Breakfast Chia Seed Pudding

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Author Notes: My favorite way to use chia seeds is to make a raw foods breakfast pudding. This is a fast and healthy breakfast treat, or it can be a snack or healthy dessert, too. Though I've chosen to make the nut milk used in this recipe with pecans and dates, you can use any homemade nut or seed milk in this recipe. - WinnieAbWinnieAb

Food52 Review: This is one of those gems that once you discover them, you never let them go. As easy as pouring a bowl of cereal, but far more healthful and delicious than anything that comes in a box, this breakfast pudding is going into my regular rotation. The terrific addition of chia seeds, which are inordinately good for you (who knew?) and magically gelatinize before your very eyes, give the milk a thicker, more pudding or porridge-like consistency. Making your own nut (or seed) milk is ridiculously easy, and the possibilities are endless. Dates and pecans are a lovely pair – sweet, with nutty hints of vanilla, and adding a touch of cinnamon provides some warmth. However, I am already thinking about dried figs and walnuts, almonds and apricots, or sunflower seeds and cranberries. One last note: this pudding is delicious cold, but equally good warmed, as my five-year-old daughter preferred. - gingerrootgingerroot

Serves 1

  • 1/3 cup pecans, soaked overnight in water to cover
  • 2-3 pitted dates, preferably soaked in water overnight to rehydrate
  • 3/4 cup filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • tiny pinch of cinnamon
  • tiny pinch of sea salt
  • fresh or dried berries for garnish- optional
  1. Pour soaking water off the pecans, and then blend them with the dates and 3/4 cup water in a blender. I prefer that some pecan and date chunks remain so I just blend mine briefly, but if you prefer a smoother "milk", process until the consistency you like is reached.
  2. Place chia seeds into a bowl and pour the liquid over them. Add cinnamon and salt and stir to combine. You can eat this right away, but it is better to allow the pudding to sit for at least 5 minutes while the chia seeds soak up the liquid. You can let them sit even longer if you like- they will keep swelling and become fairly gelatinous if you do, and you may find you'll want to add more water. Top with fresh or dried berries before serving, if desired.

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about 2 years ago Jamie Gill

Nutrtional info?


about 2 years ago Susan Hopkins

To the one asking about dates. Use the gourmet medjool kind, remove pit, put one raw almond and one teaspoon almond butter in center. Refrigerate several hours to let flavors come together. My friends at work beg me to make these!


over 2 years ago Ceege

Where do I buy chia seeds. I have never heard of them. Would like to try this recipe as soon as I get my hands on the seeds.


over 2 years ago indieculinary

I recently picked some up at Trader Joe's.


about 2 years ago KristiW

Ceege, you might also check your local Costco. Mine is now carrying 2 pound bags of chia seeds for $14 which is a steal. You can also find Bob's Red Mill brand at a completive price at


over 2 years ago papayaseed

this is exceptional! I have a high speed blender (vitamix) and I did not even soak the dates or nuts - just blended them up and poured over the chia, added salt and cinnamon and popped in refrigerator for couple of hours. creamy, cinnamony - wonderful! i'll make this a lot! thanks!


almost 3 years ago joyce.ciotti

I was experiencing oatmeal with drawls until I can go to the market. Wow! I had chia seeds and made this with walnuts on hand and topped it with a few precious dried blueberries. Go ahead, ask me how many days it will be.... before I return to my oatmeal. ps- I am also adding this recipe to our backpacking list.


over 3 years ago WCmom

Thanks for the share, I am making this tonight. If you have any other date or chia seed recipes you like please post, I love the originality! Tricia


over 3 years ago MaureenOnTheCape

I only add them to green smoothies and would love to know what else to do with chia seeds. I'll try this. Thanks!


over 3 years ago dani

It's delicious with or without the berries! Thanks for the recipe. Do you have anymore recipes with chia seeds?


over 3 years ago AKnott

This sounds very interesting. I JUST finished an article about how chia seeds have become one of the new "super foods" and how two NFL players use them judiciously for energy recovery. I will give it a try.


over 3 years ago WinnieAb



almost 4 years ago Kris Collett

I'm reading Born to Run right now, and just finished a chapter that extolled the benefits of chia seeds. I've seen them in the store, but had no idea how to use them. Thanks for sharing.


over 3 years ago WinnieAb

Hope you tried, and liked, them!


almost 4 years ago marynn

I am thrilled to see what you have done with chia. I usually just whip them into a smoothie and that hardly takes advantage of their potential. And, as usual, you have! I think I will swap out the dates for some stewed prunes. The cranberries are genius.


over 4 years ago CozyDelicious

I have been trying to figure out what to do with chia seeds, so this is great! I'm wondering if it be made in advance (such as the night before) or if it will it get too gelatinous... I may have to try it and see!


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I never realized how easy chia seeds are to use! (other than as a pet.) Thanks for the share.