Basic Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding base recipe

Chia puddings have gained popularity as a nutritious and versatile breakfast or snack option.  

Below is a basic chia pudding recipe.

From a nutritionist’s viewpoint, chia puddings offer several advantages:

1. **Rich in Nutrients:** Chia seeds are a good source of essential nutrients such as fiber, protein, healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids), vitamins (like vitamin B), and minerals (including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus).

2. **High in Fiber:** Chia seeds are exceptionally high in soluble fiber, which can help support digestive health, promote regular bowel movements, and contribute to a feeling of fullness, aiding in weight management.

3. **Satiety and Weight Management:** The combination of fiber and healthy fats in chia seeds can help you feel full and satisfied after consuming chia pudding, which may assist in controlling appetite and preventing overeating.

4. **Stable Blood Sugar Levels:** Chia seeds have a low glycemic index, meaning they are digested slowly and can help regulate blood sugar levels. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with diabetes or those looking to maintain steady energy levels throughout the day.

5. **Omega-3 Fatty Acids:** Chia seeds are one of the richest plant-based sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties and are beneficial for heart health, brain function, and overall well-being.

6. **Hydration:** When mixed with liquid, chia seeds absorb several times their weight in water, forming a gel-like consistency. This property can contribute to hydration and help retain moisture in the body, especially in hot weather or during physical activity.

7. **Antioxidants:** Chia seeds contain antioxidants, such as quercetin, which may help combat oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.

8. **Gluten-Free and Plant-Based:** Chia seeds are naturally gluten-free and suitable for a plant-based or vegan diet, making chia puddings a versatile option for a wide range of dietary preferences.

9. **Customizable and Versatile:** Chia puddings can be easily customized with various toppings, flavors, and add-ins such as fruits, nuts, seeds, yogurt, and spices, allowing for creativity and personalization.

10. **Easy to Prepare:** Chia puddings are simple to make by mixing chia seeds with a liquid of your choice (such as milk or dairy-free alternatives) and allowing the mixture to thicken in the refrigerator overnight. This convenience makes them a time-saving option for busy individuals.

Basic Chia Pudding

Base chia pudding, from this experiement
Prep Time 12 hours
Course Breakfast, Dessert


  • Small jars


  • 3 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Cup Milk Use your favourite type of milk. See more in my comments


  • Place the liquid in the jar, then add chia seeds. Stir well.
    Wait 5 minutes then stir again to make surer there are no lumps.
    Refrigerate overnight. If pudding is still runny add a bit more chia seeds, stir well and allow to sit for another 30 minutes.

Chia pudding is incredibly versatile and can be customized in various ways to suit different tastes and preferences. Here are some delicious variants of chia pudding:

1. **Fruit-Flavored Chia Pudding:** Add pureed fruits like berries, mango, or banana to the chia seed mixture before refrigerating. This adds natural sweetness and a burst of fruity flavor.

2. **Chocolate Chia Pudding:** Mix cocoa powder or cacao powder into the chia seed mixture for a rich and chocolaty pudding. You can also add a touch of vanilla extract for extra flavor.

3. **Nut Butter Chia Pudding:** Stir in your favorite nut butter (such as almond, peanut, or cashew butter) to the chia seed mixture for added creaminess and flavor.

4. **Spiced Chia Pudding:** Add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom to the chia pudding for a warm and comforting twist.

5. **Coffee or Matcha Chia Pudding:** Mix brewed coffee or matcha green tea into the chia seed mixture to create a caffeinated and flavorful pudding.

6. **Layered Chia Pudding Parfait:** Create layers of chia pudding and different flavored yogurts or fruit compotes to make a visually appealing and tasty parfait.

7. **Coconut Chia Pudding:** Use coconut milk as the liquid base for your chia pudding to infuse it with a tropical coconut flavour.

8. **Overnight Oats and Chia Pudding:** Combine rolled oats and chia seeds in the same mixture, and let them soak overnight. This creates a hearty and satisfying breakfast option.

9. **Tropical Chia Pudding:** Top your chia pudding with diced pineapple, kiwi, mango, and shredded coconut for a taste of the tropics.

10. **Berry Bliss Chia Pudding:** Layer chia pudding with a mix of fresh berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, for a burst of colour and antioxidants.

11. **Almond Joy Chia Pudding:** Incorporate chopped almonds, shredded coconut, and dark chocolate chips into the chia pudding for a treat reminiscent of the classic candy bar.

12. **Green Chia Pudding:** Blend spinach, kale, or spirulina with the liquid base before mixing in the chia seeds for a vibrant and nutrient-packed green chia pudding.

13. **Mango Lassi Chia Pudding:** Blend mango with yogurt or a dairy-free alternative, and then mix in chia seeds for a refreshing and tangy pudding inspired by the Indian mango lassi.

Feel free to experiment with different flavours, textures, and ingredients to create your own unique chia pudding creations. Remember that the chia seeds need time to absorb the liquid and thicken, so it’s best to prepare chia pudding the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight before enjoying it.