Vanilla Bean Chia Pudding Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: Minimum 2 hours (preferably overnight)


  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups milk of your choice (almond, coconut, oat, soy, etc.)
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • 1-3 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or your preferred sweetener (adjust to taste)
  • Pinch of salt


  • Combine Ingredients: In a medium-sized bowl or mason jar, whisk together the chia seeds, milk, vanilla bean seeds, sweetener of choice, and a pinch of salt.
  • Whisk and Rest: Whisk the mixture vigorously for a minute to ensure the chia seeds are well distributed. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk Again: Give the mixture another good whisk to break up any clumps.
  • Chill: Cover the bowl or jar and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight. This allows the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and form a pudding-like texture.
  • Check Consistency: After chilling, if the pudding is too thick for your liking, whisk in a bit more milk.
  • Serve: Divide the chia pudding into serving bowls or jars. Top with your favorite toppings (see below!) and enjoy!

Topping Ideas

  • Fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
  • Sliced bananas or other fruit
  • Granola
  • Nut butter (almond butter, peanut butter, etc.)
  • Cacao nibs
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Toasted coconut flakes


  • Double the recipe! Chia pudding keeps well for several days, so it’s perfect for meal prep.
  • No vanilla bean? Substitute 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • Sweetness is adjustable. Taste and add more sweetener as needed before serving.


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