Today is the day! It’s school time again! Are you looking for good back-to-school lunch ideas? Ready in minutes, this chia pudding is going to be your new favorite healthy treat for school. The recipe is so easy to throw together and packed full of goodness such as seeds and nuts that are processed in a blender into a perfect pudding texture.

Tiny but powerful, chia seeds are rich in omega-3s, protein, fiber, and antioxidants. These mighty black seeds aren’t just for breakfast – use them to make a pick-me-up snack or a protein-rich lunch for your kids. With endless topping possibilities, chia pudding will help your kid feel satisfied and so energized for the school day! Your child is going to love this healthy, raw, sugar-free and gluten-free treat. Start with the basic recipe and then add different fruits and nuts or any additional toppings your kids might like! Some good, healthy options include peanut butter, candied almonds, citrus fruits, and granola. The sky is the limit.

Bursting with flavors, this recipe is perfect when you want to eat healthy dessert or snack and detox your body from processed food. It takes a few minutes to prep and then “makes” itself overnight in the refrigerator. And the best part – it keeps for a few days in your refrigerator, getting better and plumper each day. 

Prep time 5 minutes

Soaking time 8 hours

Total time 8 hours 5 minutes

Servings 4


1 ½ cups water

1 ½ cups coconut milk

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup hazelnuts

1/2 cup cashews

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 tablespoons agave syrup

A pinch of coarse sea salt

A pinch of grated nutmeg

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 cup blueberries


Simply purée all the ingredients, except chia seeds and blueberries, in a high-speed blender. Then, thoroughly combine the puréed mixture with dry chia seeds.

(You can use sweetened milk, homemade or store-bought; just add less agave syrup.)

Spoon the mixture into mason jars, cover, and place in your refrigerator overnight. Chia seeds will absorb most of the liquid.

(Keep in mind that chia seeds will expand up to 9 times their natural size.)

When ready to eat, stir and top with fresh or frozen blueberries.

Nutrition Facts

(Amount per 213g = 1 serving)

Calories 383

Total Carbohydrates 45g

Protein 9.1g

Total Fat 20.8g

Chef’s notes:

This particular combo of coconut milk, agave syrup, and fragrant spices is satisfying and just sweet enough for a treat but you can add dried fruits or banana for some extra sweetness.

This pudding is especially delicious swirled into oatmeal or frozen yogurt, or as a sweet dip for fruit skewers.

As for the sweetener, maple syrup and date syrup work well, too.

You can make a warm chia pudding by heating it up in a microwave with a splash of plant-based milk. This pudding is ready in 6 hours, but it has the best consistency after 12 hours. You can store chia pudding in your refrigerator for up to 5 days.