This 3 ingredient oat milk chia pudding is healthy, high in protein, and dairy-free. Top with your favorite fruit and berries for a filling breakfast or snack!
Quick & easy oat milk chia seed pudding
Chia seed pudding is the perfect quick and easy healthy breakfast or snack anytime you need a little energy. It’s high in protein, full of fiber, and works great for meal prepping since you can make a large batch on a Sunday and enjoy it all week long.
I have been eating this oat milk chia pudding every day for breakfast. It’s absolutely delicious. My favorite part about this recipe is the oat milk. Oat milk makes the chia pudding naturally sweet, so you don’t need to add extra sugar. It also adds a lot of flavor, which other types of milk don’t.
This recipe is a staple in my kitchen since it is great for busy people and athletes. I love adding blueberries, banana slices, and sometimes granola on top. The options are endless, and you can even use frozen fruit if you want.
Anyways, I cannot wait to hear what you think about this dairy-free chia pudding. Let’s not forget this recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, and vegan too! It is my absolute favorite all year long!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Oat milk chia pudding takes less than 5 minutes to make.
- It is healthy, dairy-free, and vegan.
- Chia pudding is paleo and low carb too.
- There are 11 grams of protein per serving.
- Chia pudding is gluten-free and full of fiber.
- The perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert.
- Chia pudding is filling and nutritious.
- Try these overnight protein oats next!
Ingredients & substitutions
You only need three ingredients for this oat milk chia pudding recipe. Trust me when I say this recipe is the BEST chia pudding you’ll ever eat. Here is a list of everything you need with substitution suggestions so you are prepared:
- Chia Seeds: I used black chia seeds, which are nutritious and full of protein. You can also use white chia seeds.
- Oat Milk: I love the taste of oat milk! It is sweet and slightly nutty. But you can substitute the oat milk for any plant-based milk or regular milk.
- Vanilla Extract: For flavor. A dash of vanilla goes a long way taste-wise.
- Optional Flavors & Toppings: ground cinnamon, maple syrup, honey, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, banana slices, peach sliced, granola, nuts, or other fruits.
Kitchen tools required
This chia pudding recipe doesn’t require any fancy or special kitchen utensils. Here is a list:
- Mason Jars or Sealable Containers
- Whisk or Fork
- Measuring Tools: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/4 cup, and 1 cup.
How to make oat milk chia pudding
Oat milk chia pudding is so easy to make in two simple steps, but let’s walk through the process together. Here are step-by-step directions with pictures for visual reference:
First, mix all the ingredients together, except the toppings, in a sealable mason jar or small container. Then, let it sit for 3 minutes before mixing again until there is no clumping.
Then, place the lid on the jar or container to seal. Set in the refrigerator to soak overnight or for at least 2 hours and up to 5 days.
Enjoy cold and top with the fruit and toppings of your choosing.
The taste and texture
This oat milk chia pudding is sweet, with vanilla notes, and slightly nutty. The main flavors come from the oat milk, vanilla, and the toppings you choose to use.
Chia pudding is very creamy with a little seedy texture. It has a similar consistency to a brown rice pudding and is softer than overnight oats.
Chia pudding toppings & variations
You can have fun with this oat milk chia pudding recipe by adding different mix-ins and toppings. Here are some of my favorite variations:
- Berries: add fresh or frozen strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries.
- Banana Bread: add mashed or slices of banana to your chia pudding. It tastes like banana bread!
- Peach Cobbler: add freshly sliced peaches and granola on top.
- Apple Pie: Add freshly chopped apple and a dash of cinnamon.
- Peanut Butter: Drizzle the top with peanut butter for the best flavor.
- Almond Butter: You can add almond butter if that is your thing.
- Nuts: You can add chopped walnuts, almonds, pecans, or cashews for texture and flavor.
- Granola: Add any time of granola you want!
- Chocolate Chip: Add 2 Tablespoons of your favorite chocolate chips; I love dark chocolate!
- Pineapple: Add fresh or frozen pineapple chunks to your chia pudding for a tropical flavor.
Chia pudding tips & tricks
Make sure you are using chia seeds! Flax seeds and hemp hearts are not the same things,; you cannot use them in this recipe.
Let this chia pudding sit for 3 minutes, then whisk again. This ensures that you get a super creamy chia pudding. If you skip this step, your chia pudding will be lumpy.
Let the chia pudding rest for 2 hours before enjoying it. If you don’t let it soak, then your chia pudding will be runny. You can let it sit in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Easily make ahead. Chia pudding is great for meal prep! You can store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. When you are ready to eat it, stir it, add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is chia pudding healthy?
Yes, chia pudding is a healthy food to eat. It is high in fiber, high in protein, low carb, and contains healthy fats. It’s the perfect healthy breakfast, snack, and dessert.
Why is my chia pudding runny?
If your chia pudding is runny, it means you added too much milk or didn’t let it soak long enough. Measure everything and let the chia pudding soak for at least 2 hours.
Is oat milk gluten-free?
Not all oat milk is gluten-free certified, so make sure you check the carton for a gluten-free label before buying. You can also use homemade oat milk, which is gluten-free if you use gluten-free certified oats.
How many calories are in chia pudding?
Depending on the milk you use, chia pudding ranges from 250 to 400 calories. This recipe has 338 calories.
Can I use frozen berries?
Yes, you can you fresh or frozen berries as a topping or mix-in.
Is chia pudding gluten-free?
Yes, chia pudding is 100% gluten free.
Is this recipe dairy free?
This chia pudding recipe is dairy-free since we use oat milk instead of cow’s milk.
What can I substitute oat milk with?
You can use almond milk, cashew milk, rice milk, skim milk, or 2% cow’s milk instead of oat milk.
How long does chia pudding need to soak?
Chia pudding needs to soak for at least 2 hours to achieve its classic creamy texture. If you rush this process, your chia pudding will be runny.
Can you freeze chia pudding?
Yes! Make sure you soak your chia pudding in the fridge for 2 hours first before adding it to a freezer-safe container and freezing for up to 3 months. When you are ready to enjoy it, let it thaw in the fridge overnight or at room temperature for a few hours. Do not defrost it in the microwave!
How do I store chia pudding for meal prep?
Chia pudding is amazing for meal prep. You can store it for up to 5 days in individual containers in your fridge. It’s the ideal grab-and-go breakfast and snack.
If you love this recipe, try these next!
- Oat Milk Smoothie
- Protein Overnight Oats
- Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
- Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- Egg White Oatmeal
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Oat Milk Chia Pudding
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 cup oat milk
- ¼ – ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 – 3 tbsp honey or maple syrup, optional since oat milk is sweet
- ½ tsp cinnamon, optional for taste
- Topping Options: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, banana slices, peach sliced, granola, chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, almonds or other fruits
- In a sealable mason jar or small container, mix all the ingredients together, except the toppings. Let it sit for 3 minutes, then mix again until there is no clumping.
- Place the lid on the jar or container to seal. Set in the refrigerator to soak overnight or for at least 2 hours and up to 5 days.
- Enjoy cold and top with the fruit of your choosing.
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