If I don’t have breakfast, I’m useless for the majority of the day.
But, I also don’t have much time in the morning. As a result, I’ve become a pro at making quick, easy breakfasts, like three-ingredient scrambled eggs, overnight oats, and most recently, chia pudding.
That last one might sound like it’s meant to be a snack or dessert, but chia pudding is actually perfect for a fast, healthy breakfast. Just like overnight oats, chia pudding is simple to make, requires no cooking, and can be customized with an endless variety of toppings. And, from a health standpoint, chia seeds are phenomenal. One ounce of chia seeds contains 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber, and a ton of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to help prevent heart disease.
Raw, the powerful, tiny seeds are hard and crunchy but after they sit in liquid for a few hours, they absorb up to 12 times their weight in moisture and plump up a texture that resembles pudding. But to really get the best consistency, you need the correct ratio of chia seeds to liquid. Too many and you’ll end up with solid chunk of chia seeds; too few: chia soup. Once you combine the chia seeds with liquid, you’ll need to let the mixture rest in the refrigerator for at least four hours before enjoying. To serve, top with your favorite fruits, nuts, or seasonings or layer them parfait-style for an Instagram-perfect breakfast.
To make the best, basic chia pudding, follow the recipe below.
Chia Seed Pudding
Here's how to make a basic chia seed pudding!
- 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 Tbsp. raw honey
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract optional
Combine almond milk, honey, chia seeds, and extract in a medium bowl; mix well.
Cover bowl; refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight, mixing after 2 hours.
Divide evenly into 2 servings.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.