Easy Chia Breakfast Pudding Recipe

Want a yummy and healthy breakfast treat? Check out this tasty grain-free Easy Chia Breakfast Pudding! It’s the perfect substitute for oats!

Easy Chia Breakfast Pudding

When I switched to the paleo diet, the one thing I missed the most was oatmeal.

I know, that sounds strange. But, oatmeal was one of my favorite, easy breakfasts. I probably ate oatmeal three times a week! So, giving up grains, including oats, was hard.

Then, I found chia seeds!

When I came across EatingBirdFood.com’s post, it was like my world suddenly became a little brighter! It wasn’t quite oatmeal – chia pudding actually has more of a tapioca texture – but, the lightly-sweet goodness was so delicious, I know longer missed my high-glycemic nutritional mistake of years gone by!

Check out this easy recipe below. You can tweak it to suit your tastes – I like to add berries – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc. However, I have also added a touch of cocoa powder, for a chocolately change of pace, at times. I’ve also just enjoyed it plain – only sweetened with real maple syrup.

NOTE: I always make mine “overnight style.” I make up 3 of them at a time and put them in the refrigerator to have over the next 3 mornings. So quick and easy to grab!

Easy Chia Breakfast Pudding Recipe


  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut, almond or cashew milk (or, if you’re eating a modified Paleo diet, like I am, and allow yourself small amounts of dairy, go with whole, organic, pasture-raised cow’s milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • 3 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • Spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder, etc.  (if desired)
  • Topping choice (if desired)
  • 12 oz jelly jar


  1. Place milk, vanilla, maple syrup or honey in jar first.
  2. Add chia seeds and spices. Adding the liquids first helps prevent the chia seeds from sticking to the bottom of the jar.
  3. Place lid on jar tightly and shake to combine.
  4. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then shake again.
  5. Place in refrigerator and let sit at least 1 to 2 hours or overnight.
  6. When ready to eat, top with topping if desired.

Topping Ideas:

Toppings are only limited by your imagination! My favorites are berries of any kind, and as I mentioned, cocoa powder. I also have pre-diced apples or pears and microwaved them, to soften, to have with cinnamon and nutmeg spiced pudding. Add some slivered almonds, for a nice crunch or walnuts. Mango, kiwi and dragonfruit give your pudding a more tropical feel.

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