Spiced Chia Pudding

Recipe 5 min (plus 2 hours to set)Preparation Time 2 minCooking Time

Spiced Chia Pudding

5 min (plus 2 hours to set)Preparation Time 2 min Cooking Time

About this Recipe

This spiced chia pudding is everyone’s favorite, packed with plant-based protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Top it with whatever you like (pistachios and berries for me, a little blueberry, chocolate chip, and maple syrup action for my kids).

The Benefits

Chia is widely touted as a great source of complete protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. Spices, nuts, and fruit all bring their own potent nutritional profiles to this concoction, making it an excellent breakfast or restorative snack.  


Serves 4
  • 2 cups (480 ml) milk of choice
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract or pinch of vanilla bean powder
  • 6 Tbsp (60 g) chia seeds
  • Pistachios for serving
  • Berries for serving
  • Sweetener of your choice for serving


  1. Step 1
    Warm the milk in a medium pot over medium heat, careful not to let it boil.
  2. Step 2
    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix a pinch of saffron into 1 Tbsp of the warm milk, using the back of a spoon to crush the saffron, so that the flavor releases into the milk.
  3. Step 3
    Transfer the saffron milk mixture back into the pot of milk and whisk in the ground cardamom, cinnamon, and a pinch of vanilla extract or vanilla bean powder. Adjust these to taste.
  4. Step 4
    Transfer the warm milk into glass jars or bowls. Divide the chia seeds among the jars/bowls, and mix well. Allow to set in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours and up to overnight.
  5. Step 5
    Serve with pistachios and berries or whatever toppings you like and a dash of your favorite sweetener, if desired.