This easy no-bake chia pudding is super satisfying and healthy and can make for a great breakfast or dessert.
Being super versatile and healthy, chia seeds have been enjoying their share of the spotlight for a few years now. They are easy to work with and can be used in both savory and sweet recipes easily. If you haven’t already tried using them, now is the time to do it!
This no-bake chia pudding recipe is exactly what it sounds like. It is creamy, packs in the goodness of chia seeds, and is a great healthy dessert to dig into.
Ready to go ahead and give it a shot? Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Ingredients For the Recipe
You’ll need just 4 basic ingredients to put this chia pudding together.
- 3-4 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ½ tablespoon honey
- Fresh berries for topping
How to Make the No-Bake Chia Pudding
Got all your ingredients? Here’s how to whip up this super easy and healthy pudding.
Add the chia seeds, honey, and milk in a jar or a glass and stir all the ingredients with a spoon.
Leave it in the fridge for 5 minutes and stir again so the seeds split and leave it again for another 30 minutes.
When the seeds have gotten bigger and the glass or jar is full of chia seeds, decorate the top with some berries.
Which Other Milk Can I Use?
Coconut milk is an absolute classic you can’t go wrong with, but if you still want to try out another kind of milk, you could use regular milk, soy milk, or plant-based milk like almond milk or oat milk.
Coconut milk is a game-changer when it comes to chia puddings in specific because it has a nice, creamy flavor that works with most add-ons and toppings. Plus, it is healthy too!
How Do I Store the Leftover No-Bake Chia Pudding?
Your leftover chia pudding can be easily stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Just remember to cover the container in which the pudding is stored. Freezing is not recommended, since it can ruin the texture of the pudding.
What Other Toppings Can I Use?
This chia seed pudding is super versatile, which means you can go nuts with the toppings. Fresh fruit is always a great choice if you are trying to keep things healthy- think bananas, peaches, pineapple, mangoes, and practically any other fresh fruit you can find in season.
Berries are the obvious classic you can’t go wrong with. They are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients and take the flavor of the pudding up a notch. You can also use a combination of two or more fruits if you’re in the mood to experiment.
What Can I Use Instead of Honey?
Honey is an excellent natural sweetener to use for this and practically any other dessert or sweet treat you are making. If you’re looking for an alternative, you could use maple syrup or agave syrup, or just some stevia.
What Else Can I Add to the No-Bake Chia Pudding?
This no-bake chia pudding is super simple, which means you can go ahead and add in a lot of other ingredients of your choice. Here are a few ideas you can get started on.
Nut butter: Peanut butter is a fun classic that you can consider adding to the pudding- it will bump up the protein content of the pudding and make it more creamy and delicious. You can also, of course, try using other nut butter like cashew butter, almond butter, or any other seed butter of your choice.
Cocoa powder: Want to enjoy this pudding with a bit of chocolatey taste? Throw in a spoonful of cocoa powder! And if you’re making this during fall, you can also add a pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to balance it out.
Other additions: Fresh fruits like berries, tropical fruits like pineapple and mangoes, and classics like apples, pears, and bananas can be great additions to your chia pudding. You can also add dried fruits like dates and apricots- just remember to chop them up before you add them in.
Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
The recipe is super simple, but you can always benefit from these actionable tips and tricks that will make the recipe up a notch.
- While the chia seeds can soak and gel up pretty quickly, it is best to soak them for a few hours to get that nice, pudding-like consistency.
- Once you combine the chia seeds with the milk, let it rest for a few minutes, then stir it again with a spoon to break up all the clumps, if any.
- If the chia seed mixture seems too liquidy, add a bit more chia seeds, stir and give it some extra refrigeration time. Do this until the pudding has the perfect consistency you are looking for.
- To balance out the sweetness of the pudding, you can add a pinch of salt.
- It is always a good idea to top the no-bake chia pudding with some crunchy elements. This will lend the pudding a nice contrast in texture. You could sprinkle some chopped or whole nuts over the top, right before you serve, or just go ahead with some mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or butterscotch chips.
- If nothing else works for you, some chocolate shavings can do the trick.
- If you’re making a chocolate-flavored chia pudding, add a bit of instant espresso powder into the mix for a little extra caffeine kick.
This pudding looks great when served in small dessert glasses or a mason jar. Top it with some whipped cream and some fresh berries or fruits, or any other topping of your choice.
Loved this easy pudding recipe? On the hunt for some more fun and easy recipes, you can try out? Here are a few ideas you can get started on.
- No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Truffles
- Easy Peanut Butter Mashed Potato Candy Recipe
- Easy Oreo Banana Parfait No-Bake Dessert
- 3-4 tablespoon (45-60g) chia seeds
- 1 cup (237ml) coconut milk
- ½ tablespoon (11g) honey
- Fresh berries for topping
- Add the chia seeds, honey, and milk in a jar or a glass and stir all the ingredients with a spoon.
- Leave it in the fridge for 5 minutes and stir again so the seeds split and leave it again for another 30 minutes.
- When the seeds have gotten bigger and the glass or jar is full of chia seeds, decorate the top with some berries.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 6gSugar: 21gProtein: 9g