Breakfast Chia Pudding Recipe

When you’re craving cereal, a big bowl of chia pudding is a healthy alternative to store-bought granola. This recipe is easy to make, and it’s packed with 8 grams of protein. Let the pudding sit for about 10-15 minutes before serving or mix it up the night before, and you can carry it with you on your way out the door.


  • 1/4 cup (or 4 tbsp.) of dry organic chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk or any nut-based milk (water will work, too, if you don’t have these)
  • pinch of salt
  • natural sweetener like honey, agave nectar (1-2 tsp) or Stevia drops
  • Optional:  fresh berries, pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg), raisins, bananas, dates, chopped nuts, sunflower seeds.
  • *** For a special treat, try adding a 1/2 tsp of raw cacao powder to the coconut milk before blending in the sweetener. Top with fresh cherries for Chocolate Cherry Pudding! It’s like breakfast-dessert.


In a cereal-sized bowl, mix chia seeds,  a pinch of salt, and spices (see options, above). Add the sweetener and a 1/2 cup of “milk,” reserving a bit to pour over the top at the end. Wait 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure that the chia seeds are fully coated. Add favorite toppings and the remaining nutmilk.

Total time: 15 minutes

Active prep time: 1-2 minutes

Leigh Hopkins

About the Author

Leigh Hopkins is the Director of Viva Institute. For 3 years, she was as a raw-vegan chef at Viva Institute’s retreat center in Brazil. She has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.

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