So Easy Chia Pudding with Berries

Chia pudding: it's so quick and easy to make and also really healthy and delicious!

This is a blueprint for chia pudding. From here, you can make all different kinds and flavors.

In this recipe, we leave the chia seeds whole, which lends a very unique texture. Some people, like me!, love this texture. Other people, like my husband, don't really enjoy it. You can blend the chia seeds if you prefer to have a smoother, more pudding-like consistency.

Give this recipe a try if you prefer a blended consistency: chocolate strawberry blended chia pudding

Troubleshooting Chia Pudding

If your chia seeds don't "gel" like they are meant to, then it's probably time for a new bag. (Older chia seeds tend to lose their ability to gel up.) The type of milk you use could also impact how well the seeds gel. 

Here are a few more troubleshooting tips that you may want to consider!

  1. Chia Seed to Liquid Ratio:

    • Ensure you are using the correct chia seed to liquid ratio. Typically, a common ratio is around 1:4 (1 part chia seeds to 4 parts liquid). Adjusting this ratio can help achieve the right consistency.
  2. Mixing Technique:

    • Mix the chia seeds and liquid thoroughly and evenly. Pay extra attention to corners and edges, as sometimes chia seeds may clump together. Use a whisk or fork to ensure a uniform distribution.
  3. Resting Time:

    • Allow the mixture to rest for at least 15 minutes after initial mixing. Then, stir again to prevent clumping and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to let it fully set. Chia seeds need time to absorb the liquid and create a gel-like consistency.
  4. Liquid Type:

    • Experiment with different liquids. Some people prefer using plant-based milk, while others use regular dairy milk. Coconut milk and almond milk are popular choices. Using a thicker liquid can result in a creamier texture.
  5. Temperature:

    • Ensure that the chia seed pudding is refrigerated. Chilling helps the chia seeds absorb the liquid and set properly. If your kitchen is warm, the setting time may be shorter.
  6. Sweeteners and Flavorings:

    • If you are using sweeteners or flavorings, make sure they are well incorporated. Ingredients like honey or maple syrup can sometimes affect the setting process.
  7. Stirring During Setting:

    • Avoid stirring the pudding once it has started to set. Stirring can disrupt the formation of the gel and prevent the pudding from reaching the desired consistency.
  8. Fresh Chia Seeds:

    • Ensure that your chia seeds are fresh. Older seeds may not absorb liquid as well, affecting the setting process.
  9. Experiment with Ingredients:

    • If you've tried the above tips and still have issues, try experimenting with different brands of chia seeds and liquids. Some variations in products may affect the outcome.


What to top your bowl with?

Pretty much anything you can think of, you can put on your pudding! What do you love layering on top of your bowl? Here are some ideas:
  • Berries
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Coconut flakes
  • Nut butter
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Chocolate chips

Proven Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have so many great benefits! See some of these amazing benefits below:

Chia Seeds:

  1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

    • Chia seeds are a rich plant-based source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3s are essential for heart health, brain function, and reducing inflammation.
  2. Fiber Content:

    • Chia seeds are high in soluble fiber, which can help promote digestive health, regulate blood sugar levels, and contribute to a feeling of fullness, aiding in weight management.
  3. Protein:

    • Chia seeds contain a decent amount of plant-based protein, making them a valuable addition for those following a vegetarian or vegan diet.
  4. Antioxidants:

    • Chia seeds contain antioxidants that help protect the body from oxidative stress and may contribute to overall health.
  5. Minerals:

    • Chia seeds are a good source of minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and manganese, which are important for bone health and various physiological processes.

Check out this article for more information on Chia seeds.

How Long To Store it? 

Chia seed pudding can typically be stored in the refrigerator for about 4-5 days. However, its shelf life can depend on various factors, including the specific ingredients used and the freshness of the ingredients.

Here are some tips to maximize the freshness and shelf life of your chia seed pudding:

  1. Storage Container:

    • Use an airtight container to store your chia seed pudding. This helps prevent the absorption of odors from the refrigerator and maintains the pudding's freshness.
  2. Refrigeration:

    • Always store chia seed pudding in the refrigerator. The cold temperature slows down the growth of bacteria and helps preserve the pudding.
  3. Ingredients:

    • The freshness of the ingredients matters. If you use fresh plant-based milk, yogurt, or fruit, your chia seed pudding is likely to stay fresher for a longer period.
  4. Check for Spoilage:

    • Before consuming leftover chia seed pudding, visually inspect it for any signs of spoilage, such as an off smell, mold, or changes in color and texture. If it looks or smells off, it's best to discard it.

Keep in mind that chia seed pudding is a versatile dish, and you can make smaller batches if you're concerned about its shelf life. Additionally, adding fresh toppings, such as fruits or nuts, just before serving can enhance both the flavor and nutritional content of your pudding.

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  • I followed the reciped perfectly and the next morning it’s just liquid

    Carrie Powell
  • I just bought chia seeds to make a pudding. But haven’t tried it yet


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