Make this easy chia seed porridge aka chia pudding as a delicious base for fresh fruit and other delicious toppings. It makes for a great breakfast or snack any time of the day.
[This chia pudding recipe was originally posted in June 2018. It has been updated with new photos, cooking instructions, expert tips, FAQ, related recipes, video and ways to repurpose/use up ingredients]
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How will this chia pudding make your life easier?
This chia seed porridge is a great batch cooking breakfast/snack. Make enough to last through the week. It stores well and is easy to grab and go.
I'd just add the toppings fresh instead of when prepping them (unless they're peanut butter or frozen fruit).
What makes this porridge so good?
How do I make chia porridge?
Start making your chia seed porridge by mixing together chia seeds, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Stir immediately. Set aside in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, stir occasionally.
Stir one last time.
Top your chia seed porridge with seasonal fruit and enjoy. For example, I'm topping this with fresh orange slices since it's winter. See below for more topping ideas.
Make extra servings and refrigerate until use for up to 3-5 days. This makes for a quick snack.
Apple Cinnamon Chia Pudding: ½ tart apple, chopped; 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup, pinch of cinnamon
Orange Ginger Chia Pudding: ½ orange, sliced; 1-2 teaspoons honey, pinch of ground ginger.
Berry Chia Pudding: 1-2 Tablespoons jam.
- Swap your sugar for maple syrup or honey if you prefer the flavor.
- Use your favorite milk: cow's milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, etc
- Add fruit topping before serving, unless it's frozen, then you can add it to your chia seed porridge and store it for a few days.
- You can make this chia pudding ahead of time and store in the fridge.
- Additional Topping ideas: Fresh orange slices, fresh berries, kiwi slices, sliced apples or pears, pineapple, or mashed banana. Chocolate chips and peanut butter, or mash fresh berries with sugar for a sweet addition.
Chia seeds are great in chia pudding/chia seed porridge (same thing) like this recipe or Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding, added to smoothies, to make jam, or in place of poppy seeds in Ham and Cheese Sliders.
Yes, I use both terms to describe chia seeds that have absorbed liquid to make a pudding like food.
You can add chia seeds to oatmeal, porridge, and smoothies. Add them as a topping for a crunchy bite or add them to oatmeal or porridge before you cook it to get softer chia seeds.
What can I make with leftover ingredients?
- Chia Seeds: Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding, PB Granola, and Hawaiian Roll Sliders.
- Berries: Blueberry Chocolate Muffins, Summer Berry Salad, Strawberry Spinach Salad, or Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
Did you make this chia seed porridge? Leave me a comment & rating to share how it turned out!
Easy Chia Seed Porridge
- Small bowl
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Cups
- 2 Tablespoons dry chia seeds
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup seasonal fruit see notes for options
- Mix together 2 Tablespoons chia seeds, ¾ cup milk, 1 teaspoon sugar, and ½ teaspoon vanilla, stir. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
- Stir again. Top with seasonal fruit and enjoy.
- Swap sugar for maple syrup or honey if desired.
- Add fruit topping before serving, unless it's frozen fruit-then you can add it to your chia seed porridge and store it for a few days.
- Topping ideas: Fresh orange slices, fresh berries, kiwi slices, sliced apples or pears, pineapple, or mashed banana. Chocolate chips and peanut butter are also a great additions.
- You can also mash fresh berries with a spoonful of sugar for a sweet addition.
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