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Chia Coconut Pudding

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Chia coconut pudding is a healthy, filling recipe that tastes like dessert. Make chia pudding with coconut milk for a gluten-free, vegan treat!

Chia Coconut Pudding is a healthy, filling snack that tastes like dessert. Try this gluten-free, vegan recipe for a guilt-free treat!

Chia pudding is one of my favorite healthy snacks. It’s so filling because the chia seeds expand, and they thicken the pudding without any added starch.

We’ve gotten into the habit of making homemade coconut milk, which is very easy to do with a high-powered blender.

Most packaged coconut milk contains additives, so we feel better drinking a homemade version made with just coconut and water. It only lasts for a few days, though, and this pudding recipe is a great way to use it while it’s fresh.

This coconut milk chia pudding is made with just 4 ingredients.

Chia Coconut Pudding Tips

The trick to making chia coconut pudding without clumps is to whisk the seeds into the coconut milk slowly and stir periodically. The pudding starts to thicken right away, but you’ll want to refrigerate it for a few hours (or overnight) for the best results.

Slowly whisk the chia seeds into the liquid for the best texture.

The flavor of this pudding is absolutely delicious, but you can play with it to come up with different combinations. A little cinnamon or lemon zest would make wonderful flavors, too. I like to top it with fresh berries and shredded coconut.

Chia Coconut Pudding

Chia Coconut Pudding is a healthy, filling snack that tastes like dessert. ($.86 per serving)
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4.82 from 16 votes
Prep Time:5 mins
Total Time:5 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 tbs pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds (or more, as needed)
  • 1 cup mixed berries for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the chia seeds. If you pour them in quickly, they’ll clump.
  • Stir every few minutes for the first ten minutes, then refrigerate the mixture. Let it thicken for at least 3 hours, or as long as a few days.
  • When ready to serve, divide the chia coconut pudding into 3 bowls or jars, and top with berries.

Notes

If the pudding doesn't start to thicken after you've added the chia seeds, add additional seeds 1 tablespoon at a time until it begins to thicken. Then refrigerate.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal
Servings: 3
Calories: 365kcal

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding Price Breakdown

This recipe costs $2.59 to make using homemade coconut milk, or $.86 per serving. The cost per serving goes up to around $1.50 if you’re using canned coconut milk. Either way, this chia seed coconut pudding is a delicious, healthy snack that will fill you up until your next meal.

Here are some more chia pudding recipes that you’ll love:

This chocolate banana chia pudding is a delicious healthy indulgence! Perfect for dessert, breakfast, or snack time. (gluten-free, vegan)

Note: This recipe was originally published in 2015. It was updated in 2019.

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43 Comments

  1. I have made many batches of chia pudding and so far the chocolate one I made was my favorite… Until I tried this one… This chia pudding was DELICIOUS. I made it for my mom and it is now our go to snack/dessert.

  2. 2 stars
    I made this yesterday and used extra chia seeds to help thicken this up. It was refrigerated overnight but was not set up at all when I ate it. I used Silk Coconut milk. I never saw the video, couldn’t find it anywhere. I am disappointed. Please tell me where I went wrong.

    1. The video is at the very top of the post (and on desktop, it goes off to the right side as you scroll down the post). Sorry for the confusion. I’m not sure what went wrong – I haven’t used that brand of coconut milk before. Chia pudding works even with water, so it should have thickened for you if you used the correct measurements. For an even thicker version, you can use full-fat canned coconut milk (or a combination of canned coconut milk and water to suit your tastes).

  3. I understand you make your own coconut milk but if I need to buy it, is this like the kind in a can or the kind that’s fully
    Liquid like almond milk and soy milk that comes in the carton?

    1. You could use either one. The kind in a can will be extra rich, and the kind in the carton will be a bit lighter. It’s a matter of personal preference, as the recipe will work either way.

  4. 5 stars
    Hi!! I made this wonderful pudding and will make it again, over and over… ?. But can u give me the proper serving size? I didn’t weigh and/or calculate by serving (3) this last batch.

    1. So glad you like it! I divide it into 3 servings of about 3/4 cup each. Serving sizes can be subjective, so you can make this batch into 2, 3, or 4 servings according to your preference.

  5. 5 stars
    I love how easy this is! I never get the chia seed:liquid ratio right so thanks for showing me the right way to do it.

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