Beat egg boredom with this Whole30 Breakfast Chia Pudding. This version is lightly sweetened with a date, and is a refreshing, quick breakfast option. I love to put this chia pudding in jars and have breakfast ready for the next few days.
- 1 The Perfect Whole30 Breakfast
- 2 Ingredients in Whole30 Chia Pudding
- 3 How to Make Homemade Chia Pudding
- 4 Tips for Whole30 Breakfast Chia Pudding
- 5 Other Whole30 Breakfast Recipes
- 6 Whole30 Breakfast Chia Pudding
The Perfect Whole30 Breakfast
I started making this Whole30 Breakfast Chia Pudding while doing the Whole30 last year. It was not because I was tired of eggs- it was more of a time issue! Being back at work with an infant at home, scrambled eggs weren’t going to happen!
I was surprised to see how many readers loved this recipe as much as I do! It’s a great grab and go breakfast option. 1 recipe takes about 5 minutes to put together (and 30 mins or longer to “soak”), and it makes 3-4 breakfasts.
When I was working, I would mix this up in the evening and split it between 4 jars. In the morning, all I had to do was toss in some fresh fruit and a spoonful of nut butter, screw the lid back on, and toss it in my bag to take to work.
If you’re not doing the Whole30 or on a Paleo diet, you can also try these overnight oats recipes that use chia seeds – try my basic Overnight Chia and Oats, or this delicious Brownie Batter Chia and Oats.
If you want a dessert-like pudding (not for the Whole30), try this Chocolate Chia Pudding.
Ingredients in Whole30 Chia Pudding
- Almond Milk (look for a brand with Whole30 approved ingredients here). *You can also make this with a homemade cashew-hemp milk. The recipe is included in the recipe card notes!)
- Medjool date (can use smaller varieties, or omit entirely)
- Chia Seeds
- Sea Salt
- Fruit (bananas, berries, apples, pears, peaches)
- Nut Butters (try this homemade pistachio butter!)
- Nuts and seeds
- Coconut Butter
How to Make Homemade Chia Pudding
Step 1: Into a blender, add 1 cup of almond milk, date, sea salt and cinnamon. If your date is dry or hard, soak it in hot water for 2-3 minutes prior to adding it to your almond milk. Process the milk and date until it’s fully broken up.
Step 2: Add the rest of the almond milk and chia seeds to the blender. Pulse to mix seeds in. The seeds will take about 30 minutes to soak up liquid, so leave it in the blender to thicken. About once every 5-10 minutes, pulse in the blender to mix it up again.
Step 3: After about 30 minutes, pulse again, and decide if it has thickened enough. If necessary, add 1-3 more tablespoons of chia seeds to get the desired texture. You can alternately add more almond milk to thin it out.
Step 4: Store Whole30 chia seed pudding in small jars and refrigerate. It will thicken more as it sits overnight.
Tips for Whole30 Breakfast Chia Pudding
Is Chia Seed Pudding Whole30 Compliant?
Chia pudding is not a recommended food on the Whole30 diet. Turning compliant ingredients into puddings or dessert-like creations is not recommended.
However, this recipe is made with compliant ingredients and is healthy-fat and protein focused, and is great if you need ideas for making the Whole30 work for you. The Whole30 is about eliminating processed foods from your diet and relying on whole foods for nutrition, and this fits the bill!
If you need convenience options to make it through the 30 days, make the decision that works best for you!
Is Almond Milk Whole30 Compliant?
Sweetened almond milk is not. Check the ingredient labels and ensure there are no forms of sugar.
You can also look at this list of compliant almond milks.
Can I have Chia Seeds on the Whole30?
Chia seeds are a whole food and a seed, so they are Whole30 compliant. Try sprinkling chia seeds on fruit, salads, or even using them to thicken sauces and dressings.
Other Whole30 Breakfast Recipes
- Whole30 Frittata
- Sweet Potato Frittata (omit parmesan on top)
- Breakfast Salads
- Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet
If you make this recipe, be sure to share it with me! Find me on Facebook or Instagram and be sure to tag #SunkissedKitchen @SunkissedKitch
Whole30 Breakfast Chia Pudding
- 3 cups almond milk homemade, or free of sugar and gums, see notes
- 1 medjool date (or 3 small dates)
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch sea salt
- fresh fruit optional
- nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc.) optional
- nut butter (sunflower, almond, cashew, etc.) optional
- coconut butter optional
- unsweetened coconut optional
- Add 1 cup of almond milk, date, salt and cinnamon to a blender. Blend on high speed for about 1 minute, until the date has lightly sweetened the milk but no chunks remain.
