Chia seed pudding is incredibly easy to make, especially when you use this very easy two-ingredient chia seed pudding recipe.
This recipe is best for when you are looking for a chia seed pudding that has a minimal amount of calories or will be the simplest for you to make. Also, this might be the best chia seed pudding recipe for you depending on what ingredients you have in your house.
(Find more of our chia seed recipes at Chia Seed Recipes)
Although there might be some slightly tastier chia pudding recipes with more ingredients, I’ll show you how you can possibly get the same effect by using these two simple ingredients instead.
A lot of plant-based milk will come with sweeteners (sugar) and possibly other flavorings already added in. If that’s the case then you won’t want to use a chia pudding recipe that adds sugar or flavor.
Let’s jump in!
Chia Seed Pudding Benefits
Chia pudding is a great, healthy, and easy snack, breakfast, or dessert you can make. The great thing about chia seed pudding is that it is great tasting, but still good for you at the same time.
It’s good for you because chia seeds are very healthy and nutritious for you. They provide tons of fiber, antioxidants, calcium, Omega-3 fats, and even protein. Chia seeds can even be good for weight loss. (See Chia Seeds for Weight Loss)
Plant-based milk can also be a nutritious food for you. I especially like soy milk, because soy comes with tons of health benefits. Plus many plant-based kinds of milk have vitamins and minerals added to them as well.
(Learn more at Chia Pudding Health Benefits)
Chia Pudding Ratio
A good ratio for chia pudding is 1:4, or 1 tablespoon for every 4 tablespoons or 1/4 cup of milk. If you would like a thicker chia pudding then you can lower the ratio to 1:3 or so by either increasing the amount of chia seeds to 1.5 or 2 tablespoons or decreasing the amount of milk to 1/5 a cup or less.
You can also make the chia pudding thinner by increasing the ratio to 1:5 or 1:6. You can do this by increasing the amount of milk to 5 or 6 tablespoons for every tablespoon of chia seeds.
Best Chia Seeds for Pudding
When it comes to making chia seed pudding, any type of chia seeds can be used. However, some people may prefer certain types of chia seeds based on factors such as flavor, texture, and appearance.
Here are some options to consider when choosing chia seeds for pudding:
- Black chia seeds: Black chia seeds are the most commonly available type of chia seeds and have a subtle, nutty flavor. They tend to absorb liquid more readily than white chia seeds, which can make for a thicker, more pudding-like consistency.
- White chia seeds: White chia seeds are less common and tend to be slightly sweeter and less nutty in flavor than black chia seeds. They also tend to absorb liquid less readily, which may result in a slightly looser pudding consistency.
- Ground chia seeds: Ground chia seeds are made by grinding whole chia seeds into a fine powder. They can be used in place of whole chia seeds in recipes and tend to absorb liquid more readily, which may result in a thicker pudding consistency. However, they may have a slightly different texture and flavor than whole chia seeds.
Ultimately, the best type of chia seeds for pudding will depend on personal preference. Experiment with different types of chia seeds and see which one you like best.
It is also important to note that the type of chia seeds you choose should not significantly affect the nutritional content of the pudding.
Chia Seed Pudding Recipe
Let’s look at the chia seed pudding with milk recipe that only uses two ingredients!
Easy 2 Ingredient Chia Seed Pudding
- 1 Mug, Bowl or Mason Jar
- 4 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 Cup Plant-based Milk You can use coconut, soy, almond, or other plant-based or non-dairy milk. Coconut milk will give a creamier texture. Also, if you want sweeter, then you can use a plant-based milk with added sugar. If you are going for fewer calories or a healthier option, then go for unsweetened milk.
- 1 Tbsp Fruit You can add optional fruit
- Add the chia seeds to a mug, bowl, or mason jar.4 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- Pour the milk into the container over the chia seeds.
- Mix the chia seeds into the milk by stirring with a spoon. If you decided to use a mason jar or other container with a lid, you can put the lid on instead and shake the container to mix.
- Wait 10-15 minutes.
- Stir again with the spoon, or shake if you are using a jar with a lid.
- Cover with plastic wrap or a lid and place the container in the refrigerator.
- Allow mixture to sit for at least 2 hours before eating. If possible, leave overnight for the best results.
- (Optional) You can add fruit of your choice mixed in or on top when serving.
Do you have to soak chia seeds for pudding?
You do not have to soak chia seeds for pudding. The act of making chia pudding and adding the milk to the chia seeds will soak the chia seeds in the process. You do not have to soak the chia seeds first.
Is chia pudding actually good for you?
Chia pudding can be good for you. It contains chia seeds which are very healthy and nutritious. And if you use a plant-based milk, these are also healthy for you, especially those with no added sugars or chemicals. See more at Is Chia Pudding Good For You?
Do chia seeds make you poop?
Chia seeds do help you to poop. This is because they have a high amount of fiber, and fiber is great for helping you to poop and use the bathroom regularly.
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