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Easy Vanilla Chia Pudding

This 4-ingredient Vanilla Chia Pudding is an easy breakfast that takes less than 5 minutes to prep 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 overnight oats 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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  1. 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!