This Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding is the perfect simple healthy fall dessert! Mixed up in minutes and NO COOKING required, you will love how easy and delicious this simple dessert recipe is!
Originally posted on August 22, 2016. Last updated August 26, 2020
Fall is coming and pretty soon, there with be pumpkin stuff EVERYWHERE! Absolutely everywhere. During the fall, pumpkins seem to take over the world and dominate everyone’s thoughts. Annnndddd it’s totally glorious.
At least in my book. I love fall. Literally everything about it. The upcoming holidays. The change of the seasons. The coziness. And definitely the fall food!
I know, TNNers. Just about everyone is making pumpkin everything. But, just one more pumpkin recipe really can’t hurt anything. In fact, it can only make the world a better place. Especially since you don’t have to cook it. And you can eat it for breakfast. See, I already made a whole bunch of you happier and I haven’t even told you the recipe yet.
Pumpkin is awesome. No doubt. And for reasons beyond its great, fall flavor. It’s one of those seasonal things that’s actually good for you.
Health benefits of pumpkin
Those orange pumpkins are full of great minerals like calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. With tons of vitamin A they are good for your eyes and fill your belly with lots of fiber. Like all other orange fruits and veggies (carrots, butternut squash) pumpkins have gobs of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is believed to help keep you healthy and your skin glowing.
So when you eat this pumpkin chia pudding, you won’t just be making your taste buds insanely happy. Your whole body will be thanking you for bringing such a nourishing, tasty treat into your life and gut.
Why this pumpkin chia seed pudding is so great!
- Tastes like pumpkin pie….just so much easier and with less added sugar!
- Super easy to make. Mix in a bowl. Stick bowl in fridge. Chill. That’s it!
- Loaded with healthy chia seeds. Full of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein and a boatload of other nutrients, chia seeds are just a great thing to have in your life and your belly.
- Adaptable. This easy recipe can be vegan, Paleo, dairy-free, nut-free and just about everything else you might need it to be with a few tweaks! See Suggested Adaptations portion of the post below for how to make this chia seed pudding recipe work for you!
- Can be enjoyed for breakfast, dessert or even a snack!
- No cooking required! Making it the perfect recipe for when you want to enjoy fall flavors but maybe it is still a little too hot to cook!
What kind of milk works for this chia pudding recipe?
Pretty much any kind of milk you have on hand or that your family enjoys will work when making this pumpkin chia seed pudding. However, here are some milk suggestions that work like a dream in this pumpkin chia seed pudding recipe…
- coconut milk
- almond milk
- cow milk
- oat milk
- soy milk
- Blend it. If you don’t care for the texture of chia seed pudding (similar to tapioca pudding), try blending this pumpkin chia pudding in your blender before chilling. It will create a smoother pudding with the same lovely flavor.
- Adjust sweetness to fit personal preference. If you and your family prefer a sweeter pudding, add more maple syrup. If you want a pumpkin chia seed pudding with less added sugar, reduce it or replace it with a monk fruit sweetener.
- Replace pumpkin puree with sweet potato puree or butternut squash puree. All have a similar flavor, color and moisture level and are usually quite interchangeable in most recipes.
- Freeze finished pudding into popsicles. This is helpful not only for a fun, healthy treat…but freezing can help minimize the tapioca-like texture of chia pudding that some people feel iffy about.
- Use white chia seeds to make them extra undetectable in this recipe! Most people know about the black chia seeds, but there is also a white variety! When making recipes that will result in dishes that are lighter in color, consider using white chia seeds to help make the dish more visually appealing. This chia pudding is the perfect recipe to test drive some white chia seeds in!
Other easy fall recipes you will love!
- Breakfast Pumpkin Soufflé
- Pumpkin Almond Butter Cookies
- Mini Paleo Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Instant Pot Paleo Pumpkin Chili
- Healthy Apple Carrot Pancakes
- Carrot Apple Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal
Loving this fall chia pudding recipe and now you’re hungry for more?
Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
- 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or to taste
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- In a medium bowl, combine milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and maple syrup. Use a whisk to stir ingredients until mixture is smooth and has an even consistency.
- Add the chia seeds to the bowl and mix again to incorporate the seeds.
- Cover and chill for 4 hours or until set. Enjoy cold. Leftovers can be stored in fridge for 3-4 days before being enjoyed. Top with whipped cream, fresh fruit, a sprinkle of cinnamon or chopped nuts.
The nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and may vary based on the product type, servings and other factors. If you are following a diet, please consult with a professional nutritionist or your doctor. Stay healthy!