How To Make Chia Pudding + Chia Pudding Recipes

CHIA PUDDING MEAL PREP | how to freeze chia pudding for batch prepping + 7 delicious flavors!

Did you know that you can batch prep chia pudding and freeze it?! Yep, that’s right. In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to meal prep chia pudding weeks in advance for a quick and easy grab-n-go healthy breakfast option. This is especially beneficial for those days/weeks you haven’t had time to meal prep.

I’ve always been a huge fan of chia pudding and meal prepping it in advance for the week. But, the idea of freezing and batch prepping it was inspired by Downshiftology’s Channel (she has great videos, btw!). So, after watching her video, I started freezing my chia puddings about a year ago, and I’ve been doing it ever since. So, I figured I’d share my twist on it plus share some flavor combinations I’ve been enjoying recently (including 2 dessert chia puddings)!

How To Make Chia Pudding + Chia Pudding Recipes

How to Meal Prep Chia Pudding – Meal Prep Essentials

When freezing your chia pudding, I recommend prepping them in individual freezer safe glass containers. That way, you can easily defrost one serving of chia pudding at a time for an easy grab-n-go meal. Here’s some of my favorite single serve glass containers that are freezer safe.

  • Half Liter Weck Jars: I like to use this size if I’m making my chia pudding as a meal (i.e. for breakfast) because it leaves plenty of room for the chia pudding to expand and for extra toppings.
  • Quarter Liter Weck Jars: I like using this size whenever I’m making my dessert/snack size chia puddings since they’re usually a smaller portion size. I love the weck jars because they stack nicely in the freezer.
  • Glass Mason Jars: Regular glass mason jars are also a fantastic choice for chia puddings but they don’t stack well. You’d need to line them up in rows (no stacking), which can be great for pull out freezers that have the extra tray on top. Stick with the 16 oz size for chia pudding recipes.
  • Regular Glass Meal Prep Containers: You could always just go with regular glass meal prep containers. They also stack very well.
How To Make Chia Pudding + Chia Pudding Recipes

How to Meal Prep Chia Pudding – Ingredients

To start, you’ll need to learn the base chia pudding recipe. Then, you can begin to customize different flavors to your liking and have fun with it. This is for a full serving (meal size, not dessert size).

  • Chia Seeds: Add 3 Tbsp to the jar.
  • Milk: Using a fork or baby whisk, mix in 3/4 C. of any type of milk you prefer until it’s blended into the chia seeds. I’m using unsweetened almond milk.
  • Pure Maple Syrup: For a bit of sweetness, add 1 tsp of pure maple syrup. Feel free to use any sweetener you prefer (i.e. raw honey, low carb sweetener, etc.)
  • Vanilla: To bump up the flavor, add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.

Directions: Once the ingredients have all been mixed, let it sit for about 15 minutes to let it thicken up then mix it again. At this point, you can add your favorite freezer-friendly toppings, including fresh or frozen fruit, shredded coconut, or even chocolate chips.

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What toppings are freezer friendly?

When adding toppings to your chia pudding, be sure to only add the ones that’ll stay fresh (and still taste good) after being frozen. Some of my favorite toppings include:

  • Fresh or Frozen Fruit
  • Fruit puree or jam
  • Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • Cacao Nibs or Chocolate chips
  • Nut or Seed Butters

What topping NOT to freeze (add fresh when ready to serve): nuts & seeds

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How long will the chia pudding last in the freezer?

From my experience, the meal prepped chia pudding will last up to 3-4 weeks in the freezer without losing it’s flavor and freshness. Try to stack the toppings all the way to the top of the jar so there’s less air.

Check Out The Individual Chia Pudding Flavors Below

Below, I’ve listed several different flavor combinations to switch things up so you don’t get bored!

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Basic Chia Pudding Recipe

Once you master this basic chia pudding recipe, you’ll be able to customize different flavor combinations to your liking!

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Almond Butter and Strawberry Jam Chia Pudding

This recipe is the original one that got me hooked on chia pudding initially. The homemade strawberry jam adds the perfect amount of sweetness and because this one is loaded with healthy fats, it’ll keep you full for hours!

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Hormone Supporting Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Chia Pudding

Not only is this chia pudding recipe super delicious, but it’s great for supporting hormone balance as well thanks to the added ashwagandha. Ashwagandha helps to support your adrenals glands as well as manage your body’s stress response.

