This vegan yogurt chia pudding features plant-based yogurt for an extra thick and creamy version of classic chia seed pudding.

All you need to make the chia pudding is chia seeds, coconut yogurt and almond milk. Once it’s ready, load it up with your favourite toppings and enjoy for an easy breakfast, snack or dessert.

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How to Make Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is very easy to make. There are endless variations, it’s nourishing and always tastes like a treat. Its most basic version requires one ingredient, chia seeds, plus water. I usually use almond milk for the liquid so it’s more creamy then sweeten it fruit or pure maple syrup to sweeten it.

I like vanilla coconut yogurt but cashew or almond yogurt would also work. You can also use plain unsweetened yogurt to reduce the amount of sugar in this recipe.

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Yogurt Chia Pudding Toppings

The fun part, the toppings. You can definitely eat this chia pudding plain but I’d recommend adding some yummy toppings for extra nutrition and flavour. Here are some of my favourites:

  • Cacao nibs, or dairy-free chocolate chips for a real treat – melt them first, even better!!
  • Unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut.
  • Coconut bacon for a sweet and salty, YUM!
  • Any kind of berries – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries…so good.
  • Sliced banana.
  • Sautéed apple or pear – so good…just add chopped apples or pear to a pan with a splash of water and some cinnamon and cook until soft. You could also bake them like in this recipe, chop it up and use that for your topping.
  • Any kind of nut or seed butter – almond butter, tahini, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter – a must-have in my opinion.
  • Date caramel for a special treat. Combine with melted dark chocolate or dairy-free chocolate chips for an amazing dessert.
  • Any kind of nuts. Pistachios, pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews are all great. Try toasting them first for extra flavour.
  • Any kind of seeds. Try hemp seeds, sunflower seed or pumpkin seeds.
  • A scoop of pumpkin puree.
  • Top with cinnamon roasted sweet potato or butternut squash and a drizzle of almond butter.
  • Try a carrot cake version by adding grated carrot, raisins and coconut.
  • Try a banana nut version but adding sliced bananas, cinnamon and walnuts.
  • Try a tropical version topped with chopped fresh mango and a spritz of fresh lime juice.

That’s about all I can think of right now but really, anything goes. Pictured is cacao nibs, coconut, blackberries, banana and sunflower seed butter.

Close up of a bowl of chia pudding with berries.

More Chia Seed Recipes

If you’re loving this coconut yogurt chia pudding, you might like these other chia seed recipes:

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Coconut Yogurt Chia Pudding

This creamy vanilla coconut yogurt chia pudding is made with just 3 ingredients and is the perfect base for all the best toppings. Try it with berries, banana, almond butter and cacao nibs.
Prep Time2 minutes
Total Time2 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 1
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Deryn Macey


  • 1/2 cup vanilla coconut yogurt 125 g, or non-dairy yogurt of choice
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds 24 g
  • 3 tbsp almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice


  • Combine all ingredients together in a small dish and mix until thoroughly combined and there are no clumps.
  • Place in the fridge for an hour up to overnight.
  • Once thickened, add your favorite toppings (see notes for ideas) and enjoy.


Topping ideas: cacao nibs, almond butter, tahini, sliced banana, chopped apple, raisins, goji berries or chopped dates, chopped nuts, coconut, fresh or frozen berries.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Fiber: 15g