Chia Pudding

  • Servings : 1
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 0m
  • Ready In : 4m

Chia Pudding

Delicious for breakfast or lovely for a snack these easy to prepare chia puddings are a nutritious calcium rich, dairy free option for kids with an allergy or intolerance to cow’s milk protein. One serve provides up to half of the recommended daily intake of calcium for a toddler. They have a lovely creamy texture and can be sweetened with mashed, stewed or pureed seasonal fruit to avoid the use of added sugar. Your kids will love them because they taste so good and you will love them because they offer so much goodness for your kids.

Nutrition Note: In addition to being a source of calcium, chia seeds provide essential omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fibre and other important vitamins and minerals including iron, phosphorus and magnesium needed for growth and development.

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Pick ‘n’ mix homemade breadcrumbs

Quinoa, chia and blueberry porridge

Chia seeds as an egg replacer in baking recipes

For 1 egg: mix 1 tablespoon chia seeds with 3 tablespoons hot water and leave to soak for a few minutes.

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  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup milk (choose a calcium fortified rice, oat, soy or almond milk for dairy allergies)
  • maple syrup or honey*, to taste (optional)
  • *avoid honey for babies under 12 months


Step 1

Combine the chia seeds, milk and sweetener in a small bowl or jar. Stir or shake well to combine, set aside for 10 minutes then stir or shake again. Place in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight. -

Step 2

Serve with chopped or stewed fruit. -

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Rebecca on February 26, 2015

    Sorry I can’t seem to see the Ingredients anywhere. I know it’s only milk, chia and sweetener but how much of each and what type of milk etc. thanks!

    • posted by Jess on February 26, 2015

      Hi Rebecca, all fixed now 🙂 x

  2. posted by Jen on March 3, 2015

    can you use coconut milk for babies?

    • posted by Jess on March 4, 2015

      Hi Jen, yes you can use coconut in cooking for babies. Please note however, breastmilk and formula is recommended as your baby’s main drink until the age of 12 months. Enjoy, Jx

  3. posted by Vicki on March 3, 2015

    How long can you store it for once made? Thanks

    • posted by Amy on March 4, 2015


    • posted by Jess on March 4, 2015

      Hi Vicki, I would recommend 1-2 days in the fridge. Enjoy, Jx

  4. posted by Irma on March 4, 2015

    I made this last night and this morning it had not thicken up , still very liquidity so I drank it. Still good but I was looking forward to pudding texture. What did I do wrong?

    • posted by Ashleigh on March 5, 2015

      I also made this last night and it was runny. Any tips on thickening up

    • posted by Jess on March 5, 2015

      Hi Irma,
      When made to the recipe, the consistency is more of a custard. You do need to make sure you give the mixture a good shake when you first combine the chia seeds and milk and again 10 minutes later. If there are still clumps of chia seeds try to give the mixture another good stir/shake a few mintues later. If you find you are still after a thicker consistency – try adding 2 tsp more chia seeds or slightly less milk. I hope that helps. It is a very nutritious and satisfying breakfast or snack. Enjoy, Jx

  5. posted by Shelley on March 6, 2015

    I want to make this with rice milk and fruit Puree as the sweetener. When would I ad the Puree?

    • posted by Jess on March 6, 2015

      Hi Shelley, you could add it either when you are combining the chia seeds and milk or once it has thickened but I would suggest stirring it through when you are ready to eat it. Enjoy, Jx

  6. posted by Sarah on March 15, 2015

    I thought this was pretty tasty, but my 18month old didn’t like it – I think the texture was a bit strange to him.

    • posted by Antonia on March 3, 2016

      You can blend it before serving to make it a smooth pudding. Apparently if you blend it before the chia has soaked up the liquid it gives it a funny taste. So definitely do the blending once it’s soaked.

  7. posted by Vicky on April 6, 2015

    Would you be able to give this recipe to a 6 month old with the substitution of breastmilk or formula?

    • posted by Cherie on April 9, 2015

      have you tried this with breastmilk yet? I wondering the same thing 🙂

      • posted by Christina on July 13, 2015

        I will try it with my sons formula tomorrow. I am hesitant to try it because i dont like to waste food and there is no way i am eating this made with his medical dairy free formula, but we will give it a go! Hes really sick of oatmeal!

  8. posted by Bellinda on April 7, 2015

    Amazing! I added Apple purée and diced dried apricots and my son loved it.

  9. posted by Pauline on August 15, 2015

    Try adding a little Vanilla paste as an alternative to the sweeteners.

  10. posted by Carla on August 19, 2015

    At what age can babies have chia seeds? My son is just 12 months . I eat them all the time & never thought about giving it to him until i saw this receipe.

    • posted by Angela on November 19, 2015

      My daughter has been having chia since then. I would highly recommend when you give your child chia to make sure they are having lots of water as there’s a lot of fibre!

  11. posted by Elenia on May 20, 2016

    I want to try this recipe for my 9 month old son. Could i try the recipe and use his formula as he does not drink other types of milk at this young age

  12. posted by Sarah on June 20, 2016

    Hi, my baby is 8 months and on formula, would you recommend substituting formula as the milk component for this…?

  13. posted by Bec on July 13, 2016

    I made this yesterday afternoon for this morning and was very disappointed.. I followed the recipe to the letter and it was still very runny and not custard like at all. It actually looked exactly like when I popped it into the fridge. I shook it twice after the 10mins aswell as per your advice on comment section.. oh well! Ill try another recipe

  14. posted by Betty on November 7, 2021

    Too runny….

  15. posted by Sophie on March 24, 2022

    I did this however mine was really really milky-not set come morning …. I followed measurements?


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