Are you in the same old breakfast rut and need something new? This super easy vanilla overnight chia pudding is creamy and perfectly sweetened throughout. This recipe is Paleo, vegan, and naturally gluten free!
Other than the delicious flavor, my favorite thing about this vanilla chia seed pudding recipe is that I can throw the ingredients into a container the night before and when I wake up it is ready to eat.
A gluten free lifestyle is something that should be enjoyed anywhere you go. Take a look at my guide How to Eat Gluten Free Anywhere + Best Gluten Free Diet Tips, for tips and recipe inspiration.
You can also enjoy this easy vegan chia seed pudding as a snack or a dessert. If you are like me and always looking for something tasty that is also healthy, then this is a great recipe to add to the mix. You will be surprised by how well your children will gobble it up too!
I kid you not, they think the texture is similar to tapioca pudding…even my “picky one” likes this recipe. This is also a great option to send to school with your kids so they can eat it with their lunch.
I am not going to lie, when I first heard of overnight chia pudding it wasn’t exactly something I was excited to try. You can read all about my original opinions in my Cherry Coconut Chia Pudding recipe.
Now, it is one of my favorite things because you can do so much to it to change the flavor and it is so healthy for you. If you have never given it a try, I promise that you will be pleasantly surprised.
You may also love this Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding, and it includes an easy video to walk you through every step to make this for yourself at home.
I love to make ahead meals for busy days and mornings. This vanilla chia seed pudding with allow you lots of time to do other things besides cooking for a change!
I love to have my children help me make their own chia pudding breakfast. They can add whatever ingredients they like, and they feel so accomplished when they bite into it the next morning.
Can you use regular milk?
Absolutely! If your body is okay with dairy, this recipe will taste just as good. I would say you may need a little sweetener if you use regular milk as often almond and coconut milk have sweetener in them.
It is very crucial to soak your chia seeds before you eat them. As long as you soak them, you can use whichever milk you prefer. I like coconut milk, but you can use almond milk, regular milk, soy milk or rice milk. Change the recipe to fit your dietary preferences and likes.
How long does this pudding last?
You can make this vanilla chia seed pudding ahead of time, and it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you like to meal plan, then you can make them and eat them all week long. Imagine all the time you will have to do other things!
Why are chia seeds good for you?
Did you know that chia seeds are loaded with healthy fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, and protein? Because of the high fiber content, you will stay full longer when you eat them too. These little seeds of goodness also have antioxidants that help keep you healthy.
Looking for some more easy breakfast and snack ideas?
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- Easy Gluten Free Bacon Breakfast Souffles
- Irresistible Moist Gluten Free Banana Bars
- Cinnamon Granola
- Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Pudding
How to Make Chia Pudding:
The first step is to measure out 1/4 cup of chia seeds and pour into a glass container.
Next, add one cup of coconut or almond milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup. (*You can substitute brown sugar or coconut sugar if you prefer not to have a maple flavor.)
Seal the container and put into the refrigerator. I like to stir it once later before I go to bed to lessen the number of lumps.
In the morning, add chopped dates and pecans. Enjoy!
Things You Need to Make This Recipe:
- An air-tight sealable container. We use these rectangular glass containers. Mason jars are also great for this.
- Organic chia seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons dates, chopped
- 2 tablespoons pecans, chopped
- Add all of the ingredients to a glass container.
- Stir well, cover, and refrigerate.
- In one hour, stir again. This helps prevent lumps.
- Enjoy in 3 hours, or the next day.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 10gSugar: 22gProtein: 5g