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3-Ingredient Chia Pudding

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This 3-Ingredient Chia Pudding is made with almond milk, chia seeds & sweetener of choice; it's a healthy snack loaded with protein, fiber and healthy fats!

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3-Ingredient Chia Pudding

It’s 3:00pm and you’re feeling drenched from the day. But you know the hard part of the day (especially if you have kids) ain’t over yet. This is when you reach for that pick-me-up snack. I want you to add one more healthy, easy and filling snack to that line-up: chia pudding! I make my chia pudding with only 3 ingredients: chia seeds, milk and a sweetener of choice.

When it settles in the fridge, it has a pudding texture, amazing flavor and lends itself to endless topping possibilities. It’s a snack will leave you feeling satisfied, satiated and so energized for your day!

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This 3-Ingredient Chia Pudding is made with almond milk, chia seeds & sweetener of choice; it's a healthy snack loaded with protein, fiber and healthy fats!

How to make chia pudding

Start with two mason jars of almond milk (or any milk you’d like), some chia seeds and honey (or any other sweetener you’d like). You can also leave out the sweetener if you prefer to sweeten it only with toppings like fresh fruit, dried fruit or chocolate chips.

Ingredients to make 3-Ingredient Chia Pudding - almond milk, chia seeds and honey

The ratio is everything! There are different recommendations for the best chia pudding ratio out there. I’ve made this 100 times and in the end, the ratio I found that works best is 1 tablespoon chia seeds to 1/4 cup of milk. To make it into a complete snack serving though, I like to measure 2 tablespoons of chia seeds for every half cup of milk. You can play around with the measurements to find the consistency you like best.

Ingredients to make 3-Ingredient Chia Pudding - almond milk, chia seeds and honey. The chia seeds are being poured into one of the mason jars with a tablespoon.

When it’s time to mix in the chia seeds, I recommend mixing very well until all the chia seeds are incorporated into the milk. Then wait a few minutes for the chia pudding to settle and mix again. This will ensure it doesn’t separate in the fridge. Check to make sure there are no clumps and don’t refrigerate it until it’s clump-free.

Mixing the chia seeds into the almond milk to make 3-Ingredient Chia Pudding

This is what the consistency will look like when it’s well-mixed. It will still be liquidy, but you won’t see any clumps of seeds seeds anywhere around the jar. It helps if you use a clear mason jar so you check all around for any clumps. Then you can add the honey and mix it in or leave it on top – your choice.

Finally, close the mason jars, place it in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to 7 days. The chia seeds will absorb all the milk and sweetener and be ready to eat then.

Drizzling the honey into the chia pudding to make 3-Ingredient Chia Pudding

Why is Chia Pudding Healthy?

One of the biggest questions I get from my readers is what to eat for a snack. And for me, I like the check off three things when it comes to snacking:

  1. High in fiber – good for blood sugar control, cholesterol levels and gut health
  2. High in protein – good for building lean muscle
  3. Contains healthy fats – good for helping you feel satiated

This is essentially what’s going to satisfy your in-between meal cravings and taper your appetite until your next meal. For me, one of the best snacks that meets these snack goals is my Chia Pudding. Check this out: 1 oz (2 tablespoons) of chia seeds (which is only 130 calories) contains:

  • Fiber: 11 grams
  • Protein: 4 gram
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s >> the stuff that’s good for you!)

Not bad right? And the beauty of it is that you can store them in the fridge for a whole week, and grab one when you’re hungry. I like topping mine with fresh fruit or dried fruit, nuts, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, granola and so many more toppings. It makes such a great option for meal prepping too, because meal prepping includes planning for those in-between meals.

Once you make this chia pudding, it will be a staple in your fridge. And then you can get try more chia pudding recipes like:

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This post was originally published on April 28, 2017 and updated on June 23, 2018 with more images, details and a VIDEO!

