Warm Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is a healthy and tasty breakfast dish, but it can be tricky to get the texture just right. In this blog post, we’ll share tips and tricks for making the perfect warm chia pudding every time. From choosing the right type of chia seeds to adding the right amount of liquid and sweetener, you’ll learn everything you need to know to make delicious chia pudding at home.

A bowl of warm chia pudding has seared bananas and fresh berries on top. There is another bowl of the pudding and a bowl of fresh raspberries in the background.

Are you tired of the same old breakfast routine? Looking for a healthy and delicious option to switch things up? Look no further than warm chia seed pudding! This nutrient-packed dish is not only easy to make but it can also be customized to your liking with a variety of toppings and flavors.

However, getting the texture just right can be a challenge. This recipe shares top tips for creating the perfect chia pudding every time.

This chia pudding recipe is an excellent option for meal prep because it can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for a quick and convenient breakfast or snack.

It’s also perfect for people with dietary restrictions, as it’s vegan, gluten-free, and can be made with a variety of different types of milk, including plant-based evaporated milk.

Key Ingredients

Wondering how to make chia pudding? It begins with these ingredients:

  • Chia seeds — I recommend grinding chia seeds for pudding with the best texture.
  • Plant-based milk — Use your favorite, such as soy milk, almond milk, creamy cashew milk, easy pecan milk, or even coconut milk. Nut milk and coconut milk produce the creamiest pudding.
  • Vanilla — If you’re using vanilla-flavored milk, you can skip this ingredient. Otherwise, add a bit of vanilla extract.
  • Sweetener — If your milk is sweetened (such as many soy milk varieties), you may not need additional sweetener. If you’d like your pudding sweeter, add a bit of maple syrup or agave. Choose a zero-calorie sweetener for keto chia pudding.
  • Salt — A pinch of sea salt enhances the pudding flavor.

How to Make Warm Chia Pudding

  1. Stir together milk, sweetener, protein powder, peanut butter, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Pour in the chia seeds and stir.
  3. Let it sit for one minute, then stir again.
  4. Cook in a microwave for 30-second increments until heated through.
  5. Serve as is or add toppings. See below for topping ideas.

Why is Chia Pudding a Great Breakfast?

Chia pudding is a great way to kick-start your day with an energy boost. It’s easy to make and can provide a nutritious breakfast that’ll give you the fuel you need to power through your morning.

Not only is it packed with protein to keep your energy levels steady, but it’s also high in healthy fats and fiber to keep you feeling full and energized until lunchtime.

Plus, with the right ingredients, it can be just as delicious as your favorite sugary cereal. So next time you’re looking for a nutritious breakfast option, consider making chia pudding — it’ll leave you feeling energized and ready to take on the day.

Choose the Right Chia Seeds

When it comes to chia seeds, you have choices. You can use regular chia seeds or white, but the regular seeds are more accessible and affordable.

The real key is to make sure you grind your chia seeds first. Here’s why:

  • Chia seeds are like flax seeds; their nutrients are more bioavailable when they’re ground
  • I find the chia seeds pudding sets more quickly when the chia seeds are ground
  • Chia seeds are pretty small, and they can quickly get stuck in between your teeth. That means no more annoying seeds between your teeth when you grind them!

Learn more about how to grind chia seeds and the benefits of doing so.

A spoonful of hot chia pudding has a bit of berries and bananas in it. It hovers over the rest of the bowl with fresh berries in the background.

Try Different Toppings

You can serve chia pudding warm as it is. But getting creative with different toppings takes it to another level!

The beauty of chia pudding is its versatility – it pairs well with a wide range of fruits, nuts, seeds, and spices, making it a delightfully customizable breakfast or snack option.

  • Berries — adding fresh fruit, such as berries, sliced bananas, or diced mango. The natural sweetness of the fruit pairs well with the creamy texture of the pudding, creating a refreshing and satisfying flavor combination.
  • Granola — Want to add some texture? Try protein granola, chopped nuts, or seeds like pumpkin seeds. This will add some texture and variety to your pudding, making it an even more satisfying breakfast or snack.
  • Syrup — For a more indulgent option, you could drizzle some vegan honey, maple syrup, date caramel sauce, or vegan chocolate syrup over the top of your chia pudding. This will add some sweetness and richness to the dish, making it feel like a decadent treat.
  • Spices — Keep it simple with different spices and flavorings. A sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice is great any time of year. You can also try ground cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and cardamom are all great options that can elevate the flavor of your chia pudding and make it feel even more special.
A closeup of hot chia pudding in a bowl, topped with caramelized bananas and fresh berries.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • EASY — This delicious breakfast pudding is made with only a few ingredients and can be ready in minutes!
  • HEALTHY — You’ll love starting your day with plant-based protein, fiber, and omega-3s!
  • PLANT-BASED — Chia seeds are completely plant-based and create the perfect yummy breakfast.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Can you heat up overnight chia pudding?

Yes, you can heat up chia pudding and even serve it as a warm dish. It’s delicious served warm, like a warm bowl of oatmeal. Add your favorite toppings, such as granola and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, for the perfect warm breakfast treat!

Can you heat up chia seeds?

Yes, it’s perfectly fine to heat up chia seeds. For example, they can be used as an egg replacer in baked goods. And you can serve chia pudding like oatmeal, heated in a bowl.

Storage Tips

To store hot chia pudding, let it come to room temperature, then transfer it to a lidded container. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days. It can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.

Chia Seed Recipes

If you love this warm chia pudding, you’ll want to try this tasty chocolate overnight oats recipe. It’s creamy and delicious first thing in the morning! Here are even more chia seed recipes to try:

In conclusion, warm chia pudding is a perfect breakfast option that can be both delicious and healthy.

With this tasty recipe, you’ll be able to create the perfect chia pudding every time. I love experimenting with different toppings and flavors to keep things exciting!

A closeup of hot chia pudding with seared bananas and fresh berries on top.

Hot Chia Pudding

When it comes to delightful breakfasts, it's hard to beat a bowl of hot chia pudding. This filling, nutritious, and downright delicious dish is packed with antioxidants, fiber, and healthy plant-based fats, making it the perfect way to start the day
5 from 1 vote
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 391kcal


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup ground chia seeds
  • sweetener (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder (substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • pinch sea salt


  • Add the ground chia seeds to a microwave-safe bowl. See notes for stovetop directions.
    A hand pours chia seeds into a bowl.
  • Add the milk, sweetener, and vanilla protein powder, peanut butter, and pinch of salt.
    A hand holds a measuring spoon with vanilla, pouring it into a bowl with chia seeds.
  • Stir everything together, making sure the chia seeds are evenly distributed. Let it sit for one minute, then stir again. This helps prevents lumps of chia seeds from forming together.
  • Next, transfer the bowl to a microwave and cook in 30-second increments until heated through. This usually takes around 1 minute, depending on the strength of your microwave. Let it sit in the microwave until cool enough to handle.
  • Serve as is or add toppings, such as granola, whipped cream, chocolate chips, fresh fruit, and more.

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Stovetop Chia Pudding

Place the chia seeds and milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook until it just begins to simmer. Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine. Serve warm with your favorite toppings.


Add fresh fruit, some peanut butter granola, or even drizzles of date caramel sauce for the perfect chia pudding breakfast!
Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 436mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 648mg | Iron: 4mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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