Overnight Quinoa Pudding

Perfect for meal prep, overnight quinoa pudding is a quick breakfast fix you can make with leftover cooked quinoa. The recipe uses chia seeds for that jelly-like thickness, plus berries and almonds for topping!


Nutrition per serving
Net Carbs38.9 g14.1%
of which Sugars9.8 g10.9%
Fibers12.7 g45.5%
Fats13.5 g20.8%
of which Saturates2 g10.2%
of which Omega 31.1 g99.3%
Proteins12.1 g26.4%
Calcium227 mg22.7%
Vitamin A64 mcg9.1%
Vitamin C17 mg22.5%
Iron3.9 mg26.5%
Potassium531 mg15.2%
Sodium50 mg2.2%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Kcal326 16.3%
Macro split
  • net carbs 50%
  • sugars 13%
  • fats 18%
  • saturates 3%
  • proteins 16%
  • fibers 16%
*RDA based on a 2000 kcal diet;
**Nutritional data sources: USDA, food labels.
326 per serving

Overnight quinoa pudding is the perfect recipe for those busy mornings when you have no time to cook but still want a healthy, nutritious breakfast.

This quinoa breakfast pudding is prepared with cooked quinoa and milk, plus chia seeds for thickness. It's a bit like chia pudding with quinoa in!

To make it, simply leave the ingredients to soak overnight and you'll have a jar of overnight quinoa ready for the next day.

Then, all that is left to do is add your favourite pudding toppings. You'll find lots of topping ideas in our tips below!

Here, we used blackberries and crunchy almonds for antioxidants, good fats, and fibres, plus a dash of maple syrup and a few coconut flakes for extra flavour.

Not just incredibly tasty, breakfast pudding made with quinoa is also filling and nutritious. Each delicious jar delivers a balanced mix of complete proteins, gut-healthy fibres, iron and calcium!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is overnight quinoa pudding?

Overnight quinoa pudding is a healthy breakfast idea in which cooked quinoa is allowed to soak in milk overnight with added chia seeds for a jelly-like pudding consistency.

So, overnight quinoa pudding is like a cross between chia pudding and overnight oats.

Does quinoa have to be cooked for overnight quinoa or pudding?

To make overnight quinoa or quinoa pudding, quinoa must be cooked first and allowed to cool down.

Cooking quinoa is not only needed for creaminess but also for better flavour and digestibility.

Though raw quinoa is technically edible, it contains saponins, an anti-nutrient that tastes very bitter and can cause digestive issues. That's why it’s not recommended to just soak dry quinoa overnight and eat it raw.

Can you make quinoa pudding with leftover cooked quinoa?

Overnight quinoa pudding is the perfect recipe to use up leftover quinoa from the day before, as the quinoa has to be cooked and cooled.

How do you make quinoa pudding creamy?

Being a starchy seed, cooked quinoa has some creaminess but not as much as cooked rice or oats would have.

So, our overnight quinoa pudding gets its thick, scoopable consistency from chia seeds.

Often used to make breakfast puddings, chia seeds can absorb milk and form a jelly-like mix with quinoa.

You can also prepare a creamy quinoa pudding using other thickening ingredients like:

  • Flaxseeds

  • Mashed bananas

  • Yoghurt

  • Applesauce


Measuring System
Quinoa Pudding
Cooked Quinoa120 g
Chia Seeds1/2 tbsp
Plant-Based Milk (Coconut/Oat)85 mL
Honey/Maple Syrup1 tsp
Desiccated Coconut (optional)1 tsp
Blackberries/Blueberries80 g
Roasted Almonds15 g

Step 1

To make the pudding, use cooked quinoa that's completely cooled down.

If you're starting from dry quinoa, the ratio of uncooked to cooked quinoa is approximately 1:3.5.

So, 35 g (1.2 oz) of raw quinoa will yield about 120 g (4 oz) of cooked quinoa.

You can find instructions and tips on how to cook quinoa perfectly here.

cooked quinoa in a pot

Step 2

Combine the cooked quinoa with chia seeds and milk in a sealable jar or container.

Tip in the maple syrup/honey and coconut flakes (if using them) and stir well.

Then, seal the jar and transfer the quinoa chia pudding to the fridge.

cooked quinoa with chia seeds and milk in a jar

Step 3

Let the chia seeds and quinoa soak in the milk to form a jelly-like pudding.

The longer you let them soak, the thicker and more scoopable the pudding will be.

Allow at least 30 minutes, ideally 1 hour, or leave the quinoa pudding to soak overnight ready for the next day.

quinoa and chia seeds soaked overnight for pudding

Step 4

Once the pudding is ready, top it with fresh or frozen berries and chopped almonds.

Your healthy quinoa breakfast pudding is ready — enjoy!

chia quinoa pudding in a jar with berries and almonds topping


Ingredient Tips & Swaps

  • The best vegan milk for quinoa pudding is either light coconut milk or oat milk, as they're a little sweet and creamy. But you can also use almond milk, which is lower in calories, or soy milk, which is higher in proteins.

  • Chia seeds pack lots of good fibres, but they may bloat you a little if you're not used to eating them. You can start with a smaller serving size, 1 teaspoon of seeds, and gradually increase up to 1 tablespoon.

Topping Ideas

This quinoa overnight pudding is super customisable. Here are some flavour ideas to try:

  1. Cacao, hazelnuts and cherries

  2. Mango, turmeric, and cashews (as in these mango lassi overnight oats)

  3. Kiwi, blueberry, and matcha (as in these matcha overnight oats)

  4. Apricots/peaches, dark chocolate, and walnuts

  5. Grated apples, cinnamon, and goji berries


Prepare 3-4 individual jars of this chia quinoa pudding (toppings included) and keep them sealed in the fridge.

You'll have all your breakfasts (or snacks) ready for half of the week!

How to Store

Store the quinoa pudding in a sealed jar or tight-seal container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Alternatively, you can freeze the quinoa pudding for 3 months. To eat, leave it to defrost overnight in the fridge or use the microwave defrosting function.

Like this Recipe?

Try our overnight buckwheat porridge or overnight oat groats, silken tofu chia pudding or chai chia pudding.

For more surprising ways to use leftover cooked quinoa, check out our gluten-free quinoa flatbread and homemade quinoa milk.