Chia Pudding With Strawberry Preserves Recipe

Posted by Michelle Cehn on

Today we dive into this amazing Chia Pudding recipe by Michelle Cehn in her new cookbook she co-authored called The Friendly Vegan Cookbook! If you’re a lover of tapioca or rice pudding, you’re going to love this healthful spin. When combined with a liquid, chia seeds develop a consistency like tapioca pearls, which gives the pudding a nostalgic texture. Plus, chia pudding is way easier to make (no cooking required!) and it’s loaded with nutrients, including omega-3s. Not just an evening treat, it doubles as an all-star make-ahead breakfast that can be topped with fresh fruit, granola, or whatever strikes your fancy (see Michelle's favorite topping suggestions below).

Yield: 2–3 servings

Prep time: 5 minutes | Total time: 12 hours


  • 3/4 cup unsweetened, plain soy milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Optional toppings:

  • Strawberry Preserves
  • No Cow S'mores protein bar for flavor and added protein!
  • Granola
  • Fresh berries or sliced fruit
  • Sliced almonds
  • Shredded coconut
  • Vegan whipped cream
  • Sprig of mint

Yield: 2–3 servings

Prep time: 5 minutes | Total time: 12 hours


  1. In a jar, bowl, or container, combine the soy milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Mix well until combined, ensuring that there are no clumps of chia seeds. The seeds will separate from the milk—that’s okay. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 12 hours, stirring midway to break up the chia again.
  2. Divide the set pudding into small ramekins (it’s filling!) and top with any optional toppings.

Meal Planning Tip: When refrigerated, this chia pudding will keep its freshness for at least 5 days, so it’s a great make-ahead dessert if you have guests coming over and don’t want to do all the cooking on that day.




Michelle Cehn is the founder of World of Vegan, co-author of The Friendly Vegan Cookbook, co-host of the Plant-Powered People Podcast, producer of the '7 Days' documentary, and a YouTube personality who has reached millions through her creative, relatable, and engaging videos. Michelle is on a mission to make vegan living encticing, easy, and fun and you can find her dishing up delicious and inspiring content daily on Instagram (@vegan) where she has built a conscious community that's more than a million strong. She lives with her rescued dog, newborn son, and husband in Sacramento, California.

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