Chia Pudding

I absolutely love chia pudding for breakfast – especially in summer ☀️ it’s filling, nutritious, made the night before and easily portable! Its a beautiful and nourishing food to incorporate as part of your baby’s first foods, and also great for the whole family to enjoy together.

Chia seeds are full of antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, fibre, iron, protein and calcium! The best thing is you can make SO many flavour combinations with them! I love mango and mint on top of mine with some paleo muesli (coconut, buckwheat, nuts and seeds) also delicious with berries or grated apple! You can add turmeric (grated or powder) for an extra anti inflammatory boost, or for fussy toddlers add some cacao powder for a chocolate version.. and can also sprinkle in your probiotics, hemp seeds, COD liver oil etc!

They are also an amazing food to help alleviate constipation. Chia seeds help to draw water into the bowels as they attract water – which is why they plump up when you soak them in a chia seed pudding for example. Chia seeds can actually absorb 9-12 times their own weight in water! When water is drawn into the bowels, the stool will not be as dry and hard, which will make it easier to pass.

We speak to many parents in our consultations about their little ones constipation, and they tell me their baby is having chia seeds daily, sprinkled into puree/smoothies etc. However did you know that if chia seeds are not soaked, that they can actually have the opposite effect and can be quite dehydrating! Because they will go into the bowel and then absorb that water in the bowels, which can leave the stool harder and drier! Some little ones will tolerate un-soaked chia seeds just fine, but some won’t, so to be on the safer side or if your baby does suffer from constipation, then try soak them.

To soak chia seeds, simply mix them in a 1:10 ratio of chia to water/breastmilk/coconut milk – generally about 2 TBSP to 1 cup liquid, and let them sit for between 30 minutes to two hours, or even better, overnight, Soaked chia seeds can typically last for up to five days refrigerated.

You can then add this ‘chia gel’ to any puree or meal you wish, or directly into water! Or you can make my chia pudding recipe, perfect for the whole family to enjoy!

Chia pudding

GF | RSF | DF | NF
Course 1 meal a day, Breakfast, puree
Servings 1 Serves 1 adult, 1 toddler and a baby (or makes about 8 baby serves)


  • 1 Jar with Lid
  • 1 Measuring Spoons
  • 1 Mixing Spoon or Fork


  • 2 cups coconut milk or milk of choice for coconut milk use CARTON, as canned will solidify
  • 6 TBSP chia seeds 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 mashed banana 


  • 1 TBSP Sweetener such as maple syrup or honey Omit under 12 months


  • In a jar mix together all ingredients. Put a lid on and shake vigorously until no clumps and all combined.
  • Let it sit for 5 minutes then give it another good shake
  • Put it in the fridge overnight (or at least a few hours) it should be a medium thickness consistency, if it’s too liquid add more chia seeds and leave it a while longer
  • Note - will keep in fridge for about a week


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  1. Jacqui says:

    Do you add the mashed banana once served, or include it into the original mix? Does it keep for a week with the banana in the mix?

  2. Islay says:

    Is chia okay for babies that suffer from constipation?

  3. Zoe says:

    Can you use coconut/almond instead of straight coconut milk for babies from 6 months?

    • Luka McCabe says:

      yes, as long as baby has been introduced to almonds with no issues; as almonds are a tree nut which is an allergen x

  4. Jade says:

    Hi Luka, what vanilla paste do you use? Each one I’ve found contains sugar?

    • Luka McCabe says:

      Oh it was from a health food store can’t recall the brand im sorry, but just use vanilla bean scraped if you cannot find an adequate one!

  5. Amelia says:

    what about oat milk instead? How long does this last?

  6. Narelle says:

    Can chia pudding be frozen into small portions for baby food? Would it reheat well, I’m not quite sure…? Thank you for these beautiful recipes!

  7. Chloe formosa says:

    What are your thoughts on pea milk instead of coconut?

  8. Yvette B says:

    Hi Luka, I found using the canned coconut milk solidified too much as well. What coconut milk would you recommend? I have Cocoquench milk? Loving all your recipes! Thank you!

  9. Chanel says:

    Hey there was your vanilla paste alcohol free? All vanilla pastes I have come across have alcohol. Many thanks

  10. Kate says:

    What sized mason jar do you recommend? I’m making breakfast for a 7 month old baby.

  11. Anna Cimicky says:

    Do you pre soak the chia seeds before making this recipe, or is it counted as soaking them once all the ingredients are mixed together and sitting in the fridge overnight?

  12. grace says:

    hi, can you use oat milk instead of coconut milk?

  13. Shelley says:

    Can you use regular milk (instead of coconut milk) for a 1 year old?

  14. Rachel Kresojevic says:

    What milk for a 7 month old bubba

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