Vanilla Chia Pudding

A quick and simple make ahead breakfast, snack or dessert.
PREP TIME10 mins
Resting Time2 hrs
TOTAL TIME2 hrs 10 mins
COURSE: Breakfast, Dessert
CUISINE: American
KEYWORD: Make Ahead
YIELD: 1 large pudding (or 2 small)


  • 1 cup unsweetened milk of choice
  • cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple syrup, optional
  • Optional toppings, see below

Topping Suggestions

  • Diced fresh fruit
  • Fruit compote
  • Granola
  • Plain or vanilla yogurt
  • Hemp hearts
  • Grated coconut
  • Dried fruit
  • Nut or seed butter


  • In a medium mixing bowl, add all ingredients (except toppings if using) and whisk together well. Let the mixture stand for about 10 minutes. In this time it will start to thicken up.
  • Stir again to redistribute the chia seeds evenly. If you plan to portion out into smaller containers and add toppings, do so now. Let the pudding set for at least 2 hours or up to overnight before adding toppings. You can also leave the pudding in the mixing bowl and spoon into serving bowls just before eating.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

For Parfaits

  • Choose as many toppings as you would like to customize your chia pudding parfait. My personal favourite is layering yogurt on the bottom, followed by chia pudding, then topping with fruit compote.


Use chocolate milk of your choice for a sweet chocolate chia pudding.