Chia Seed Puddings

Chia seed puddings are a simple, easy and versatile way to enjoy chia seeds. You can use black or white seeds, or milled chia seeds to make a pudding, and you can use any type of milk, be it cow, sheep or goat milk, almond milk, coconut milk , rice milk or oat milk. The pudding can be made with hot or cold milk.

banana blueberry a variation on the recipe below

The taste is fairly bland, so I like to add fruit to my chia puddings. For me, the fruit adds enough sweetness, but you can sweeten your puddings with a little honey or stevia. For a real taste treat add a little granulated coconut palm sugar. This sugar is low in GI and full of vitamins and minerals, making it a healthy alternative to normal cane sugar.

a very thick chocolate chia pudding photo by C Pudney

You can find the recipe for the above pudding here

You can make your pudding thick or thin, depending on the amount of chia seeds you add to your milk, and also depending on where your chia seeds are grown and the sort of weather conditions the crop experienced. The seeds absorb 9 to 12 times their volume when placed in liquid. I have used a brand of chia seed that the producer claims absorbs 16 times their volume of liquid. So be prepared to be flexible when adding chia seeds to make your pudding. It’s fine to add more seeds (a little at a time) if you find your pudding is a little too thin for your liking.

I love the recipe below on a cold winter’s morning. Just add to cold milk if you want it cold.

black chia seed pudding with bananas and honey

Ingredients for one serve

2 tablespoons of Chia seeds

I cup of milk, soy milk, coconut milk or nut milk

sea salt to taste

1 desertspoon honey

1 small banana


Heat the milk but do not boil

Whisk the chia seeds into the hot milk and let stand for 10/15 minutes to make a gel.

Whisk the mixture once or twice during the standing time to prevent the seeds clumping together.

Reheat after standing if required or allow to cool completely

skice banana over the top and drizzle the honey over the top.

2 tablespoons makes a rather thick mixture, you can adjust to your own taste as described above.


Use ground chia seeds instead of whole seeds. This is great for children and very warming on a cold winter’s day.

Chocolate Chia seed pudding

Add Milo to the chia and milk mix. Kids love this. It’ s great with raspberries.

29 Responses to “Chia Seed Puddings”

  1. Melissa says:

    Hello – I just got some Chia Seeds from Trader Joe’s this past weekend to try. I’ve heard and read a lot about them, so I decided it was time to try them for myself. I had some earlier today in a fruit & greek yogurt smoothie I made myself, but tonight I was rather disappointed when I went to make a Chia pudding from the recipe above. After 20 minutes standing in the heated milk, the seeds were *barely* any bigger than they started. I scoured the package for any information and there’s a chia seed recipe on the back that calls for *not* heating the milk, and letting it stand 2-3 *hours*! I’m not sure why there’s such a difference, or why they haven’t gelled within the 20 minutes like yours. Bummer. I was really looking forward to trying it tonight.

    • admin says:

      Hi Melissa. Chia puddings can be made with hot or cold milk, whole or milled seeds. As long as they are good quality seeds they should start to gel within minutes of adding liquid. Standing for longer than 20 minutes is usually not necessary. The seeds should absob 9 to 12 times their weight in liquid. A few of my readers have also reported chia seeds not gelling very well, others have reported seeds gelling more than they expected and having to add more liquid. I feel that it may be because of variations in the seeds themselves, such as where they are grown and what sort of growing conditions were present.
      Don’t be afraid to add more seeds to your liquid than the recipe states if you are not getting a thick enough gel. Whisk the seeds into the liquid so they are well dispersed and stir occasionally until the gelling process starts. Chia puddings are a wonderful way to enjoy chia seeds, so don’t give up 🙂

    • ulu says:

      sounds like they need more liquid and a just heat to warm

  2. Cecilia says:

    I just started adding a bit less than a tablespoon of chia seeds to my morning juicing.I am going to try the Asian stir fry sauce and one of the puddings next. I know I feel way fuller after eating them. Thanks so much for the recipes!! They will help with my weight loss goals and in regulating my high blood pressure.

    • admin says:

      I would not like to be without my chia seeds now Cecilia. They have helped me to lose weight (and to keep it off) and to lower my high blood pressure to normal. Good luck!

      • Patty from Australia says:

        I can well understand your liking for these magic little seeds Admin. I use your tips and recipes in conjunction with the health recipes from and would have to say that this is the healthiest I have ever eaten, felt and looked (after losing 35kg in 12mths)in my life. Cheers. Patty

  3. mary barber says:

    it’s been two weeks with chia seeds in my diet. it’s fun to experiment with different receipes. one of my favorites so far: greek plain yogurt, fruit juice chia jello ( i used unsweetened apple juice), little sprinkle of coconut granola, and honey to taste.

