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Soaked chia seeds

Soaked Chia Seeds in Water (or Almond Milk)

You will learn how to soak chia seeds in water, almond milk or another plant-based milk
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Prep Time 5 mins
Soaking Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Course Topping
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 360 kcal


  • 6 tbsp Chia Seeds You can use more or less depending on how much soaked chia seeds you are wanting to make
  • Water or Plant-Based Milk You can use any plant-based milk you like.


  • The size of the bowl or mug will determine how many chia seeds you use here. Generally, I will fill a large coffee mug up about 1/4 of the way with raw chia seeds. I use a large coffee mug in which I use about 6-8 tablespoons for this. If you use a smaller mug, then use less tablespoons until it is 1/4 of the way full.
    6 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • Next, add either water or plant-based milk such as almond milk or coconut milk to the cup or bowl. Fill it till it is close to the top. Some of the chia seeds should float, and some should be under the liquid at this point. The ratio is generally about 6:1 water to chia seeds. But this can be more or less depending on your preference.
  • Stir the chia seeds and water together with a spoon so that they mix together.
  • Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes.
  • After the 15 minutes, stir the mixture a second time. At this point, the chia seeds will have started to form a gel, but they will still be slightly clumpy. You can eat the chia seeds if needed, but it's best to allow them to sit at least a couple of hours, and preferably overnight. This allows the mixture to continue to gel and will create a more consistent mixture that is not clumpy.
  • Cover the soaked chia seeds by placing plastic wrap over the top of the mug or bowl. Set in the fridge overnight to complete the gelling process.
  • The chia seeds should be soaked and ready to eat and will have made a consistent gel. You can add them to oatmeal or cereal, or add fruit and them as is.
    My soaked chia seeds in a cup



You can use it in as little as 15 minutes but it will still be clumpy.  After a couple of hours, it will be less clumpy, but will still have some clumps.  The best is to let it sit overnight in the fridge for the smoothest consistency.
I use water, but if you prefer a little more flavor, you can use plant-based milk.  Since I add it to other stuff like oatmeal, the flavor is less of a concern, since it will absorb the flavor of what it is in. 
Keyword chia seeds, gluten-free, plant-based, vegan, vegetarian