How to Make Chia Pudding (Perfect Ratio!)

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How to make chia pudding. A 3-ingredient recipe for chia pudding that's perfect pudding consistency using the perfect ratio of chia seeds to almond milk. Vegan, gluten-free, great for babies and adults alike!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
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May 1, 2019 (Last updated May 18, 2023) by Hannah Sunderani

How to Make Chia Pudding (Perfect Ratio!)

How to make easy chia pudding with almond milk! This is a question I get asked a lot. So, I’m dedicating a whole blog post to it. Made with only three ingredients. It’s vegan, gluten-free, healthy, easy to make. Chia pudding makes a wonderful breakfast or snack topped with your favourite fruits.

If you haven’t already noticed, I love easy make breakfast recipes that are healthy and simple, require just a few ingredients, and most importantly taste delicious! This recipe, my how to make coconut yogurt and my how to make an acai bowl are some simple vegan breakfast recipes that we have on rotation in our home.

With this recipe, you can count on chia pudding that’s perfect in consistency every time. It’s a great plant-based breakfast to meal prep the night before to enjoy the next day, or simply make it 20 to 30 minutes before you want to eat it.

So, let me tell you exactly how to make this recipe so that you can enjoy it pronto!


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How to make chia pudding

Chia pudding is an easy and fuss-free breakfast! All you need are three ingredients: chia seeds, almond milk, and maple syrup (or sweeter of choice).

To make chia pudding, we’ll combine the chia seeds and almond milk in a small bowl and give it a quick whisk with your fork. Then, add the maple syrup (about 1-2 teaspoons, or to taste).

You’ll notice when the chia seeds are first added to almond milk, they aren’t pudding-like in consistency. That’s because the chia seeds expand and become jelly-like in texture over time. I recommend leaving the chia pudding to “set” for at least 10 minutes. Preferably in the fridge overnight.

Now, if you’re waiting for the complicated part of this recipe, you’ll be waiting forever. Because making chia pudding really is this simple. There are no fancy tools or steps.

All you need is a bowl, three ingredients, and time (10-20 minutes to be exact). Low and behold you have yourself a delicious healthy vegan breakfast or snack.

Is chia pudding good for you?

Yes! Chia pudding is a highly nutritious recipe that’s vegan, gluten-free, low-calorie, and low-sodium making it a great breakfast option for most diets. Chia seeds are also loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and fiber. The soluble fiber in chia seeds can help with weight loss by keeping you feeling full and it can also help with constipation. See 7 Enticing Health Benefits of Chia Seeds.

Can chia seeds help with constipation?

Yes! Chia seeds are a great source of insoluble fibre, meaning that it absorbs liquids and can help relieve constipation with softer stool and full poos. I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and rely tremendously on chia pudding to maintain healthy bowel movements!

What are the chia to liquid ratios?

We all know the ingredients are simple, but it’s the ratios of chia seeds to almond milk that can throw us off. In fact, I think this is the exact reason why I get so many questions about how to make chia pudding. How much liquid should one be adding to how much chia?

Since chia seeds expand so much in liquid (apparently it can absorb 12x its weight in water) the question becomes: what are my chia to liquid ratios?

For one serving, I find the perfect ratio to be: 1/4 cup chia seeds to 1 cup (240ml) almond milk.

You might be surprised by just how much liquid this is in comparison to chia seeds! But I promise, the chia seeds will absorb that almond milk without fault making for a delicious pudding consistency.

As for sweetener, this is really to taste – my recommendation is to add 2 teaspoons maple syrup to the mix. I prefer mine lightly sweetened, but you can always add more based on preference.

Keep in mind if you are serving with fruits it will add another layer of sweetness.

For the toppings

In this recipe, I have topped my easy chia pudding with fresh berries: strawberries, raspberries, and red berries to be exact.

But the options are endless. I also love it with banana, pineapple, kiwi, peaches, and mango. I recommend using whatever fruits are ripe and in season. Feel free to get creative with the toppings!

Recipe FAQ’s

How much chia pudding does this recipe make?

This recipe makes 1 servings worth, about 1/2 cup of chia pudding. Feel free to double or triple the recipe if you’d like to meal prep it to last you through the week. Making a big batch is a great way to meal prep, so that you can quickly grab it for breakfast or snack time whenever you need.

How long does chia pudding keep?

Chia pudding will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Store in an air-tight container.

Why is my chia pudding clumpy?

The chia seeds tend to clump if not whisked right away. I recommend whisking with a fork right after you’ve poured in the almond milk. Then after 2 or 3 minutes, whisk the pudding together for a second time. Chia seeds tend to settle at the bottom of the bowl after being stirred. A second whisk will help to break up clumping and ensure a good pudding consistency.

What if my chia pudding is too runny?

If your chia pudding is too runny it can be easily fixed by lightly sprinkling with more chia seeds. Whisk together to combine and wait 5 to 10 minutes for the pudding to thicken. Add more if desired until you’ve reached your desired consistency. See above for my perfect chia seeds to almond milk ratios.

Can I use a different milk to make chia pudding?

Absolutely! I’ve recommended to use almond milk for this recipe, but you can use whatever plant-based milk you prefer. This chia pudding is also delicious made with oat milk. My preference when using almond milk is to use homemade almond milk because it’s much creamier and thicker in texture.


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So there it is. You know exactly how to make easy chia pudding, with the perfect ratios so it’s a flawless consistency every time. Chia pudding is a quick and simple go-to recipe that you can rely on for breakfast or snack time. And with just three ingredients! I think you’ll be making this recipe as often as I do.

And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.

How to make Chia Pudding (perfect ratio)

5 from 2 votes
How to make chia pudding. A 3-ingredient recipe for chia pudding that's perfect pudding consistency using the perfect ratio of chia seeds to almond milk. Vegan, gluten-free, great for babies and adults alike!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serves 1 person


  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tsp maple syrup (or agave)
  • 1/2 cup berries or fruits of choice


  • In a bowl combine chia seeds and almond milk. Whisk together with a fork, then wait a couple minutes and whisk again (this will stop the chia seeds from clumping). Add the maple syrup and whisk again to combine.
  • Cover and transfer to fridge. Allow chia seeds to absorb liquid mixture for at least 10-20 minutes, or until thick pudding consistency. (I prefer to keep mine covered in the fridge overnight). When ready to eat remove from fridge, top with your favourite fruits and enjoy.

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Chia pudding will keep in fridge for up to 5 days. Feel free to double or triple the batch for ready made chia pudding throughout the week.
I love to make this recipe with Homemade Almond Milk as it’s so creamy and lush. Here’s the recipe for my 10-minute Homemade Almond Milk if you’d like to give it a try.
Homemade almond milk more thick and creamy than store-bought, and may result in a thicker chia pudding. If you prefer your chia pudding less thick, add a splash more milk after the chia pudding has set and whisk to combine. 
Nutrition information is a rough estimate for the chia pudding only (without fruits).



Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 9g | Calcium: 467mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. I love chia! And it helped me a lot manage my weight. Don’t know all the nutritional benefits of it but it’s my favorite to drink in the morning. I soak it overnight in water, add a little lemon to it and its my starter drink. Love your post and beautiful pics.

    • Thanks so much Yazmin for the kind message! I love adding chia to water as well for a little fibre! Will have to try it with a squeeze of lemon. I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe. 🙂