Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding

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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.

208 CAL 18g CARBS 8g FAT 16g PROTEIN
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This simple Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding makes a super creamy and delicious pudding that can be customized with all your favorite toppings and fruit.

You also may enjoy this Ultimate Chia Seed Pudding and Chocolate Chia Pudding. Curious about why chia seeds are a superfood? Learn about the health benefits of chia seeds.

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.

Yogurt chia seed pudding in a glass jar with a sliced banana and strawberry.

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.

Flavor Ideas

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.

Chia pudding with yogurt with blackberries in a glass with silver spoon.

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 and chia seed pudding in a jar with strawberries and bananas.
The Recipe
Yogurt chia seed pudding in a glass with a fresh blackberry.

Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding

208 CAL 18g CARBS 8g FAT 16g PROTEIN
COOK TIME: 4 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 5 Min
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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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Stir everything together. Add your preferred sweetener to taste. Use Stevia for low carb or for no added calories.


Cover and place in the fridge for 4 hours or more. Eat for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. Top with berries, nuts, fresh fruit, or your other favorite toppings.


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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208
Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 123mg
Total Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 8g
Protein 16g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Kim Dean
June 4, 2019 - 11:57
Thank you for the nutritional break down. It's so helpful.
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