Basic Chia Pudding Recipe (With Almond Milk)
Basic Chia Pudding Recipe (With Almond Milk) – just three simple ingredients and almost no preparation needed. All you need to do is to combine the chia seeds with milk (any non dairy milk) and sweetener, stir a few times within a few minutes, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
A healthy and effortless snack/dessert, that is loaded with protein and fiber. Vegan, gluten, sugar and dairy free.
The truth is that I’ve been making chia pudding snacks for the last 10 years and I love them.
Chia pudding gained even more popularity lately, since Kim Kardashian shared “her” recipe for it.
So is chia pudding healthy – the answer is yes!
It is basically an energy boosting snack, rich in protein, fiber and healthy fats.
You can have it for breakfast, but I usually have one in the afternoon.
This is when I need that energy boost, before my kids get back home, so we can spend some great time together.
Could be used as a pre or post workout snack, too.
How to make basic chia pudding recipe?
The main ingredients for homemade chia pudding:
- Chia Seeds
- Milk – you can use dairy or non-dairy milk. This Basic Chia Pudding was made with almond milk. Coconut (not from a can), oat, pistachio, cashew or soy milk can be used.
- Sweetener of your choice – it is best that you use liquid sweetener like honey, maple syrup, agave nectar or even liquid Stevia, because they dissolve quickly and incorporate well into the pudding. If you don’t have any liquid sweetener, you can use white or brown sugar or even low carb sweetener of your choice.
Optional ingredients, add-ins, variations:
- Pinch of salt – it is added to enhance the flavors
- Vanilla extract – for flavor
- Cocoa powder for chocolate chia pudding – here we need to adjust the amount of sweetener used.
- Matcha Powder – for a Matcha Pudding.
- Freeze Dried Fruit, that has been powdered for a colorful fruity pudding.
Make the dairy-free chia pudding:
- In a glass Mason jar, stir together the ingredients. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and stir again. The consistency will be liquidy.
- Close the lid and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Top with desired toppings and enjoy.
How to store chia pudding?
Keep in an airtight glass jar (or plastic container) in the refrigerator for up to one week. Perfect for meal prepping, right?
It is best that you add toppings prior to serving.
Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family.
A great source of omega-3 fatty acid. They also are an excellent source of fiber at 10 grams per ounce (about 2 tablespoons), and contain protein and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Serving size – it is 2 tablespoons of chia seeds per pudding.
These amazing seeds are considered a “superfood” and have been used in culinary very effectively.
Chia seeds are very absorbent and develop a gelatinous texture when soaked in water making it easy to mix them into cooked cereal or other dishes.
They can be consumed raw, sprinkled over a salad, oats or cereal, soaked in liquid (water or juice), used in drinks or smoothies. Chia seeds make a great “egg substitute” in vegan recipes.
Chia to liquid (milk) ratio – You need 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to 1/2 cup almond (nut) milk.
More Chia Seed Recipes:
Basic Chia Pudding
- 2 tbsp Chia seeds
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup Almond milk — any nut milk
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp or more to taste Sweetener - Honey, sugar or Maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract — optional
In a glass Mason jar, stir together the ingredients. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and stir again. Close the lid and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Top with fruit and enjoy.