Vanilla Chia Pudding is delicious, creamy and full of healthy fats. This simple gluten-free, paleo, and vegan chia pudding recipe is just what you need to start the day right.

close up shot of 3 chia puddings topped with berries

My version of chia pudding may look slightly different than some of the other chia puddings that you might be used to seeing. I like to grind up my chia seeds so my pudding comes out creamy and smooth.

To serve this healthy treat, just add a dollop of almond butter on the bottom of your serving jar or dish (I use these weck jars).

Top it with lots of fresh berries on top and you’ll be in breakfast heaven!

What are chia seeds?

Chia seeds are the edible seeds of a flowering plant in the mint family.

Chia seeds are oval and gray with black and white spots and are about 1 millimeter in diameter. The seeds can absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked. After soaking, chia seeds develop a gel-like coating that gives chia-based foods and beverages their distinctive texture.

Are chia seeds healthy for you?

Chia seeds are a rich source of vitamins and nutrients, including:

  • B vitamins
  • thiamin
  • niacin
  • riboflavin
  • folate
  • calcium
  • iron
  • zinc

The chia seeds and other ingredients in this pudding provide nutrients, healthy fats, and antioxdants to give you a great start in the morning! It will leave you full and satisfied for hours. It also makes a great afternoon pick-me-up or treat at the end of the day.

I really can’t think of a time it isn’t delicious! Plus, this easy recipe is gluten-free, paleo and vegan, which makes it great for everyone.

If you’d like to mix up your breakfast routine with another great chia recipe, try this Banana Chia Pudding.

 chia pudding almond butter and fresh berries

Ingredients You’ll Need

You only need a few simple and healthy ingredients to make this delicious treat!

  • Raw cashews
  • Large dates
  • Water
  • Chia seeds
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt

You’ll also need some extra ingredients to serve with the pudding and here you can let your imagination loose to create some delicious combinations.

I mentioned earlier, I like to serve my chia pudding with a dollop of almond butter and then top it with fresh strawberries or raspberries, but feel free to experiment!

step-by-step photos to making a the recipe in a food processor

How to make Vanilla Chia Pudding

  1. Soften the cashews and dates in boiling water.
  2. Soak the chia seeds in water until they form a gel.
  3. Combine the cashews, dates and chia seed mixture with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Blend everything together to make a smooth pudding. Then pour into serving dishes and refrigerate.

How long can you store it in the refrigerator?

This pudding can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you need to store it for longer, I would suggest freezing it. 

close up shot of jar of chia pudding

Can I freeze chia pudding?

If you want to make a batch of this pudding beforehand, go ahead! Just place individual serving sizes of pudding into freezer-safe containers and freeze. Chia pudding will keep in the freezer for up to two months.

To serve, thaw the pudding in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours (or until thawed). 

Want to try some other great chia treats?

I highly recommend these Chocolate Chia Jam Peanut Butter Cups or this creamy Chocolate Chia Pudding. For another creamy vegan treat, try this Vegan Key Lime Pie.

 

If you try the recipe, I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below. Thank you! ♥

 

chia pudding in glass jar topped with berries on marble background
5 from 8 votes

Vanilla Chia Pudding

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 5 -6 servings
Vanilla Chia Pudding is delicious, creamy and full of healthy fats. This simple gluten-free, paleo, and vegan chia pudding recipe is just what you need to start the day right.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 8-9 large dates
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

for serving:

  • almond butter
  • fresh berries for topping

Instructions 

  • Place the cashews and dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water to soften. Place the 2 cups of water and chia seeds in the blender, stir to combine and let sit to form a gel before blending. Let both mixtures sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place a tablespoon or so of almond butter in the bottom of 5-6 small jars or serving dishes.
  • Pour off the water from the cashews/dates and add to the blender with the chia seed mixture. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until completely smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour the chia pudding into the serving dishes. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Serve topped with fresh berries just before serving. Pudding will keep for up to 5 days. Enjoy!

Notes

Fresh strawberries or raspberries really make this pudding in my opinion so pile them on high!
How to Store: This pudding will keep for up to 5 days and makes a great nutrient-dense breakfast on-the-go.
Can I freeze chia pudding? Place individual serving sizes of pudding into freezer-safe containers and freeze. Chia pudding will keep in the freezer for up to two months.

Nutrition

Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2.7mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hello Erin, Thanks for the lovely post. Actually from the very beginning of my childhood, I was addicted with any kind vanilla cream. That’s why I always search for something new with vanilla. And whenever I have seen your creamy vanilla almond butter chia pudding, I just can’t wait to taste this. It’s looking so delicious and wow.
    Thanks,
    Ignatius

  2. Delicious looking Creamy Vanilla Almond Butter Chia Pudding! Creamy butter almonds it is great and a must try recipe for me now. It is on my favorites list from now on.Thanks for sharing

  3. Delicious looking Creamy Vanilla Almond Butter Chia Pudding! Thanks a lot for it’s introduction to the masses. I have jotted down all the recipe.Hopefully try sometime…Thanks once again Erin.

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