This creamy 4-Ingredient Chia Seed Pudding recipe is packed with fiber and probiotics to support gut health. It’s an easy snack or make-ahead breakfast option. This recipe works all year long – just swap the fruits for something seasonal!
I am a huge fan of chia seed pudding as an easy grab-and-go breakfast option. It’s perfect for when you’re rushing in the morning, or when you just don’t feel like making anything. Chia pudding is also an excellent, portable, and healthy snack if you have an office fridge available! Today, I want to share a super simple 4-Ingredient Chia Seed Pudding, using chia seeds, kefir, maple syrup, and cinnamon (plus toppings of your choice).
There are so many different chia pudding flavour combinations out there, as well as endless ways to top it. Many chia pudding recipes call for using different plant-based milks (such as almond milk), but I love using kefir to switch things up. Kefir is a fermented yogurt drink that is rich in good-for-the-gut probiotics. Paired with the high fibre and omega-3 content of chia seeds, this kefir chia pudding can help to promote gut health!
If you don’t like kefir or prefer a dairy-free recipe, feel free to swap the kefir with a plant-based milk of your choice. I have an entire post dedicated to cow’s milk alternatives, if you need help choosing one!
How To Make Chia Pudding
Making chia pudding is SUPER simple! To start, I like to mix the chia seeds and any DRY ingredient into a large bowl or jar. By mixing the dry ingredients together first, it ensures that everything is evenly dispersed. For this recipe, that means mixing the chia seeds with the cinnamon.
Next, you’ll want to mix any wet/liquid ingredients together. For this recipe, that’s the kefir and maple syrup. Once mixed, pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and stir everything together well. Note that things will be really liquid and not pudding-like at this point – that’s normal!
Then, cover your chia seed mixture and place in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight. I personally love doing this at night, so that you have chia pudding ready to go in the morning. Allowing the chia seeds to sit in the liquid for this period of time is what’s going to let those chia seeds swell into a pudding!
After you’ve let everything sit, remove the chia pudding from the fridge. Give everything a good stir, portion it out, and add toppings of your choice! I love adding fruits (like the peaches and blueberries you see here), nuts, granola, or peanut butter.
Chia Pudding Ratio
There is a lot of internet debate over the best chia seed-to-liquid ratio for chia pudding. In my opinion, this comes down to two things: personal preference (i.e. how thick or thin you like things) and the type of liquid you choose to use.
When I use kefir to make chia pudding, I like to do a 3:1 ratio. For example, 3 tbsp chia seeds to 1 cup kefir. This is because kefir is slightly thicker than other milks!
When I use other plant-based milks, I like to do a 4:1 ratio to achieve the same thickness. This means, 4 tbsp (or 1/4 cup) of chia seeds to 1 cup milk.
If you follow either of these ratios and find your chia pudding is too thick for your liking, simply add more liquid. If you find it too thin, add more chia seeds!
Chia Pudding Benefits
Chia seeds are full of dietary fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and minerals like magnesium, calcium, and iron. Check out my Blended Chocolate Ginger Chia Pudding Recipe to learn more about the health benefits of chia seeds!
What you top your chia pudding with often has health benefits, too. For instance, fresh fruit is rich in fibre, vitamins, and antioxidants. Nuts and nut butters are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. As you can see, chia pudding is not only simple and delicious, but it’s full of good-for-you ingredients.
More Healthy Chia Seed Recipes
- Blended Chocolate Ginger Chia Pudding (Vegan)
- Blended Raspberry Chia Pudding (Vegan)
- How To Make Chia Jam: 3 Ways (Vegan)
- Strawberry Rose Chia Jam (Vegan)
If you give this 4-Ingredient Chia Seed Pudding a try, let me know by leaving a comment and recipe rating below! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for more simple, healthy recipe ideas.
4-Ingredient Chia Seed Pudding
- 9 Tbsp chia seeds (or 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp)
- 3 cups plain kefir
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup (adjust depending on how sweet you want it)
- Toppings optional: fresh fruit, nut butter, nuts, cacao nibs, etc.
- In a large jar or bowl, mix chia seeds with ground cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl or measuring cup, mix kefir with maple syrup. Pour over chia seeds and stir together well.
- Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
- Once mixture has become a pudding-like texture, remove from fridge. Give everything a good stir, then portion into jars/bowls, and add toppings as desired.
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