Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

vanilla chia seed pudding recipe

In my quest to eat not none, but considerably less sugar, I find myself needing alternatives to my favorite sugary go-to treats, like ice cream, chocolate, and cookies — because I have such a sweet tooth, I can’t bear to go without.

My black bean brownies are an insanely great alternative, because they literally taste better than regular brownies to me. However, because I know they mostly consist of beans, i.e. protein, the husband and I will go through an entire batch in two days flat. We can’t stop!

Jess at Apples to Zoodles has been posting these chia seed pudding photos on her Instagram feed and I thought if these “desserts” are as sweet as they are pretty, they have to be tasty as well, and I set out to find a recipe that would win me over, found my ingredients, and got busy.

I can’t say that I’m in love just yet, but I’m working on perfecting this healthy treat, so help me.

* This recipe is based on Domesticate-Me’s Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

What You’ll Need…

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* ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons raw chia seeds
* 2 cups vanilla almond milk (You can also use coconut, soy, or regular milk)
* 1¼ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
* 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup

* Serves 4


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* Pour chia seeds in a medium glass bowl.

* Add almond milk, vanilla, maple syrup and whisk.

* Whisk whisk whisk so that your seeds are mixed within your almond milk and not sitting at the bottom. I whisked for about ten minutes on and off.

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* Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight {or for at least 4 hours}

Over time, the chia seeds will get this gelatinous film around them and combined with the milk, create a pudding-like texture. You can eat it alone, but it’s far better with a few toppings like granola and fruit.


And… Serve!

* Sweep away the foam at the top {I may have whisked too much}, and spoon your chia pudding into small bowls or pretty cups. Add toppings of your choice. {I added granola and bananas and a few blueberries on top} Domesticate-Me’s Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding recipe has more topping options, but I like the basics for now. I’d love to figure out how to make this chocolate… but like REALLY chocolate, not lame chocolate, like when I added cacao powder to the recipe. Yuck!

Vanilla Chia Pudding Recipe

I was worried about the “seeds” because I don’t even like seeds in my smoothies, but once they swell in the milk, they’re soft and don’t have that seedy crunch. The texture is good, not a worry to get over really, it’s the taste I’m still on the fence about.

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Enjoy! {Or try to?}

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If you have any amazingly delicious healthy, low-sugar, desserts I should try, PLEASE leave me suggestions in the comments. I’m desperate for some good treats right now!


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Kate

    May 21, 2014 |

    This looks yum, but Maple Syrup is all sugar, just FYI 😉

  • Aimee

    May 21, 2014 |

    Have you tried chocolate almond milk? It is delish! It has sugar but it’s probably about the same amount of calories as sweetened vanilla milk and it’s so so good.

  • aimee

    May 21, 2014 |

    I just looked it up actually and they do have an unsweetened chocolate almond milk. I haven’t tried it, but I might go get some and try this recipe now.

  • Maegan Tintari

    May 21, 2014 |

    I know… but it’s got SOME minerals… a little better than regular sugar? I’m working on it 🙂

  • Courtney

    May 21, 2014 | you NEED to try that recipe. It’s great for dessert, and even my 10 month old loves it (he gets it for breakfast almost every day). You really should use cacao powder instead of cocoa powder in it though.

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  • Always So Sweet

    May 21, 2014 |

    Regular chocolate milk might taste better……….just thinking out loud……..

  • Maki

    May 21, 2014 |

    I’m also desperately in need of sugar alternative also, and this looks very delicious to try? 🙂

  • MA

    May 21, 2014 |

    I have a friend on Fabulously40 & Beyond and she is a genius when it comes to making good healthy treats…I will gather up a bunch and post them here. I love almond milk….my favorite low fat dessert is a simple vanilla Greek yogurt topped with blueberries, shaved dark chocolate, and a sprig of mint…..soon I will have chocolate mint growing.

  • MA

    May 21, 2014 |

    Wow! She has so many listed on her blogs…if you want to check out Fab40&Beyond, she is listed under WHATS COOKING..her name is Carine Nadel and she is from Orange County originally, but now lives in Arizona.


  • Margaret Dallospedale

    May 22, 2014 |

    So delicious
    Maggie D.
    The Indian Savage Diary

  • Carine Nadel

    July 22, 2014 |

    Thank you MA for the plug! Yes, I am always looking for a healthy way of having “my cake and eating it too”! My listed blog here is my lifestyle/humor one but I always cross my actual cooking blog link on it as well.

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