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 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 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.
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
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!
Basic Chia Pudding Recipe
Once you master this basic chia pudding recipe, you’ll be able to customize different flavor combinations to your liking!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
More Recipes with Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a superfood and a great addition to your healthy eating routine. Here’s some of my favorite healthy recipes that include chia seeds and are a great way to sneak more of them into your weekly diet.
- 5 (more) Chia Pudding Recipes and New Flavors
- 5-Day Healthy Meal Prep Menu (features one of my hormone-supporting chia pudding recipes)
- Overnight Oats (with chia seeds)
- Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats (with chia seeds)