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This 3-Ingredient Chia Pudding is made with almond milk, chia seeds & sweetener of choice; it's a healthy snack loaded with protein, fiber and healthy fats!
3-Ingredient Chia Pudding
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
This 3-Ingredient Chia Pudding is made with almond milk, chia seeds & sweetener of choice; it's a healthy snack loaded with protein, fiber and healthy fats!
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Snacks
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 155 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon honey or other sweetener, optional
  • Strawberries or other fruits for topping
Instructions
  1. Pour ingredients into a jar and mix well. Let settle for 2-3 minutes then mix again very well until you see no clumping.
  2. Cover the jar and store in fridge overnight or for at least 2 hours.
  3. When you're ready to eat it, top with your favorite fruit and enjoy cold!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Substitutes: You can use any milk of choice. You can also use any sweetener for choice.

Storage: Store the chia pudding in a mason jar or Tupperware for up to 1 week in the fridge.

Sourcing: You can find chia seeds at all major grocery stores. It’s usually in the bulk section or with the cereal or superfoods.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.  This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one serving without any toppings.

Nutrition Facts
3-Ingredient Chia Pudding
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Sodium 166mg 7%
Potassium 97mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 5g
Protein 4g 8%
Calcium 30.1%
Iron 10.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Comments

  • Reply
    Steph
    May 19, 2019 at 6:33 am

    You can use juice instead of milk for chia seeds. I like using cranberry or morning start juice but you could use anything. Great if you struggle with milk of any kind. There is some extra sugar but it’s worth it to get the chia in your tummy

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    Marie
    May 15, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Great recipes

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    Margaret
    May 15, 2019 at 11:08 am

    I made this last night, I followed the recipe exactly, is it supposed to be on the watery side? I did stir last night, and stirred this morning. I haven’t tried it yet. Just want to know if adding an extra tablespoon will help thicken it or will I ruin it all together? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      May 15, 2019 at 8:33 pm

      That should not be the case but it might be the type of chia seeds you used. You can definitely add more chia seeds though and it won’t ruin. Just be sure to mix it really well and it will plump up and become all homogenous with the rest. Hope you like it!

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    Sharon Matthies
    May 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Is am so enjoying this! As a diabetic constantly trying to find healthy snacks, this recipe is a gem for me! I have some difficulty eating fruit alone, but I love adding strawberries or blueberries to this. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      May 5, 2019 at 7:42 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that Sharon! Thank you for sharing with me! This is my favorite snack as well!

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    Estera Jole
    April 25, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Perfect recipe! Thank you! I just use almond extract or some sweetened coconut milk instead of adding a sweetener and it comes out great.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      April 25, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      So glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback! 🙂

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    Rachelle Boysillo
    March 31, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Hi, So tried this but with skim milk and added yogurt for more protein. my chia pudding didn’t turn into pudding consistency, it was still liquid, do you think it’s the milk? Thanks

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      April 1, 2019 at 10:56 am

      That’s really odd! Did you use the exact measurements I used? Also, did you allow it to set in the fridge for at least a few hours?

  • Reply
    Kat
    March 29, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    I made similar I say similar because I use premier protein so that the carbs won’t be that high but is so sweet and to dry. Does yours also kind of dry at the time to eat it?

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      March 30, 2019 at 1:22 pm

      No it shouldn’t be dry at all. I think it must be from the protein you used which absorbed all the liquid. If you’re adding protein powder, you should add some more liquid to it. Hope that helps!

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    Roslyn
    March 17, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Love it! As a newly diagnosed coeliac I was finding snack foods that were healthy a challenge, I’ve just made one of these & look forward to making more..

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      March 17, 2019 at 9:15 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for sharing and glad you’ve found a great snack you can look forward to!!

  • Reply
    Carrol Lindsay
    March 8, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Love your easy receipe for chia pudding. I add different fruits as my taste buds require. So delicious, quick and easy.
    Carrol

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      March 8, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe! I love how versatile and delicious it is too!

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    Rodney H
    February 25, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Many thanks! Easy, Fast and it’s great!!!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      February 26, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      Awesome! So glad to hear it! 🙂

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