Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding {Dairy Free}

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Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding - learn how to make a basic chia seed pudding using just 5 ingredients. This Chia Seed Pudding is dairy free, refined sugar free, slightly sweet, with a pop of flavor you'll get addicted to! Bring on the dessert! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #paleo Easy Healthy Recipes

Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding – learn how to make a basic chia seed pudding using just 5 ingredients. This Chia Seed Pudding is dairy free, refined sugar free, slightly sweet, with a pop of flavor you’ll get addicted to! Bring on the dessert!

Do you listen to pandora during they day? I tend to listen to it while I’m working out or working on blog stuff.

When I’m in the car I usually listen to KSBJ which is our local Christian radio station because I have another little human passenger in the car with me. Just like with movies I want to protect his little mind for as long as I can so I choose to listen to Christian radio because it’s clean. I will say though, my heart melts when he starts belting out the words to the worship songs and raising his hands in the back seat. #proudmomma

Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding - learn how to make a basic chia seed pudding using just 5 ingredients. This Chia Seed Pudding is dairy free, refined sugar free, slightly sweet, with a pop of flavor you'll get addicted to! Bring on the dessert! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #paleo

But when that little guy is not with me, I like to feel “normal” again, go back to my college days and start rapping. hehe.. Well not exactly, but sometimes I do.

My “station” of choice on Pandora is Pitch Perfect! It has Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaji, Meghan Trainor, John Mayer, basically everything …  I’m kinda obsessed actually. I’ve been known to start busting out dancing in the kitchen while I’m photographing because of this station, I may even grab our 75 lb. lab and force her to dance with me. What? A girl can’t dance alone!

I’m pretty sure that if I could act at all, my dream role would be anything in Pitch Perfect! Especially Pitch Perfect 2 because the Green Bay Packers defensive line made a debut … swoon … I heart Clay Matthews. 🙂 My second option would be to star in the movie SALT because I want to be the bad [email protected]* chick in one of those shoot em’ up gun movies.

Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding - learn how to make a basic chia seed pudding using just 5 ingredients. This Chia Seed Pudding is dairy free, refined sugar free, slightly sweet, with a pop of flavor you'll get addicted to! Bring on the dessert! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #paleo

What would your dream role be?

Speaking of dreams … let’s talk dessert dreams shall we?

I’m kinda obsessed with all things dessert. Unfortunately for me I got my dads love of dessert. With as much as I WANT to eat those sweet dreamy treats I need to pace myself. I can eat the incredible rich chocolate cake without flinching but I’m learning to love the slightly sweet desserts. You know the ones where you don’t feel like you’re going to go into a sugar coma after the first bite.

This Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding is just that kind of dessert. 

Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding - learn how to make a basic chia seed pudding using just 5 ingredients. This Chia Seed Pudding is dairy free, refined sugar free, slightly sweet, with a pop of flavor you'll get addicted to! Bring on the dessert! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #paleo

Have you ever cooked or baked with chia seeds before? They are kinda magical. Not only are they loaded with nutrients like Omega-3’s, Iron, Calcium, and Potassium but there are 5 grams of fiber in just ONE tablespoon. Can you say healthy digestive track?

The “magical” part of chia seeds is how they transform into something gelatinous when added to liquid. The fiber in the chia seeds starts to expand when it sits in liquid, hence chia seed pudding.

Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding - learn how to make a basic chia seed pudding using just 5 ingredients. This Chia Seed Pudding is dairy free, refined sugar free, slightly sweet, with a pop of flavor you'll get addicted to! Bring on the dessert! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #paleo

This Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding is dairy free AND refined sugar free. It is outrageously creamy, slightly sweet with a hint of vanilla flavor and perfectly pudding like.

I will tell you, I like the pudding better once the chia seeds have sat overnight because it makes them softer.

I love to add fresh fruit or raw nuts to mine to add a little texture and surprising pop of flavor, but it’s just as good plain.

The best part about this recipe is it can be used a base to build on. Want something chocolate? Just add some cocoa powder. You could even add raspberry jam, peanut butter, mushed bananas, basically anything you want to change up the flavor profile!

I hope you enjoy sweet friends. Bon Appetite!

Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding - learn how to make a basic chia seed pudding using just 5 ingredients. This Chia Seed Pudding is dairy free, refined sugar free, slightly sweet, with a pop of flavor you'll get addicted to! Bring on the dessert! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #paleo

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Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 hours
  • Total Time: 12 hours 2 mins
  • Yield: 2-3 servings
  • Category: Dessert, Breakfast, Snack, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk, just the cream at the top of can
  • 1/4 cup coconut water or regular water
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a small bowl, using a whisk mix until combined.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap, place in the refrigerator and let sit overnight. (you could eat in 2 hours but I think it tastes better if you let it sit overnight and let the chia seeds soften)
  3. Serve with fresh fruit, nuts, or honey.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 110
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 10 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 2 g

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43 Responses
  1. YUM – I’ve only tried using Almond Milk to make chia pudding. I like how this looks thick and creamy (mine ends up much thinner). Will have to try using coconut milk and water next time… thanks!

    1. Lisa

      made this today and 12 hours later completely liquidy. I was looking forward to my healthy dessert tonite- hopefully tomorrow it will be pudding consistency

  2. Daphne

    Hi! I made this pudding last night and unfortunately when I took it out of the fridge in the morning, it remained in the liquid state. No pudding 🙁 That being said, the flavor was GREAT! Do you have any idea as to why this may have occurred? I’m definitely going to make it again…hopefully it will turn out with the thick consistency of a pudding! 🙂

    1. Hey Daphne, did you use full fat coconut milk from the can? If not, it will come out liquidity. One thing you could do is, stir it after an hour of sitting, just to move the chia seeds around and then put it back in the refrigerator overnight. Glad it still tasted good even though it was liquidity.

    2. I had the same problem as Daphne. I used canned coconut milk, but it was light instead of full fat. I suppose that’s the problem?
      I’ll keep trying, I really want to make this recipie properly! Thanks for sharing it Krista!

      1. Yup… get rid of that light stuff. Use the full fat and you should be good. If all else fails, add more chia seeds and let it sit a bit more and you should be good to go!

  3. MB

    Well, now that I realize I’ve ruined my first batch by adding the liquid too, and not just the creamy stuff at the top of the can, let me get clarification on one more thing before I try it again. This does go in the refrigerator overnight, right? The recipe does not specify whether to leave it out or refrigerate it, but I assume it needs to stay chilled. Thanks for any clarification!

  4. Tanya Subialdea

    Made this today, and it’s PERFECT! Slightly sweet, and also thick and creamy … I’ve just tried it straight up, with no fruit or toppings of any kind, and it’s delish! What a great treat!

    (P.S. I think anyone who’s not getting the thick and creamy consistency is probably using the coconut milk in the carton, like the almond milk equivalent, and not the can of coconut milk in the international food aisle).

  5. Corliss B

    I made this last night and this morning it wasn’t quite a pudding mixture. After reading the comments, I know my issue was that I didn’t use canned coconut milk. The coconut milk that I used was So Delicious culinary coconut milk. It was in a small carton. Do you think you think this was the reason why it wasn’t a pudding mixture this morning? I will be making this again.

    1. Yeah the so delicious brand is a little more watered down so it doesn’t work as well as the canned coconut milk. I hope it turns out next time Corliss!

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