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Easy Vanilla Chia Pudding

This Vanilla Chia Pudding is an easy breakfast that takes less than 5 minutes to throw together before it chills overnight. It’s healthy, delicious,  dairy-free, gluten-free and refined-sugar free – the perfect way to start your day.

Vanilla Chia Pudding from What The Fork Food Blog

Vanilla Chia Pudding

I am the world’s biggest procrastinator. Self proclaimed, yes. But it’s still most likely true. As a food blogger, I have deadlines. I need to have recipes/posts/pictures done by certain dates. So today I have several posts that need to be finished by the end of the day.

We’re expecting a blizzard and I really want to get things done in case we lose power. Have I been working on them? No. I have been sitting here with my time dwindling away as I peruse Etsy for cute wooden spoons and vintage Soviet 1970’s silverware.

Why? I have no idea. I guess I thought I needed some wooden spoons which somehow morphed into looking at other spoons and then full on procrastination set in. Before I knew it, 45 minutes have gone by and I’ve favorited way too many items. 99.9% of which I’ll never buy. So to make a long story short (or just end it), here I am trying to write about food in the last possible minute available to me.

Vanilla Chia Pudding from What The Fork Food Blog

So let’s get to the real reason why we’re here: vanilla chia pudding. Where do I start with chia pudding…

I guess I’ll start with the elephant in the room and address the fact that this stuff looks pretty freakin weird. There. I said it. It looks like science experiment in your fridge. A weird looking science experiment that you have to actually put in your mouth and eat. I get it, it may not be appealing.

But don’t let that deter you!! Because while it may look strange, odd, scary or even creepy it’s actually quite delicious. Yes! It tastes amazing! And the texture isn’t really as bad as you might think. Actually, the texture isn’t at all strange in your mouth, it’s very similar to tapioca pudding.

Not only is this chia pudding super delicious, it’s very good for you. Chia seeds are an amazing product. They’re full of fiber (5 grams per tablespoon) and can be used in so many ways. I first started eating Chia seeds by sprinkling them into my yogurt or adding them into smoothies before I got brave enough to try out this chia pudding.

This chia pudding is so easy to make, it’s not like making a regular pudding at all. The chia seeds expand (up to 12x their size) in liquid so it forms a natural gel like texture. Believe me when I say it, but once you try it, you’ll be coming back for more! You can flavor your pudding any way you like. I sweeten mine with honey and eat it for breakfast with some berries and an extra drizzle of honey.

Vanilla Chia Pudding from What The Fork Food Blog

I wrote this vanilla chia seed pudding post a while ago for Food Fanatic and I’ve been super excited about sharing it with you here. I’ve been eating a lot of oatmeal and drinking a lot of healthy smoothies and this vanilla chia pudding is a great healthy addition to my breakfast and lunch repertoire. Do yourself a favor and give it a shot. Enjoy!

Vanilla Chia Pudding from What The Fork Food Blog

Easy Vanilla Chia Pudding

5 from 6 ratings
This Vanilla Chia Pudding is an easy breakfast that takes less than 5 minutes to throw together before it chills overnight. It’s healthy, delicious,  dairy-free, gluten-free and refined-sugar free – the perfect way to start your day.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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  • 1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk Or milk of your choice
  • 3 tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Honey Raw (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract


  • 1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until well combined. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 3 days. Serve with fresh fruit and an extra drizzle of honey.


  • You may need to stir the chia seed pudding a few times while it’s chilling to make sure all the chia seeds absorb the liquid.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 36mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g


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You can also get the vanilla chia seed pudding recipe over on Food Fanatic!

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  1. Aurelie says:

    Hi Sharon, just came across your blog by chance browsing Pinterest. First of all I think What the fork is a great name!! Haha! I was also desperately looking for an idea to use almond milk so I’m gonna try your pudding right away. Don’t hesitate to visit my blog and let me know what you think, you might find some inspiration for gluten-free recipes too. 😉

  2. Dave says:

    I think the chia pudding is great but being a weightlifter and bodybuilder it would be nice to see serving sizes and nutritional information in your blogs so people whom are on a restricted calorie diet don’t have to take so much time figuring all of that out on their own….
    Love the recipe though!

