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This chia yogurt is the perfect make-ahead breakfast full of protein, healthy fats, and fiber, that takes 5 minutes to whip up. Chia seeds soak up Greek yogurt, milk, vanilla, and maple syrup overnight for a thick pudding texture you can enjoy first thing in the morning. Customize this high-protein breakfast with your favorite toppings like nut butter, fresh fruit, seeds, and more.

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Mixing chia seeds in yogurt is a simple way to prep breakfast for the week. Mix up yogurt, milk, vanilla, and some honey or maple syrup in 5 minutes, separate into individual jars, and have a healthy breakfast all week long.

This thick creamy pudding is packed with protein and fiber to keep you feeling full all morning. The only downside is that it’s almost too pretty to eat!

Why You’ll Love This Chia Pudding with Yogurt

  • Healthy breakfast filled with healthy fats and protein.
  • Rich and creamy texture.
  • Easy to meal prep individual servings. 
  • It’s a filling breakfast with clean, simple ingredients.
  • You can easily customize it with your favorite toppings.
  • Makes a healthy snack or dessert!

Overnight oats are another healthy meal prep breakfast. Try carrot cake overnight oatspumpkin overnight oats, or blueberry overnight oats next!

Ingredients You Need

Here are the main ingredients you need to make this yogurt chia seed pudding recipe. Skip to the recipe card for exact measurements.

  • Plain Greek yogurt: You could also use vanilla Greek yogurt (I like 2Good for a lower sugar option)
  • Milk: Use any kind: dairy milk, unsweetened almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.
  • Chia seeds: Just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds have 4.7 grams of protein and 9.8 grams of fiber!
  • Honey: Pure maple syrup is a great option or your sweetener of choice.
  • Vanilla extract: For a little extra flavor.
  • Vanilla protein powder: This is optional, but is a great way to sneak in additional protein.
  • Toppings: These are also optional. A personal favorite is fresh strawberries and slivered almonds.

Looking for more chia seed recipes? Try this tropical kale smoothieoatmeal peanut butter protein balls, or banana oatmeal cookies next.

chia seeds, yogurt, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla on a counter

How to Make Chia Yogurt

Here are the basic steps, with images, for how to make chia seed pudding with yogurt. Skip down to the recipe card below for the full printable recipe.

  1. Mix everything in a bowl. Mix the yogurt and milk (and protein powder if using) in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until the chia seeds are evenly distributed.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cover the bowl or transfer to individual serving containers. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight. The chia seeds will expand and create a pudding consistency. Stir in a splash of milk at a time as needed if the pudding seems too thick. Serve with your favorite toppings.

FAQs

Can I put raw chia seeds in yogurt?

If you’re short on time, you can use chia seeds as a topping to Greek yogurt with fresh fruit. They’ll have a crunchy texture rather then a gel-like pudding texture in this yogurt chia seed pudding.

What are the health benefits of chia seeds?

According to the Mayo Clinic, chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Together with the protein in the Greek yogurt, you have a blood sugar balancing combination that will keep you feel for hours.

How long to soak chia seeds in yogurt?

You’ll notice the chia seeds start to absorb the yogurt  within 2 hours of soaking. This is the minimum amount of time I recommend waiting while it chills in the fridge, however, overnight is best. 

Chia Pudding Toppings

How to Store

Store in an airtight container like mason jars in the fridge for up to 5 days. I don’t recommend freeze chia pudding.

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Chia Yogurt Recipe

Prep: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 5 minutes
Yogurt Chia Pudding will be your new go-to recipe when you need a quick make-ahead breakfast. It’s chockful of nutrients, has a dynamic taste and texture, and can be topped any way you like! I love to make a big batch on Sunday nights and have it ready to go all week.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup milk any kind
  • 2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder, optional
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • Fresh fruit, nuts, or granola for topping (optional)

Instructions 

  • Mix the yogurt, milk, honey, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl until smooth. If using protein powder, add everything to a blender rather than a bowl and blend until smooth.
    1 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 cup milk, 2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 scoop
  • Stir in the chia seeds until they are evenly distributed. It may seem too liquid, but the chia seeds will absorb it as they chill.
    1/4 cup chia seeds
  • Cover the bowl or transfer to 5 individual serving containers. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, ideally overnight. The chia seeds will expand and create a pudding consistency. Stir in a splash of milk at a time as needed if the pudding seems too thick.
  • Serve with your favorite fresh fruit, nut butter, or granola.
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