Chai chia oat pudding

This is one you’re gonna wanna bookmark. 


Assemble the following food army…




  • 1/2 cup whole rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3-5 drops NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia (or 1 tsp vanilla extract and stevia to taste)
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp Tropical Traditions shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp Tropical Traditions coconut peanut butter


Once the chai tea has finished steeping in hot water, add the liquid to the oats and chia seeds.


Next add half the milk (1/8 cup), vanilla stevia, peanut butter…and stir.


Your oats will have semi-cooked due to the hot water and the chia seeds will be gelling and creating a thick pudding-like consistency (see below).


After giving the chia seeds a bit of time to gel, add the rest of the milk plus the coconut and raisins until everything is submerged. 


Leave overnight in the fridge and in the morning it will have grown grown grown to what you see below!


When I woke up, I was so excited to dig in…I was like a kid on Christmas morning.  Dear Santa, I’ll take this over a stocking any day.


Look at that delicious seedy, oaty, chai infused bowl of lovin’.   The raisins were so plump, too!


Obviously I went photo crazy. 


And then I dug in.


It was heavenly.  How did I never infuse my favorite tea in my oats before?!?!  The chia seeds made the oats even more crazy gooey.  The coconut flavor was sublime, with only the subtlest hints of peanut butter and vanilla.  In fact, the peanut butter could have probably been omitted altogether.  Or maybe replaced with coconut butter.  The possibilities!  My mind is racing even now as I type this. 


One last photo.  Just in case you can’t tell how fabulously thick this dish was. 


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Comments (66)

  1. Kaitlyn

    Mmm looks delicious!! I think I’ll be trying this next week!

  2. Emily

    Wow that looks awesome!

  3. Marissa

    That looks sooooo good! I can NEVER get my overnight oats to turn out good! Maybe I should invest in chia seeds…

  4. Betsy @ BMoore Healthy

    This I gotta try! Yum! Now that I am a big chia seed fan.

  5. Lenna

    Wow, it this isn´t the best breakfast, then I don´t know what is 🙂

  6. Gloria

    Yum! I will be making this asap. I might have to use a different tea though. I don’t think I have chai…

  7. Kelsey

    looks delicious! great idea to infuse it with tea!! I feel the exact same way about overnight oats–it’s like waking up on Christmas morning haha. I’m such a dork. But it’s so. true.

  8. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

    I can’t do chias alone, but love them with oats – and chai flavoring is always a win!

  9. Yolie @ Practising Wellness

    Oh my gosh! That picture makes me drool, lol! It’s so thick and gloopy…just how I like my oats, and now my chia/oat puddings! (A new obsession I can tell) I am making this tomorrow – I actually have all the ingredients, lol! 😀
    Where do you come up with these recipes? Do you just play in the kitchen, or do you modify from other recipes? I’m so curiuos, as I lack that confidence in the kitchen, and really admire people like you, who can literally create something with more than 2 ingredients (eg: toast and peanut butter, a specialty of mine ;-)) with success! So cool 🙂 xyx

  10. jamie @ jamelfamela

    your pictures are looking great lately! new camera?

  11. Abby

    You have me drooling over here!

  12. Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health

    Wow that looks awesome! Just found your blog…yay!! 🙂

  13. Emily

    So after reading this this morning I went downstairs, made it (minus the peanut butter, using blueberries instead of raisins, and using coconut flour instead of shredded coconut), stuck it in the fridge, and just had it for dessert topped with PB&Co. cinnamon raisin peanut butter. Yum!

  14. parker

    regular milk? or soy?

  15. Meagan

    That looks amazing! I have chia meal, not chia seeds. Does chia meal puff up like that?

  16. BroccoliHut

    I am mildly obsessed with pudding-like things for breakfast–thick smoothies, oatmeal, and my GoLean-frozen banana concoction I call “breakfast pudding.” Anyway, so this recipe has my name all over it! I just need to get some chia, pronto!

  17. Katie

    Mmm, it almost looks cakey. I like cake. And chia pudding. I’m in.

  18. Serena (Green Beans & Jam)

    This looks amazing! I’ve never thought of chia + oats, but I actually think this will make me want to eat chia more. 🙂 I sometimes don’t find pure chia puddings filling enough but this looks delicious!

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  20. Ali

    So I tried to do this using coffee instead of tea; and without the raisins, shredded coconut, or coconut peanut flour; and with some special dark cocoa powder and peanut flour; and without measuring anything; and something was a little off in the flavor (shocker); but it has potential with tweaking!

    …Or, you could make a coffee/mocha chia oat pudding recipe? Okay good : )

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  22. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Ahhh! This looks insane girl! I am ALL.OVER.THIS!!

  23. Jess from Midwest Vegan

    I’m sold. I’m totally making this for breakfast on Monday. Luckily, I have exactly one chai tea bag left. 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Elise (Post author)

    no prob! hope you like 🙂

  25. Elise (Post author)

    no, but thanks!! ive been practicing a lot 🙂

  26. Elise (Post author)

    chia meal should work the same. i used that my second time around and it was excellent as well.

