Fast high protein chia seed pudding is a delicious, nourishing snack, breakfast, or dessert, ready to eat in 5 minutes. Made with 4 ingredients, it is vegan, very high in protein (7 g per serving), gluten-free, oil-free & so good.
Chia Seed Pudding in Minutes
Chia seed pudding is such an easy, satisfying option, whether for breakfasts, snacks, or dessert. Simply mix your favorite nondairy milk with chia seeds and sweetener, and then chill overnight until thickened.
But here is a question: what if you want some pudding right now? Or even in, say, an hour or so, after dinner? Or for breakfast after you’ve had a quick shower?
I have the answer! With one simple trick, you can have your pudding and eat it, too. It takes about five minutes to make, from start to finish (really and truly). And, it will be thicker than the traditional overnight version of chia seed pudding. Whoot!!!
Benefits of Fast Chia Seed Pudding
Fast chia seed pudding is a nourishing breakfast, snack or treat. It also boasts all of the following features:
- Vegan (no eggs, no dairy)
- High in protein (7 grams per serving)
- MEGA fiber (13 grams per serving)
- Easy to make
- Made with 4 ingredients
- Ready to eat in 5 minutes
Ingredients for Fast Chia Sed Pudding
The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.
To make this humble pudding, you will need the following:
I recommend adding a pinch of salt to the pudding, too (it enhances the flavors), but it is optional depending on your needs and tastes.
The vanilla extract adds significant flavor, but you are welcome to skip it as you like. I have lots of other flavor suggestions in the FAQ section below.
How to Make Fast Chia Seed Pudding
Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.
Step One: Heat a Portion of the Milk
Heat 1/2 cup (118 mL) of the nondairy milk until it is very hot but not quite boiling (do not worry if it begins to boil slightly, it will be fine). You can heat the milk in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove.Step Three
Step Two: Combine Hot Milk & Chia Seeds
The chia seeds will immediately plump up and gel! Let the mixture stand for 2 minutes longer and then stir to combine. The pudding should be very thick at this point. If not, let it sit for another minute or so to thicken.
Step Three: Stir in Cold Milk & Vanilla
Stir the remaining (cold!) milk and vanilla into the chia mixture until combined. Add the salt at this stage, too, if using.
Step Four: Chill for One or Two Minutes
Place the chia pudding in the freezer for one to two minutes to further cool the pudding. If not eating the pudding immediately, it can be placed in the refrigerator instead.
If leaving in the refrigerator for more than 30 minutes, cover the container until ready to serve the pudding.
Enjoy the pudding, solo or topped with any and all of your favorite toppings. The super high levels of fiber and protein will keep you humming along for hours. The taste will keep you smiling all the while, too.
How does fast high protein chia seed pudding taste?
Chia seed pudding is very much like vanilla tapioca pudding, with an added bit of crunch from the seeds. If you like bobo tea, you will definitely be a fan.
How should I store the chia seed pudding?
Store the pudding in the airtight jar or container it was mixed, in the refrigerator, for up to 1 week. I do not recommend freezing the pudding.
What can I use in place of maple syrup for sweetener?
You can use just about any sweetener–liquid or granular–in place of the maple syrup (granular sweeteners dissolve in little time when the hot milk is added).
Consider using agave nectar, granulated sugar, brown rice syrup, or honey, if not strictly vegan. Use coconut sugar, date sugar or dark brown sugar for a caramel-like flavor. If following a low-carb or keto diet, use a sugar-free sweetener to taste.
Can I add other flavors to the pudding?
Spices. I love adding different spices to the pudding, in particular. Use about 1/8 teaspoon and add it to the chia seeds and sweetener before adding the hot milk. The heat allows the spices to bloom, producing a mellow, nuanced side flavor.
Extracts & Zests. Swap the vanilla for other extracts, such as almond or peppermint (use a much smaller amount for each–they are potent). Citrus zests (e.g., lemon, orange, lime) are equally wonderful swaps for the vanilla . As with the spices, add them before adding the hot milk to release their oils and maximize the flavor.