Overnight Chia Porridge

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When we learned that half of our household had a sensitivity to oats our oatmeal consumption went way down. For a while we replaced that with toast and cereal but both were much more expensive that oats, especially since we had to buy gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free versions. That is when we embraced Overnight Chia Porridge.

Vegan and Gluten-free overnight Chia Porridge

I’m no stranger to chia seeds and I’m not talking about chia pets. We’ve been eating chia seeds regularly since the beginning of our plant-based journey. In fact, in our house we call them “sprinkles” and I keep them in a little shaker bottle. My boys get sprinkles on almost everything they eat. When they hear other kids talking about sprinkles they will chime in because they eat sprinkles too. (yes, I have lots of evil tricks like this)

Vegan and Gluten-free overnight Chia Porridge

Overnight Chia Porridge



  1. Pour seeds into a jar with a leak-proof lid.
  2. Pour milk over seeds, tighten lid and give it a good shake.
  3. Wait about 15-20 minutes then give jar another good shake.
  4. Store overnight in the refrigerator.


The chia (and hemp seeds) will absorb the milk and you’ll be left with a full jar of firm porridge. I typically use a few tablespoons of porridge and mix it with grains and fruit.

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  1. I am new to this. What kind of grains do you mean?

    • Hi Monica,
      I’m going to post another recipe soon with more ideas but Chia Porridge can be added to oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice or any other cooked grain. I do it with brown rice a lot because I often have it leftover.

  2. blissfulsinger says:

    Hi – Are you aware that most rice milks are not in fact gluten free? Most rice milk is sweetened with barley malt syrup, and barley is glutinous. Just a heads’ up for the uninitiated. 🙂

    • Thanks! We always buy the same brand of gluten-free rice milk so I haven’t check out other brands. I will try to mention that in the future.
      It’s so important to always read labels. Since my son has extensive food allergies I always read labels but for a long time I just took peoples word for it.
      I can tolerate barley but have a problem with malt so I avoid it also.

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