This vanilla chia pudding is a classic chia pudding recipe that pairs well with fruit, granola, yogurt or any other topping your heart desires!
Many of you have requested that I post a simple chia pudding recipe…so here it is! This is my basic go-to vanilla chia pudding that I enjoy all the time! You’re going to laugh once you see how simple this recipe is. I make a batch of this weekly, and store it in the fridge in a large jar. This recipe only tastes about five minutes to make and only requires four basic ingredients.
Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
This is the base recipe I use for most of the chia puddings I share on Instagram. What I love about this recipe is how versatile it is. I like mixing it up and adding some different ingredients to the base. Sometimes I’ll add some dragonfruit powder, or mashed raspberries to get that nice pink colour.
This vanilla chia pudding makes a great breakfast, snack, or dessert. It really is healthy enough to eat any time of the day, but also enjoyable as a sweet treat! It’s filling, loaded with omegas and protein!
Chia seeds have the ability to expand 10 x their original size, which you’ll notice once you see how much liquid you have to add compared to the number of chia seeds you have to add. The general ratio I stick to is about 1 cup of liquid, to 1/4 cup of chia seeds. Then from here, I may add a little more liquid if I prefer a slightly thinner texture.
Vanilla Chia Pudding with Coconut Milk
You can also use any type of plant-based milk you like to make this vanilla chia pudding. I generally like to use some homemade almond milk. Coconut milk is also a great option for making chia pudding. If you use coconut milk in vanilla chia pudding you will have a slightly different flavor (you will be able to taste some coconut), but it is still delicious. If you want to keep the chia pudding as close to “true flavor”, I suggest using a mix of half almond milk and half coconut milk (for a richer creamier texture.) But any type of plant milk will work fine!
I generally stick to maple syrup to sweeten this chia pudding (because it’s my absolute favourite!) but some other options include agave, honey, (if you’re not vegan) or even just a little bit of sugar.
High Protein Vanilla Chia Pudding
I know a lot of you out there are focused on getting enough protein into your diet. It’s important for all my athletes, vegetarian and vegans! Chia seeds are naturally high in protein, so luckily this dish is already high in protein. Something I like to do occasionally, is add in a scoop of my favorite, vegan protein powder. This is great way to add in a bunch of extra protein, and it doesn’t effect the recipe at all. Just mix it in when preparing your chia pudding, let it sit, and you won’t be able to tell it’s in there!
To top it off, my go-to is usually some fruit, coconut yogurt, or granola. Some jams or nut butter always taste great on top of this simple chia pudding. Toppings are where you can really get creative! The chia pudding is really just a simple base that gets most of its flavour from toppings. (Think of it like a bowl of oatmeal: it’s pretty milk on its own, and it’s all about what toppings you choose to use!)
I also recommend you prepare this recipe the night before you want to eat it and let it sit overnight in the fridge so it’s ready to go right away!Print
Enjoy this classic vanilla chia pudding for breakfast or as a healthy dessert!
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Let sit for 2 minutes until it begins to gel, and then give it a good mix again with a fork or a whisk.
- Let sit for at least 1 hour before serving, or overnight in the fridge.
- Serve with fresh fruits, yogurts, jams, granola or anything else you’re heart desires!
Store in the fridge in an air-tight container
This recipe keeps well for up to a week
- Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
- Calories: 215
- Sugar: 18g
- Fat: 19g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 46g
- Fiber: 20g
- Protein: 10g
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