Vanilla Cashew Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

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Chia seed pudding is simple to make and delicious to eat!

This chia seed pudding recipe uses homemade cashew milk as the base, but if you want to skip that step you can substitute full-fat coconut milk in a can.

Chia seed pudding is full of plant-based protein, omega-3’s, fiber and good carbs.

It’s also super simple to make and guilt-free.

I’m giving you a simple vanilla chia seed pudding recipe today, but you can get creative and add things like cinnamon, lemon zest or mint to change it up.


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Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

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  • Author: Elizabeth Rider
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x


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  • 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews, soaked in hot water for 1 hour, then rinsed
  • 3 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon good-quality vanilla extract (or 1 whole vanilla bean)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 3/4 cup whole chia seeds
  • Optional: heavy pinch of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest, or 5 fresh mint leaves


  1. Soak the cashews in hot water for 1 hour, or in room temperature water for up to 12 hours to soften. Start by making homemade cashew milk. Place the cashews, water, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt into a high powered blender (like a Vitamix) and blend until smooth and ultra-creamy, about 30 seconds on high. You can also add any other flavorings to the blender at this point. Pour into a mixing bowl, then add the chia seeds and whisk together. Transfer to a glass storage container, then put it in the refrigerator to soak and thicken for at least 1 hour. Will keep in the refrigerator up to 5 days in an airtight glass container.


Enjoy it plain or garnish with berries. It’s great as a mid-day snack, or serve it in pretty cups for a beautiful vegan dessert.


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  1. Marilyn Kaye Muma-Reid says:

    Can’t find a good recipe for chia seed pudding that doesn’t have nuts or dairy or something I can’t have. UGH!!!

  2. Adam William Majkowski says:

    It makes me really happy to see a another human that is actually having a good life and feeling good and having fun. It seems so impossible but the internet is proof.

  3. Jennifer Jones says:

    I just made this and my Nutribullet handled the cashews perfectly. I couldn’t wait 2 hours, so I sampled the milk and it was amazing!!! Creamy and perfectly sweet to help me curve my nagging sugar cravings! Thank you Elizabeth for your generous website and advice.

  4. ohmyjoy says:

    Can’t wait to try this!

  5. Aliya Stewart says:

    Hi Elizabeth, I have a peanut and tree nut allergy. Can you please suggest another ingredient to replace the cashews in this recipe? Thanks in advance.

  6. Trisha says:

    Awesome Elizabeth, THANKS!

  7. Lisa Creak says:

    I have just made my cashew blend and leaving it to soak. I can’t wait, the blend already tastes delicious so I used a small amount as the base for my green smoothie! Looking forward to tasting the pudding this afternoon.

  8. Jenna Hoskinson says:

    Wow this is amazing!!

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