This Cinnamon Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding recipe was inspired by a favorite diner dessert: cinnamon rice pudding! It has a texture similar to tapioca pudding, and just 2g net carbs per serving, making it a delicious keto dessert.
Have you tried chia seeds yet? I first had them sprinkled on a salad a couple years ago. They are delicious with a subtle nutty flavor, and they’re really versatile.
Chia seeds work well in smoothies, oatmeal, and some baked goods recipes. For the past year or so, I’ve been seeing chia seed pudding all over the place and I decided it was finally time to try it for myself.
I’m glad I finally gave chia seed pudding a try! If you’re not familiar with chia seed pudding, it’s delicious and incredibly easy to make (even easier than chocolate avocado pudding!).
Try not to be put off by the texture. To give you an idea, it’s pretty similar to tapioca pudding, which I really enjoy.
How do You Make Chia Seed Pudding?
When chia seeds are mixed with liquid they form a pudding-like gel, so your two basic ingredients are chia seeds and liquid (usually milk; you can use any kind of milk you like).
For every 1 cup of milk, I add 3 tablespoons of chia seeds. This makes two servings and can easily be adjusted up to any number of servings you like (or down, if you just want to make 1 serving).
I know, 1/2 cup of pudding might not seem like a very big serving, but it is incredibly filling!
Chia Seed Pudding Flavor Ideas
Once you have the basic chia seed/liquid formula, you can add anything you like, such as sweetener, flavoring, and other mix-ins. I like to use stevia as my sweetener for this to keep it sugar free, low carb, and keto, but I also love it with maple syrup.
As far as flavorings go, the sky really is the limit. Here are a few ideas: vanilla extract (or have fun playing with any extract you like), cocoa powder, peanut butter, cake batter (maybe add a dash of butter extract, vanilla extract, and sprinkles on top), or cinnamon.
For mix-ins, try things like fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, shredded coconut, or even a sprinkling of chocolate chips.
What Does This Cinnamon Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding Taste Like?
I like to take treats like this and come up with flavors based on classic desserts. This chia seed pudding is based on the flavors in a classic diner-style rice pudding: cinnamon and vanilla. It would also be great with a small handful of raisins mixed in, topped with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts. Really, you won’t know you’re eating something healthy.
Ingredients in This Cinnamon Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding:
- Plain unsweetened almond milk
- Chia seeds
- Stevia/erythrtiol blend
- Pure vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon
Can You Use Regular Milk for Chia Seed Pudding?
Yes, you can use any kind of milk you like to make chia seed pudding.
Can You Make Chia Pudding with Water?
You can also make chia pudding with water, but the texture will be less creamy and it won’t have as rich a flavor.
How Do You Make Vegan Chia Seed Pudding?
Chia seeds are vegan, so chia seed pudding is an easy recipe to keep vegan. Make sure to choose a vegan source of sweetener and milk to keep your pudding vegan!
A few vegan sweetener options are maple syrup, stevia, or agave nectar.
As far as vegan milk goes, I prefer this recipe with almond milk, but you could use any seed or nut-based milk that you like the flavor of.
Is Chia Seed Pudding Good For You?
Chia seed pudding itself is inherently pretty healthy, but of course this depends on what you add to it! My recipe for Cinnamon Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding has the following nutrition information per serving:
- 8g total carbohydrates
- 6g fiber
- 2g net carbs
- 3g protein
Are Chia Seeds Healthy?
Chia seeds have a lot of health benefits. They were used in Mayan and Aztec cultures to boost energy!
Chia seeds are considered a superfood; a few of the health benefits of chia seeds include:
- Great source of antioxidants, which fight free radicals
- Good source of protein
- Low in carbs and high in fiber
- Rich in omega-3 fatty acids
Read more about the health benefits of chia seeds on HealthLine and Medical News Today.
Do Chia Seeds Help You Lose Weight?
Chia seeds are a good source of fiber, which can help you feel full longer and lead to reduced cravings. Additionally, chia seeds have a decent amount of protein, which can also lead to satiety and reduced food intake. As always, weight loss is about burning more calories than you take in. Be sure to check with your health care professional if you want to use chia seeds as a tool for weight loss!
Is Chia Pudding Keto?
With just 2g net carbs per serving, my chia pudding is low carb and keto! It’s the perfect way to satisfy a sweet tooth when you want to stay in ketosis. And bonus, it’s healthy enough for breakfast.
If you play around with the sweeteners and/or liquid, make sure you use low carb options to keep this pudding keto.
