Chia pudding, but make it high protein. This 4-ingredient greek yogurt chia pudding is tasty, filling, and the best healthy breakfast.

Greek yogurt chia pudding in a white bowl with berries and granola

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Chia pudding is one of my favorite healthy breakfasts as a dietitian because it’s loaded with fiber and healthy fats. It’s good for heart health, good for gut health, and super filling.

This greek yogurt chia pudding improves on this already amazing breakfast because it’s got protein, too! With the addition of greek yogurt and flavored protein powder, you’re getting all the fiber goodness of regular chia pudding but it’s even better for cravings and fitness goals.

You will love this easy, customizable breakfast for busy weekday mornings.

Why you’ll love it

High protein: This recipe contains an impressive 36 grams of protein per serving.

High fiber: You’re getting 8 grams of heart-healthy fiber without accounting for toppings. When I add my usual berries and granola, this easily gets bumped up to 14 grams!

Minimal ingredients: You’ll only need four ingredients and some tasty toppings for this simple breakfast.

Easy to prep: Make several jars at the start of the week and have breakfast ready every morning.

Filling: The protein and fiber combo means this greek yogurt chia pudding will keep you full for hours.

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Greek yogurt — I use plain, but you can use whatever you like
  • Milk — use dairy or soy milk for the extra protein
  • Vanilla protein powder — optional, you can also sub for other flavors
  • Chia seeds — for all that fiber!

I’ve also included cinnamon and maple syrup (or another liquid sweetener) as optional additions, if you want a little extra flavor and sweetness.

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Toppings ideas

You’ll want to add toppings for extra flavor and nutrition, and these are my favorites:

  • Frozen mixed berries
  • Banana slices
  • Granola
  • Coconut flakes
  • Nut butter
  • Crushed nuts
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutella
  • Hemp hearts
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Cocao nibs
  • Chopped peaches
  • Frozen mango
  • Chocolate chips
  • Crumbled muffin

How to make it

Add all ingredients to a jar and mix well, until no clumps remain.

Ingredients for greek yogurt chia pudding in a glass jar, mixed

Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, or ideally overnight.

When you’re ready to eat, transfer greek yogurt chia pudding to a bowl and add toppings of choice. Enjoy!

How long will this stay good in the fridge?

This chia pudding recipe stays good in the fridge for up to three days.

Meal prep instructions

There are two ways to meal prep greek yogurt chia pudding.

Big batch: Your first option is to multiply the recipe by how many servings you want, and make a big batch in a larger food container. Store this big batch in the fridge, and scoop out a serving each time you’re ready to eat.

Individual containers: Or, you can make multiple single-serve puddings in their own jars. To do this, just follow the recipe instructions for each jar. You’ll want one jar for every serving you’re prepping.

Half mixed bowl of greek yogurt chia pudding with berries and granola, with a gold spoon

Important tips

Don’t use unsweetened protein powder! The protein powder adds protein to this recipe, but it also adds sweetness and flavor.

If possible, stir your chia pudding after the first 30-minutes of chilling time. This can help prevent possible clumps of chia seeds and/or protein powder.

Variations

  • Chocolate — swap vanilla protein powder for chocolate and add chocolate chips
  • Birthday cake — swap vanilla protein powder for birthday cake flavor, and add birthday cake granola on top
  • PB & J — add 1-2 tsp of jam and 1 Tbsp peanut butter as toppings
  • Banana coconut — mix 1/2 mashed banana into your pudding and top with coconut flakes
  • Lemon — add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a dollop of lemon curd
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Don’t love protein powder?

No problem! You can make greek yogurt chia pudding without protein powder.

If you do, just make sure to add 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup, honey, or sweetener of choice. The protein powder adds sweetness and flavor, so you’ll want to add that back if you’re omitting it. If you don’t want to add a sweetener, you could also use vanilla greek yogurt instead of plain.

Greek yogurt chia pudding in a white bowl with berries and granola
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4-Ingredient Greek Yogurt Chia Pudding

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 5 minutes
Chia pudding, but make it high protein. This 4-ingredient greek yogurt chia pudding is tasty, filling, and the best healthy breakfast.

Ingredients
 

Chia Pudding Base

  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds

Optional Mix-Ins

  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup or liquid sweetener of choice, optional
  • dash cinnamon, optional

Optional Toppings

  • nut butter, crushed nuts, coconut flakes, granola, berries, chopped fruit

Equipment

  • 1 glass jar with lid

Instructions
 

  • Add yogurt, milk, protein powder, and chia seeds to a jar and mix well, until no clumps remain. Taste, and add optional cinnamon and sweetener if desired.
  • Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, or ideally overnight. The longer it sits in the fridge, the thicker your pudding will get.
  • When you're ready to eat, transfer greek yogurt chia pudding to a bowl and add toppings of choice. Enjoy!

Notes

If you’re omitting protein powder, add 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup, honey, or another liquid sweetener.
Calories: 359kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.04g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 158mg, Potassium: 537mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 215IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 556mg, Iron: 2mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast, Snack

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