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15-Minute Protein Chia Seed Cereal

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The viral chia seed cereal, only with a scoop of protein! Makes a great high protein breakfast or snack, just 4 ingredients, 15 minutes!

chia seed cereal
15-Minute Protein Chia Seed Cereal

The Tiktok viral chia seed cereal has been all over the internet. It’s very similar to chia pudding, only not as thick, and you don’t have to wait overnight for the seeds to plump up. I love chia pudding, like my Mango Coconut Chia Pudding, so I knew I would love this chia cereal. I add protein powder to keep me fuller longer, and it’s was perfect. I’m hooked, I’ve been making it all week! If you want to see how to make chia cereal, watch my video here.

Top off this healthy chia seed cereal with fresh berries, which really hits the spot. I love that it’s not just high protein but also high in fiber, omega-3s, and more! Plus, it’s easy to make with only four ingredients.

Are chia seeds high in protein?

Yes, chia seeds are a good source of protein, with two tablespoons containing four grams. When you add a scoop of protein powder, this chia seed cereal clocks in at 29 grams of protein for one serving.

Can I mix protein powder with chia seeds?

Yes, protein powder mixes well with chia seed cereal. I used one scoop of vanilla protein powder, Orgain, but feel free to use your favorite brand you like. Some brands taste pretty awful, so keep in mind it will effect the taste.

Chia Seed Cereal Meal Prep

If you’d like to double or triple this chia seed recipe, go for it! It’s easy to prep ahead so that you don’t have to wait 15 minutes for the seeds to plump up every morning.


  • Protein: Choose a different flavor of protein powder for your chia cereal. Chocolate would also be yummy.
  • Make it Vegan: You can use a plant based protein powder to keep this vegan.
  • Fruit: Swap the mixed berries for a different kind of fruit, like mango or pineapple.
  • Super seed option: Add ground flax and hemp seeds to make it extra nutritious!
  • To make a thicker cereal, let the seeds soak longer. About 1 hour or overnight in the fridge.

4 ingredient chia seed cereal

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Protein Chia Seed Cereal

4.72 from 7 votes
The viral chia seed cereal only with protein!
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
chia seed cereal
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
refrigeration time: 15 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
Yield: 1 servings
Serving Size: 1 bowl


  • 1 cup almond or any milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup berries like raspberries and blackberries


  • Mix the milk and protein powder with a frother or in a blender.
    protein powder
  • Stir in chia seeds and refrigerate 15 minutes.
  • Top with berries and enjoy!

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This will not be thick like a chia pudding, this should have more of a consistency of pouring milk into your rice krispies. If you want it thicker, refrigerate overnight.
The protein you use here will determine the flavor so use your favorite brand. There's a lot of really awful tasting protein out there!


Serving: 1 bowl, Calories: 318 kcal, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Protein: 29 g, Fat: 10 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 380 mg, Fiber: 15 g, Sugar: 6 g


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25 comments on “15-Minute Protein Chia Seed Cereal”

  1. Whats up guys! I slightly change recipe by sub: greek style yogurt, tiramisu flavor protein powder. leave it overnight in fridge and next day nice(no crispy chia seeds) and pudding-ish consistency delish. Thank you!

  2. So easy and tasty! I used Orgain Cookies and Cream protein powder and topped with blueberries. I did add 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed too.

  3. How many servings does it make? There are a few recipes that don’t mention the number of servings.

  4. Grade: F. I LOVE chia seed pudding and really enjoy cereal, but this just didn’t work. I tried it as listed and then with added cottage cheese. I’m not sure I’ve ever has a Skinnytaste recipe I disliked to so much. What a bummer!

  5. I think I was expecting more of a chia pudding, but this felt more like a thin chia milk shake. My chia seeds were new, so it wasn’t an issue of them being old. IMO, there weren’t enough seeds to give it a “cereal” vibe. It tasted nice and I still enjoyed it…but I think next time I’ll try it with cottage cheese like another reader suggested.

    1. This is a chia “cereal” not pudding, think rice krispies. If you had that expectation, I could see why you are not happy. You can also use less liquid, more seeds or let it sit overnight for a thicker cereal.

  6. I tried this before and liked it a lot…. I love that this recipe was reposted and jogged my memory in deep November, on the very week my store has a $1.25 pint sale on fresh raspberries and blackberries 😘

  7. I liked the photo of this, but I swapped milk and protein powder with plain cottage cheese. It’s high in protein and tastes so natural. Berries and chia seeds made it look as a dessert. Thank you Gina for these recipes, they are so healthy, easy and look wonderful

    1. What a great suggestion for a variation.
      I used defrosted frozen black cherries with the cottage cheese and chia. Check out Gina’s high protein oat waffles. They are made with cottage cheese.

  8. All I got was a cup of 2% milk with chia seed floating in it after about 45 minutes. Maybe I have old chia seeds?

  9. Just wondering, your Orgain protein powder link goes to Clean simple Eats protein powder. I’m assuming they are not the same? You prefer the Orgain vanilla?

  10. This is a perfect choice to add to my breakfast routine. Delicious! I used “Just Ingredients” vanilla protein powder and frozen berries and could not be better. Thanks Gina!

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