Rich and creamy, this Greek yogurt chia pudding is packed with 23 grams of protein as well as 13 grams of filling fiber! Adding Greek yogurt to chia pudding is the easiest way to significantly boost the protein content without using protein powder.

This vanilla chia seed pudding is the perfect base for toppings like fresh fruit or nuts. Just mix ingredients together, refrigerate, and wait a few hours for the chia pudding to set. Enjoy as a healthy breakfast or dessert!

blue and white bowl with chia pudding topped with fresh berries and sliced almonds

As a Registered Dietitian, I understand the benefits of eating a high protein breakfast in the morning.

Consuming protein in the morning is incredibly helpful in regulating your appetite throughout the day and helps with blood sugar control.

When you think of high protein breakfast, your mind probably thinks of eggs first.

But there are so many other ways to increase protein at breakfast, like Greek yogurt! I’ve got a whole bunch of high protein recipes with Greek yogurt for breakfast, including:

blue and white bowl with chia pudding topped with fresh berries and sliced almonds

This chia seed pudding with Greek yogurt is my newest Greek yogurt recipe obsession!

Adding Greek yogurt to chia pudding would make it EXTRA creamy and delicious, in addition to boosting the protein content.

You’re going to love this recipe too, because it is SO easy and quick to prepare. This recipe is vegetarian, nut free, and gluten free, and it makes two servings.

greek yogurt chia pudding ingredients measured out on a wooden round cutting board

Ingredients

Everything you need to make this recipe:

  • Chia seeds: These tiny seeds can absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid! When suspended in milk and Greek yogurt, chia seeds become soft and chewy with a texture similar to tapioca pudding. You can use both black and white chia seeds to make chia pudding.
  • Greek yogurt: What sets this recipe apart from regular chia pudding is the addition of Greek yogurt. Any fat content of plain Greek yogurt works!
  • Milk: You can use any type of milk or plant-based milk to make chia pudding. Regular cows milk (which is what I used) and soy milk are the highest protein options.
  • Maple syrup: Just a touch of maple syrup sweetens this recipe lightly. You can use honey interchangeably.
  • Vanilla extract: Adds a hint of vanilla flavor and enhances the overall flavor of the chia pudding.
  • Cinnamon: A little bit of this warming spice is super yummy in chia pudding.
  • Salt: Enhances all of the flavors.
  • Toppings – optional, of course, but toppings make everything better! I added chopped strawberries, blueberries, toasted sliced almonds, and a sprinkle of hemp seeds.

Kitchen equipment needed

  • Medium tupperware or bowl with a lid
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Step-by-step instructions

First, add the milk, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt to a bowl or tupperware and whisk together until smooth.

Greek yogurt, milk, and cinnamon in a white bowl
whisked milk in a white bowl with a silver whisk

Add the chia seeds, then whisk again very well to combine. Let the mixture sit for a minute, then whisk again. Cover and put in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight to set.

chia pudding in a white bowl before being mixed up
chia pudding whisked in a white bowl with a silver whisk

After the chia pudding has been refrigerated for at least 4 hours, give it another stir. Then it is ready to eat!

Portion into two bowls and add your favorite toppings.

chia pudding in a white bowl with a silver spoon

Healthy toppings for chia pudding

Chia pudding is a sweet breakfast recipe, so anything you like to add to oatmeal or yogurt bowls works for chia pudding, too!

Here are some ideas:

Storage

Chia pudding will stay good for up to 5 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

hands taking a spoonful of chia pudding from a blue and white bowl with chia pudding topped with fresh berries and sliced almonds

Chia seeds nutrition benefits

Chia seeds may be small, but they are nutrition powerhouses!

They are especially rich in dietary fiber – just two tablespoons of chia seeds has 5.5 grams of dietary fiber, or 20% of your daily needs.

Most of the fiber in chia seeds is soluble fiber. This type of fiber can help lower cholesterol levels and provides blood sugar control.

In addition to plenty of fiber, two tablespoons of chia seeds provide:

  • 3.7 grams of plant-based protein
  • 0.330 mg thiamin (28% of your daily needs)
  • 78.79 mg magnesium (20% of your daily needs)
  • 0.25 mg copper (28% of your daily needs)
  • 129.04 mg phosphorus (18% of your daily needs)
  • Small amounts of several other essential minerals, including calcium, zinc, selenium, potassium, and iron

To read about the many nutrition benefits of Greek yogurt, check on my post linked here.

two blue and white bowls with chia pudding topped with fresh berries and sliced almonds

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blue and white bowl with chia pudding topped with fresh berries and sliced almonds

High Protein Greek Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding

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  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh, RD
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Refrigeration Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: breakfast, dessert
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian
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Description

Rich and creamy, this Greek yogurt chia pudding is packed with 23 grams of protein as well as 13 grams of filling fiber! Adding Greek yogurt to chia pudding is the easiest way to significantly boost the protein content without using protein powder.

This vanilla chia seed pudding is the perfect base for toppings like fresh fruit or nuts. Just mix ingredients together, refrigerate, and wait a few hours for the chia pudding to set. Enjoy as a healthy breakfast or dessert!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • Toppings: see notes for suggestions


Instructions

  1. In a medium tupperware or bowl with a lid, combine the milk, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, maple syrup, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. Use a whisk to mix everything together.
  3. Add the chia seeds. Whisk well to combine – the liquid may get a little frothy.
  4. Let the mixture sit for 1 minute, then whisk a final time.
  5. Cover the chia pudding and put in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6. When ready to serve, portion into two bowls and add your favorite toppings.

Notes

Topping ideas

Storage

Chia pudding will stay good for up to 5 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.