I always feel like I am taking a risk when I post a recipe like this. I love this chia pudding, but will anyone else?

chia pudding

Maybe I’m self-conscious because my 11 year old son told me this chia seed pudding was nasty looking? And that no matter how nice a picture I took (he consented that the picture is, indeed, pretty nice), I would not be able to talk you into trying it.

I hope that he’s wrong.

Chia seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients: they contain omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and minerals including calcium. I usually buy them in bulk at my local natural foods store, but you can also buy them from Amazon.com.

chia seeds

Chia seeds are popular in raw foods/vegan diets and are often used to make “pudding” because they swell when liquid is added and take on a somewhat gelatinous consistency. This particular recipe happens to makes a super healthy, gluten-free breakfast, but it can be a snack or dessert, too.

Chia seeds don’t have a lot of flavor so the mix-ins play the starring role. Here we’ve got pecans for crunch, raisins for sweetness, and crystallized ginger for a little healthful and slightly spicy “oomph”. I used my homemade crystallized ginger: it has less of a bite than the kind you buy in the store and I love how the demerara sugar dissolves and every so slightly sweetens the pudding. If you don’t have any homemade crystallized ginger, start by using a small amount of the store-bought kind and add more to taste.

You could serve this with a splash of raw/organic milk, homemade nut milk, or your favorite store-bought dairy-free beverage, but I like it just fine “as is”.

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chia pudding

More recipes with chia seeds:
Raw Tapioca Pudding from Elana’s Pantry
Lemon Chia Seed Bread from Gluten A Go Go
Watermelon Chia Seed Smoothie from Gluten Free for Good


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    Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan — January 21, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    well the picture looks pretty good! I think people dont like chia pudding because of the texture. I personally whip it in the blender so it’s not so pulpy. Nice flavour combo!

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    Winnie — January 21, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    Interesting, because what I like most is the texture! I like the idea of whipping it in the blender.

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    Tara — January 21, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    I think it looks great! I have some chia pudding in my fridge right now that I made with coconut milk and raw honey. Yum!

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    Winnie — January 21, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    That does sound yum!

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    Julia — January 21, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    I am so excited for Chia pudding! Always looking for good recipes to use them since they are so great for you. Thanks!

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    Winnie — January 24, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    Would love to hear how else you use them Julia…

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    Jeanette — January 21, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    I’ve heard that chia pudding is really good. I have the black chia seeds too, but I’ve heard there are white chia seeds, so maybe the color would be more appealing. I’ve been using chia seeds in smoothies for my son, and am going to try this pudding next. Thanks!

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    Winnie — January 24, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    White chia seeds? I will have to keep my eye out for those!

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    Jess@HealthyExposures — January 21, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

    I think this chia pudding looks beautiful and quite delicious! I tried chia pudding a while ago and loved it – but for whatever reason, haven’t made it since then! I love the idea of the apple, raisins and crystallized ginger, though. Will definitely need to remember to try this.

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    Winnie — January 24, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    Let me know if you do!

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    Tiffany — January 22, 2011 @ 2:51 am

    I’ve never had chia pudding, but your flavor combo sounds wonderful!

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    Winnie — January 24, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    Thanks Tiffany!

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    Pamela — January 22, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    Winnie – your recipes always amaze me.
    I just recently started reading about Chia seeds and this looks worth the try for learning to use them.

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    Winnie — January 24, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    It is a really simple and yummy way to try them Pamela.

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — January 23, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    This really is simple as can be. I have been hearing a lot about chia seeds recently and am really intrigued by them.

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    Winnie — January 24, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    Would love to see what you dream up for using them!

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    A little bit of everything — January 23, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    your son is wrong, i think it looks great. i love chia seeds in my salads and in breakfast puddings.
    thanks for sharing, hope you’ll have a wonderful week

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    Winnie — January 24, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    In salads? I will have to try that!

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    Monet — January 23, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    You have such a gift at presenting your dishes. I don’t think this looks nasty at all. In my opinion, this pudding looks amazing! Fresh and dried fruit…nuts…chia seeds….I’m so glad you shared this with me. I hope you have a wonderful week full of good eating and a lot of love.

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    Winnie — January 24, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    Aw, thanks Monet :)

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    SaraOneTribeGourmet — January 23, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

    Winnie, thank you so much for introducing us to such healthy ingredients! I will have to try the Chia seeds. Pudding looks so good!

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    Winnie — January 24, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    Thanks Sara!

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    Stormy @LaMaoomba — January 25, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    Sounds/looks great to me, but, then again, I’ve been a fan of Ruth’s Chia Goodness cereals for a while – often eating some in preparation for a running event or before hiking. I love your idea of adding fresh fruit and nuts. Making it this way gives me lots of ideas for add-ins.

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    Oui, Chef — February 2, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Hmmm…I’ve never heard of chia seeds before, perhaps it’s because I don’t have a chia pet? ;-)

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    Eileen — February 22, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    You should submit this recipe to Food52’s pudding contest. This is totally unlike anything else that’s been submitted, and Food52ies love trying new things!

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    Mrs. Larkin — February 22, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    Winnie! I just asked about chia seeds on the foodpickle! And someone directed me to this post! I love chia seeds. They really have a great texture, dry or wet, in my opinion. I discovered them at a friend’s natural foods store, where she served them sprinkled on amaranth porridge. Thanks for this recipe! I will give it a try.


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    Alivia — July 25, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

    Yum!! I love chia puddings and yours looks great! I love the addition of the ginger…. I will have to try this out. I didn’t know you could speed up the thickening process with hot water… seems like a no-brainer now! I usually leave mine in the fridge overnight.

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