Here’s a simple and delicious recipe for Whole30 Vanilla Chia Pudding. Serve this easy sugar-free dish for breakfast or a healthy snack.

a bowl of chia pudding

If you’re following the Whole30 diet and you’re tired of boring eggs for breakfast, this chia pudding is the perfect solution!

When chia seeds are soaked in a liquid, they absorb it and the mixture becomes thick and creamy. It feels indulgent when it’s actually a nutrient-packed, healthy Whole30 breakfast.

Most chia puddings are sweetened, but even unprocessed sweeteners like maple syrup isn’t allowed on Whole30. Fortunately, bananas add plenty of sweetness (and potassium). Strawberries, blueberries, or cherries would taste delicious too.

Whole30 chia pudding is naturally gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free, sugar-free, and vegan. It’s all too easy to make and customizable!

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Chia seeds are nutrient-dense. They’re packed with antioxidants, protein, fiber, and omega-3’s.
  • This chia pudding has no added sugar. Sliced banana sweetens it up nicely.
  • It’s a no-cook, quick breakfast. Make it the night before and it’s ready for you in the morning.
  • You only need 5 simple ingredients.
two bowls of chia pudding

Key Ingredients

Chia seeds – You can use black or white chia seeds. They’re nutritionally almost identical and they taste the same too.

Unsweetened almond milk – Almond milk has a mild and nutty flavor. It tastes great in chia pudding. You can also use unsweetened cashew milk and still be Whole30 compliant. If you’re not following Whole30, you can use any plant milk or even regular milk in its place.

Vanilla extract – For a nice vanilla flavor!

Unsweetened shredded coconut – Be sure to buy the unsweetened kind. Regular sweetened shredded coconut is packed with added sugar which outweighs the health benefits.

Banana – For best results, use a ripe banana. Green or under ripe bananas taste chalky and bitter. If you don’t care for bananas, any sweet fruit would taste delicious. Strawberries, dates, pears, figs, grapes, cherries, raspberries, peaches, and mango are all Whole30 approved.

ingredients for chia pudding

Recipe Steps

Step One

In the pitcher of a blender, combine the chia seeds, almond milk, and vanilla extract.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Blend to combine, about 30 seconds.

how to make chia pudding in blender

Step Three

Pour the chia seed mixture into two containers and refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This will give the chia seeds time to absorb the almond milk.

Step Four

Prior to serving, toast the shredded coconut in a dry skillet on low heat for 3-4 minutes. The coconut will turn a light brown color when it’s toasted. Be careful to not let it burn or it will taste bitter.

toasted coconut in skillet

Step Five

Serve the chia pudding topped with shredded coconut and sliced banana.

a bowl of chia pudding

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • You can easily double this recipe to make more servings.
  • If you don’t have a blender, simply combine the chia seeds, almond milk, and vanilla in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  • You can make the chia pudding up to 4 days in advance of serving.
  • To make a chocolate version of this recipe, add 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder to the blender.
  • You can use whatever type of plant milk you like. For Whole30, stick to nut or seed-based milks.
  • If you are used to sweeter puddings, you can use two ripe bananas instead of one.
  • If you aren’t on the Whole30 diet, you can add a tablespoon of maple syrup or honey to the mixture for sweetness.
  • Drizzle almond butter on top for even more filling protein!

FAQs

Is chia pudding good for you?

Yes, but it also depends on what you add to it. Chia seeds are considered a superfood because they are packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. This recipe uses plant-based milk and has no added sugar which makes it incredibly healthy. If you want to sweeten it, try to use unprocessed sweeteners or fresh fruit for even more nutrients.

What can I eat on the Whole30 diet?

On the Whole30 diet, you’re supposed to avoid sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, and dairy. Whole30 puts an emphasis on eating whole foods like vegetables, fruit, seafood, unprocessed meats, heart-healthy oils, and nuts. If you’re unsure about an ingredient, a quick Google search will tell you if it’s allowed.

chia pudding with banana and coconut on top

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chia pudding with bananas

Whole30 Vanilla Chia Pudding


Description

Here’s a simple and delicious recipe for Whole30 Vanilla Chia Pudding. Serve this easy sugar-free dish for breakfast or a healthy snack.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced

Instructions

  1. In the pitcher of a blender, combine the chia seeds, almond milk, and vanilla extract.
  2. Blend to combine, about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour the chia seed mixture into two containers and refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Prior to serving, toast the shredded coconut in a dry skillet on low heat for 3-4 minutes. The coconut will turn a light brown color when it’s toasted. Be careful to not let it burn.
  5. Serve the chia pudding topped with shredded coconut and sliced banana.

Notes

  1. You can easily double this recipe to make more servings.
  2. If you don’t have a blender, simply combine the chia seeds, almond milk, and vanilla in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. You can make the chia pudding up to 4 days in advance of serving.
  4. To make a chocolate version of this recipe, add 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder to the blender.
  5. You can use whatever type of plant milk you like. For Whole30, stick to nut or seed-based milks.
  6. If you are used to sweeter puddings, you can use two ripe bananas instead of one.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No-bake
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: whole30 chia pudding with almond milk, whole30 banana chia pudding, chia seeds whole30

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