Eating and liking healthy foods every day is challenging. For one, many of us are anxious to let go of our unhealthy diets because they are irresistibly delicious and familiar.
Thus, starting with delicious healthy treats would be best to make the transition much easier. Chia puddings are a good place to start as they incorporate nutritious ingredients and healthy fat, like omega-3, into a quick treat with great flavors.
Moreover, they’re easy to make as you don’t have to cook or bake. For most chia pudding recipes, you only have to assemble and enjoy!
1. Chia Seed Pudding
With healthy eating, there’s no need to take giant leaps immediately. You can start with this plain chia pudding recipe, which, although quite simple, still tastes great and is easy to make.
You only need three ingredients: chia seeds, milk, and a sweetener, which is honey, for this recipe. It also uses almond milk, but you can swap it for anything you like, such as cashew milk.
Try replacing the sweetener with tasty toppings like chocolate chips, fresh fruit, or fresh berries. Mix them all, and you have a healthy snack rich in protein, fiber, and omega-3.
2. Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding
Many chia seed pudding recipe variants exist, like this overnight chocolate flavor. Assemble them for a few minutes, then chuck them in the fridge to have a leisurely breakfast or snack the next day.
What makes it better is it’s gluten-free, vegan, and needs only six ingredients. These are cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder), maple syrup, sea salt, vanilla extract, unsweetened almond milk, and chia seeds.
Combine all ingredients before the seeds. Add seeds, refrigerate, then serve. Throw in the optional ground cinnamon and toppings like fruit or coconut whipped cream for added flavor.
3. Vanilla Chia Pudding
Have you ever thought about why is chia pudding such a trend? Their flavors, creaminess, and healthiness are a few reasons for their rising popularity.
Don’t believe me? Try out this overnight vanilla chia pudding, and you might get addicted to how easy and tasty it is. You only need plant-based milk, whole chia seeds, liquid sweetener, and pure vanilla extract.
It’s customizable; you can use oat milk, soy milk, or almond milk. You can also put any sweetener you like (or none). However, stick to whole seeds because ground chia seeds taste bitter and feel weird.
4. Coconut Chia Pudding
If you have some chia seeds, shredded coconut, canned coconut milk, vanilla, and maple syrup, make a coconut chia pudding! It’s creamy with bright, tropical flavors and takes only ten (or fewer) minutes to prep.
If it seems too plain, you can play with the toppings. The classic pairing would be coconut flakes, fruits, nuts, or granola. Some unique choices are orange zest, chocolate chips, cacao nibs, and bee pollen.
When you make chia pudding, follow the proportions to get the right creaminess and texture. This recipe uses ¼ cup chia seeds for 1 and ¼ cup coco milk.
5. Banana Bread Chia Pudding
Are you craving the taste of banana bread? There’s no need to make and bake for hours when you can stir yourself a tasty, banana-flavored chia pudding.
This recipe combines the flavors of bananas, almonds, cinnamon, and vanilla, subtle but delicious flavors that create a great treat. The recipe calls for almond milk, almond butter, coconut milk, banana, cinnamon, maple syrup, vanilla, and chia seeds.
If you’re not a maple syrup fan, use honey and have sliced bananas as toppings. Two types of milk are purposely used to achieve the perfect balance of creaminess that makes this pudding so heavenly.
6. Matcha Chia Pudding
Are you seeking a unique chia seed recipe? Give this matcha chia pudding recipe a hand and a taste.
As I’ve observed, there’s a divided house regarding matcha-flavored treats. Some find them good; some think it’s like eating grass; others believe matcha is an acquired flavor, something you only appreciate over time.
I include this recipe to give all the matcha lovers their heart’s desire, and maybe it’s a sign for you to expand your culinary horizons. Besides the matcha powder, everything else, even the toppings, are familiar, so it’s an excellent place to start.
7. Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
Have you bought chia seeds and peanut butter recently and still have some left? If you have no idea what to do with them, here’s a fantastic recipe that transforms them into one of the best chia puddings you’ve tried.
You’ll also need unsweetened almond milk, which best matches the flavor profile because it contributes some nuttiness. Besides those, other ingredients are natural sweeteners, vanilla, and toppings.
When serving, drizzle some peanut butter on top so there’s no way you’d miss the primary flavors. Pair with fruits, granola, or berries to complete this healthy, nutty, and creamy experience.
8. Strawberry Chia Pudding
I love strawberries, not just because they’re perfectly sweet with hints of acidity but also because they make really gorgeous dishes. I mean, look at this strawberry chia pudding – isn’t it such an eye candy?
Well, there’s no need to just drool at Internet pictures. Let’s make our own strawberry chia pudding to satisfy the cravings, eat something healthy, and sneak a pic into our Gram accounts.
There’s some layering involved in assembling this strawberry chia pudding. You’ll start with a homemade strawberry puree, followed by the chia pudding, more puree, and finally, the toppings.
9. Blueberry Chia Pudding
I’m currently obsessed with blueberry-flavored treats, so of course, I have to add this chia seed pudding recipe to the list. Blueberries have antioxidants and vitamins, so making this recipe is excellent for your health.
It’s effortless to make, as you only need a blender or food processor. To prep, add blueberries, milk, cinnamon, and maple syrup to the machine.
Once you’ve blended the ingredients well, pour the mixture into a glass, bowl, or container. Add in all the chia seeds, mix, let sit, mix again, and then refrigerate for at least five hours.
10. Quinoa Chia Pudding
Healthy breakfasts don’t have to be boring. This recipe proves that as it combines every single healthy thing – chia seeds, quinoa, mango, banana, and yogurt.
Quinoa is a type of healthy edible seed, just like chia. So, combining in a bowl makes a great breakfast pudding that could make you forget about your love for cereal.
Unlike the other recipes, though, this one involves more effort as you have to cook and cool the quinoa before assembly. But overall, it’s still an effortless dish with complex fruit flavors, coco milk, honey, and spices (cinnamon, cardamom, or nutmeg).
10 Healthy Chia Pudding Recipes
Start your healthy living journey with this simple but delicious chia pudding recipes.
Chia Seed Pudding
Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding
Vanilla Chia Pudding
Coconut Chia Pudding
Banana Bread Chia Pudding
Matcha Chia Pudding
Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
Strawberry Chia Pudding
Blueberry Chia Pudding
Quinoa Chia Pudding
- Select your favorite recipe.
- Organize all the required ingredients.
- Prep a chia pudding in 30 minutes or less!