Overnight Chia Yogurt

Overnight Chia Yogurt ~ this easy healthy breakfast can be jazzed up with all sorts of fruits and nuts, or just enjoyed with a drizzle of honey.

Overnight Chia Yogurt

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 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.

Overnight Chia 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.

Overnight Chia Yogurt

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.

Overnight Chia 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 with this overnight chia yogurt.

Overnight Chia Yogurt

You should be able to find chia seeds in your regular grocery story, check in the health food section, or with the grains. You can always find them on Amazon, as well, here. And if you discover you love these little guys, try my CHIA COCONUT PUDDING POPSICLES, you can have them for breakfast too!

TIP: 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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Minimal Monday: Overnight Chia Yogurt

Overnight Chia Yogurt ~ this easy healthy breakfast can be jazzed up with all sorts of fruits and nuts, or just enjoyed with a drizzle of honey.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
chilling 2 hours
Author Sue Moran


  • 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


  • orange sections
  • wheat germ
  • honey


  • Stir the seeds into the yogurt. Add the honey and vanilla, if using.
  • Cover tightly with plastic wrap, or mix it in a mason jar.
  • Store in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Serve topped with orange sections, a sprinkling of wheat germ, and a drizzle of honey.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~

  • Use any type of yogurt for this, including almond or coconut.
  • Use your chia seed yogurt to make a smoothie


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  • Reply
    June 17, 2021 at 3:29 am

    5 stars
    Will this help lose weight?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      June 17, 2021 at 6:39 am

      It is low in calorie, for sure.

  • Reply
    April 9, 2021 at 9:46 am

    These super foods aren’t being rediscovered. They’ve been used for centuries all over the world. It’s just that whitecentric societies are finally venturing out with their palates.

  • Reply
    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
      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.

  • Reply
    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
      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
    February 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm

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

  • Reply
    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
      February 18, 2016 at 11:06 am

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

  • Reply
    January 19, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    How many ounces of yogrt, for this recipe?

    • Reply
      January 19, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      I suggest one cup per serving, Alexandra.

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    July 10, 2015 at 12:24 pm

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

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    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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