Chia Coconut Pudding

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Chia coconut pudding is a healthy breakfast 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. It tastes delicious in this simple, 4-ingredient coconut chia pudding recipe.

How to Make Chia Coconut Pudding

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


  • Coconut Milk – You can use homemade or store-bought coconut milk. For an extra thick texture, use canned full-fat coconut milk (although the recipe will work fine with other coconut milk too).
  • Pure Maple Syrup – I like the pure maple syrup from Costco, but you can find this at just about any grocery store.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract – Vanilla extract gives this chia coconut pudding a delicious flavor. A half teaspoon of vanilla extract goes a long way.
  • Chia Seeds – You can find chia seeds in the baking aisle of most grocery stores. When mixed with the coconut milk, they naturally thicken the mixture to a pudding consistency.

The Process

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

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.

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding Topping Ideas

There are so many great ways to top your chia coconut pudding. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and other fresh fruit are delicious. You can also add some nuts or coconut flakes for extra crunch.

Substitution Suggestions

Almond milk, oat milk, or other dairy-free milk can be used in place of the coconut milk if desired. You can use honey or another sweetener in place of the pure maple syrup. If you don’t make your own coconut milk, I recommend using canned full-fat coconut milk for the creamiest texture.

How to Store Coconut Milk Chia Pudding

This pudding should be stored in the fridge in mason jars or other containers. If you won’t be eating it within 5 days, you can place it in the freezer and freeze for up to 6 months. Defrost it in the refrigerator before serving.

Creamy Coconut Chia Pudding Tips and FAQ

Whisk the Chia Pudding Slowly

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 texture.

Adjust the Flavors

The flavor of this pudding is delicious, but you can play with it to come up with different combinations. A little cinnamon or lemon zest would make wonderful flavors, too.

Can I Make Coconut Chia Pudding in Advance?

This is a great make-ahead recipe. You can prepare it in the evening and refrigerate it, and it’ll be ready to eat in the morning.

How Long Will Chia Pudding Last in the Fridge?

I like to eat my chia seed pudding within 4 or 5 days of making it. If you won’t eat it all within that time period, freeze it for later.

Why Is My Overnight Chia Pudding Runny?

If you follow the instructions in this recipe, your coconut chia pudding should be thick and creamy. If it’s runny, you probably added too much liquid or not enough chia seeds. Also, double check that your chia seeds haven’t expired.

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Chia Coconut Pudding

Chia Coconut Pudding is a healthy, filling snack that tastes like dessert.
Print Recipe
4.82 from 16 votes
Chia coconut pudding in a glass jar
Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 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


  • 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.


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.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 3
Calories: 161kcal
Cost: $.86 per serving

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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.

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 2024.


  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.

  6. 5 stars
    Such a yummy, versatile recipe! I had no idea it is so budget friendly. I can’t wait to try it for breakfast 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Chia pudding is one of my favorites and this looks so yummy! I’ll have to try this for breakfast this week.

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