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My Favorite Basic Chia Pudding Recipe Plus 5 Variations

Chia pudding recipe
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Ingredients

Base

Sweetened Base

Chocolate

Strawberry

Banana

Instructions

Base

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl if you are going to eat it soon or an airtight container, such as a 17-ounce freezer container *, if you are going to refrigerate overnight. Let it thicken anywhere from 15 minutes to overnight in the fridge (see notes).
  2. Stir it and check to make sure it is nice and thick and not liquidy. If it is too thick, add a little extra milk. If too thin, add 1-3 tsp and let it set for another 15 minutes to thicken.
  3. If desired, add your favorite toppings or mix-ins (see below).

Sweetened Base

  1. Add the ingredients to the regular base.

Chocolate

  1. Add the additional ingredients listed above to the sweetened base either before or after refrigerating it.

Strawberry

  1. Smash the strawberries with a fork or food processor.
  2. After the sweetened base is done refrigerating layer the strawberries, then the base and top with sliced strawberries.

Banana

  1. Add one ripe banana and the cinnamon to the blender if you are making a cashew base or use a food processor or smash the banana separately if you are not.
  2. Top with additional fresh bananas, chocolate chips * or pecans if desired.

Notes

Types of milk

How long should I soak my chia seeds?

Amazingly, the seeds set quite well in only 15 minutes with cashew milk. However, I really prefer to soak them overnight because it is faster in the morning, but more importantly, it tastes better. I don’t really like this warm, plus the seeds absorb a bit more over time and have time to soak in the flavor. You could help the temperature of the pudding by doing part of the cashew milk water as ice cubes though and eat it in 15 minutes if you want.

Sweeteners

Here are some common sugar substitutes and the amount approximately equal to 1 Tbsp sugar. Pick the one that works the best with your diet and taste preferences. You may always use a little more or a little less than the listed amount to suit your taste preferences. (I personally almost always use maple syrup * because it is easy to use, I tolerate it well and I love the flavor. )