Healthy Make-Ahead Chia Pudding Recipe

Jun 8 2021
Are you ready to fall in love with chia seeds? Because once you try this pudding, we predict you'll be ready to swear your lifelong allegiance to them. Check out this simple make-ahead recipe, plus five fun ways to dress it up. Make it with agave syrup, or use sugar-free pancake syrup to lower the nutritional stats. (See HG FYI!) Pssst: Check out this value buy on Amazon with over 56,000 reviews!

Hungry Girl's Healthy Chia Puddin' Recipe

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Entire recipe: 248 calories, 13.5g total fat (1g sat fat), 134mg sodium, 26g carbs, 14.5g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 8.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 8*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 8*

Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 8*

Prep: 5 minutes

Chill: 8 hours


3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

3 tbsp. chia seeds

2 tsp. agave nectar (or 1 tbsp. sugar-free pancake syrup)

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract


In a medium bowl or jar, combine all ingredients. Mix until mostly uniform.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or until chia has expanded and most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Stir well.


HG FYI: The nutritional info above is for the recipe made with agave syrup. If made with 1 tbsp. sugar-free pancake syrup (also delicious!), the recipe will have 212 calories, 17.5g carbs, and <0.5g sugars (SmartPoints® value of 6* on all plans).

5 Fun Flavor Variations!

Once your pudding is made, it’s time to finish it off…

PB&J Chia Puddin’

Entire recipe: 305 calories, 16.5g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 150mg sodium, 33.5g carbs, 16.5g fiber, 14g sugars, 10.5g protein — SmartPoints® value 9* (all plans)

Top with 1/2 cup sliced strawberries and 2 tsp. chopped peanuts. Classic!

HG Alternative: If made with the sugar-free syrup, this recipe will have 270 calories, 25g carbs, and 4.5g sugars (SmartPoints® value 7*).

Tropical Chia Puddin’

Entire recipe: 295 calories, 14.5g total fat (2g sat fat), 137mg sodium, 35g carbs, 15.5g fiber, 17.5g sugars, 9g protein — SmartPoints® value 9* (all plans)

Send your mouth on vacation! Top with 1/3 cup chopped mango and 1 tsp. unsweetened shredded coconut.

HG Alternative: If made with the sugar-free syrup, this recipe will have 255 calories, 27g carbs, and 8g sugars (SmartPoints® value 7*).

Apple Cinnamon Chia Puddin’

Entire recipe: 270 calories, 13.5g total fat (1g sat fat), 134mg sodium, 31.5g carbs, 15g fiber, 14g sugars, 8.5g protein — SmartPoints® value 8* (all plans)

Top with 1/3 cup chopped apple and a dash of cinnamon. A Hungry Girl favorite…

HG Alternative: If made with the sugar-free syrup, this recipe will have 235 calories, 23.5g carbs, and 4.5g sugars (SmartPoints® value 6*).

Banana Nut Chia Puddin’

Entire recipe: 329 calories, 16.5g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 134mg sodium, 39.5g carbs, 16g fiber, 16.5g sugars, 10g protein — SmartPoints® value 9* (all plans)

Stir in 1/4 cup mashed banana. Top with 2 tsp. chopped walnuts. So good!

HG Alternative: If made with the sugar-free syrup, this recipe will have 293 calories, 31g carbs, and 7g sugars (SmartPoints® value 7*).

Blueberry Lemon Chia Puddin’

Entire recipe: 290 calories, 13.5g total fat (1g sat fat), 135mg sodium, 36.5g carbs, 16g fiber, 17g sugars, 9g protein — SmartPoints® value 8* (all plans)

Stir 1/2 tsp. lemon juice. Top with 1/2 cup blueberries and a dash of lemon zest. How refreshing…

HG Alternative: If made with the sugar-free syrup, this recipe will have 256 calories, 28.5g carbs, and 7.5g sugars (SmartPoints® value 6*).

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