Vanilla Chia Pudding or Drink

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

30 Days of Pinterest – Day  17

The Pin!

Since watching a few popular health documentaries recently, I’ve become a lot more aware of the types of foods (or food-like products) that I’ve been putting in my body. Instead of depriving my body of foods that might be bad for me, I’ve been focusing more on filling it up with foods that are great for me. Throughout this journey, I’ve been doing a lot of juicing, cutting out processed products, and increasing nuts, seeds and booster foods.

I hadn’t actually heard of chia seeds until I watched Hungry for Change, and even then they weirded me out. Sure they are great for digestion – but what do you actually do with them? I ended up buying a few handfuls when I came across them in the bulk section of the grocery store (since they were cheap, I thought it couldn’t hurt), and figured I would look them up on Pinterest when I was ready to use them.

Fast forward a few weeks, and I’m adding them to almost anything I can! Although I’ve used them in many recipes since that day at the grocery store, this is by far my favourite way to enjoy them.

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The Project Process:

One of the really neat things about chia seeds, is that they puff up after a few hours of refrigeration, giving them almost a tapioca type texture. Who would have thought?! Because of the texture, this recipe can end up being a pudding or a drink, depending on how many tablespoons of chia seeds you use. More chia seeds = more pudding texture, more liquid = more drink texture.

Personally, I prefer it as a drink because it makes me think of a very healthy bubble tea type beverage, but the pudding is tasty too!


Measurements For the Drink:

  • 2 Cups Milk (I use vanilla almond milk)
  • 2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • 2 tsps Cinnamon
  • Sprig of Lemon Rind

Measurements For the Pudding

  • 2 Cups Almond Milk
  • 2/3 Cup Chia Seeds
  • approx 3 tsps Cinnamon
  • Sprig of Lemon Rind


Mix all ingredients together in a large glass container. Shake or stir 2-3 times every few minutes after combining. This keeps the chia seeds from clumping together as they start to swell up and absorb the almond milk. At first, it won’t look like much (just a big ol’ glass of almond milk) but after a few hours in the fridge, they’ll plump right up!


After a few hours in the fridge, it’s ready to enjoy! I always make this treat in a mason jar, because it allows me to shake up the whole batch, pour a glass, and pop it back in the fridge. I also always have a straw close by, because plump chia seeds always taste better to me when sipped from a straw!


Have you seen any good food documentaries lately? What about chia seeds – have you experimented with them yet?

2 Responses to “Vanilla Chia Pudding or Drink”

  1. Kristi says:

    Ok these look a little weird to me, but I like the sound of them. Think I will give this one a go!

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