Chia Pudding Recipe, Two Ways

two finished chia seed pudding recipes in mason jars on a cutting boardAround 10 years ago, chia seeds exploded onto the food blog scene as a “superfood” ingredient – both for its tendency to form a viscous gel when soaked, and for its fiber and omega-3 content. While plant-based omega-3s aren’t as useful to the body as an omega-3 you would get from fish or a supplement, it’s still a great way to make a tasty dessert that works with Paleo and Primal guidelines. Because of their neutral flavor, chia seed puddings are fun to experiment with, and a great way to enjoy dessert if you’re avoiding traditional pudding ingredients.

How to Make Chia Pudding

The basic chia seed pudding recipe involves chia seeds, some liquid, ingredients for flavor, and a little time. You don’t have to cook chia seeds to make pudding, so it’s a good way to get kids into the kitchen. You simply mix, and wait.

Here, we’re offering up two varieties of chia seed pudding that will definitely make it into your snack and treat rotation.

Let’s get started.

Almond Butter and Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Serves: 1

Time in the kitchen: 5 minutes, plus two hours refrigeration time

raspberry almond butter chia seed pudding finished recipe in a mason jar

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 tbsp. + 1-1.5 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp. flaxseeds
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Monkfruit or stevia, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  • Additional raspberries, for topping

chia seed pudding ingredients in mise en place bowls

Directions

In a high speed blender, blend together the milk, raspberries, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (or more, if you like a very thick pudding), flaxseeds, vanilla extract, and salt.

Stir in the remaining chia seeds. Pour the pudding into a mason jar and refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove the mason jar from the fridge and add sweetener to taste. Top with almond butter and additional raspberries and enjoy immediately.

Hazelnut Mocha Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Serves: 1

Time in the kitchen: 5 minutes, plus two hours refrigeration time

finished hazlenut mocha chia seed pudding recipe in mason jar with hazlenuts and chocolate morsels on top

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 1.5 Tbsp. Hazelnuts
  • 1 Tbsp. cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tbsp. Chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Monkfruit or stevia to taste
  • Hazelnuts and cacao nibs/100% chocolate pieces, for topping

Directions

In a high speed blender, blend together the milk, coffee, hazelnuts, cacao powder, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, and vanilla extract. Add sweetener to taste and stir in the remaining chia seeds.

Transfer the pudding to a mason jar or similar container and refrigerate for two hours. Top with hazelnuts and cacao nibs/100% chocolate pieces and enjoy! This pudding can also be made ahead and refrigerated.

Chia Pudding FAQs

What Is Chia Seed?

Chia seeds are the seeds of Salvia hispanica, a plant in the sage family. The seeds create mucilage, a slippery viscous gel, when soaked in water. Its purported health benefits and neutral flavor have made chia a popular ingredient in recipes, especially as a pudding base.

Are Chia Seeds Paleo and Primal?

Non-GMO chia seeds are grain-free and versatile in recipes, which makes them a good Paleo and Primal option. You can find chia seeds in Paleo recipes such as puddings, smoothies, on salads, and even as an egg replacer for people who follow Paleo or Primal but do not tolerate eggs.

How Long to Soak Chia Seeds?

Gel will start to appear immediately, but soak chia seeds for a minimum of 20 minutes to maximize mucilage. Store soaked chia seeds in the refrigerator for up to five days. If your refrigerated chia becomes too thick or dry, you can add more liquid and mix until creamy again.

What Is the Ideal Chia Pudding Ratio?

For a pudding-like consistency, start with a 6:1 ratio of liquid to chia seeds. Depending on how thick you like your chia pudding, you may choose to use more or less liquid. Keep in mind that watery fruits will contribute a small amount of liquid.

Do You Have to Blend Chia Seeds in the Blender?

You do not have to blend chia seeds. Soaking chia seeds will extract the gel without blending. Many people will choose to blend chia pudding recipes to achieve a smoother texture.

Can You Cook Chia Seeds?

Yes, chia seeds can be heated and you can use them in lots of cooking applications. You can add chia seeds to baked goods, homemade protein bars, and more. People who cannot tolerate eggs will sometimes use chia seeds as an egg replacer.

About the Author

A food blogger, recipe developer, and personal chef based in Missouri, Priscilla specializes in low-carb, Paleo, gluten-free, keto, vegetarian, and low FODMAP cooking. See what she’s cooking on Priscilla Cooks, and follow her food adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.

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  1. I tried thiss recipe and OMG!!! It was delicious. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    I recommended your recipe to my friends. They will love it.

  2. I can’t find the latest weekly link love—it is my favorite post of the week! Can you please post it? Thanks! 🙂

  3. Tried this recipe last night it was so delicious and I loved it. My husband also loved it! Thank you for sharing.

  4. I want to warn people who have never eaten chia pudding before: try a very small bit of it your first time and wait a day. I followed a recipe similar to this, ate a serving similar to the pictured half-pint jars, two days in a row. And now .. Everything is inflamed for me. I have never had stomach and intestinal cramps and nausea like this before. I normally hydrate myself well but I think when consuming these seeds you need additional fluid before and after, they are slowing me down way too much. This is usually my reaction to any soluble fiber so ymmv.

  5. I love this recipe. Any idea how many carbs are in this before I go hunting and do math:)?
    Thanks

  6. Nice Recipe! During this tough times Covid-19, Every individual has to focus on diet and little bit of exercises to come out of depression and Anxiety.

  7. For anyone that has tried these recipes, do you need to soak the chia seeds prior to making the recipe itself or would soaking in the milk of choice suffice?