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Dave, thanks for the suggestion. It’s actually something I’ve been contemplating adding to my blog. The only downside to that is the fact that different brands for ingredients are sometimes different nutrition wise. So one brand of gf bread might contain more sugar than another so the overall sugar content would vary.

  3. Pamela talbott says:

    Love the the taste, but it did not make a pudding more like a drink tasted great did everything u said made it about 8:00pm got up at 6 am what did I do wrong lol

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Pamela, sorry this didn’t work out for you but I’m glad that you loved the taste! I have never actually had the chia seeds not set up and gel so I’m not 100% sure what to tell you. Maybe you miscounted the number of tablespoons of chia seeds you put in and only did two instead of three? I did include in the notes that you may need to stir it occasionally after the initial mixing. Maybe next time try checking an hour after you make it and give it a stir? Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  4. vegetarianmamma says:

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share next time!

  5. I’m a huge fan of Chia Pudding! Your photos make me want to just reach into my laptop and grab a bite. So beautiful! Thanks for linking up at Savoring Saturdays, I’m featuring your Chia Pudding this week. I’d love for you to stop by again!

  6. Chia is still something I need to try… you make it look so effortless and beautiful! Can’t wait to feature these on Saturday Night Fever.

  7. Raia says:

    Oh yum, I need to get some chia seeds now… 😉

    Thanks so much for sharing this at Savoring Saturdays; I’m featuring it at this weekend’s party. Hope you’ll stop by and share with us again!

  8. Miz Helen says:

    I just pinned your Pudding, it looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. You’ve swayed me to try chia pudding. I only put them in smoothies or oatmeal, but I’m going to try your recipe! It looks fantastic with the fresh berries.

  10. I’ve never heard of using the chia in pudding. It does look a little weird, but I trust that you know what you’re talking about when it comes to delicious foods 🙂 The berries look really yummy, too.

    And don’t feel alone in your procrastination….There are times I think I could win an award if there was one for the habit!

    • Sharon says:

      It’s not an actual pudding, per say. The chia seeds absorb all the liquid and which makes a pudding-like texture. So glad I’m not the only procrastinator!

  11. Your chia pudding looks SO good – I think my kids will really like this, especially my daughter! Thanks for linking it up to Gluten Free Wednesdays 🙂


  12. Shannon says:

    haha I must admit… I am a bit weary of Chia pudding but my husband is all about it! Definitely pinning this one for him! Thanks Sharon!

  13. Raia says:

    I haven’t had chia pudding in ages (why must they cost so much?). This looks delicious, and I’m definitely pinning it!

    • Sharon says:

      I started out buying 1 oz packages at Walmart, they’re around $1. Now I use them so much I buy the bigger bag because it really is more cost effective. I agree though, they are expensive, just like everything else these days :/

  14. I actually don’t think chia puddings are weird at all — in fact I absolutely love them! They make such a wonderful breakfast or snack — especially when topped with fruit. Yours looks absolutely lovely 🙂

  15. Oh yum! This chia pudding looks fantastic. I love the nice addition of fresh berries! Also.. your photos are so beautiful. Love ’em!

  16. jules says:

    I bet this pudding would be great with vanilla beans in it, too! Yours looks gorgeous, and I bet if you told the kids it was tapioca pudding or rice pudding, they’d never even question the texture. And SO healthy!! Keep the awesome recipes coming, Sharon!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks Jules! I bet the vanilla beans would really add something special… they’re just too expensive to use on a daily basis boo. But I do use homemade vanilla extract and there’s some little bean bits floating around in it 🙂

  17. I love chia pudding! I love how it always looks like its growing 🙂
    Those berries look delish too. Making!

  18. I love Chia Seed Pudding! It is so simple to make and reminds me of Tapioca Pudding 🙂

  19. Ali the Skinny GF Chef says:

    Yum, I put chia seeds in my Greek Yogurt but this looks even better. I bet it’s good with some coconut shavings too. I’m going to mix some up for breakfast!