Vanilla Chia Pudding

by Kiran on March 21, 2014 · 34 comments

in Breakfast/Brunch, Snack, Vegan

Happy Spring, friends πŸ™‚

Even after being married for more than 8 years now, we are constantly learning something new about each other. Especially the do’s and don’ts in the food department.

Well… more like, do’s for me and don’ts for the Husband.

Vanilla Chia Pudding |

Nothing right or wrong, good or bad here. Just that, I’m often left scratching my head whenever it comes to meal-planning for the whole week. There’s always a whole long list of don’ts per the Husband’s request, and I’m OK to roll with it, but when it comes to serving fruits as toppings, it’s a different ball game altogether.

Let’s just say, I might have stepped on his foot a few times, figuratively speaking.

Vanilla Chia Pudding |

Disliking vegetables is a common trait, but to dislike fruit as a topping is mind-boggling. Because, who wouldn’t like fruit toppings on ice cream, parfaits, pudding or even oatmeal?!?

That would be my Husband. My soulmate.

While this vanilla chia pudding has some tasty fruit toppings, let me assure you he was served without it.

Le sigh.

Vanilla Chia Pudding |

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Makes 3 moderate servings


  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp sweetener of choice
  • optional toppings (fruits/berries)


  1. Combine all ingredients (except toppings) into a large mason jar. Using a spoon, stir and screw on the lid. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next day, remove chia pudding from refrigerator. Stir thoroughly before equally dividing up the portions. Serve it up with your favorite toppings. Really πŸ™‚


Vanilla Chia Pudding |

The Husband’s birthday is approaching in the speed of light. Head-scratching resumes.

What’s your do’s and don’ts?


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1 Kathryn March 21, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Oh so pretty! I’m not actually a huge fruit person (sorry, I side with your husband on this one…) but this would definitely be enough to tempt me with those pretty colours!
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2 Rosa March 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

I’d love to taste this healthy pudding!




3 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health March 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

fruits as toppings, always a do although I am on fence with bananas.
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4 Nitya March 21, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Errr me.. I don’t get why anyone would spoil a perfectly nice tasting yogurt or ice cream or pudding with fruits on top!
If I wanted an Apple, I’d eat it.. By itself..

My husband though? He’s like you..
Le sigh..

Love love yr recipes btw πŸ™‚


5 Shibi @ FlavzCorner March 21, 2014 at 3:22 PM

The overnight soaked Chia seeds looks nice in the pudding. Waiting for your creative birthday cake post πŸ™‚


6 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ March 21, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Does he like the chia pudding though? If so, it is a really good good sign. There was a time when he was very willing to try new stuff. Not anymore. Every time I cook Quinoa, he thinks I want to poison him πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I tried chia once and failed to make the pudding. I guess wrong proportion. I might try it again following your beautiful recipe and adding honey as sweetener.
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7 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence March 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Love this!! As you know… I am obsessed with chia pudding πŸ˜‰ To bad about the hubby not liking fruit toppings. Ahh well, you can’t win them all. I love switching up toppings – usually dried fruit, nuts and seeds.
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8 Shashi @ RunninSrilankan March 22, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Your hubby doesn’t like fruit toppings? Now that’s a first for me!
I have seen tons of chocolate chia puddings – but this vanilla one is also a first for me – it sounds delish -specially with that fruit topping πŸ˜‰
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9 jehanne@thecookingdoctor March 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM

looks spectacular Kiran! Put my hubby in that list of fruit topping hater too..!
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10 Angie@Angie's Recipes March 22, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Love chia! This is beautiful and delectable!
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11 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 22, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Love those owls so much! Pretty pudding, I love the fruit topping!
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12 Maria John March 23, 2014 at 1:07 AM

wonderful pudding..looks great
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13 Archana @ ThePerfectZest March 23, 2014 at 7:38 PM

been meaning to try a chia pudding but didn’t realize it was going to be this easy to make. The do and don’t with us – husband loves chia – me not so much – i.e. keep all healthy foods away from me.
He also cannot mix sweet and spicy – and I live for those combos.
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14 Raymund March 24, 2014 at 2:51 PM