How To Make Chia Pudding + Chia Pudding Recipes

Energizing Blueberry Matcha Chia Pudding

This makes for the perfect healthy breakfast on the go, especially if you’re needing a natural boost of energy. The matcha contains naturally occurring caffeine as well as beneficial antioxidants to keep you energized all morning long.

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Berry Beet Superfood Chia Pudding

Beets are such an underrated superfood! If you’re looking for an easy way to sneak more beets into your diet, try this chia pudding. I think you’ll be surprised at just how delicious it is!

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Brownie Batter Dessert Chia Pudding

If you have a chocolate craving, instead of reaching for a chocolate bar full of sugar, try this chia pudding recipe! It’s my favorite snack any time a chocolate craving hits.

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Cinnamon Roll Dessert Chia Pudding

Who said healthy desserts have to taste bad?! This cinnamon roll dessert chia pudding will have your mouth watering. And, I guarantee it’ll curb all your sweet cravings while also supplying your body with nutrients and beneficial fiber.

Watch My Chia Pudding Meal Prep Video Below

CHIA PUDDING MEAL PREP | how to freeze chia pudding for batch prepping + 7 delicious flavors!

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Recipe by Kayla Chandler Course: Breakfast, Snacks, DessertDifficulty: Easy
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How to make chia pudding plus six delicious chia pudding recipes you can meal prep and freeze for a quick and healthy breakfast on-the-go.

Ingredients

  • For the Base Chia Pudding Recipe (1 serving):
  • 3 Tbsp Chia Seeds

  • 3/4 C. Unsweetened Almond Milk (or any type of milk)

  • 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup

  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • Optional: 1 Scoop of Protein Powder (I use Collagen Peptides)

  • Almond Butter and Strawberry Jam Chia Pudding (1 serving):
  • Base Chia Pudding Ingredients (listed above)

  • Strawberry Jam (1 heaping C. Frozen Strawberries, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)

  • Toppings: 1/2 C. Fresh Strawberries, 1 Tbsp Almond Butter, & 1 Tbsp Chopped Walnuts

  • Hormone Supporting Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Chia Pudding (1 serving):
  • Base Chia Pudding Ingredients

  • 1/2 Ripe Banana

  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp Ashwagandha Powder OR Gelatinized Maca Powder

  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg

  • Pinch of Sea Salt

  • Toppings: 1/2 Banana (sliced), 1 Tbsp Chocolate Chips, & a sprinkle of cinnamon

  • Energizing Blueberry Matcha Chia Pudding (1 serving):
  • Base Chia Pudding Ingredients

  • 1/2 – 1 tsp Matcha Powder

  • Blueberry Jam (1.5 C. Frozen Blueberries, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)

  • Toppings: 1/3 C. Blueberries, 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts, & 2 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

  • Berry Beet Superfood Chia Pudding (1 serving):
  • 1/3-1/2 Beet, peeled & roughly chopped

  • 4 Strawberries, fresh or frozen

  • 3/4 C. Unsweetened Almond Milk (or any type of milk)

  • 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup

  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 3 Tbsp Chia Seeds

  • Toppings: 1/4 C. Plain Coconut or Greek Yogurt, 1/2 C. fresh or frozen raspberries, & 1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

  • Brownie Batter Chia Pudding (dessert or snack size):
  • 1 Tbsp Cacao Powder or Cocoa Powder

  • 1/2 C. Almond Milk (or any type of milk)

  • 2 tsp Maple Syrup

  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

  • Toppings: 2 Siete Mexican Wedding Cookies & 1 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Chips

  • Cinnamon Roll Chia Pudding (dessert or snack size):
  • 1/4 C. Coconut Yogurt (or really any plain or vanilla flavored yogurt)

