Transform simple ingredients into nutrition-packed Coconut Chia Pudding. It’s a perfect kid’s breakfast or snack that parents will enjoy too!

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Coconut Chia Pudding

I’m always looking for easy homemade breakfast and snack options that are nutritious and that the kids and I both like—this Coconut Chia Pudding is a favorite option. We’ve been making this recipe for years and love topping it with all sorts of fresh fruits.

Chia pudding—which is where chia seeds are soaked in a liquid and they turn into a sort of a thick, gel (which I realize sounds odd, but is what happens!)—is packed with healthy fats, fiber, and some protein.

It has a pleasant thick texture that’s similar to the consistency of pudding. And it’s a yummy way to offer up calcium to kids. (I also have a chocolate version.)

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Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe you’ll need to have the following ingredients on hand.

ingredients in coconut chia pudding on counter.
  • Canned coconut milk (full fat or light): This adds flavor and fats to the recipe (which helps us stay full).
  • Whole milk plain Greek yogurt (or nondairy equivalent): To mix into the coconut milk and add calcium.
  • Chia seeds: These thicken the mixture into a pudding-like consistency.
  • Maple syrup: For a little sweetness, I add maple syrup. You can also do honey for kids over age 1.
  • Vanilla extract: This adds another subtle flavor.

TIP: We like to top ours with fresh fruit for additional flavor, but that’s optional.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the basic method in this recipe so you know what to expect. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full specifics.

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  1. Add the ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Stir together.
  3. Add to airtight containers and store in the fridge to allow the chia seeds to plump and absorb the liquid.
  4. Top with fruit, granola, or any other desired toppers and serve. Note that this is meant to be served cold.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is chia pudding healthy?

This easy snack has a load of healthy omega fatty acids, plus protein and yummy flavor. So yes!

How long does chia pudding last in the fridge?

I like to store it for 3-5 days in airtight containers.

Can I make this dairy-free?

Sure! Use your favorite nondairy Greek-style yogurt.

jars of coconut chia pudding on countertop.

How to Store

Store in the fridge in airtight containers for up to 3-5 days. This is best served cold out of the fridge, so it’s perfect to make ahead and eat throughout the week.

spoon of coconut chia pudding over bowl

Best Tips for Success

  • Use canned coconut milk for the best coconut flavor in this chia seed pudding.
  • Use regular milk or another dairy-free milk if you’re not into the taste of coconut.
  • If your yogurt is lumpy and not stirring up well, use a whisk to make a smooth mixture.
  • Top with fresh fruit, frozen berries like blueberries, granola, or other desired toppers.
  • You can make this a little smoother by blending the mixture up in a blender before popping it into the fridge or using ground chia seeds.
  • Store in individual snack cups, a mason jar, or another storage container.
  • Try my Chocolate Chia Pudding for another yummy flavor option.

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Favorite Coconut Chia Pudding

I like to use canned full-fat coconut milk for the best flavor and creamy texture, though you can use “light” coconut milk if that’s what you can find at your store.
5 from 45 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Snack
Calories 257kcal
Servings 6

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Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a medium bowl except the toppers. Stir together to make a smooth mixture.
  • Add to airtight containers (I like to do small snack-size ones but you can do one larger container too) and store in the fridge for at least 2 hours and up to 3-5 days.
  • Serve cold topped with desired toppings.

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Notes

  • Store in the fridge in airtight containers for up to 3-5 days.
  • Dairy-free: Use nondairy Greek-style yogurt.
  • Use canned coconut milk for the best coconut flavor.
  • Use regular milk if you’re not into coconut.
  • You can make this a little smoother by blending the mixture up in a blender before popping it into the fridge or using ground chia seeds.
  • If your yogurt is lumpy and not stirring up well, use a whisk to make a smooth mixture.
  • Top with fresh fruit, granola, or other desired toppers.

Nutrition

Calories: 257kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 25mg, Potassium: 293mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 9IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 141mg, Iron: 2mg
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This post was first published February 2020.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! My tweaks are that I divide it into four larger jars. I have had better results using Thai Kitchen’s coconut milk versus a generic brand (I used Target’s brand, and it was much thicker, which I didn’t care for). I also put half a cup of frozen wild blueberries in the bottom of the jar before putting the chia pudding on top. They defrost in the fridge and are perfect when it’s time to eat the pudding. I often put some unsweetened coconut on top. I love these for breakfast!

  2. 5 stars
    The flavor is great and it’s so so simple, but I’m wondering if it’s turning out super thick for anyone else? Was hoping for a more “pudding” consistency, it turns out almost solid.

    1. 5 stars
      I had better results with Thai Kitchen coconut milk. When I used another brand, the coconut milk was much thicker and so the pudding was far too thick for my taste. So now I stick with Thai Kitchen.

  3. Hi, can you add blended frozen fruit to the mix before setting, to sweeten and flavour, or must you add fresh fruit only when it’s ready to eat? Thanks

  4. I don’t want to rate this yet because I wonder that I did something wrong. It never set up for me and the chia seeds settled at the bottom or the top, so when I stirred it all together, they were in large clumps and kind of terrible to eat. I followed the recipe and substituted regular milk for the coconut milk, as suggested. Should I have used less than 14 ounces of milk, maybe? Help! I can tell it’s going to be great, if I can figure out what I need to adjust. Thanks for the help.

    1. Hi- did the seeds plump at all? I wouldn’t think using regular milk would have caused that to happen since the seeds absorb much of the liquid to help make the thicker texture.