This flax seed pudding only requires 5 minutes & 3 ingredients, perfect for breakfast and dessert. A cheaper but still delicious version of chia pudding!

Plus, I’ve included step-by-step pictures AND a video (which also went viral on YouTube!) to make this recipe even simpler!

Three variations of flax seed pudding breakfast recipes - chocolate, matcha, and coconut mango.

In this post you’ll learn:

Why You Will Love This Flax Seed Breakfast Recipe

Flaxseed pudding chocolate with walnuts in a glass on a wooden plank.
  • It only requires 5 minutes of actual cooking, making this a super quick and easy breakfast or dessert recipe
  • You only need 4 base ingredients.
    • This recipe is already delicious just with 4 ingredients. However, if you want to jazz it up, I’ve got 3 toppings variations for you!
  • It makes you feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast
  • Flax seeds are low-carb, have a lot of healthy fats and many great health benefits
  • So many delicious topping varieties to try
  • Save yourself time by making this when meal prepping
  • Completely vegan and gluten-free
  • I’ve included a step-by-step video tutorial to make this recipe even easier! (The Jump to Video button is on the top of this recipe!)

Ingredients

Ingredients for a flax seed pudding: plant milk, ground flax seeds, maple syrup, and salt.
  • Ground flaxseeds: The star ingredient of the recipe, which is also known as flax meal, flax seed meal, linseed meal. You can use both brown and golden flax seeds. Just make sure you grind them first! If they are not grounded, the mixture will not thicken.
  • Plant-based milk: I used oat milk but any plant-based milk will work! Almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk, you name it! Even full-fat canned coconut milk works!
    • I use sweetened in this recipe but feel free to use unsweetened version if you prefer.
  • Maple syrup: Feel free to substitute with agave nectar, date paste, or any other sweetener of your choice.
  • Salt (optional): It might seem weird to add salt to a sweet recipe but salt makes the flavor richer!

Watch the Video Tutorial Here!

Ground Flax Seed vs Flaxseed Meal vs Whole Flax Seeds

Ground flax seed, ground flaxseed, ground linseed, flaxseed meal, flax meal, linseed meal, they’re all the same. Basically, those are what you get when you grind whole flax seeds.

Whole flax seeds have outer shells that cause them to be indigestible, meaning that your body won’t be able to absorb the health benefits that flax seeds provide. So whenever consuming flax seeds, always choose ground seeds, or make your own flax meal following the instructions just below!

What is the Best Way to Eat Flax Seeds?

You definitely want to eat ground flax seeds and not whole flax seeds. Whole flaxseeds might end up undigested due to their tough skin. Grounding makes them easier to digest so you can get the many great health benefits they provide!

And when it comes to recipes, you can use flax seeds to make flax seeds crackers, top them on your breakfast bowls, sneak them in into your smoothies (such as in this Nutella Banana Smoothie), or make flax seed pudding (my favorite way!)

Can I make flaxseed meal from whole flax seeds?

Sure you can! Simple use a food processor, blender, or even coffee/spice grinder for 1-2 minutes until they look like the ground flaxseed in the ingredients picture.

Step-by-step instructions

Mix: Combine all the ingredients (plus any optional ‘powder’ toppings such as cacao powder, desiccated coconut, and matcha powder) together.

Set aside: Let it sit in the fridge for at least one hour, but preferably overnight. Top with more toppings if desired just before serving!

Toppings Varieties

This section is totally optional. The base recipe is already super delicious and you don’t have to add any more toppings if you don’t want to/don’t have time to. Below are 3 topping varieties for this ground flax seed pudding.

1. Chocolate and Nuts

Add ¼ teaspoon of cocoa powder and 1 Tablespoon of crushed nuts. Feel free to substitute the nuts with seeds if you are allergic, or skip it altogether!

2. Coconut Mango

Tropical flavors! Add 2 Tablespoons of shredded coconuts and then top with mango just before serving.

