This vegan vanilla chia pudding is an easy, healthy, and filling breakfast. Start your morning off right with this nutritious, 4-ingredient recipe! Simply combine chia seeds, nondairy milk, maple syrup, and vanilla.

two glasses of vanilla chia pudding with fruit on top

What is Chia Pudding?

Chia pudding is simply chia seeds soaked in liquid. Typically, chia pudding is the combination of black chia seeds + plant milk (such as almond milk). The chia seeds are soaked in the liquid for at least 20 minutes (or overnight) which creates a pudding-like consistency.

From my experience, the perfect ratio for chia pudding is 1:4. This ratio of chia seeds to plant milk creates a thick, creamy texture every time. For example, the measurements below follow a 1:4 ratio.

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds + 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds + 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup chia seeds + 4 cups almond milk

It’s that simple! Follow this 1:4 rule and your chia seed pudding will be perfect every time. You can mix in additional ingredients to sweeten the chia pudding, such as maple syrup and vanilla extract, too.

a glass containing chia pudding with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries

How to Make Vanilla Chia Pudding

For the full recipe, scroll down to view the recipe card below.

How to make vanilla chia pudding in 3 easy steps:

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl. Whisk together.
  2. Set in the refrigerator to thicken for at least 1 hour. After, whisk again to combine.
  3. Transfer chia pudding to jars, glasses, or small bowls. Add toppings. Enjoy!

Is Chia Pudding Good for You?

Yes! Chia pudding is quite a nutritious meal. In fact, starting your day with a fiber-rich food, like chia seeds, may even be beneficial for weight loss.

This particular vanilla chia pudding recipe contains 4 ingredients: chia seeds, almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. These ingredients are vegan, keto, paleo, and gluten-free.

The chia seeds are filled with healthy nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Almond milk contains several vitamins and minerals, as well. Lastly, I use maple syrup because I find it to be one of the “healthier” sweeteners in comparison to overly-processed sugars.

two parfaits topped with berries

Kaylie’s Tips:

Top this vegan vanilla chia pudding with your favorite fruit! I love pairing it with a variety of berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. You could also add nut butter, coconut flakes, or dairy-free yogurt on top.

The chia seed pudding should be ready to consume after just 30 minutes of setting. However, I recommend letting it set for about 1 hour. You can store it in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy it the next day, too. This makes it a great option for a healthy, make-ahead breakfast!

Here are a couple options for ingredient swaps:

  • Instead of maple syrup, you can use another liquid sweetener. Agave nectar, coconut nectar, or honey (if you are not vegan) will also work.
  • I recommend using almond milk, but coconut milk and cashew milk are the second best options.
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two cups of vanilla chia pudding topped with berries

Vegan Vanilla Chia Pudding

  • Author: purelykaylie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Whisk
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan vanilla chia pudding is an easy, healthy breakfast. It is packed with fiber and nutrients to keep you satisfied for hours. Enjoy this on-the-go recipe for a busy lifestyle! 


  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Whisk ingredients to combine.
  3. Set in the refrigerator to thicken for at least 1 hour. After, whisk again to combine.
  4. Spoon the pudding into cups/jars and add your favorite toppings. 


  • Chia pudding should be set in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to thicken. For a make-ahead breakfast, set it in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy the next morning.
  • Leftover chia pudding should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for 1-2 days.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 350
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 42g
  • Fiber: 21g
  • Protein: 13g

Keywords: vanilla chia pudding, chia seed pudding almond milk, vegan

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