This vegan overnight vanilla chia seed pudding is healthy yet delicious, made with only 4 ingredients that you likely already have, and will definitely become your go-to chia pudding recipe. It's perfect for breakfast, a midday snack, or a yummy dessert. You can enjoy it on its own or with a variety of toppings!
You'll find that this recipe is perfect as a base that can be expanded on or used in a variety of different flavored chia pudding recipes. Don't worry, I'll give you some ideas idea below (hint, hint...chocolate!!). This vanilla chia pudding is so easy & fast to make and only requires 1 bow! It's the perfect grab and go breakfast.
This overnight chia pudding is vegan, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free, and gluten-free!
This recipe only calls for 4 simple ingredients and you likely have most of them, if not all of them!
- Chia Seeds: The star of the show! I always use these chia seeds but you could use whatever you have.
- Plant-Based Milk: This is our binder for the pudding. I used coconut milk!
- Maple Syrup: This acts our natural sweetener. Without it, I find this recipe a bit...bitter?
- Vanilla Extract: because it makes everything better.
Aside from how delicious it is, the best thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make. Grab a bowl and let's get to it!
In a large bowl, add plant-based milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and whisk to combine (photos 1-3). Next, add the chia seeds, and whisk well to combine. Let them sit for 5 minutes then whisk one more time to ensure that the seeds don't fall to the bottom of the pudding and set that way.
Cover the bowl with a dish towel and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight, for it to set. When it's set, it will look like photo 6. And that's it!! You can scoop it into a mason jar or bowl, add your preferred toppings, and enjoy.
Topping & Add-In Ideas
You can eat the vanilla chia pudding on its own, but what's the fun in that? Here's some of my favorite toppings to make this recipe complete:
- Vegan yogurt
- Fresh fruit
- Nut butters and jams
- Nuts and seeds
- Protein Powder
- Cocoa Powder (to make this a chocolate chia seed pudding!!)
- Matcha Powder (to make matcha chia pudding!)
Recipe Substitutions & Variations
I love this recipe as is, but here are some tweaks that would work well, if needed!
- Use a different milk: This recipe works great with almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk, or coconut milk. Coconut milk will result in a creamier chia pudding. If you do use coconut milk, you might need a bit more since it is a bit thicker. Honestly, just use whatever milk that you love and think tastes good.
- Change up the sweetener: You do not have to use maple syrup, or any sweetener, at all! You can leave it out entirely and add it in later if you find it needs it (I think it does). In place of maple syrup, you could use agave or date syrup.
- Feel free to use white chia seeds instead of black chia seeds, it makes no difference in taste.
- Blend it if you don't love the texture of chia seeds! Blending it will give it the consistency of a regular, creamy pudding.
- Whisk!! Make sure you whisk all the ingredients well initially, and then again after 5 minutes before refrigerating the pudding. This will ensure that you don't get clumps of chia seeds and that they don't all sink to the bottom while the pudding is setting.
- For the best texture refrigerate the pudding overnight. This will let the chia seeds absorb as much milk as they possibly can and will give the best texture.
- Add more milk if the chia pudding is way too thick when you take it out the fridge. Add 1-2 tablespoons at a time until you reach a good consistency.
4:1 - 4 parts liquid, 1 part chia seeds. For this recipe, I used 2 cups of milk and ½ cup of chia seeds. I find this ratio gives the perfect consistency for a pudding. For a thinner pudding, you can try a 6:1 (⅓ cup chia seeds, 2 cups milk). You can of course experiment with this ratio and adjust it to your liking!
Yes! Chia seeds are low in calorie yet packed with a ton of nutrients. To keep this recipe as healthy as possible, I would suggest using a plant-based milk with very clean/limited ingredients and reducing or changing the sweetener used.
So many things!! Chia seeds are small but mighty nutrient powerhouses. They're loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and various micronutrients. For more benefits, check out this evidence-based article.
Yes, which makes this recipe perfect for meal prep! After the pudding has set, I divide into 4 mason jars (or any airtight container) and store them in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. I will usually add any toppings when I'm ready to eat it!
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If you make this vegan vanilla chia pudding, be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram. If you have any questions or feedback at all, send me an e-mail or leave a comment below! I hope you love them as much as we do!Print