Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls
Yield: 2 to 4 servings
This low-sugar alternative to the popular acai bowls takes just a few minutes to make and offers a deliciously filling start to the day. The concept is similar to stovetop oatmeal or overnight oats, as you can top and customize to taste.


  • 1 cup (240g) fat free vanilla yogurt
  • 1-2 tablespoons (20-40g) pure maple syrup*
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
  • A pinch (⅛ teaspoon) salt
  • 5-6 level tablespoons (60-72g) chia seeds**
  • 1 cup (240ml) unsweetened vanilla or original almond milk (could sub milk of choice)
  • Optional toppings: granola; fruit like berries, sliced banana, chopped peaches, persimmon, pomegranate; melted peanut butter*** or nut butter of choice; nuts or seeds; toasted coconut


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together all of the ingredients until blended. (Tips: I like to add the milk last, in two additions, as it makes it easier to incorporate the yogurt into a smooth mixture. Also note that if you walk away after adding the chia seeds and without stirring, the seeds will clump as they soften and thicken. This, however, is the trait that makes the pudding work!)

    Cover the pudding and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. (Helpful hints: Once thickened slightly, I like to distribute the pudding among bowls for ease the next morning. I make 3 bowls. Once topped, it’s a filling amount for me. Plan on 2-4 bowls depending on appetite. The recipe may be doubled and will keep for at least 5 days in the refrigerator.)

    When ready to eat, top the individual servings with fresh fruit, granola, nut/seeds, and/or nut butter of choice. The cold pudding has a consistency similar to tapioca and may also be enjoyed without toppings.



*Precise amount of maple syrup will depend on personal preference and variety of yogurt used. Once thickened, you may taste and adjust as desired.
**The amount of chia seeds may be adjusted to create preferred thickness. I like the higher amount, but the first time you may wish to start on the lower side. Once the pudding has thickened, you may stir in more chia seeds if desired. Conversely, if the end result is thicker than you’d like, simply add a drizzle or two of milk until thinned to your liking.
***To easily drizzle peanut butter (or another nut/seed butter of choice) without having to stir in additional ingredients, scoop a few tablespoons into a small, microwavable bowl and microwave, uncovered, on full power for 20 seconds. Stir and microwave on full power for 20 seconds more. Stir and drizzle immediately.

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