- Add 2 more cups of almond, and chia seeds, and pulse until combined, leaving chia seeds whole. Leave mixture in blender for about 10 minutes. Pulse again to mix up, and then allow to sit again to thicken. Repeat this 3-4 times until the pudding has thickened. It will thicken more as it refrigerates overnight, but if it seems too runny, add an additional 1-3 tablespoons of chia seeds. If it seems to thick, add additional almond milk.
- Top with fresh fruit, nuts and seeds, nut butters, and coconut to enjoy!
- 3 cups water
- 12 cashews
- 3 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 medjool date (or 3 small dates)
- 6 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch sea salt
- Add 1 cup of water to a blender along with cashews, hemp seeds, and date. Blend until as smooth as possible.
- Add the rest of the water, and pulse to combine.
- Add in the chia seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt, and pulse to combine.
- Allow water to absorb into the seeds for about 10 minutes, then pulse again. Repeat 3-4 times, until the pudding has thickened.
- If you chia pudding is too thin after 30 minutes, add 1-2 tablespoons more chia seeds. If it’s too thick, thin it out with water or almond milk.
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
I made my first chia pudding the other week!!!
I’m holding back telling anyone my thoughts on it until I get around to posting it 😉
Yum! I’ve been making it for a while but always just with almond milk and banana– but I love sweetening it a bit with dates because I can leave it in the fridge for days! Looking forward to seeing how you make it 🙂
Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners says
Oh these looks so delicious, Michelle. I haven’t had chia pudding yet and it’s definitely time. I love that you can make it ahead of time. What a perfect way to enjoy fruit in the morning.
How’s your gorgeous little guy? Loving the pics!
Xander is great– growing so fast. 9 months already tomorrow!
Yes– this is a great grab and go breakfast. In fact, eating it right now while Xander naps! Even when he is sleeping, I feel like I have to do everything in double time– so no hanging out in the kitchen making omelets and baked tomatoes anymore!
lindsay Cotter says
warmer weather means more tropical goodness! and cold pudding. Like this! love it!
Thanks Lindsay– making this has been a huge breakthrough in eating healthier since baby was born! Adorable little time suck 🙂
These chia puddings look SO good! And it’s so adorable that Xander can crawl and clap now!!
Crawling and clapping is super adorable. He claps at all the best times– when I change his diaper, when he wakes up from his naps, when I set him on the floor in the bathroom so I can FINALLY go to the bathroom 🙂 It’s hilarious.
Bam's Kitchen says
Loving these trio of deliciousness. I have yet to try the chia pudding craze but your recipe is so easy and love those toppings. I must give it a try. I don’t know which one I would like the best so I must try all 3. I hope you are doing well and how is the little guy? I bet he is getting so big. Take Care
So big for sure! 9 months is such an enormous change from a newborn– he is into everything! And he can no longer play with 1 or 2 toys. He isn’t happy until he has them all out. He needs 20 books before he will sit and listen to 1. What an amazing experience motherhood is 🙂
Hey, these look great, and I’m making them now. One question, though. The ingredients call for 3 c. water, but the instructions only use 1 c. Which is right? Thanks!
Thank you for pointing out that mistake! It takes 3 cups of water– but first blend the hemp seeds and cashews into 1 cup, then add the other 2 cups of water and pulse to combine. I find the seeds blend better if you start with the smaller amount of water. I’m updating the recipe right now. Enjoy!
Hi- I made this last night and refrigerated it overnight and it is really runny. I followed the instructions exactly. Any ideas or is it supposed to be like this?
Hi Amber! It’s hard to answer this question because I don’t know what runny is to you. It is a thinner pudding in a milky base. I also don’t know if buying different types of chia seeds might impact how much water they absorb, but that is certainly something I will look into- I always buy the same ones. To fix the batch you made and make it more to your liking, you can always add more chia seeds. A quicker fix would be to mash a banana and stir it up to add more body to the pudding. Also, the “pudding” base is very lightly sweetened (since I made the recipe for the Whole30), so I relied on lots of added fruit and nuts to give it some excitement.
Thank you for responding. I added 3 more tbsp of chia seeds and that did the trick!
I’m glad it worked out for you Amber! I will try out some other brands of chia seeds and see if that is what makes the difference. I always buy the same kind so I don’t know if that’s it!
I made this and it turned out super runny for me as well. It tasted great but was basically just milk with chia in it. No thickening at all.
I think I will need to update this with a range of how many chia seeds to add, because with the brand I buy, it always turns out pretty thick. Thanks for letting me know!
I came here for a recipe not your life story. When you post a recipe treat it like an old cookbook, not your lame child rearing journal. The recipe is good. Last time I made it I added honey, pumpkin pie spice and used almond juice (it is not milk). It tastes like horchata.
