Chia Seed Pudding with Coconut & Vanilla (Paula Deen – Are You There?)

Weight loss & energy food tip here – and this food is ch-ch-ch-Cheap!

If you saw my natural energy drink “Chia Fresca” recipe video, you’ll know I’ve been lovin’ my Chia Seeds for a while now.

Used for centuries by native Central Americans, Chia seeds were considered a powerful energy food and provide excellent nutrition.

Chia Seeds

Filled with detox-supportive fiber, chia seeds, which look like little grey, tan or black poppy seeds, provide the best plant source of those fabulous Omega-3s that protect your heart,brain, skin and joint health.

Plus, all that fiber is GREAT for diabetics who need to stabilize their blood sugar and lose weight. Do you think Paula Deen knows about chia seeds? If you know her, send her this recipe – I’d love to be on her show!

(*The extra cinnamon in this recipe helps balance blood sugar levels even more – one of those super ingredients diabetics and border-line diabetics should be using!)

Soak these seeds in liquid for 15+ minutes, and they begin to gel and soften, providing an excellent slow-moving fiber and protein, which helps you feel full and reduces appetite.

Chia also contains protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, antioxidants, niacin, and zinc.

Now you can enjoy these ancient seeds as a delicious dessert any time - and this recipe only takes about 20 minutes to make!

Chia Seed Recipe - chia seed pudding




Chia Seed Pudding with Coconut & Vanilla

2 cups coconut, rice, or hemp milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons brown rice syrup or maple syrup

pinch sea salt

¼ cup chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon




-       Heat the milk over medium in a small saucepan.

-       Whisk in the vanilla, brown rice syrup and sea salt.

-       Once the milk is almost to a simmer, whisk in the chia seeds and cinnamon. Remove from heat and set aside for 15 minutes, or until the mixture gels up to a tapioca consistency.

-       Serve warm, at room temperature, or cool in the refrigerator. Serves 2-3.




  1. Anne says:

    Wow! Chia and Hemp seeds have changed my world. A little dramatic, I know. I’ve been incorporating Chia seeds into my diet for about 2 months now, but wasn’t using enough. I tried the breakfast cereal recipe on the back of the package of chia seeds I recently received from Nutiva and it’s my new morning favorite and has made it so I can cut back on not so healthy system moving alternatives (how’s that for not being graphic!) Thanks for this posting recipe…it will help me have my cravings and stay healthy too!

  2. Rick says:

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    Wow… This sounds AWESOME. Love Chia seeds. Any suggestions on another flavoring to replace the vanilla… Have a food sensitivity to it.

    Can’t wait to try this one out this weekend.


  3. Kendra says:

    Alex, this looks awesome!!!! Can’t wait to try it–I love chia in my smoothies, but have been wondering how to incorporate it more. Can’t wait to try this out (on me and my kids)!

    Love your updates! Thanks!

    From one IIN grad to another,

  4. Claire P says:

    Hi Alex!
    I usually sprinkle chia seeds into my oatmeal as it’s cooking on the stove, but I can’t wait to try this recipe. Might try it with almond milk, too. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Mia says:

    Hi Alex!

    I loved this recipe. The first time around, I made it with coconut milk but the pudding didn’t thicken up enough for me. So, on my second try, I added one mashed banana and a tbsp of organic peanut butter, which gave it a great consistency (and a tiny bit of protein). This will definitely be in rotation for me.

    Thanks for the great tips as always!

  6. Brenda Lewis says:

    Hello Alex!

    I tried this tonight with vanilla soy milk. It was good and the kids liked it too which I was pleasantly surprised about! Thank you!! xxoo


  7. krisann says:

    i’ve made this three times now, it is delicious. thanks for a greqt recipe. i found that i needed to add 1/2 cup of chia seeds to get a tapioca like consistency. it’s great warm or cold, as a dessert or a mid day snack!!

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