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Chia Seed Pudding Isn't Gross (Here's Some No-Recipe Proof)

"That looks weird," my sister once said to me, spying the chia seed pudding I was having for breakfast. "Are those...eggs?" she asked.

I was shocked by this for a couple reasons: 1. Chia seed pudding is awesome! 2. What sort of tiny, tapioca-sized eggs would I be eating with a spoon, first thing in the morning, topped with fruit and coconut whipped cream?

Photo by Bobbi Lin

I responded to my sister's line of questioning by extolling the virtues of chia seed pudding for about 10 minutes (although my sister will say it was more like an hour): It's make-ahead, customizable, and full of good-for-you fiber, protein, and fats.

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And it's not weird, really! Because you can flavor and top chia seed pudding however you want, you can tailor it to your tastes—meaning if you like the texture, it's the opposite of gross. Here's how to make chia seed pudding without a recipe:

We went with the first option (below). Photo by Bobbi Lin

Get your soaking liquid going.

You could use just water, but that's a bit boring. Instead, think of the seeds' soaking liquid as the pudding's chief flavor agent—you can make it nutty, fruity, or chocolatey. For every 2 tablespoons of seeds (which will make 1 serving), try whirring together one the following in a blender until smooth:

  • 3/4 cup water, 1/3 cup pecans or nut of choice (soaked overnight in water and drained), 2-3 pitted dates (soaked overnight in water and drained), pinch of cinnamon, pinch of salt

  • 3/4 cup almond milk or milk of choice, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, a dash of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon maple syrup or sweetener of choice, pinch of salt

  • 3/4 cup almond milk or milk of choice, 1/4 cup thawed, frozen cherries, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon maple syrup or sweetener of choice, pinch of salt

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk, 1/4 cup chopped pineapple, 2 tablespoons unsweetened, toasted coconut, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, pinch of salt

  • 3/4 cup almond milk or milk of choice, 1 teaspoon matcha powder, 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 3/4 cup almond milk or milk of choice, 1 tablespoon peanut butter or nut butter of choice, 1 tablespoon maple syrup

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Mix it up.

Add the blended mixture to the chia seeds and stir to combine. Let sit for a few minutes, stir again, let sit a few more minutes, stir yet again, cover, and pop it into the fridge overnight. In the morning, the seeds will have swollen and become gelatinous in texture, absorbing all that liquid. Before serving, give the pudding a stir and check the texture. If it's too thick, just add a splash more almond milk.

Coconut whipped creamed and toasted, flaked coconut (aka never enough coconut). Photo by Bobbi Lin

Top it off.

Top the chia seed pudding with whatever you like! Here are some ideas:

  • Coconut whipped cream
  • Toasted, flaked coconut
  • A drizzle of maple syrup or agave
  • Berries or chopped fruit
  • Cacao nibs
  • Toasted, chopped nuts
  • Jam
  • A drizzle of nut butter
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Dried fruit (raisins, cherries, cranberries, currants, sliced, pitted dates, etc.)
  • Granola

Tell us: What's your favorite way to top chia seed pudding?

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Christine J. July 20, 2017
Hi Ms. Riddley, Thanks for sharing your delicious chia seeds recipes my son love it so much. Definitely recommended. Please also allow me to share some of my chia seeds recipes @ https://www.chiaseedsbuy.com/
Scribbles February 12, 2017
I'm with Zehra using homemade yogurt - I store mine in the half pint mason jars - just add the chia seeds and shake shake shake then store over night. In the morning top with whatever sounds good: nuts, fresh fruit, granola, honey, seeds - the possibilities are endless!
Lauren B. January 18, 2017
I blend up fresh mango and coconut cream with some water and top with toasted coconut. and Granola. Heaven!
Zehra A. January 11, 2017
I whisk 1 cup homemade yogurt, 1 tbs molasses & 1 tbs chia seeds and let it it rest in the fridge overnight. Best breakfast ever topped with granola. :)
mela January 11, 2017
Gosh. Thanks for the idea. I'll bet it would be awesome with maple syrup too.