Chia Pudding with Pecans, Raisins and Candied Ginger

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?

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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

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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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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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Chia Pudding with Pecans and Candied Ginger

Serves 1


  • *1/2 cup very hot water
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • *handful of pecans chopped
  • *handful of organic raisins
  • *several small pieces of crystallized ginger I used homemade, chopped
  • *1/2 apple or pear chopped- optional
  • *drizzle of pure maple syrup or your favorite all natural sweetener to taste-optional
  • *tiny pinch of sea salt-optional


  • 1. Place chia seeds into a bowl and pour the hot water over them. Add pecans, raisins and ginger and stir to combine.
  • 2. Allow the pudding to sit for about 10 minutes while the chia seeds soak up the liquid.
  • 3. Add the apple or pear, if using. Taste and the optional sweetener/sea salt, if desired.

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  4. 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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  6. 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.


  7. 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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  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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!