If you don’t like my “life story” and the way I write my blog, you’re welcome to look for recipes elsewhere. I would rather not have readers who spread negativity.
Recipes without stories do not exist anymore, they have become megaphones for narcissism. It is not negativity, it is constructive criticism…if you follow it. Thungs need not be so long and complicated. I have found soaking the cashews overnight before blending helps puree them smoother for the cashew butter. I have not found a way to keep the chia seeds from stucking together and not absorbing water properly without shaking it like a disobedient child. Any suggestions?
You do make me laugh, maybe not in the best possibly way. Blogs are a bit narcissistic, but that is why most people like reading them. If you want a straight recipe, Betty Crocker still sells that big red book. The recipe does call for soaking the chia and cashews overnight, but yes, the chia seeds do stick together a bit. I’ve found the best way to ilmit this is to shake them well when you first add them, and then again a few times in the next hour. Annoying yes, so I only do this if I happen to be in the kitchen doing other things. I’m working on a new chia pudding recipe that will be posted in the next couple of weeks and I am trying to find the best method for blending them really smooth, so it has more of a traditional pudding texture. So far the results are super tasty, but a little gritty– but getting better and better. If you can handle another narcissistic story (and very likely about my son, seeing as new motherhood blurs your perspective for a few years), stop back by to see what I’ve learned.
Hi! Has this recipe been updated yet to reflect the runniness others have reported? I’d love to make it for my January whole30
Hi Izzy! No, I haven’t tested it with different types of chia seeds yet.
When I make it, I make it exactly as listed and it always turns out nice and thick for me.
What I would suggest is to reduce the amount of water by 1/2 cup when you make it. If after an hour, your pudding is too thick, you can just add in plain water until it has the consistency you like. I know you’ll enjoy this!
Ushmana Palmo Rai says
A great way to kickstart the morning for the new year! The pudding looks savory, thank you so much for sharing your recipe, all the love!
Thank you! It’s a great breakfast.
GiGi Eats says
Why I still have yet to make chia pudding is beyond me!!! I must!!!
It’s delicious! Especially with lots of fruit and nut butter… maybe you haven’t had it because you can’t have fruit? It might be kind of boring! CHOCOLATE CHIPS! That’s the answer to so many questions.
Tania Sheff says
I have never tried chia pudding, although I often use chia seeds in smoothies, cottage cheese bowls and even bread. I am definitely putting this yummy pudding on my “MUST TRY” list. Thanks for the great recipe, Michelle!
It’s a fun recipe 🙂 And so easy to have in the fridge ready to go in the mornings — I am trying to be better at making time for breakfast, but the truth is I just don’t want to spend the time preparing food when I’m trying to start my day!
I’ve added some vital proteins collagen to this, as well as substituted one cup almond milk for water and it’s so delicious and rich with a spoonful of sunflower butter, bananas and blueberries — feels like a real treat on the whole30 and keeps me full all morning.
Sunflower butter and berries! My favorite combination. I did that all the time on the Whole30. There is some contention on whether or not making a “pudding” is actually compliant — but these ingredients are so nutrient dense, and so clean, I don’t know how it can’t be! It kept me going and feeling great.
I’ve never made a chia seed pudding, but I’d like to give it a go next week. I have almond milk on hand, but not hemp seeds or cashews. I can certainly get those at the store, but I was wondering if I could sub almond milk for those ingredients, and if so, how?
You absolutely can sub almond milk, and I often do. I would sub the same amount as the water in the recipe. Also, I have had people tell me it turns out too thin. I have tested with different brands on chia seeds and found that different brands (plus fresh vs. stale chia seeds) have different absorbencies. You will likely need to adjust the amount of seeds/milk based on your chia seeds anyway — so just choose a starting point, and then after about 10 minutes, either thin with extra almond milk or add an extra tablespoon of chia seeds. You should check out this version — I imagine the recipe would work without the cocoa powder. https://sunkissedkitchen.com/chocolate-chia-seed-pudding/
Raw or roasted nuts?
Good question! I use raw. I imagine roasted would work but roasted nuts are more “nutty” and less sweet tasting.
Jennifer L. says
Wow Michelle, I am not commenting on your chia pudding per se, but more about how gracefully you handled dp. I mean, I stumbled here browsing for new pudding variations for my kids, and of course, I tend to read all the comments on my way. The chia pudding looks good, but the attack on your blog writing followed by a friendly chia pudding question, followed by a direct response with a friendly dose of chia pudding advice, is hilarious (hopefully now in hindsight!). Reading that conversation is just nuts how you both went back and forth: attack-ask a question, defend-answer a question. Kudos to you for keeping your space real with a baby in tow. I haven’t read anything else on your blog, but I do appreciate it when blog writers take time to answer questions and whatnot.