Speaking of coconut and tropical flavors, you might want to check out my 15-Minute Pineapple Carpaccio recipe (with toasted coconut flakes) which is so easy to make but sounds and tastes so fancy!

3. Matcha Blueberry

My favorite flavor! And you only need ¼ teaspoon of matcha powder for this.

Extra Toppings Ideas!

  • Fresh fruits: Think of berries, bananas, apples, pears, but basically any of your favorite fruits!
  • Dried fruits: raisins, dried cranberries, dried mulberries, etc
  • Seeds: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and more
  • Nut butter: peanut butter, almond butter, Nutella (my Homemade Vegan Nutella Recipe here!)
  • Plant-based yogurt or this vegan quark
  • Chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • Coconut flakes
  • Cinnamon powder

You can also use a bit of this pudding to garnish your acai bowls and smoothie bowls!

Top Tips

Stir well – Be sure to properly mix the flax seed mixture before refrigerating. Otherwise, not all the seeds will absorb the milk.

Ground vs Whole flax seeds – Be sure to use ground flax seeds since the mixture will not thicken into a pudding-like consistency if you’re using whole flax seeds. Note that you can easily ground your own flaxseeds at home. Simply use a food processor, coffee grinder, spice grinder, or even a blender.

How Fine to Grind Your Flax Seeds – The finer your flax meal is, the smoother your flax seed pudding will be. You get to decide on this if you’re grinding your flax seed meal on your own!

Blueberries, walnuts & dark chocolate, and mango & coconut on top of flax pudding dessert from above.

Are Flax Seeds Healthier than Chia Seeds?

Both flax and chia seeds are nutrient-dense food. They both could lower the risk of heart disease, help in regulating blood sugar levels, and digestion. They are also rich in omega-3s, protein, fiber, and other minerals.

Chia seeds have higher amounts of fiber (10 grams as compared to 8 grams per ounce) and calcium (14% of the Daily Value as compared to 6% of the Daily Value per ounce) when compared to flax seeds. However, flax seeds seem to be better in reducing appetite and decreasing the risk of certain types of cancer. Moreover, flax seeds are often cheaper than chia seeds. This Healthline article concludes that there are only minimal differences and recommends adding both seeds to your diet!

Chia Seed Pudding vs Flax Seed Pudding

Both of them require very similar preparation and make for delicious breakfast and dessert recipes. They both absorb liquid and give a pudding-like consistency when left to soak overnight.

One big difference is in their texture. Chia pudding tastes seedier (you definitely feel the crunch when eating them) whereas flax pudding has a smoother consistency. You will use ground flaxseeds to make flax pudding which gives it its smooth texture whereas chia pudding usually uses whole chia seeds.

Both chia seeds and flax seeds are commonly found in grocery stores. Be sure to buy ground flax seeds as the tough outer skin of the flax seeds might make them go undigested when consumed as whole seeds. An additional plus point of trying this flax seed pudding is that ground flaxseeds are cheaper than chia seeds too!

Is it OK to eat chia seeds and flax seeds together?

Yep you can! This means that you can also add some chia seeds to this flax seed dessert to make a chia and flax pudding!

Three varieties of flax seed pudding from the front, with the mango coconut version in front.

Storage and Meal Prep Instructions

Storage: Store this in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Meal prep: Make this flaxseed pudding ahead for up to 4 days.

If you want to make it fresher, you can also portion out the dry ingredients (the flaxseed and salt), and then only add the wet ingredients (the maple syrup and plant-based milk) 1-2 days before you want to consume it.

FAQ

How to store my ground flax seeds?

Since flax seeds tend to go rancid quicker than other seeds, I recommend storing them in the fridge as ground flax seeds to retain maximum freshness.

Can I mix flaxseed with milk?

Yes of course! That’s the essence of this flax seed breakfast recipe!

Can I use golden flaxseed instead of brown flaxseed?

Yes, they will both work! Just make sure that you ground them first!

Can I add vanilla extract?

I did not find much difference in terms of taste but sure you can! For 1 serving, add ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract.

