Overnight keto chia pudding is so popular for breakfast or a quick dessert. It’s one of the easiest keto recipes you could make with so many options as adding chocolate, sweet berries, nuts or even granola.
When it comes to getting fiber you can’t go wrong with chia seeds. Now, they do way more than that so continue reading. In this recipe, making a keto chia pudding will blow you away with what it can do. A little nugget or seed should I say is chia seeds in liquid creates a gel around the seed. This causes the liquid to become gel-like or thicken creating what we call chia pudding. The volume must be correct but don’t worry because I’ve done the work there for you.
A delicious, pudding while doing a low carb, keto diet who wouldn’t sign up? The sugar-free chia pudding is sweetened with a keto friendly sweetener so no blood sugar spikes there. You can eat it plain but the fun begins when you really start to play with how you top it off. Things like fruit and granola are just the beginning! However, by itself the keto chia pudding is only 1g net carbs leaving plenty of room for goodies.
How To Make Keto Chia Seed Pudding
- Chia Seeds
- Keto Sweetener
- Nut Milk (I love macadamia milk in this recipe)
Preparing the recipe
- Choose a base for your chia seed pudding. I used macadamia nut milk, but any nut milk will work.
- Pour out one cup of the nut milk. Next, add in your sweetener, preferably powdered.
- Add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to that cup. The pudding will look very thin at this point but give it time. The longer it sits the thicker it gets hence the term overnight pudding.
- Cover then place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Take it out and give it a mix. Remember, it’s not ready yet. Then, cover and place back in the fridge for at least 4 hours or better overnight and have it for breakfast.
Helpful Recipe Tips
- Add chia seeds last, when adding a sweetener or cocoa powder be sure to add those first and use a whisk to really break them down before adding in your chia seeds.
- Give it time, I know overnight is a long time but the longer it sits the better. Those chia seeds will begin to swell and thicken up over time no matter how ready we are to eat. However check the FAQs in you run into any issues.
How To Store
The same place where you made your keto chia pudding is where you will store it, in the refrigerator. Now, due to the ingredients if you want it closer to room temperature leaving it on the counter a little bit won’t hurt. But, you don’t want to just leave it there without being in the fridge. The keto chia pudding will last 5-7 days in the refrigerator.
Some people ask about freezing it and I’d say it shouldn’t be an issue due to the stabilizers they put inside the nut milks.
Toppings and Variations
- Berries (Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
- Nuts (Walnuts, Pecans, Hazelnuts)
- Seeds (Pumpkin, Sunflower, Flax)
- Spices (Cinnamon, Apple Pie, Pumpkin)
You can mix and match these as well. Try adding butter and pecan for a butter pecan version. Or even chocolate and hazelnut for a Nutella vibe.
Bases for chia seed pudding
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk
- Macadamia milk
- Heavy cream
- Flax milk
The texture depends! Are you using a nut milk it? The texture will be much more smooth. If you’re using heavy cream or coconut milk expect a much creamier texture due to the high fat content.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why didn’t my pudding thicken?
How old are your seeds? Chia seeds won’t loose their ability to gel but older ones can take much longer. Did you wait long enough? In nature nothing is set in stone. That’s why overnight cha pudding is the best because it allow plenty of time to set.
Are chia seeds keto friendly?
One ounce of chia seeds is only 2g of carbohydrates* which puts it well within the limits of the keto diet food list. They are a great source for antioxidants and dietary fiber* as well. Rich in Omega-3’s this is a great food to eat and the keto pudding itself is delicious!
Are there a bunch of carbs in chia seeds?
No there aren’t! Chia seeds are rich in dietary fiber and when we count net carbs we don’t include those on keto. As mentioned about there are very little carbs in keto chia pudding.
Making chia pudding overnight to have for breakfast is great because it gives the chia seeds time to thicken. They are a very powerful thickening agent and the longer it sits the more it’s activated. Be careful to make sure you mix well. I have seen it happen where the entire bottom portion becomes pudding and the top is still liquid. The top mixes in well but this may result in it being not as thick as it could have been.
How Is The Texture? What Does It Taste Like?
Truly, if you love pudding chia seeds won’t be an issue. They are practically tasteless in the pudding. The flavor you get is the base you use, any sweetener or mix in. So, if you use almond milk that is what you will taste. Vice versa with coconut milk and heavy cream as well. In conclusion, whatever you mix it with make sure you like the flavor of those things.
What do I eat with keto chia pudding?
Keto chia pudding
- 1 cup macadamia milk
- 4 tablespoon powdered sweetener
- 2 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup macadamia milk
- 1/4 cup powdered sweetener
- 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pour 8 ounces of nut milk
- add 2 TB of chia seeds and mix
- cover and place in refrigerator about a hour. Then come back and mix. Cover again.
- Leave in for 4 hours or overnight. Mix again when you remove it as well. Enjoy
- ***nutrition facts are for vanilla only***