Jennifer, I just had to go back and read those comments, because it’s been a couple of years — and yes, that was a hilarious conversation. That person also came back and commented on like 6 other recipes asking questions of the next few days. Apparently my “child rearing journal” wasn’t as offensive as she originally felt!
This website certainly has all of the info I wanted about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.
The pudding looks savory, thank you so much for sharing your recipe, all the love!
what a wonderful breakfast to share with us thanks
The chia pudding looks good
Hi Michelle! The pudding turned out great. I love the addition of the hemp seeds, which adds an additional protein punch . I am on day 3 of my food elimination journey and this has proven to be a good substitute for my beloved oatmeal. This recipe will be a staple beyond this elimination experience!
It definitely was for me! It’s been a couple years since I started Whole30s and Chia Pudding is a staple in my house. I love packing it in individual jars and reaching for it instead of yogurt to top with nut butter and berries, since I have eliminated almost all dairy. So glad you found this option!
Hi, there! I was looking forward to making this but I buy my cashews raw and broken (much cheaper than buying whole). Any idea what measurement 12 cashews equals, or weighs? Thanks!
About 1/4 cup!
Whole30 doesn’t allow the recreation of puddings
Michelle Miller says
I’ve had this argument with so many people. How about you do Whole30 how it feels right for you, and I do it the way it feels right for me?
love this response so much. I’m really enjoying all of these comments. People are pretty ridiculous.
Starting a Whole 30 next week and can’t wait to make this recipe. I’ll come back with a review!
I’ve had chia seeds before in an overnight oatmeal recipe. For some reason the texture from the chia seeds didn’t agree with my palate. At the time I had added dark chocolate pieces which helped me mask the texture. I’ve also mixed chia seeds in my smoothies which I liked. I want to do another whole 30 and this recipe looks so good. Do I have soak the chia seeds or can I leave them crunchy?
Michelle Miller says
If you left them crunchy, you’d just be eating spoons of seeds in milk, not a pudding. It would have the same effect nutritionally, but for me, it would be strange to eat. Like having a few spoonfuls of seeds and a cup of almond milk. Maybe create a berry parfait and put lots of seeds on top?
Yeah… though it’s whole 30 compliant pudding isn’t really in the spirit of whole 30. They even tell you on the website to put away your chia pudding for 30 days!
Yes, if you read the beginning of this recipe she specifically gives a states “Note about Whole30: Some Whole30 purists argue that any type of pudding, even one made with compliant ingredients, should be off limits for the 30 days…”. Also, your comment is not the first on the subject.
So she knows. We all know. You don’t have to make the chia pudding, though. You don’t even have to click the link! You do you. But I’m super excited to make this chia pudding for Whole30.
Yes, if you read the beginning of this recipe she specifically states “Note about Whole30: Some Whole30 purists argue that any type of pudding, even one made with compliant ingredients, should be off limits for the 30 days…”. Also, your comment is not the first on the subject.
So she knows. We all know.
You don’t have to make the chia pudding, though. You don’t even have to click the link! You do you. But I’m super excited to make this chia pudding for my Whole30.
Michelle Miller says
Love that — you do you 🙂 I find this recipe plenty “clean” enough to include in my Whole30 as well. Hope you enjoy it! Lately I have been sweetening it with pure monk fruit extract rather than the date, or skipping the sweetener all together and just adding extra berries. Always delicious and super easy too.
Hey! I made this recipe & unfortunately turned out with something that was sort of slimey… I added more almond milk to try and thin it out but it didn’t work 🙁 I think maybe it had to do with blending the chia seeds? Or did I do something else wrong? Going to try this again to see if that makes it better but it just felt like eating slime rather than pudding 🙁
Michelle Miller says
Did you blend the seeds until they were broken down? The seeds should just be pulsed into the milk, not blended until they are gone. The recipe says pulse – not process.
Jessica Rivera says
The 5 stars is for the original recipe. I have not tried the new one as I am not a fan of almond milk.
I have been making the original recipe for years. I just pulled up my bookmark and the recipe changed. Can you please share the original recipe with the cashew and hemp milk?
Michelle Miller says
Hi Jessica! I have had a few people comment since I updated this recipe that they liked the original cashew-hemp milk! I just added that recipe back into the recipe card. Thanks for letting me know! If you’re looking for more delicious Whole30 recipes, try this Roasted Carrot Hummus — I make it all the time! https://sunkissedkitchen.com/roasted-carrot-hummus/
Thank you. Just made a batch and can’t wait for breakfast 😉