On the list of ways to maximize your mornings, making chia seed pudding for breakfast ranks right up there—somewhere between sleep training and that first supercharged cup of coffee. Just 10–15 minutes of prep time the night before, and it’ll be waiting for you the next day à la every cooking show you watched as a kid.
But better than the instant gratification they can bring to your bleary-eyed morning routine, chia seeds are a major source of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, as well as protein and fiber (which will keep you feeling full longer). Plus, these puddings are just plain pretty—hence why you’ll find so many double tap-worthy iterations on Instagram these days. The only thing better than scrolling through them on your feed? Finding one in your fridge.
Here are 10 simple, super-satisfying chia seed pudding recipes to try at home.
Savor the last of the summer peaches and plums by stirring them into this creamy, vanilla chia pudding made with almond yogurt. Top it off with cinnamon-almond granola crumbles.
Choosing Chia’s Jess Hoffman channeled her favorite pie for this recipe—layering vanilla and lime chia pudding, then topping it off with a plant-based mousse of cashews and coconut cream.
Oats and mandarin oranges get blended up with almond milk and chia seeds for an extra boost of vitamin C and fiber.
Beneath that fruit-and-nut topping, there’s blackberry chia pudding, with almond and coconut milk, plus a dollop of date-and-caramel creme.
You might not immediately think of adding carrots to chia pudding, but Emilie Hebert had the genius idea to replicate the flavors of carrot cake with raisins, pecans, and coconut flakes.
With only four core ingredients, this berry pudding is super easy to put together. The only other step? Spreading on coconut yogurt and sprinkling a handful of cocoa nibs, NBD.
Two scoops of collagen peptides give this berry pudding an extra helping of skin-smoothing benefits.
This one gets its striking color from one small raw beet, which is chopped and pulsed in the blender with almond milk.
Homemade cashew milk, vanilla extract, and orange zest combine to create creamsicle-flavored chia pudding. Top with berry-chia seed jam for even more superfood goodness.
Chocolate pudding is a classic, but this one’s packed with unexpected ingredients—like prunes and tahini—in addition to chia seeds, raw cacao powder, and almond butter.
For two more ways to work with the superfood: Learn how to make a blue ombré chia parfait that’s almost too pretty to eat, or bake a vegan squash blossom pizza, which uses the high-fibe seeds as a key ingredient.
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