This creamy chia pudding is super high in protein and comes together with just four ingredients: chia seeds, milk, Greek yogurt & honey!
How to make chia pudding
- Add Greek yogurt, honey, and chia seeds in a mason jar.
- Slowly pour in almond milk and stir, then refrigerate the sealed mason jar for at least 1 hour.
- Finish with your toppings of choice.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Greek Yogurt – If you only have plain yogurt on hand, that works, too.
- Honey – Maple syrup can be used to sweeten this pudding instead, and also happens to be healthier than honey. Keep in mind this will create a different flavor.
- Chia seeds – Chia seeds and flax seeds both have similar benefits in terms of nutrients, and since they also have a similar texture you can make this recipe with either seed or a combination.
- Unsweetened almond milk – Feel free to use your favorite non-dairy milk instead, but note that almond milk carries the lowest calories. Other non-dairy milks may also create a different textured pudding than the almond milk, so use your discretion.
- Shredded Coconut/Granola – Nuts or other cereals can be used instead to give the chia pudding a little crunch.
What does chia pudding taste like?
Chia pudding is sweet, thick, and creamy, and ends up tasting a bit like a tapioca pudding. The great thing about chia seeds is that while they're rich with protein, essential minerals, and antioxidants, they don't carry any flavor of their own. So the recipe will taste like the ingredients you've opted to include, and may have a crunch if you've added granola or nuts.
Is chia pudding healthy?
Chia pudding is an incredible source of protein, fiber, omega-3s, and all that good stuff. When you top it with fruit, it just gets even better. Whether you're having it for breakfast or as a snack in between meals, this is an awesome addition to your weekly meal planning because it's so easy to make and so good for you. I like chia pudding because it's delicious, but I LOVE chia pudding because it's SO healthy.
Making it vegan
You'll be able to find tons of vegan Greek Yogurt substitutes made with soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, or cashew milk. This may affect the texture a bit, so keep that in mind.
I've already mentioned substituting honey for maple syrup as a flavor suggestion, but it can also help keep the recipe vegan. You can switch to sweeteners like maple syrup, coconut nectar, date paste, and so on.
This recipe is versatile, and you can modify the flavor with any add ins you want. You can add in cocoa powder to give you a chocolatey pudding, or vanilla extract for a vanilla-flavored pudding. Some other suggestions are almond extract, or even mixing in toppings like shredded coconut before you refrigerate so that the overall flavor is modified.
Berries tend to keep better in the fridge than other fruits, but you can get creative here or even enjoy the pudding plain. Make it tropical with kiwi, pineapple, and mango, or keep it sweet with peaches.
If you're topping with fruits that oxidize like apples or bananas, I recommend preparing the topping right before you're ready to serve.
Meal prepping & storing
Chia pudding tastes best when it's freshly made, so I do recommend making these the day of if possible. If you would like to meal prep them, these last 5 days in the fridge. Just grab one when you're ready to serve, and add the toppings!
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Meal prep tools for this recipe
- Chia Pudding is nothing without chia seeds, so be sure to stock up on those
- Grab some mason jars to store and serve your chia pudding
- Make it fun with these colourful mason jar lids because chia pudding deserves to be fun!
High Protein Chia Pudding
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Shredded coconut
- In an 8oz mason jar, add Greek yogurt and honey, then stir in chia seeds. Slowly pour in almond milk, stirring to combine.
- Wait one minute, then stir mixture again. Place lid on mason jar, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
- Serve with toppings of choice under the topping ideas heading, then serve and enjoy!
- NOTE: This recipe creates one serving. If you want to make multiple servings, be sure to repeat the steps above for however many mason jars you want to make.