Grab-n-Go Healthy

Vanilla Chia Pudding

March 26, 2016

A Vanilla Chia Pudding you can take to go! Recipe makes one half-pint mason jar.

Chia, chia the magical seed. I’ve already talked about how much I love chia in Overnight Oats, and now we have this magical Vanilla Chia Pudding.

Why is it so magical, you ask? A sprinkling of chia seeds mixed with milk and thrown in the fridge overnight turns into a rich, thick pudding that is a great substitute for your morning yogurt. And, chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain health.

Sounds like it one-ups yogurt, wouldn’t you say?! 😉

A Vanilla Chia Pudding you can take to go! Recipe makes one half-pint mason jar.

I’ve made the measurements for this recipe to fit exactly into a half pint (8 oz) mason jar so that you can make your Vanilla Chia Pudding overnight and then grab it and take it to go. I love an easy portable breakfast!

Here I’ve served the chia pudding topped with blueberries and shredded coconut – top with any of your favourite fruits!

A Vanilla Chia Pudding you can take to go! Recipe makes one half-pint mason jar.

Let’s see this recipe in action! It’s SO SIMPLE! [PRESS PLAY ON THE VIDEO BELOW!]

4.34 from 30 votes
Vanilla Chia Pudding
Prep Time
5 mins
Chill Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 5 mins

A chia pudding that you can grab and take with you! Top with your favourite fruits. Recipe yields one half-pint mason jar.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, chia pudding, chia seed, chia seed pudding, mason jar
Servings: 1
Calories: 179 kcal
Author: breakfast for dinner
  • 3/4 cup milk of your choice I love using cashew milk!
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds see Note below
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  1. In a half-pint (8 oz) mason jar, add all ingredients, screw on the lid tightly, and shake all ingredients together.
  2. Set jar in the fridge overnight (or for at least 2 hours).

  3. In the morning, pudding will have gelled together and thickened. Top with your favourite fruit and take your chia pudding to go!
Recipe Notes

This recipe yields a medium-thick chia pudding - like the consistency of a skim-milk yogurt. For a thicker Greek-yogurt consistency, add an additional 1 tablespoon of chia seeds.

Nutrition information is a guide only, and has been calculated using unsweetened cashew milk.

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Chia Pudding
Amount Per Serving (1 mason jar)
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 91
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.1g16%
Saturated Fat 0.9g6%
Sodium 125mg5%
Potassium 149mg4%
Carbohydrates 17.3g6%
Fiber 9.6g40%
Sugar 4.2g5%
Protein 4.6g9%
Calcium 400mg40%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Looking for other portable mason jar breakfast? You have to try the Overnight Oats that changed my world!

A Vanilla Chia Pudding you can take to go! Recipe makes one half-pint mason jar.
  • Reply
    Kimberly j.
    June 8, 2016 at 1:31 am

    I was so excited to try your recipe but mine didn’t turn out like your picture. I used soy milk instead of regular milk. Could that be the reason why? It makes me wonder if my chia seeds are not good anymore. Have you heard about this?

    • Reply
      June 8, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Hi Kimberly – I often use almond/coconut milk, so the soy milk wouldn’t be the issue. Did you make sure to set your jar in the fridge overnight? The chia seeds won’t gel properly unless they sit for at least a few hours.

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    May 18, 2023 at 1:34 pm

    This recipe is outstanding. I have been making it for the past 3 weeks and I am addicted! Thank you for the easy tasty recipe!!!!

    • Reply
      August 18, 2023 at 1:02 pm

      Wooo! One of my fav breakfasts too. Thanks for sharing your love of this recipe!

  • Reply
    June 21, 2023 at 7:09 pm

    I have made this so many times! I make four servings at a time. I always stir it randomly throughout the time it takes to set up in the fridge making sure to scrape the bottom and sides well. Such a great breakfast or snack!

    • Reply
      August 18, 2023 at 1:01 pm

      Great tip – sometimes I find it clumps as well. Stirring will definitely help – thanks for sharing!

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