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Fast Chia Seed Pudding (ready in 5 minutes)

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.

fast chia seed pudding in a glass jar, topped with strawberries

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!!!

overhead shot of chia seed pudding with strawberries and mint sprig

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)
  • Grain-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Oil-free
  • Nut-free
  • 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.

ingredients for chia seed pudding, all in glass bowls on a white marble counter

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

Combine the hot milk, chia seeds and maple syrup in a glass jar or other heat-proof container (large enough to hold 1 cup (237 mL).

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.

milk being stirred into the chia pudding

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.

chilled and set chia pudding in a glass jar with a red and white lid

Eat!

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.

FAQ

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?

Yes!

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.

Toppings. Chopped fresh fruit, berries, dried fruit, compotes, jams, preserves, chocolate sauce, granola, chopped nuts or seeds, cacao nibs, more maple syrup, agave nectar–try them all!

jar of chia pudding with a turquoise spoon

Happy Cooking!

Yield: 1

Fast Chia Seed Pudding (ready in 5 minutes)

overhead shot of chia seed pudding with strawberries and mint sprig

Fast chia seed pudding is a delicious, nourishing snack, breakfast, or dessert, ready to eat in 5 minutes. Made with 4 ingredients, it is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free & so good.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (178 mL) plain nondairy milk
  • 3 tablespoons (39 g) chia seeds
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons (7 mL) maple syrup (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: pinch of salt
  • Optional: assorted topping (see FAQ section in post for ideas)

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Stir together the hot milk, chia seeds and maple syrup in a glass jar (with 1 cup (237 mL) capacity). The chia seeds will begin to gel immediately.
  3. Let the mixture stand for 2 minutes longer. Stir to combine. The pudding should be very thick. If not, let sit for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Stir the remaining milk (cold!), vanilla, and optional salt into the chia mixture until combined.
  5. 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.
  6. If leaving in the refrigerator for more than 30 minutes, cover the container until ready to serve the pudding.

Notes

Storage: 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.

Maple Syrup Alternatives: Use any other sweetener--liquid or granular--in place of the maple syrup (granular sweeteners will dissolve in the hot milk). Examples include 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.

Nutrition Information

Yield

1

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 301Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 0mgSodium 17mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 13gSugar 24gProtein 7g

The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although powerhungry.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands and optional ingredients can change the nutritional information in any given recipe.

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Sophie

Thursday 11th of August 2022

I love everything chia seed pudding... except the refrigeration time. Tried this out today - it was thin enough without the extra 1/4 cup milk, so no need to use that, and I topped it with frozen mixed berries. Mixing them in, it tasted like jam. Awesome! Your recipes are amazing. Thanks!

Aimee

Sunday 17th of July 2022

This was so easy & delicious! I added frozen blueberries & strawberries with a couple of crushed walnuts! Thank you for sharing this with us!

Camilla

Tuesday 19th of July 2022

You are very welcome, Aimee! That sounds super delicious :)

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