chia seed pudding in a white bowl with strawberries, bananas, nuts and peanut butter on top

Warm Chia Pudding made with 3 pantry staple ingredients in under 10 minutes. It’s thick, creamy, cozy and makes the perfect grain free breakfast!
(vegan + gluten free)

side angle shot of chia seeds with cashew milk and bananas

Yes, I know, I’m pretty late on jumping on the chid seed pudding bandwagon. I defiantly have tried it a couple times throughout the years and love my strawberry tahini chia seed pudding, but I was never really crazy for it.

But friends. WARM chia seed pudding. HOLD ON. It’s a game changer. Seriously. I don’t know if its because my body just wants something warm and cozy right now, but this is something I wake up craving.

I shared this warm chia seed pudding on a what I ate today video and so many of you guys tried and loved it, I thought it deserved a dedicated recipe post of its own.

Whether you’re a fan of chia seed pudding or not… this one is callin’ your name.

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Chia Pudding Ingredients

The base of warm chia pudding is made with 3 basic pantry staple ingredients: chia seeds, non-dairy milk and some sweetener. I use maple syrup or coconut sugar to keep it refined sugar free.

I also like to stir in sesame seeds or hemp hearts to give a bit of a different texture to the pudding!

As for flavour, I usually keep it simple with a bit of vanilla, cinnamon and salt, but the beauty of chia pudding is that once you’ve got the chia seed-to-liquid ratio right, the flavour possibilities are endless. Keep reading for some flavour ideas and combinations 😉

step by step how to make warm chia seed pudding

How to Make Warm Chia Pudding

What I love about warm chia pudding vs. overnight chia pudding is that it’s ready in 3 steps and in just about 10 minutes from start to finish- no hours of waiting! Plus, it’s warm so it’s perfect for colder mornings.

  1. Add non-dairy milk and chia seeds into a pot over medium low heat and bring to a gentle boil. Stir and let the chia seeds absorb the liquid for about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat, add in optional hemp or sesame seeds, vanilla, cinnamon, pinch of salt and any other flavourings you want and stir until combined. At this point, it you find it too thick then add in a bit more non-dairy milk or if you find it too runny, let it simmer for a couple more minutes until desired consistently. The chia pudding will continue to thicken as it sits so keep that in mind when serving.
  3. Now the fun part, add on all your toppings and devour!
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Variations & Combinations

  • Chocolate: stir in 1.5 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • Matcha: sift in 1/2 tbsp of matcha and stir to combine
  • Golden Latte: use coconut milk and stir in 1 tsp of turmeric + 1/8 tsp of black pepper
  • Mixed Berry: blend 1/2 cup of defrosted frozen mixed berries and mix in
  • Apple Pie: add some chopped apples, coconut sugar, cinnamon and nut meg until apples are softened

Topping Ideas:

  • Nuts: chopped walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios
  • Seeds: hemp seeds, sun flower seeds, pumpkin seeds
  • Butters: peanut butter, cashew butter, tahini, almond butter
  • Fresh Fruit: bananas, apples, berries
  • Dried Fruit: raisins, cranberries, dried mango, dried pineapple
  • Other: coconut whip cream, jam, coconut flakes
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I hope you try and love this stove top chia pudding as much as I do! It’s so creamy, warming and loaded with nutrients. It’s such a quick and easy breakfast and you’ll never get bored of it because of how customizable it is!

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More Chia Seed Recipes to Try

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Warm Chia Pudding

  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


Warm Chia Pudding made with 3 pantry staple ingredients in under 10 minutes. It’s thick, creamy, cozy and makes the perfect grain free breakfast!


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  1. In a medium pot, add the milk and chia seeds, stir and bring to a low boil over medium-low heat.Cook for about 3-5 minutes or until it starts to thicken. 
  2. Turn off the heat and stir in maple syrup, vanilla, sesame seeds, cinnamon and pinch of salt until well combined. 
  3. Transfer into a bowl and top with your favourite toppings and enjoy!


  • Helpful Equipment: medium pot, wooden spoon
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool made with 3/4 cup cashew milk and 1 tbsp maple syrup (Cronometer). 
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 229
  • Sugar: 12.9
  • Sodium: 127mg
  • Fat: 10.7
  • Saturated Fat: 5.7
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7.8
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 27.3
  • Fiber: 10.3
  • Protein: 5.7
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: chia pudding


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About Lisa

I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. Loved this recipe for how quick and simple it is! It’s uncomplicated just like regular (cold) chia pudding. It is light, filling, energizing, yummy, and keeps you warm on a chilly day 🙂 Definitely my new go-to breakfast. Thank you for creating this wonderful recipe, Lisa!!

  2. so easy to make i love this, thank you so much perfect for those cold mornings

  3. OMG, so yummy and ohh so easy (and quick) to make! I added microwave stewed apples, coconut sugar, honey and some pre-toasted muesli. It was delicious! So versatile, I love it!!!

  4. awesome recipe, I love it because it’s so versatile and it’s definitely become one of my favorite breakfasts since the moment I discovered this warm version!

  5. I made this today and it was SUPER good! For something that takes very few ingredients and very little time, it’s really tasty and really healthy. I’ll definitely be making this one a part of my normal breakfast routine.

  6. I too was never a full fan of regular chia seed pudding. I’d put it in my oats from time to time, but for the most part I was always like “meh, I’m whatever about it. I just eat it cause I know it’s beneficial.” But I never thought about having it warm until I saw it your YouTube video! Heating it up is so much better than having it cold. It’s super comforting and a serious game changer! I can’t wait to try a bunch of different variations! <3

  7. I made a variation of this after watching your YouTube video, using chia seeds, milk and vanilla protein – it was amazing!
    I’m not a cold chia pudding girl, but this sure does taste delicious and it’s a now a new staple breakfast choice!X

  8. Made this for breakfast and it was so yummy and filling way better than cold chia pudding

  9. Hey! I absolutely enjoyed this recipe of yours 🙂 It was so easy to make and tasted sooooooooo good 😻
    So go ahead and create other great recipes like this one 🙋🏼‍♀️

    You can also check out my version on it @flirefafo on Insta 👀