I love my chia pudding. Can I still add them to this recipe?

Yes, you can make a chia and flaxseed pudding if you are a big fan of chia pudding. Just halve the amount of the flax seeds used in this flax seed dessert, replacing them with chia seeds. The texture will be different but I’m sure you will love it.

Matcha flax seed dessert, with the chocolate and coconut mango varieties in the background.

More Breakfast and Dessert Recipes

Want some more dessert-like recipes that are healthy enough for breakfast? Look no further!

For another overnight breakfast recipe, check out this Frozen Fruit Overnight Oats.

Or try this No-Banana Baked Oats recipe which comes in five different varieties. If you are a fan of chocolate chips and bananas, I recommend this Chocolate Chip Baked Oats recipe!

And did you know that flax seed is often used as an egg substitute in vegan cooking? I’ve used them here in my 10-Minute Weetbix Cake Loaf recipe!

Flax seed pudding breakfast and dessert with 3 topping variations.
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Easy Flax Seed Pudding (3 Variations for Breakfast & Dessert)

This flax seed pudding only requires 5 minutes & 3 ingredients, perfect for breakfast and dessert. A cheaper but still delicious version of chia pudding!
Cook Time5 minutes
Chilling Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: flax seed breakfast recipes, flax seed dessert, flax seed pudding, flaxseed pudding
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 302kcal
Author: Jem @ The Fruity Jem

Ingredients

Base Pudding:

  • ¼ cup ground flax seed (25 grams) the same as flax meal
  • ½ cup oat milk (115 grams) or sub with any plant-based milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (5 grams) or sub with agave nectar
  • A pinch of salt (optional)

Toppings Varieties (Optional):

    Option 1: Chocolate and Nuts

    • ¼ teaspoon cocoa powder
    • 2 Tablespoons chopped nuts (for serving, optional) I used walnuts but feel free to use other types of nuts or seeds
    • 1 Tablespoon chopped dark chocolate (for serving, optional) from 1 chocolate square

    Option 2: Coconut Mango

    • 2 Tablespoons desiccated coconut
    • 3 Tablespoons oat milk or sub with any plant-based milk
    • ¼ cup cubed mango (for serving, optional)

    Option 3: Matcha Blueberry

    • ¼ teaspoon matcha powder
    • ¼ cup blueberries (for serving, optional)

    Instructions

    • Add: To a bowl or a jar, add all the ingredients for the base pudding.
      (Optional) If using the toppings, also add either the cocoa powder, the desiccated coconut + 3 Tablespoons of milk, or the matcha powder (depending on which flavor you are making).
    • Mix: Whisk the mixture from step 1 to combine.
      (Optional) If you're making either the chocolate or the matcha varieties, be sure that the cocoa or matcha powder no longer clumps together since they are bitter when not mixed in properly.
    • Chill: Let your flax seed pudding sit in the fridge for at least one hour, but preferably overnight.
    • Toppings Time! (Optional) Depending on which flavor you are making, top with the nuts & dark chocolate, mango, or blueberries just before serving. Enjoy!

    Notes

    Ingredients Notes:
    • Be sure to use ground flax seeds. The recipe will not work with whole flax seeds. If you can’t buy them ground, you can grind them yourselves. Simply use a food processor, coffee grinder, spice grinder, or even a blender. Grind them for 1-2 minutes until they look like the ground flaxseed in the ingredients picture.
    • You can use both brown or golden flaxseeds.
     
    Storage and Meal Prep:
    • Store your flax pudding in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
    • If you want to meal prep, make it ahead for up to 4 days.
      • If you want to make it fresher, you can also portion out the dry ingredients (the flaxseed and salt), and then only add the wet ingredients (the maple syrup and plant-based milk) 1-2 days before you want to consume it
     
    Other Notes:
    • For simplification purposes, the calorie information is calculated based on just the base recipe, excluding toppings. The following are the additional calories of the toppings:
      • chocolate and nuts: 126 kcal
      • coconut mango: 126 kcal
      • matcha blueberries: 56 kcal