  4. Linda Blunt says:

    I found this site. I am wanting to make a pumpkin pie for my 3 yr old. First will the seeds make her hyper? Give her diarrhea (she too has constipation), and will the pie seem more natural than some of the gums and egg subs I used last year that were deplorable in outcome. Anyone have an idea? Should I put them in the pumpkin and bake it all assuming the seeds will do their thing in the oven? How many seeds would I expect to use in a 9 inch pie? It has about 12 ounces milk????? Thanks. Linda

    • admin says:

      Hi Linda. The seeds should not make your daughter hyper. Although chia seeds do give increased energy, they are also recommeded for sound sleep. I find the energy increase is a sustained, calm, happy sort of energy. Diarrhea is not a usual reaction to chia seeds, but start with adding just a tablespoon of the seeds to your pie mix to be sure. Chia seeds do not have much of a taste, but there could be a difference in the texture. However it should be much better than gums and egg substitutes. Unfortunately I do not have a pumpkin pie recipe. I would use white chia seeds as they would not affect the colour of your pie. Add the chia seeds to the pie mix, let it stand for about 10 minutes then blend so that the seeds are broken down. You may need to adjust the liquid, so add that gradually after letting the mixture stand. Hopefully some readers will have a good chia pumpkin pie recipe.

  5. Janessa says:

    I tried this but I just can’t quite get past the texture… Would grinding the seeds help? If not, any other suggestions?

    • admin says:

      Yes, you can grind the seeds to make puddings Janessa, or use store bought milled chia seed which is the same thing. I like ground chia puddings hot, especially in the winter. Its a bit like porridge.

  6. I have just made this & its very nice

  7. Kaitlyn says:

    My first time cooking with chia seeds! I made some pudding with 1 cup of coconut milk and 2 1/2 T of chia seeds. It didn’t become very thick, but the consistency reminded me of tapioca pudding. I liked it although my family thought it needed to be sweeter. I’ll try a few variations to see if I can get them to be more into it, but I like it mild. I’ll definitely try it with some kind of chocolate in it, i think that will win everyone over.

    • mary says:

      Try adding palm sugar (also known as coconut sugar, coconut palm sugar) If you don’t know about the health benefits of palm sugar, you should read about it.
      Last night I made coconut pudding. 1/2 can coconut milk, 3 Tbsp chia seeds, 2 Tbsp palm sugar, and a drop of pure vanilla. YUMMMMM! I’m going to try adding cacao powder to this recipe and see if the kids flip out.

      • admin says:

        Hi Mary. Yes, I do know about coconut palm sugar and love it. Its now the only sugar I use. Your coconut pudding sounds delicious!!

  8. Melissa says:

    Use Chocolate soy milk instead of the cocoa powder and the sweetener.

  9. michelle says:

    Thanks for the great recipes! My son has cronic constipation and the Dr. has been telling me to keep him on Miralax all the time. Im not comfortable with that and have had mixed results. It just seems wrong to keep him on chemicals so long. His psychiatrist says omega 3s are great for adhd. my husband, son and I are also trying to loose weight. I also have insomnia and low energy. Sounds like this will help all of us. I will get back to you with the results.

    • admin says:

      Hi Michelle. I would love to hear how you and your family fare with chia seeds.

    • Michelle, My son has autism and has suffered with chronic constipation and mega bowel all his life. After spending more than a year trying to find a balance wiht Mira-Lax we finally threw it away and now I control his problem with magnesium- he takes two Triple mag tablets (from Swanson vitamins) at bedtime and 1 in the morning- keeps him right as rain.

  10. Renata says:

    It sounds delicious! I’m just trying to make some but it’s not making the gel 🙁

    • admin says:

      Hi Renata. The seeds should start to gel after only a few minutes. Have you purchased quality seed? They should be black or white. If you have purchased seeds that are brown they are immature and/or low quality. I have read that some chia seeds being currently sold are brown. They do not have the same nutritional value as the quality seeds and may not gel.

      • Renata says:

        The seeds seem really dark – not brown. Maybe dark brown but they look more black. It gets a bit “gelly” (around the seed is a bit of the gel) but not enough to make the pudding. I don’t know if its quality is good, but they were really expensive so I expected it to be good.
        So maybe I’ll try a different brand next time. Thank you for your response!

        • admin says:

          The image you sent me looks like a good quality black seed Renata. From your description the seeds are gelling a little. You could try a bit less liquid with your chia. I use a few different brands and they all gel ok. It could be that some brands don’t gel as well as others. Do try another brand next time.

  11. Sandi says:

    I got this recipe from a friend to use in our quest for a sugar free diet…

    Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

    1 cup chocolate almond milk (unsweetened)
    4 Tb seeds
    1 Tb cocoa powder (unsweetened)
    1-2 packets of Your favorite sweetener.

    Mix together, cover and chill. If you’re not worried about sugar, then just use regular almond milk and cocoa powder, then eliminate the sweetener. Even better when you squirt some real whipped cream on the top.

    I’m hooked on this and eat a 1 cup serving every night. My nails are stronger and longer, I feel better in general, even my “potty times” are at a normal frequency so no more constipation every week. It’s been a GREAT addition to my quest for healthier eating.

  12. Love the chia recipes. It would great to have nutrition values as well.
    Thank you for the great ideas!!!!!!

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