This vegan chia seed pudding recipe is sweet, simple, delicious, and has a fun texture. You can eat it for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. We do all 3 in our family.
Why make this recipe?
- Easy - This recipe is very simple and isn't hard to make. It's a great overnight recipe so that breakfast is ready to go for you when you wake up.
- Creamy - Some people think non-dairy milk isn't creamy milk, but it is! This recipe is definitely creamy and it is so delicious.
- 3 Ingredients - I love that this recipe is simple and doesn't require a million ingredients. All of the ingredients are things that I usually have on hand, so I'm able to make this whenever I get a craving for it.
- Vanilla almond milk - We use Almond Breeze vanilla almond milk, but really you could use any non-dairy milk. We like this one because of the extra flavor from it being vanilla. We've used unsweetened almond milk before and just didn't love it. If you want to use a different milk, you could try oat milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, or soy milk.
- Chia seeds - Chia seeds are a great way for vegans to get omega-3 fatty acids. I'll never be the type of person to just eat chia seeds on their own, so I love that I can incorporate them into recipes like this and get nutrients from them.
- Toppings (optional) - I love this recipe without toppings, but when I do put toppings I like to use berries. Especially blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Other ideas for toppings you could use are granola, vegan chocolate chunks, peanut butter, and banana. You could also mix in a little cocoa powder or maple syrup.
Step by step instructions
Step 1 - In a mixing bowl, mix your vanilla almond milk and vanilla extract.
Step 2 - Add in the chia seeds and mix well with a fork or whisk.
Step 3 - Cover the pudding mixture and put it in the fridge.
Step 4 - Give the pudding mixture another stir after it's been in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Step 5 - Continue to refrigerate it for another 2.5-4.5 hours.
Tips and tricks
- I recommend making this vegan recipe overnight so it has time to setup and so the chia seeds can absorb the almond milk. If you're unable to make it overnight, let it sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours. It may need a little longer though. You want most of the liquid to be gone.
- If your mixture comes out soupy, add a little bit more of the chia seeds, but only add a little at a time.
- If the pudding mixture comes out dry and/or clumpy, add another tablespoon or 2 of non-dairy milk.
- After you make this recipe, continue to keep it in the fridge. You can keep it in there for about 3-5 days and leftover it.
Popular chia seed pudding questions
There are many benefits of incorporating chia seeds into your diet. Some of these benefits are that chia seeds are nutrient dense, may reduce inflammation, may reduce blood sugar levels, great for bone health, lower your risk of heart disease, contain omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, high in protein, and high in fiber.
Yes! It's recommended that you don't give them to babies prior to 6 months. Make sure you're giving them soaked and well mixed chia seeds and not dry ones. To be safe, make sure to seek the advice of your child's pediatrician or pediatric nutritionist.
Yes! One ounce of chia seeds contains almost 5 grams of protein. Studies have shown that protein is by far the most filling.
Vegan Chia Seed Pudding
- Mixing Bowl
- 2 cups vanilla almond milk
- 6 tbsp chia seeds
- ¾ tsp vanilla extract
- In a mixing bowl, mix vanilla almond milk and vanilla extract.
- Add in chia seeds and mix well with a fork or whisk.
- Cover pudding and put in the fridge.
- Give the pudding mixture another stir after it's been in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- Continue to refrigerate it for another 2.5-4.5 hours.
- I suggest letting your vegan chia seed pudding setup overnight so it has time for the chia seeds to absorb the almond milk. If you can't make it overnight, let it sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours. It may need a little longer though. You want most of the liquid to be gone.
- If your mixture comes out with a lot of liquid, add more of the chia seeds, but only add a little at a time.
- If the pudding mixture comes out dry or clumpy, add another tablespoon or 2 of non-dairy milk.
- If you're wanting to add toppings, you can do blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, granola, vegan chocolate chunks, peanut butter, banana, cocoa powder, or maple syrup.