  27. Elise (Post author)

    haha. welllll, coffee oats dont really sound quite as good. but maybe throwing in some chocolate next time could salvage it.

  28. Heather Eats Almond Butter

    My mind is racing just reading about it. I love plumped up raisins – can’t wait to make this. Thanks Elise.
    P.S. PB need never be omitted. 😉

  29. Elise (Post author)

    good point. what was i thinking! i tried it today with coconut butter AND peanut butter and it was even better 🙂

  30. Smiler

    Funny story! I was gonna make this but then it turned out that Chia seeds are not actually seen as a food in europe. The only way to get them is in a pet store…which was a bit too much of a hassle…and weird. But i still made it and it was delicious. Thanks!

  31. Tine

    I made one for tomorrow, without the peanut butter!
    I’m out of chia seeds so I used flax seed.
    And I used Rooibos tea because I like the taste.
    Can’t wait for tomorrow! 🙂

  32. Elise (Post author)

    hahah…whaaat!! thats too funny. glad it all worked out though.

  33. Elise (Post author)

    should be perfect!

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  35. Namaste gurl

    Yum– you’re so creative! Must. try. immediately. 🙂 I’ve never steeped my oats in tea before, but I sure need to try it!

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  37. Katherina @ Zephyr Runs

    Bookmarked! Chai sounds like a perfect addition to a lot of dishes, I don’t know why I’ve never thought to cook with that particular tea.

  38. Katherina @ Zephyr Runs

    Rooibos chai is tastier than traditional chai in my opinion! Shh don’t tell the tea gods :X

  39. Pat

    Hi, Love the blog! I’m not Vegan, but I am really enjoying the recipes you have posted! I tried this recipe today and loved it! It seemed to make more than what you have in the bowl, do you eat all of yours, or split it into two portions?

  40. Elise (Post author)

    thanks pat! glad you liked it. i eat it all in one serving. that bowl does look small in photographs though, so dont be deceived. its definitely hearty 🙂

  41. Elise (Post author)

    itll be our little secret. 😉

  42. Tine


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  44. Katie

    It’s bookmarked! Can’t wait to make this!

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  47. Boon Gee

    I will try this too, sounds delicious!!!

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  50. Zee

    Oh yummm! I’m in the middle of making this right now but quick question, does this need to be covered when in the fridge?? Thanks!

  51. Elise (Post author)

    I will recommend covering it since that’s the safest way to go (no risk of bacteria growth when unexposed) but just as an FYI I don’t usually cover it if it’s only over one night.

  52. B

    This sounds great, I have a licorice, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon tea, closest thing I have to chai, would that work? Or should I be out buying chai? Generally avoid caffeine.
    Thanks, love your blog, the recipes are awesome, very clever!

  53. Elise (Post author)

    im pretty sure chai is easy to make on your own but ive never tried so i dont know about those spices you mentioned. im an addict when it comes to the stuff. tazo makes a decaf chai tea.

  54. Jane

    I made this last night and it is awesome!
    I used blueberries and left out the coconut.
    How many servings is it supposed to be? I only ate half, but really could have eaten it all!! 🙂
    So many possibilities to mix in.
    I am going to try cinnamon, walnuts and raisins next time.

  55. Elise (Post author)

    i guess its 2 servings for you then. for me it was one serving 🙂

  56. Jane

    I could definitely eat it all. It would keep me going all morning I’m sure. Love your website. thanks for all the great info.

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  58. Holly

    I eat this almost every day. Its good with pumpkin, banana, ginger , cinnamon, all nut butters, but have never thought of chai tea. Looking forward to this

  59. Allie

    I just tested this out this morning, and it was deeelicious. Thanks for the awesome recipe! Love your blog 🙂

  60. Elise (Post author)

    awesome – glad you enjoyed allie 🙂

  61. Sarah

    Hey Kaitlyn! I saw your recipe for Date and Spice Granola on foodgawker and I’d love to try it! Although it looks like the blog linked to it is removed 🙁 if you still have the recipe, could you send it my way please? Thank you thank you!

    Ps. and Elise — this looks like a great idea! I’ve had chia pudding but never put it with oatmeal. Fantastic! 🙂 I’ll try it sometime.

  62. Elise (Post author)

    thanks sarah. enjoy 🙂

  63. Beth

    this looks scrumptious. Where do you find the coconut peanut butter and the shredded coconut? I have yet to find them? Also, how much water do you add from the chai tea? Thanks so much for this lovely recipe!

  64. Elise (Post author)

    1 1/2 cups tea water
    The coconut peanut butter is by tropical traditions and can be bought online. I buy my coconut from the same source but you can find unsweetened shredded coconut in any health foods / natural foods store.

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