My Favorite Chia Seed Pudding
- Prep Time: 1 hour 5 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
- Yield: 1 serving
- Category: Dessert
This creamy chia seed pudding recipe tastes like a creamsicle! You’re going to love this healthy gluten-free treat—enjoy as a snack, dessert or breakfast. Recipe yields 1 serving; multiply as necessary or see recipe notes for how to make 4 servings all together.
- 1 cup homemade cashew milk, almond milk or light coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, preferably from an organic orange
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract, more to taste
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- Recommended toppings: drizzle of honey or maple syrup, sliced bananas, fresh or defrosted berries or my berry chia seed jam, shredded coconut, toasted chopped nuts…
- In a small jar (these are perfect) or bowl, combine the milk, orange zest, and vanilla extract. Taste, and if you’d like a more pronounced vanilla flavor, add another 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract. Be sure to measure out the extra vanilla extract rather than just pouring more in—it’s easy to go overboard.
- Whisk in the chia seeds, cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or overnight), until the chia seeds have absorbed enough moisture to achieve a pudding-like state. If you think of it, give it a stir sometime along the way to break up any clumps of chia.
- Before serving, stir once again to break up any clumps of chia seeds. Serve with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup on top and any additional toppings you might like. This pudding will keep well in the refrigerator, covered, for about 5 days.
Make it vegan: Drizzle maple syrup on top instead of honey.
Make it nut free: Use a nut-free milk, and don’t top with nuts.
Change it up: I haven’t tried yet, but I bet this recipe would be tasty with other varieties of citrus zest as well.
To make 4 servings at once: Combine 4 cups milk, 2 teaspoons orange zest and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add up to 1/2 teaspoon more vanilla extract for a more pronounced vanilla flavor. Whisk in 3/4 cup chia seeds and refrigerate overnight.
Recipe update 3/15/17: My recipe originally included orange juice for extra orange flavor, however, it’s come to my attention that the acidity level of orange juice can prevent chia seeds from plumping up—this depends on the pH of the orange juice and the other liquid involved. I’ve edited the recipe from the original 3/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup orange juice, and 1/4 teaspoon orange zest to the recipe you see above. It’s just as good and more reliable! My sincere apologies to anyone who had trouble with it before—what you see up there now is actually how I’d been making the pudding in the first place, and I’ve verified that it works with all of the milk options provided above.