If you’re looking for a cold dessert, skip the ice cream and make a batch of pudding instead! Take a peek at our 5 favorite chia seed pudding recipes. They need to set overnight, so a little advanced planning is required. (We make big batches and enjoy the fruits of our labors the rest of the week.) Bonus: you will be smitten by the taste and your summer swimsuit goals won’t be dashed to pieces. Chia seeds fall in the “whole grain” category and are packed with protein, fiber, and Omega-3s. Usually grown organically, these tiny seeds are non-GMO and are naturally gluten-free. We’ve been adding them to our favorite cookie recipes and smoothies for years. They are perfect for summer since they help you stay hydrated, too.
Vanilla Greek Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding
Did somebody say Greek yogurt? This is the thickest, creamiest chia seed pudding recipe of the group. It’s high in calcium, which is imperative for anyone rocking a high-protein diet. You can doctor it up with the seasonal berries of your choice or add a little granola to give it some crunch. The extra milk factor, combined with calcium-rich chia seeds make this recipe perfect for vegetarians, or anyone with high blood pressure.
¾ cup milk (whole cow’s milk)
2 (5.3 oz.) containers of Yoplait® Greek 100 Calories Vanilla Yogurt (about 1 cup)
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of fine sea salt (about ⅛ tsp.)
¼ cup chia seeds Coupons
fresh berries, granola, toasted coconut flakes or sliced almonds, to serve
We like this overnight recipe for how simple it is and how easy it is to doctor up. Get the full instructions and more photos at Little Broken.
Chia Seed Pudding With Coconut Milk
Here’s a delightful, tropical version for you to try. Upgrade your dairy to coconut milk and add toasted coconut to your chia seed pudding. Both chia seeds and mangoes are high in antioxidants, so give your skin some love as well. Mangoes are best when harvested late in the summer, so we recommend you add this one to the top of your list.
4 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup coconut yogurt
mangoes – chopped, for topping
toasted coconut flakes – for topping
roasted salted almonds – sliced, for topping
The recipe serves 2, so we like to at least double it. Go over to The Worktop for full instructions and more health info.
Very Berry Chia Pudding
Okay, back on the berry track since berries tend to be very low-glycemic. This vegan, gluten-free chia seed pudding is easy to make year round. It calls for pure Maple syrup, but we like it just as well without. Because chia seeds are high in fiber and protein, they are excellent for any weight-loss program. Fiber, in general, absorbs large amounts of water and expands in the stomach, which increases the fullness factor. Perfect start to your morning.
2 cups non-dairy milk (I like almond or coconut)
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp chia seeds
one-half cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen*
1/2 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
2-3 tbsp pure maple syrup, to taste
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
This recipe boasts a prep time of 2 minutes. Get the full instructions from The Healthy Maven.
Matcha Chia Pudding
I have been stoked on green tea ever since I traded in coffee for Yerba mate. The creamy combo of milk and earthy matcha green tea makes this chia seed pudding a lunchtime favorite. It’s gluten-free, vegan, and Paleo, which makes it great for the digestive system. We mentioned earlier that chia seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for your body and brain. If you aren’t getting fish in your diet, chia seeds are a terrific alternative. Omega-3s also help with depression, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s as well. Did we mention how much good stuff is packed into these tiny seeds? This recipe is generous and serves 8 – Girlfriend approved!
Two cups almond milk
2 tbsp culinary grade matcha powder (much less if you use a higher grade)
2 tbsp maple syrup
½ cup chia seeds
We love Abra’s philosophy on the healing power of food. Get the full instructions from Abra’s Kitchen and learn more about how to eat to stay healthy.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
Finally, a dessert you can sink your teeth into! I first got hooked on chia seed pudding in the chocolate variety and this recipe is bomb. It is Gluten Free, Vegan, Low FODMAP, Paleo Option and yummy, too. The addition of peanut butter (or almond butter) adds to the protein factor, which makes it a great nighttime treat, too. A couple of slices of banana on top keeps one serving under 5g sugar if you omit the sweetener. That’s how we do!
1 cup dairy free milk of your choice 240 ml
¼ cup chia seeds 40 grams
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter for Paleo
1-2 tablespoon sweetener of your choice maple syrup, honey, agave etc
My favorite ways to cure a chocolate craving is through protein bars, shakes, and pudding. Get the full instructions at A Saucy Kitchen and treat yourself!
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We love our chia seed pudding served in Mason jars (available on Amazon), which we recommend buying in bulk. You can pre-fill a jar and take it with you on the road or as a snack at work. They are also perfect for buffet style parties where guests can load on the toppings of their choice. Staying healthy doesn’t mean skipping meals or sacrificing dessert. You can always find alternatives that support your health goals and taste good too. We’re happy to help!