More Low Carb Recipes Using Chia Seeds:
- Strawberry Chia Seed Iced Green Tea
- Low Carb Homemade Granola Recipe (Cinnamon Toast Crunch Copycat)
- Lemon Chia Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling
- My Favorite Noatmeal (Aka Low Carb Oatmeal)
- Low Carb Cheesecake Brownies
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Cinnamon Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
- 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk or any kind of milk you like
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 g packet stevia/erythritol blend
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 small pinch salt
- Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Refrigerate until it reaches your desired thickness, stirring occasionally. (I usually chill mine about 2 hours, or overnight.)
- Eat or store covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Net Carbs: 2g per serving
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OMG! This is delicious! It’s now my favorite dessert recipe! Thanks for posting!
On a Keto diet…this sounds DELICIOUS! Can’t wait to try, thanks for posting!
I made this and let it sit covered in the fridge. After 12 hours I was eager to enjoy a creamy thick pudding like your picture. Instead I was disappointed to find a milky soupy “beverage”. I followed the recipe as instructed…stirring it occasionally for the 1st hour (then I went to bed to allow it to thicken overnight). The only change I made was adding 4 drops of liquid stevia instead of powdered stevia. You get a pudding after only chilling for 2 hours? I can’t figure out what I did wrong.
I made some today, and guess what I’m in love!! So good, thanks for sharing.
Norma, I’m so glad you enjoyed it, thanks so much for letting me know! :)
Love this thank you
I’ve made the Chia Pudding and have enjoyed eating it…reminds me of eating tapioca. Have added a little oatmeal and ate it for breakfast.
This was delish! I added some fresh blueberries :)
just came across this!! can’t wait to try chia seeds!!
I just made this as the recipe states and used vanilla coconut milk as the liquid. I put it in the fridge for 2 hours, and it thickened just fine but was a little clumpy. So, I whisked it with a fork a little and it was perfect. Oh my goodness, this is SO GOOD. I was afraid I’d hate the texture, but it doesn’t bother me at all! Thanks! :D
A yummie breakfast before you go on a run or yogaclass!
running sealey says
Made this last night…so good. Thanks!
I put the chia seeds and flax milk in a cup and went back to work. Several hours later, when I took a break, I went to the kitchen and it had thickened just fine. I added some vanilla, a packet of stevia, and sprinkled some cinnamon on it. Stirred it all up, tasted it, and wow! I love it! This would be a great breakfast or dessert for me. Comes at a great time since I’m trying to kick a sugar addiction! Thank you for sharing.
Sarah @ SimplyScrumptiousBySarah says
This is an amazing idea!! Instead of eating unhealthy carbs you get healthy fats! Love it!
Mine has been in the fridge for over 12 hour and still hasnt thickened =( though it smells and tastes DELICIOUS!
Made this twice this week- first attempt with cow’s milk (although delicious) did not congeal even after letting it sit overnight and adding an extra tablespoon of chia. Did some research and read one blog that suggested chia seeds absorb liquid differentially. This made me think that maybe the chia I have just doesn’t absorb that much liquid and that I’ll simply need to use much more- so I doubled up the next time. On my second attempt, however, I used freshly homemade (room temperature) almond milk and allowed all ingredients to set for about 45 min at room temperature. It began congealing immediately and I ended up adding much more almond milk, which the chia took on without an issue. So in ase anyones having issues with liquid absorption, it may be a matter of liquid type (cows milk vs a nut milk) or temperature (cold vs room temp). I think it says a lot though that the flavors made it worth a second shot- really – lovely recipe, reminds me of a much healthier version of arroz con leche.
Eating this while typing! It’s MARVELOUS! Will definitely be eating this a lot! Thank you!
Before I saw this recipe I used one that was published in my newspaper, very similar to this, but only used 1 1/2 Tablespoons of chia seed for 2 cups of milk. Definitely not enough! So the next time I tried 2 Tbsp. per cup. Very good, but still a little bit thin. Glad to see that it wasn’t just me, but the proportions really were wrong!
I loved this “pudding”! Very yummy and satisfying!
I made this today and it was so satisfying! I ended up scaling the recipe back a little because I only had 2 Tablespoons of seeds. After 3 hours it hadn’t sent up enough, but I REALLY wanted to eat it, so I mixed in one scoop of vanilla whey protein and a little bit of melted coconut oil. Hard to believe that something could taste so SINFUL and be so healthy! Thanks for the recipe!
Tried this but it did not thicken to pudding consistency; it’s a liquid with a bunch of tapiocal-like seeds throughout. (still delicious though). What could be the reason for this? Is it possible I measured out too few chia seeds?
Diane, Yes, that is the most likely cause, or it might be that the pudding needed to set longer. Hope this helps!