This is a good and healthy breakfast! the perfect way to start a day
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15 Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style March 24, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Looks like it has marvelous texture! And beautiful photography as always, Kiran.
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16 mjskit March 24, 2014 at 10:59 PM

My husband and I love pudding and this one looks like one we would love. Beautiful pudding!
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17 Tara March 24, 2014 at 11:21 PM

I love fruit on anything sweet. Bananas, kiwis, strawberries, the whole nine yard. The only fruit I really do not like is blueberries.
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18 Kitchen Belleicious March 25, 2014 at 9:49 AM

same here girl! I learn new things about my hubby all the time after 8 yrs as well! I love this chia pudding though and i think he would too:) Score for the both of us!
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19 easyfoodsmith March 26, 2014 at 1:20 AM

That sounds familiar πŸ˜‰ My husband doesn’t like nuts in the desserts or cookies or cakes. I can’t fathom that!
Never tried chia seeds (got to hunt for them online) but they sound pretty good.


20 Daniela March 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Such fun to read this post, Kiran!
Marriage i, among others, a constant learning process with lots of smiles and laughter on the way πŸ™‚
The ChΓ­a vainilla pudding looks so elegant and refined , perfect for a celebration.
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21 John@Kitchen Riffs March 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Fruit for me, please. On top, underneath, mixed in — I don’t care. πŸ˜‰ Great pudding — loads of flavor, and so pretty. Thanks for this.
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22 Juliana March 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

I use chia seed very often, but never made pudding with it…thanks for the recipe Kiran…looks very pretty as week with the fruits on it.
Thanks for the recipe…hope you are having a great week πŸ˜€


23 Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen March 27, 2014 at 5:37 AM

Hmm, no fruit ever or just not as a topping for desserts?
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24 Kelly March 27, 2014 at 7:21 AM

No fruit toppings? Sounds just like my husband too hehe. I totally go crazy with my fruit toppings and the pomegranate seeds look perfect Kiran πŸ™‚ This looks amazing – I still need to try making chia pudding – my mom loves it. Gorgeous photography as always my friend hope you have a great week πŸ™‚


25 Katerina March 28, 2014 at 5:00 AM

This is a beutiful pudding Kiran. I, too, don’t eat fruits, unfortunately!
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26 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 30, 2014 at 1:48 AM

My personal trainer introduced me to chia seeds! I love that you added in pudding! My kids will enjoy eating chea seeds like this. Great idea! Those mini jars are so cute! I gotta find them. Kids will love this pudding for sure!
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27 laurasmess April 1, 2014 at 2:03 AM

Hahaha, so cute! I love fruit toppings, both for aesthetics and deliciousness πŸ™‚ My husband will generally eat anything I give to him, though he doesn’t always eat it as it’s DESIGNED to be eaten. He often eats portions of his meal separately (as in, he’ll eat all of his rice, then all of his vegetables, then his meat at the very end) when I have created the components to be complimentary. I don’t get it. I’ve started to tell him to eat things together so he gets the full textural and flavour benefit! xxx
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28 Carolyn Chan April 21, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Simple and delicious and seriously good for you – love it !
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29 Margaretha & Sonja @ unearthedkitchen June 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I love chia seeds, and I think they are great to make puddings and parfaits. I like this recipe a lot πŸ™‚


30 Kiran June 14, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Margeratha & Sonja — i’m so glad πŸ™‚


31 Tiffany September 16, 2014 at 8:34 PM

I really want to try this! I saw another recipe for chia used to make jam. I think I will try this first!


32 Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder February 2, 2015 at 1:30 AM

Oh I totally get you haha – sometimes I’ll think something is amazing (carrot cake! zucchini bread! cauliflower pizza crust) and he’s like ew, veggies.


33 Sowmya May 17, 2017 at 8:10 PM

This is so easy and looks super exotic. Bookmarked.
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