Chia Seed Pudding | Rachel Begun, MS, RD

There is chia seed pudding and then there’s chia seed PUDDING.

Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t a chia seed pudding recipe I haven’t liked, but many have a gelatinous texture that isn’t exactly pudding-like.

After many trials and tribulations, I’ve come up with the following recipe that has a sweet taste (from dates only and no added sweeteners) and rich, creamy texture (without dairy), like a true pudding should.  It’s so good, I actually prefer eating it plain…and as a dessert.  Better yet, the cashew milk it is made with is just downright delicious all on its own!

Chia Seed Pudding


1/2 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

2 cups water

1/2 cup raw cashews (soaked for 2 hours)

6 Medjool dates, pitted

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Put the chia seeds and shredded coconut into a mixing bowl and stir until evenly distributed.  Set aside.  Blend the water, cashews, dates and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.

Pour the cashew milk blend into the bowl with the chia seeds and coconut and stir until the seeds are evenly distributed and there are no clumps.  The mixture should resemble a thickened liquid as shown below.

Chia Pudding

Let sit for 5 minutes and stir again.  You’ll notice the seeds are starting to gel.  Let sit and stir for two more rounds and then put into the refrigerator for a few hours to set.

Chia Pudding

For a more complete meal, I recommend the following serving suggestions:

– with banana chunks and cinnamon

– with slivered almonds and cranberries

– with mango chunks and shredded coconut

How do you like your chia pudding?

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6 Responses to Chia Seed Pudding

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  2. Laura says:

    LOVED this recipe. I am an RD myself, and I wanted to try something with chia seeds, since I just discovered them. Delicious! I am curious though: would you happen to have a guess on the nutritional content of your recipe?

    • Rachel Begun says:

      So glad you like the recipe. As I mention in the post, this is more creamy and less gelatinous than most of the recipes I’ve seen. I’m on vacation at the moment, but will do nutrition analysis on the recipe and get back to you. My guess is that it is not low calorie, but definitely a healthy indulgence!

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