If you've never tried chia seed pudding, you're in for a treat. It's a fast, easy-to-prep-ahead meal or snack that is totally customizable and delicious. Chia seeds are a nutrient-dense food, full of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, carbohydrates, calcium, vitamins and minerals. These tiny seeds swell up when soaked in liquid and form a gelatinous coating that creates a luxe, pudding-like consistency.
There are so many options when making chia seed pudding. You can make the recipes vegetarian or vegan, depending on the type of base you choose. We've found some of the tastiest, most colorful, Instagrammable chia seed pudding recipes to get you started — from the minimalist to the more adventurous. The best part, you can make them the night before and they thicken and get better overnight. Get ready — your breakfast just became revolutionized.
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Basic Chia Seed Pudding
If you are looking for a simple, healthy, easy-to-make chia seed pudding, this is your go-to. It's vegan, paleo and gluten-free — as well as the perfect canvas for your favorite topping.
Lemon and raspberry are a sweet and tart match made in heaven. They work phenomenally well in this gorgeous pink-hued chia seed pudding. It's made with tangy Greek yogurt, which ups the protein content.
Ripe avocados and coconut oil add a smooth, silky texture to this unique take on chia seed pudding. Surprisingly, those two ingredients take on the flavor of the cocoa powder and the honey very nicely, without any hint of guac. Try this as a healthy way to indulge your chocolate cravings.
Who doesn't love a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich? The idea alone brings up happy memories of childhood brown bag lunches. We love this chia seed pudding version with alternating layers of pudding, peanut butter and jelly. Topped off with crunchy peanuts, it's a veritable PB&J parfait.