I know I can’t be the only one who has a hard time making breakfast before work, let alone getting up in the morning. I wouldn’t say I’m naturally a morning person but maybe more of a afternoon person (is that a thing?).
So, I’ll take anything that makes my mornings a little easier, like this overnight chia seed pudding recipe!
To make this recipe, you just need 5 essential ingredients:
- Liquid (cow’s milk, plant-based milk, juice, water)
- Chia Seeds (black or white)
- Any choice of toppings like fruit, granola, or nuts.
I’m a huge fan of chia seeds! I love adding them to oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt and making chia seed pudding. I get that some people may not dig the texture of the gelatinous membrane that’s created once chia seeds are emerged in a liquid, but I love it! It reminds me rice pudding or tapioca pudding, but healthier!
What kind of liquids can you use?
You can pretty much use any kind of liquid such as milk, plant-based milk, juice or even water!
You just have to have the chia seed-to-liquid ratio down pat. I usually do a 3:1, seed-to-liquid ratio and it’s basically foolproof! I like to use unflavored almond milk for a thinner consistency of pudding or oat milk for a creamier texture. I’ve personally never tried juice, but I have added chia seeds to lemon water for a quick pick-me-up.
Overnight Citrus Chia Seed Pudding
- ½ cup chia seed pudding
- 1½ cup oat milk, unflavored substitute any kind of milk
- 1 tbsp honey
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- ⅓ cup granola
- 1 orange or grapefruit
- In a small bowl, combine chia seeds, oat milk and honey. Using a whisk, stir to combine and until it is a smooth consistency. Feel free to add a little more oat milk if you prefer a thinner consistency.
- Cover and refrigerate the chia seed mixture overnight, or at least 3-5 hours for it to become a pudding-like texture. It may be helpful to go back and give the mixture another stir after about 30-40 minutes of refrigeration. This will help prevent the chia seeds from clumping on the top.
- Chia seed pudding is best served chilled, topped with yogurt, granola or any kind of fruit, (I used blood orange , lime and some lime zest).