Chia Seed Pudding is a delicious and healthy breakfast. It's easy to make and full of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. If you like tapioca pudding then you will LOVE chia pudding!

Chia pudding in a bowl on a marble background with berries on top.

Why we love this chia seed pudding recipe

  • Chia pudding is very easy to make, and this recipe is no exception.
  • Coconut milk makes the pudding very tasty. You could easily serve this as a healthy dessert instead of breakfast.
  • We like to use maple syrup as a sweetener as the flavor works really well with the coconut milk.
  • It's a low-calorie breakfast recipe that has lots of healthy fats to help keep you full.
  • Easy to customize with your favorite berries on top.
  • Perfect for meal prep – make a batch on Sunday night and enjoy a tasty breakfast all week long.
Black chia seeds in a white bowl.

What are chia seeds

Chia seeds are tiny black seeds that come from Salvia hispanica, a plant that is related to mint. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and contain calcium, iron, and fiber.

They also contain a reasonable amount of protein, compare to other plant-based protein sources.

How long does it take to make chia pudding

Chia seeds are able to absorb 10x their weight in liquid, which is what makes them gel into pudding. The pudding will start to thicken after about 5 minutes, but it will take much longer to set. Count on at least 2 hours for the pudding to be fully set. I often make it at night and it is ready for breakfast in the morning.

How long will chia seed pudding last

Chia pudding will last for at least 5 days if kept covered in your fridge.

A closeup of a spoon scooping some coconut chia seed pudding.

How to make chia pudding

Chia seed pudding is very easy to make. All that you have to do is mix chia seeds with liquid and wait for them to gel. The best ratio for chia pudding is ¼ cup of chia seeds to 1 cup of water. Then you can sweeten it with maple syrup, honey, or your sweetener of choice.

Once you've mixed the chia seeds with the liquid you'll want to wait about 5 minutes for them to start to gel then mix them again. If you skip this step, they'll often form a hard lump at the bottom of the bowl rather than turning into pudding.

Topping for chia seed pudding

I like to keep it simple and top the pudding with some fresh or frozen berries. Other yummy toppings are:

  • Coconut
  • Yogurt or coconut yogurt
  • Sliced peaches, banana, or grapes
  • Chopped nuts
Chia seed pudding with coconut and berries in a bowl.

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Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding is a delicious and healthy breakfast. It's easy to make and full of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. If you like tapioca pudding then you will LOVE chia pudding!

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  • 1 cup canned coconut milk, can be light
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • Optional: berries and coconut, to serve


  • Mix the ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Wait 5 minutes then mix again. The pudding should have started to thicken by this point. If it hasn't, wait another 5 minutes and mix again.
    1 cup canned coconut milk, 1 cup water, ½ cup chia seeds, ¼ cup maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla, A pinch of sea salt
  • Cover the bowl and place it into your fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Serve the chia pudding with fresh berries and a sprinkle of coconut over the top.
    Optional: berries and coconut


Note: The prep time does not include the hands-off time it takes for the pudding to set.
Serving: 1 serving = ¼ of the recipe, Calories: 202kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 60mg, Potassium: 133mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 11IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 158mg, Iron: 2mg
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