A 5-ingredient overnight breakfast chia pudding with chocolate chips. Store this super easy chia seed pudding in mason jars to grab and go in the morning!
I have come to love chia seeds in recent years! Not only are chia seeds nutrient-dense, but they are also super easy to add to your diet.
Lately, I have had some busy mornings and don't have a ton of time to devote to making breakfast. This overnight breakfast chia pudding has been the solution for me. I can quickly mix everything up in a mason jar the night before, so in the morning, it's ready to go.
What are the Health Benefits of Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds may be super tiny, but they are packed with fiber, protein, and antioxidants. In fact, chia seeds are considered a superfood because they are so rich in nutrients.
A typical serving size of chia seeds is about two tablespoons. Within a serving size, there are only 137 calories, 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 9 grams of fat (5 of which are omega-3s). Not to mention, chia seeds include magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins as well. Those are pretty impressive numbers for only two tablespoons!
One of my favorite things about chia seeds is their versatility. There are so many ways to sneak this nutrient-rich food into your diet:
- Mix them into your oatmeal, yogurt, or cereal
- Blend them into a smoothie
- Sprinkle some over your salad
- Add them into your water or tea (or any drink, really)
- Bake them into baked goods like bread, muffins, and scones
- Make a pudding out of them like we are doing today
How do you Make Overnight Chia Seed Pudding?
Do you need more reasons to love chia seeds after reading all of their health benefits? Well, here's one more reason - this recipe only takes ten minutes to make!
Something a lot of people struggle with when making chia seed pudding is that darn ratio! How many chia seeds and how much milk are you supposed to use? I have the answer for you, ready?!
For today's recipe, which is one serving size, I combine 3 tablespoons of chia seeds with ¾ cups of milk.
While I typically make this overnight chia pudding to have for breakfast, it is a great snack too!
Tips for Making Chia Seed Pudding
The key to making the perfect overnight chia seed pudding is to avoid any clumping. Chia seeds, once mixed with liquid, immediately start soaking it up and getting its gel-like texture. To avoid clumping, I combine all the ingredients together in a mason jar, leave on my countertop for ten minutes, and then mix it again making sure to scrape the sides and bottoms really well.
This tip is for those of you that aren't the biggest fans of chia seed pudding consistency. You can actually combine all of the ingredients for this overnight breakfast chia pudding in a blender first, and this will give you a smoother texture without all the little beads of chia seeds.
My final tip is to have fun with it! As I mentioned, chia seeds are so versatile. You can really make any pudding you'd like with whatever toppings you choose. Today's recipe is for a chia seed pudding with chocolate chips and coconut flakes, but you can also use the same base of this recipe and try out other combinations. Here are different chia seed pudding flavors and toppings that I love:
- Cinnamon, vanilla extract and apples
- Orange zest and chocolate chips
- Peanut butter and berries
- Banana and walnuts
- Lemon and cashews
In the cooking mood? Check out some of my other recipes:
- Vegan Strawberry Rosemary Scones
- Vegan French Toast with Just Egg
- Breakfast Hash
- Sugar Free Apple Crisp
- Just Egg Review
- Raspberry custard tart