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Basic Chia Seed Pudding (Vegan, GF, Keto-Friendly)

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Need a lower carb way to start your morning? Not a big fan of oatmeal forcing you to take a nap right after you eat a big bowl of it? Then whip up some Chia Seed Pudding instead!

Basic Chia Seed Pudding
Basic Chia Seed Pudding

Now, I know what you’re thinking, but those are not frog eggs. Those are the little powerhouses known as chia seeds. The tiny seeds gel up in liquid and become a pudding-like texture. And tiny doesn’t mean not powerful. These seeds are also filled with nutrients. They are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, calcium, and iron. A bowl of chia seed pudding is a great way to start the day or as a mid afternoon snack.

They are also probably the easiest meal prep option other than buying pre-made meals everyday. And who wants to spend that much money when you can just throw a handful of ingredients in a bowl, go to sleep, and have the fridge make breakfast for the week for you?

You can also freeze chia seed pudding if you want to make a big batch in advance. Just portion out the thickened chia seed pudding into individual, freezer safe containers and place them in the freezer. When you're ready to serve then, let them defrost in the fridge the night before you’re going to eat them. Give them a stir, throw some toppings on them, and enjoy a quick and easy breakfast.

Basic Chia Seed Pudding
Basic Chia Seed Pudding

They are also extremely versatile depending on your taste and dietary preferences. Chia seed pudding can be a bit bland on its own, but that’s where toppings come in. You can keep it simple with some berries and homemade granola, stir some cocoa powder into it for a chocolate version, or go nuts (or should I say carrots) and make these carrot cake chia seed puddings.

Some people are not super big fans of the gelled texture. If you fall into this category, try blending them! You end up with a smoother, more pudding-like texture. I personally like my chia seed pudding on the thicker side with some Greek yogurt for added protein and creaminess. If you want them a little less like cement (you fool!), add more liquid until your desired consistency is reached.

Chill out like those chia seeds in the fridge in the morning because you don’t have to worry about breakfast with this recipe.

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Makes 2 meal portions or 4 snack portions


Basic Chia Seed Pudding:

Chia Seed Pudding:

48 g - Chia Seeds

150 g - Frozen Riced Cauliflower - Optional*

160 ml - Coconut Milk - Sub dairy-free milk of choice*

30 g - Maple Syrup - Sub liquid sweetener of choice

¼ tsp - Kosher Salt

¼ tsp - Vanilla Extract

Thicker, Higher Protein Chia Seed Pudding:

48 g - Chia Seeds

150 g - Frozen Riced Cauliflower

80 ml - Coconut Milk - Sub dairy-free milk of choice

340 g - 0% Greek Yogurt - Sub vegan protein yogurt of choice

30 g - Maple Syrup - Sub liquid sweetener of choice

¼ tsp - Kosher Salt

¼ tsp - Vanilla Extract


Add frozen cauliflower to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes or until lightly steamed*. Allow to cool.

To a bowl*, add chia seeds, riced cauliflower, and salt. Stir until well incorporated.

In another bowl, add coconut milk, maple syrup, yogurt if using, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.

Add wet ingredients to the chia seeds. Stir until well combined. Scrape down the bottoms and sides to ensure the chia seeds do not clump together.

Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Ideally overnight.

Serve topped with berries, jam, nut butter, chopped nuts, and/or coconut flakes.


  • The cauliflower is optional, but it is a great way to get extra nutrients and volume for not a lot of calories. Cauliflower when lightly steamed is very neutral tasting.

  • I like coconut milk because it makes the pudding extra creamy but almond and cashew milk work well here too. It will not be as thick however.

  • Do not microwave the cauliflower for too long or you will be able to taste it.

  • The chia seeds will expand as they soak up the liquid. Choose a bowl with extra room to account for this.

  • I like my chia seed pudding thick. if you like it on the runnier side, add more liquid.

Need another chia seed pudding recipe? How about these Pina Colada Chia Seed Puddings?

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