Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding made with a combination of Greek yogurt and almond milk makes the creamiest chia seed pudding with the added benefits of protein and probiotics. Add your favorite fruit and breakfast is ready.
This simple Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding makes a super creamy and delicious pudding that can be customized with all your favorite toppings and fruit.
Chia seed pudding has become one of my favorite breakfasts and snacks, however, sometimes I want the pudding to be a bit thicker. When that happens, I like to replace half of the milk I would usually use with yogurt.
Not only does it thicken everything up; it also adds protein and is an easy way to make a ton of different flavors without needing to buy lots of extra ingredients. Just use your favorite flavored yogurt and you instantly infuse great flavor into any chia seed pudding.
I have tried chocolate, lemon, cherry, and blueberry and they all turned out great.
Yogurt chia seed pudding is also a great way to add probiotics to your diet. Probiotics are naturally found in yogurt and are great for gut health, digestion, and the immune system.
That's on top of all the great health benefits of chia seeds, making this a nutritional powerhouse for breakfast or a snack. We even eat it for dessert by flavoring the chia seed pudding with unsweetened cocoa powder.
Can you make chia seed pudding with yogurt?
It's easy to make chia pudding with yogurt by replacing half of the liquid with your any regular or Greek yogurt.
To make a single serve of chia seed pudding with yogurt, combine 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of yogurt, 2.5 tbsp of chia seeds, and your sweetener of choice.
Maple syrup, honey, agave, or sugar-free sweeteners all work. You can also add fresh or frozen fruit or vanilla extract to add extra flavor.
Can you add chia seeds directly to yogurt?
Chia seeds can be added right to yogurt before eating. Mix them into the yogurt with a spoon so that they become less dry and can plump up a little.
The longer you let them sit in the yogurt, the plumper they will become. However, it is safe to eat them completely dry on yogurt.
Adding chia seeds to your yogurt will add fiber, protein, Omega 3's, and other important vitamins and minerals.
How long can chia pudding be kept in the refrigerator?
Chia seed pudding can be refrigerated for up to five days as long as it is in an airtight container. This is true for regular and yogurt chia pudding.
It is important to note that some fruits will become quite mushy after a couple of days so you may want to add fruit right before serving instead of when you are meal prepping.
Are chia seeds good for you?
Chia seeds have tons of health benefits and are thought by many to be a superfood given all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals they contain.
To start, chia seeds have 20% of the daily recommended amount of fiber in just one tablespoon with each tablespoon having 5 grams of fiber.
To compare, one tablespoon of oatmeal has less than 1 gram of fiber. Additionally, chia seeds contain plant-based proteins and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for cardiovascular health and also are known to help digestion and reduced inflammation.
As I mentioned above, one of the best things about making chia seed pudding with yogurt is that you can add so many different flavors by simply swapping in different kinds of yogurt. Here are some of my favorites:
- Coconut and pineapple: Swap in coconut yogurt and add chopped pineapple on top. Bonus points for tossing in some shredded coconut or chopped macadamia nuts.
- Mocha: Use a coffee-flavored yogurt and top with chocolate chips or chocolate syrup. You can also add some unsweetened cocoa powder to the mix.
- Raspberry Lime: Use raspberry-flavored yogurt and stir in some lime zest. This one is great for summer and super refreshing.
- Strawberries and Chocolate: Use a chocolate-flavored yogurt and add chopped strawberries. Or do it in reverse and use strawberry yogurt and add chocolate chips.
- Lemon Cream Pie: Use lemon yogurt and vanilla extract. Top with some crushed graham crackers.
- Peanut Butter and Jelly: Take inspiration from this PB&J Yogurt Bowl and add peanut butter, fresh fruit preserves, chopped peanuts, and fresh berries.
This post was originally shared in 2014 but has been updated with new photos and information. Here is the photo from the original post.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most common questions about this yogurt chia seed pudding.
Chia seeds will plump up when they are placed in yogurt in the same way they do in liquid. Give them at least 10-15 minutes to plump in the yogurt.
To make a smooth version of chia seed pudding, add everything to the blender before refrigerating. This will break down the chia seeds and make a smoother pudding.
Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding
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- 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 2.5 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or dairy)
- 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
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