I like your new feature that shows thumbnails of the bottom of each posts, suggesting other posts we might like. That’s what caused me to stumble across this again and wonder why in the world I still hadn’t made it. So I got off my butt and stirred it together to sit overnight so I can enjoy it tomorrow. I tasted it already and love the flavor so I know it’s gonna be good once thickened. Thanks for your fabulous recipes!
This is so lovely! I tried it without cinnamon and it’s like eating a subtle vanilla custard, but with texture of course.
It’s such a funny phenomena how most of our male partners just aren’t in to chia seeds, especially in this format. My boyfriend was so grossed out by the idea, which is odd because he loves tapioca pearls and all that. Meh, more for me then!
My kiddos and i love chia seeds. This sounds delicious.. Cant wait to make it. Thanks.
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I have some at home and I try to sprinkle them on food. Tried a pudding before and did not like it. But maybe this way, I should give it a shot.
I have yet to give Chia a try. Every time I think of it I remember the Chia Pets:) Your pudding looks delicious and if it is similar to tapioca then I know I’ll love it. Love the color tone in your photos. Thanks for sharing!
Found this via Pinterest – mine is thickening in the fridge right now! The chocolate peanut butter pudding sounds amazing too – how much of each ingredient did you add for that?
Kelly, I’m so glad you’re trying the pudding, I hope you enjoy it! For the chocolate peanut butter cup, I didn’t really measure anything so I don’t have exact measurements, but I used about 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter and 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (omit the cinnamon from the recipe above, but keep everything else the same). You can adjust the amount of peanut butter, cocoa powder, and sweetener to suit your preferences though. If you try it, let me know how you like it! :)
i haven’t tried chia seeds yet, but dang! that bowl of pudding looks amazing, almost like the coat of an exotic animal if you look at it right. cool post, faith. :)
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
I love chia seed pudding and yours is absolutely gorgeous. Stunning photography, Faith!
Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies says
I just bought some chia seeds and started making smoothies with them. WIll have to give your pudding a try!
Kim F says
I just made this. I couldn’t wait for it to thicken so I blended half the recipe in the blender along with a frozen banana. Yum. I love the warmth the cinnamon adds.
Kim, I’m so glad you liked it! Sounds delicious with frozen banana…mmm… :)
Jenn and Seth says
i have yet to try chia seeds, you are definitely inspiring me to get some! that pudding looks delicious!
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Chia seeds are a little less common over here in old Blighty, and pretty expensive BUT this simple recipe has convinced me to splash the cash. They sound similar in their rehydrated texture to soaked flaxseeds, but I imagine they are much tastier. You certainly don’t see people raving about flaxseed puddings! I am looking forward to trying some of your flavour combos – this cinnamon vanilla one and the peanut butter cup sound scrummy :D
This post makes me want to bust out my much neglected bag of chia seeds!!!
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I’ve been meaning to get more acquainted with chia seeds. I love the nutritional aspect and this looks like a good way to start.
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A delicious pudding! Love chia seeds.
wow this is so easy n looks yum …gud one
Alyssa (Everyday Maven) says
This sounds delicious Faith. I make a Chia seed pudding but not with these flavors. I am going to make this next!
Heidi @ Food Doodles says
Yummy! I can’t get enough of chia seed pudding :) I especially love it with fruit!
Chia seed pudding is so fun isn’t it! I made some last summer with coconut milk for my son and he loved it. It does remind me of tapioca pudding. Love all your flavor suggestions.
This resembles so much like an Indian sweet pudding I know but not sure if they are the same thing. Looks really easy to make too! Great suggestion for diversifying the diet.
Chia seeds are so wonderful, they’ve become an irreplaceable part of my daily diet and kitchen pantry! Chia pudding is definitely the tastiest way to eat them straight, but once ground, they’re also an excellent binder in baked goods. I must say, I’m impressed that you managed to make such an inherently ugly dish look so delicious in this photo!
awesome recipe looks delectable too :)
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I actually have a pack of chia seeds in my cabinet that I’ve barely broken into. This is just the snack idea I need to get me out of my chia rut!
I still haven’t tried chias! I’ve heard such good things. The pudding sounds yummy. Love that its easily adjustable.
I have a bag of chia seed sitting around for quite a while, I really need to make this, looks great and simple to make! ;)
A delicious looking pudding! I really have to find those seeds…
I have been buying chia seeds for years at my local heath food store but I thought I would pass along my joy to find them recently at my local Trader Joes. The price is good, $4.99 for a 5.3 oz bag.
FYI, my little ones love this pudding with agave.
Thanks for the info!