Minimal Monday: Overnight Chia Yogurt

overnight chia yogurt with oranges, wheatgerm and honey

So what are chia seeds, and why should you care about them?  Don’t feel bad if you haven’t tried them yet.  I’m only just getting around to it myself.  Chia are the little black seeds of a plant that grows in Mexico and Central America.  They’ve been cultivated as a food crop for centuries, and for some reason that’s really important to me, like, this isn’t just a crazy fly by night fad, this is one of those superfoods, like quinoa, that’s being rediscovered.  And like so many seeds, they pack a ton of nutrition in that teensy tiny package.  But probably the most interesting thing about chia seeds, though, is that they absorb 12 times their weight in liquid, so when you add them to, say, milk, you will get a kind of ‘pudding’, thickened by the seeds themselves as they expand and take on a sort of gelatinous texture.

chia seeds in yogurt

You’ll see them added to smoothies and energy drinks a lot, but I thought it would be especially great in my morning yogurt.  When you serve it like I do with citrus sections and wheat germ, you’re looking at possibly the healthiest breakfast on the planet.

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Just stir the seeds into your yogurt, add a little honey or vanilla if you like, and then cover it tightly and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours, or overnight.  The seeds will expand and give it an almost tapioca like effect.

making overnight chia seed yogurt

You can expect to feel fuller, and get an energy boost, along with a dose of  protein, omega 3s, and vitamins.  There is no taste that I can detect, it’s all about the texture.

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Minimal Monday: Overnight Chia Yogurt

Ingredients

  • Plain or Greek yogurt, one cup per serving (or coconut, soy, or almond milk yogurt)
  • chia seeds, 2 Tbsp per serving
  • honey or vanilla extract, if desired
    toppings
  • orange sections
  • wheat germ
  • honey

Instructions

  1. Stir the seeds into the yogurt. Add the honey and vanilla, if using.
  2. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, or mix it in a mason jar.
  3. Store in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  4. Serve topped with orange sections, a sprinkling of wheat germ, and a drizzle of honey.

Notes

Be careful not to add too many seeds to the yogurt because it will become overly thick. This is especially true if you are using Greek yogurt, which is already thick.

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Monali
    June 17, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Can I mix chia seeds with coconut water, and let it soak overnight? 1 tbsp is OK?

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 17, 2017 at 6:45 am

      You can definitely make it with coconut water, or coconut milk…it will depend on how much liquid you are using…start with about 1-2 Tbsp per cup, but you can add more, or less.

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    MaryAnn
    August 4, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Will using 2 tablespoons of chia seeds in 8 ounces of greek yogurt make it too thick (or do you recommend using just one tablespoon)?

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 4, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      I find that different brands of chia seeds expand differently, Maryann, so you can experiment to see what you prefer.

  • Reply
    Elly
    February 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Great, Thanks Sue. I’m thinking, even a little cocoa would be fabulous…

  • Reply
    Elly
    February 18, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Do you know how long it will stay good in the refrigerator? I was thinking that I might want to make a double or triple batch? Sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing…

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 18, 2016 at 11:06 am

      It will stay fresh as long as your yogurt usually does, Elly.

  • Reply
    Alexandra
    January 19, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    How many ounces of yogrt, for this recipe?

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 19, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      I suggest one cup per serving, Alexandra.

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    Zofia
    July 10, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks for an easy recipe. Will be making this for tomorrow’s breakfast!

  • Reply
    Kitchen Belleicious
    September 17, 2014 at 4:13 am

    oh the seeds make it so crunchy and perfect with the creaminess of the yogurt. I love that this is an overnight recipe!

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    Barbara
    September 16, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Very clever, Sue! Would never have occurred to me. I know about chia seeds, can get them easily, see recipes on Pinterest, but am ashamed to say I’ve never tried them. This is a winner for breakfast!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks Barbara— I will say, it makes yogurt a little more interesting!

  • Reply
    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    September 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I am doing this right now, so I can have it in the morning. Ok. Gotta go so I can go do this. Thanks, Sue!

  • Reply
    ahu
    September 15, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I’ve always been hesitant to try chia seeds but I think you’ve convinced me. Beautiful action shot by the way!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 15, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who isn’t chia savvy….but if they are as healthy as they are supposed to be, then I’m glad I’ve discovered a delicious way to use them.

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    Gerlinde in Dallas
    September 15, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    My mum just showed me a huge bag of chia seeds she picked up somewhere. She was a little vague as to how she uses them, and all I could think of were those cute little chia pets that used to be so popular. The ones that grew green hair or wool, lol.

    Your recipe is nice and easy. I will definitely give it a try. :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Oh I absolutely have owned a chia pet or two myself… andI can tell you, this is a MUCH better use for them!

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    September 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    What a healthy breakfast idea, love your choice of toppings!

  • Reply
    cheri
    September 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    HI Sue, love your topping for this…sounds delicious!

  • Reply
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    September 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Oh yum! I made chia pudding with almond milk, but never thought to let them sit over night in yogurt. I bet it’s so thick and creamy! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Catherine
    September 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Looks great and healthy too. Catherine

  • Reply
    Kelly
    September 15, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Mmmmm, I love chia seeds in drinks and breakfasty things. I make my own chia goodness blend with chia, buckwheat, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries plus a touch of coconut sugar. But the overnight, ready to go in the morning I simply must try!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Your chia blend sounds great!

    • Reply
      Valerie
      April 5, 2017 at 7:55 am

      I use 1/2c organic vanilla yogurt, 1 tbls chia seeds, 1/4 tsp each of cinnamon & turmeric, 1/4c old fashioned oats (not the quick kind) dried fruits with granola. I mix it all together at night and just grab one on my out the door in the morning. Yum yum!!! The turmeric gives it a wonderful golden color and is anti-inflammatory.

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    Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine
    September 15, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I’ll be trying this Sue! I’ve tried chia seed in my granola but have never used it in yogurt. I love variations for our morning yogurt so can’t wait to make this! Al these pictures are wonderful but I love the first one with the honey!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      I first had homemade yogurt with oranges, wheat germ and honey when I was in college and I’ve been eating my yogurt that way ever since, it’s a winning combo! The chia seeds just add another dimension.

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