Dairy-Free Vanilla Chia Pudding

At the famed oh-so-GF-friendly buffet breakfast at the Fairmont Kea Lani on Maui, this delicious gluten free dairy free dessert / breakfast staple / snack is one of the most delicious and simplest chia puddings. It’s dotted with strawberry slices and blueberries and served in a large container so guests can scoop onto their plates as much as they like. At GFF HQ, it’s made at least once a month, covered, refrigerated, grabbed at will over several days, and topped with various fruits for a fast weekday breakfast for editor Erika Lenkert (i.e. me) and Junior Editor Viva. Make it once and you’ll see why it should be a staple in your household.

5 from 1 vote

Dairy-Free Vanilla Chia Pudding

Gluten free and dairy free, this chia pudding is fantastically easy to make (4 ingredients, 5 minutes of prep!) and is perfect for breakfast, snack, or dessert. Don’t like coconut milk? Try a good-quality (somewhat thick) almond milk and be sure to stir it several times while it’s setting in the fridge. Want it sweeter? Add more honey! Want it vegan? Swap the honey for maple syrup to taste! Prefer chocolate? Mix in unsweetened cocoa powder. Once you get the hang of chia pudding, you can create all kinds of variations.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 299 kcal
Author Fairmont Kea Lani


  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 13.5 oz can coconut milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lavender honey
  • 4 strawberries sliced (optional)
  • 24 blueberries optional


  1. In a bowl mix together chia seeds, milk, lavender honey and vanilla. Once well combined, let it sit for 5 minutes then give it another stir/shake to break up any clumps of chia seeds, cover and put the mixture in the fridge to “set-up” for 1 to 2 hours or overnight. The chia pudding should be thick. If it’s not, add more chia seeds, stir, and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.
  2. To serve, scoop the pudding into serving bowls or glasses and top with one sixth of the strawberry slices and blueberries.
Nutrition Facts
Dairy-Free Vanilla Chia Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 287mg8%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

4 Comments on “Dairy-Free Vanilla Chia Pudding”

  1. 5 stars
    This was one of my favorites at Fairmont Kea Lani’s breakfast buffet! So happy to have found this site so I can recreate it for my breakfast back home!!

  2. Hooray! So glad, Donia. Did you see our recent post for the chef’s vegan fried rice? It’s also fantastic and worth making!

  3. Can this be made with almond or oat milk? Not a fan of coconut milk.

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