Life is too short to not have sweet treats mixed in. The big treats like brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and cinnamon rolls are super yummy. And totally ok to indulge in here and there. Trust me, I DO! But it’s also great to have some options for everyday enjoyment. My sweet tooth is really loving my lightened up vanilla chia pudding. It’s got everything you need in a sweet treat, but it’s good for you too! 

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What You’ll Need for Macro-friendly Vanilla Chia Pudding:

  • Chia seeds
  • Cashew milk
  • Clean Simple Eats vanilla protein powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Optional Toppings for Your Vanilla Chia Pudding:

  • Diced strawberries
  • Almond milk whipped cream

How to Make Vanilla Chia Pudding:

This macro-friendly vanilla chia pudding is one of the easiest treats to make! The prep time is super quick. The flavors are delicious. You just have to be patient enough for the chia seeds to work their magic.

Start your pudding by adding chia seeds, cashew milk, protein powder, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to a jar or airtight container. For this recipe, I recommend Clean Simple Eats vanilla protein powder. It’s one of my family’s all-time favorite protein powders because the flavor is so good! You might be thinking that vanilla is basic, but trust me, there’s nothing basic about Clean Simple Eats’ vanilla! If you’ve been wanting to try Clean Simple Eats, (or you need to stock up) use my code LILLIE to get a discount on your purchase. We also love their brownie batter protein powder and White chocolate peppermint protein powder for shakes and baked oats. Honestly, anything. Clean Simple Eats’ flavors are really that good.  

Stir all of the ingredients together or shake your jar if you’re feeling like mixing things up. After that, refrigerate your vanilla chia pudding overnight (or for several hours if you want to enjoy it quicker). During that time the chia seeds will absorb a good amount of the cashew milk and get nice and plump. Almost like tapioca. My special trick is to stir my pudding once or twice throughout the process to make sure nothing is clumping together by the time I want to enjoy.

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I love chia seed puddings because while you are eating a treat, you are also fueling your body with some amazing things. Omega 3–fatty acids, tons of protein, and gut-healthy fiber. Win-win all around.

Is This Vanilla Chia Pudding Gluten-free or Dairy-free?

This super yummy vanilla chia pudding is naturally gluten-free. When it comes to dairy-free I’ve written the recipe to be mostly dairy-free. Clean Simple Eats is a whey-based protein powder which means it does have dairy. If you need a dairy-free protein powder alternative, I also love Active Stacks protein powder! It’s made with beef protein instead of whey powder which makes it dairy-free and delicious. If you want to try Active Stacks, use my code LILLIE for a discount on your purchase.

Serving Suggestions:

We enjoy eating this vanilla chia pudding topped with diced strawberries and a little almond milk whipped cream! FYI-I didn’t add the toppings to my macro calculations since we all have topping preferences, so you’ll have to log your own.

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Vanilla Chia Pudding

This vanilla chia pudding is the perfect sweet treat that you can enjoy any time of the day. My family loves that it is light and refreshing with that perfect amount of sweetness. I love that you can really enjoy your macros (as well as acknowledge your sweet tooth) while fueling your body. That’s why I am always sharing the new foods I’m loving on Instagram and TikTok. It also inspires me to write up recipes to include in my cookbooks so that macro-friendly eating can be easy. 

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Vanilla Chia Pudding

This vanilla chia pudding is the perfect light healthy dessert.
5 from 2 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Comfort, comfort food, Healthy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 240 kcal


  • 2 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 cup Cashew milk
  • 1/2 scoop CSE vanilla protein powder (15 g)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Optional toppings (log your own)

  • 1/2 cup Diced strawberries (85 g)
  • 3 Tbsp Almond milk whipped cream (15 g)


  • Stir everything together well in a jar and refrigerate overnight or for several hours.
  • Enjoy topped with diced strawberries and a little whipped cream! My macros with toppings came to 298 cal, 16.4 fat, 23.8 carb, 17.1 protein, 10.5 fiber. See macros below for the pudding alone.


MFP: Lillie Eats and Tells vanilla chia protein pudding


Serving: 1jarCalories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 14.2gProtein: 16.5gFat: 14.6gFiber: 8.7g
Keywords chia pudding, overnight protein pudding, pudding, vanilla pudding

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Hello. My name is Lillie. I’m not a registered dietitian, or a macro coach, or a public figure or culinary genius. I’m a mommy of four who FOUND macro-counting and fell in love with this balanced approach to food...

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this chia seed pudding recipe! Packed with nutrients, satisfies my sweet tooth, and easy to customize the flavor profile by mixing up protein powders and toppings!

  2. What type of chia seeds are your favorite? Brand/type recommendations appreciated – thanks Lillie! 🙂