Whole milk has about 150 calories per cup, and honey has about 80 calories per tablespoon, vanilla extract you do not need to worry about, and chia seeds have about 110 per ounce which may seem like a lot but they are packed with omega 3s and other great nutrients

  3. Looks delicious! Does banana go well with chia seeds pudding? And can someone share some different recipes with different flavors and ingredients? Thanks so much!

  4. The flavor of these was really good (I subbed vanilla for almond extract as I ran out of vanilla) but unfortunately, mine didn’t set AT ALL (even overnight). I followed the directions exactly – even using Trader Joe’s organic whole milk like you did. Any idea why they didn’t turn out?

  5. 5 stars
    I love your easy recipes which are perfect for anyone who wants to eat healthy without spending hours in the kitchen. You really understand how busy we get as working women. Your recipes are easy to follow and prepare with short steps. Love your energy and your love for food and family.

    1. This makes me so happy! Thanks for the kind words 🙂 Glad you find weelicious to be a helpful resource for busy parents!

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