Chia Pudding with Fresh Fruit – Cooking with Kids Recipe

Where are my tapioca pudding lovers?!  This might be your new favorite dessert.

I’ve used chia seeds in smoothies and oatmeal, but I’ve never ventured into chia pudding… until now.  I was honestly surprised by how good it was.  The recipe mimics tapioca pudding nicely. And the sweetness of maple syrup and vanilla is the perfect combination to satisfy any pudding craving.

Chia pudding is significantly lower in sugar, when compared to other puddings, and it’s loaded with Omega-3’s.  Chia seeds are known for their richness in Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and antioxidants, along with vitamins and minerals.

This is a treat that I happily serve the kiddos.

OK, let’s start cooking.  Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need:

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon or spatula
  • Cling wrap
  • Kid-friendly knife & cutting board for slicing fruit or chopping nuts



Every child’s ability varies depending on maturity or cognitive and physical ability.  Parents need to use their own discretion when assigning tasks.  These are general guidelines for the Chia Pudding.

Younger than 3 years old

  • Name and count ingredients with child
  • Dump measured ingredients into bowl
  • Assist with stirring ingredients together
  • Wash fresh fruit

3 – 5 years old

  • All of tasks from younger than 3 years old
  • Count and measure ingredients
  • Whisk ingredients together
  • Slice fresh fruit with kid-friendly knife

6 – 7 years old

  • All of the younger tasks

8 – 9 years old

  • All of the younger tasks

10 – 12 years old

  • All of the younger tasks

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  • Wash everyone’s hands!
  • Clean all work surfaces before starting.
  • Leave tasting until the end. Your child might not understand the difference between a ready-to-eat ingredient and a raw unsafe ingredient.
  • It is okay for your kitchen to get a little messy.
  • Keep in mind that your child is learning, so patience is key!

Chia Pudding with Fresh Fruit

Prep Time8 hrs 20 mins
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Stacey Weichelt, RDN, CD


  • 1 cups milk
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cups fresh fruit of your choice
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts optional


  • Combine milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla and salt in medium bowl and whisk.
  • Let chia seed mixture rest for 15 minutes.
  • Whisk again to break apart any clumps.
  • Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  • Top with fresh fruit and chopped nuts. Serve cold.


Note: Use type of milk of your choice. I’ve made it with both whole milk and unsweetened almond milk. Both turned out successfully.


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