  • 1/2 C. Almond Milk

  • 2 tsp Maple Syrup

  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

  • Toppings: 2 Siete Mexican Shortbread Cookies & 1 Tbsp Chopped Walnuts

Directions

  • For the Base Chia Pudding Recipes:
  • Add all ingredients to a glass jar and stir with a fork or small whisk to combine. Let sit for 15 minutes to thicken and then mix again.
  • Add any freezer-friendly toppings you’d like, such as fresh or frozen fruit, nut butters, shredded coconut, jams, etc. Place a lid on top and place in the freezer until ready to serve. When ready to serve, defrost it in the fridge overnight.
  • For the Almond Butter and Strawberry Jam Chia Pudding:
  • For the strawberry jam: allow the frozen strawberries to thaw out for 30-60 minutes (or overnight in the fridge). Then, in a small saucepan over medium heat, add the thawed out strawberries. As they’re cooking through, break them up with a potato masher or spatula to the consistency you like. Once they’ve reached your desired consistency, add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and continue simmering for 1-2 more minutes. Remove from stovetop, let cool, then transfer to a glass container for storage.
  • For the chia pudding: make the base chia pudding recipe and allow it to thicken for 15 minutes. Then, layer the chia pudding with 2-3 Tbsp of the strawberry jam and the rest of the toppings. Place a lid on top and freeze for up to 3-4 weeks.
  • For the Hormone Supporting Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Chia Pudding:
  • Make the base chia pudding recipe. Then, in a separate bowl, add all of the remaining ingredients (not including the toppings) and mix. Transfer this mixture to the base chia pudding recipe and mix until it’s fully combined. Let it thicken for 15 minutes then stir again.
  • Add the toppings. Place a lid on top. Freeze for up to 3-4 weeks.
  • For the Energizing Blueberry Matcha Chia Pudding:
  • For the blueberry jam: allow the frozen blueberries to thaw out for 30-60 minutes (or overnight in the fridge). Then, in a small saucepan over medium heat, add the thawed out blueberries. As they’re cooking through, break them up with a potato masher or spatula to the consistency you like. Once they’ve reached your desired consistency, add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and continue simmering for 1-2 more minutes. Remove from stovetop, let cool, then transfer to a glass container for storage. **Feel free to add 2-4 Tbsp of water to thin out the consistency.
  • For the chia pudding: make the base chia pudding recipe. Mix in the matcha powder and allow it to thicken for 15 minutes. Then, layer the chia pudding with 2-3 Tbsp of the blueberry jam and the rest of the toppings. Place a lid on top and freeze for up to 3-4 weeks.
  • Berry Beet Superfood Chia Pudding:
  • In a blender, add all ingredients except the chia seeds and toppings. Blend until extra smooth.
  • In your freezer safe glass container, add the chia seeds along with the blended beet mixture. Mix until fully combined.
  • Add the toppings, place the lid on top, and freeze for up to 3-4 weeks.
  • Brownie Batter Dessert Chia Pudding:
  • Add the cacao powder and a splash of almond milk to the container. Mix with a fork. Add the maple syrup, vanilla, and chia seeds. Mix again. Then, add the remainder of the milk and continue mixing until fully combined.
  • Place a lid on top and freeze. When ready to serve, defrost in the fridge overnight, add the toppings and enjoy!
  • Cinnamon Roll Dessert Chia Pudding:
  • Add the yogurt and a splash of milk to the container and mix with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients and the rest of the milk and continue mixing until fully combined.
  • Place a lid on top and freeze. When ready to serve, defrost in the fridge overnight, add the toppings and enjoy!

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Notes & Nutrition

  • Basic Chia Pudding –> NUTRITIONServing Size: 1 Calories: 238kcal Carbohydrates: 21g Protein: 7g Fat: 15g Fiber: 10g Sugar: 4g
  • Almond Butter & Strawberry Jam –> NUTRITIONServing Size: 1 Calories: 432kcal Carbohydrates: 35g Protein: 12g Fat: 29g Fiber: 15g Sugar: 12g
  • Chocolate Chip Banana Bread –> NUTRITIONServing Size: 1 Calories: 438kcal Carbohydrates: 56g Protein: 8g Fat: 21g Fiber: 13g Sugar: 25g
  • Blueberry Matcha –> NUTRITIONServing Size: 1 Calories: 408kcal Carbohydrates: 35g Protein: 8g Fat: 26g Fiber: 14g Sugar: 13g
  • Berry Beet Superfood –> NUTRITIONServing Size: 1 Calories: 366kcal Carbohydrates: 38g Protein: 7g Fat: 20g Fiber: 17g Sugar: 12g
  • Brownie Batter –> NUTRITIONServing Size: 1 Calories: 286kcal Carbohydrates: 30g Protein: 5g Fat: 14g Fiber: 8.5g Sugar: 15g
  • Cinnamon Roll –> NUTRITIONServing Size: 1 Calories: 204kcal Carbohydrates: 21g Protein: 4g Fat: 11g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 4g

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