Homemade Chia Pudding Finger Paint (+ A Vitamix A3500 Giveaway)!

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This Homemade Chia Pudding Finger Paint is edible fun for kids of all ages! It’s a great activity when you’re stuck inside on a cold or rainy day, and is made with natural, nutritious ingredients! 

side view of four jars of Homemade Chia Pudding Finger Paint in four colors on a wooden painting palette sprinkled with chia seeds

This post is sponsored by my friends at Vitamix. As always, all opinions are my own!

You guys!!!!

I’m teaming up with my favorite company to give away my favorite kitchen tool in the world…a Vitamix A3500 Blender! That’s right! One of YOU can win the best blender on the market, just in time for Mother’s Day!

I created this delicious, easy and FUN Homemade Chia Pudding Finger Paint recipe to demonstrate just how awesome it is to own a Vitamix! With it I can be super creative and make healthy alternatives for my favorite childhood recipes, like this one!

Have you ever heard of pudding finger paint? When I was a kid my aunt was an art teacher, so she always thought of the best projects for us to do on cold, rainy days! One of which, was pudding finger paint! Using pudding instead of real paint is like 5,000 times better because you get to eat the paint instead of having to wipe it off on a paper towel!

The version I grew up with was made with instant pudding and food coloring. However, now that I have my own kids, I try to avoid pre-packaged foods and dyes as much as possible! Enter this Homemade Chia Pudding Finger Paint! It is super healthy, yummy and dyed with fresh fruits and vegetables only!

Front view of a mom helping her daughter pour almond milk into a vitamix A3500 blender making homemade chia pudding finger paints

This Homemade Chia Pudding Finger Paint is also a super fun recipe to make with your kids! Mine always love helping when I make recipes in the Vitamix! They enjoy pushing the buttons, pouring, mixing, etc.! One of the great things about the A3500 is that it has a clear lid, so the kids can watch the vortex spin ’round and ’round as it blends! 🙂

I also have to take a moment and mention the blending cups and blending bowls used in this recipe! Ever since I got them I have been obsessed! I use them all the time to make small batches of baby food, salad dressings, chia pudding, etc. etc. They are like the missing puzzle piece in my kitchen that I never knew I needed, but now couldn’t imagine living without! They are only compatible with the Ascent series blender, which is why we are giving one away today!

If you want to enter the giveaway {like why would you NOT?!} scroll to the end of the post to see all the different ways you can enter! Fingers crossed for all of you! 🙂

Overhead view of four jars of Homemade Chia Pudding Finger Paint in four colors on a wooden painting palette sprinkled with chia seeds

How to make Pudding Finger Paint

If you watch the video below, you will see the step-by-step process of making this recipe! However here are a few notes:

  1. Large/small containers. This recipe calls for using the large container that comes with every Vitamix blender to make the pudding base, and then using the small blending bowls and personal cup adaptors to make four colors. If you do not have these accessories, you may need to stop blending, stir the mixture around with a spatula, and then continue mixing when you make the filling, depending on the model of Vitamix you own!
  2. Chilling. This pudding sets up pretty fast. And since the goal is to use it as finger paint, as long as it’s gelatinous enough for your kids to scoop it with their fingers, you should be good to go! I think it tastes the best after it has been chilled for at least one hour!
  3. Storage. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator!
  4. Finger painting. I used fancy little paint pallets for photo purposes…however my favorite way to divvy them up is by giving each child a muffin tin and putting one color in each well!

six overhead photos in a collage showing how to make pudding finger paint

Overhead view of Homemade Chia Pudding Finger Paint on wooden paint palettes next to a Vitamix A3500 blender

 Homemade Chia Pudding Finger Paint: Substitutions 

Here’s a list of some potential substitutions that could be made in this recipe

  • Almond milk. Any milk works great in this recipe! I have also used regular 2% milk with great results!
  • Liquid sweetener. I opted for honey, if you’d like to keep it vegan use maple syrup, agave, brown rice syrup, etc.
  • White chia seeds. I made this recipe using regular, black chia seeds and white chia seeds. Both work well…however the white yields much prettier colors (see the video below)!
  • Fruits/Vegetables. Really you can let your imagination run wild here. However one thing I do recommend is using whole fruits. I tested this recipe with powders and freeze-dried fruits and it did not work. You need to use whole fruits and veggies to yield great colors!

Overhead view of three kids using Homemade Chia Pudding Finger Paint on painting palettes to finger paint on white pieces of paper


Homemade Chia Pudding Finger Paint

This Homemade Chia Pudding Finger Paint is edible fun for kids of all ages! It’s a great activity when you’re stuck inside on a cold or rainy day, and is made with natural, nutritious ingredients!
4.96 from 66 votes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 53.9
Prep Time10 minutes
Chilling time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes


Vanilla Chia Pudding:

Natural Fruit Colors:

  • pink: ¼ cup strawberries
  • green: ¼ cup spinach
  • blue: ¼ cup blueberries
  • orange: ¼ cup cooked pureed sweet potato


Chia pudding base:

  • Put all of the ingredients in the order listed into the container of your Vitamix
  • Blend starting on low speed and gradually increasing to high, until the mixture is smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender and continue blending!
  • Once mixture is smooth, pour it into a large bowl and set aside.

Making Colors:

  • Measure out ½ cup of the vanilla chia pudding base and pour it into a small blending cup or blending bowl.
  • Blend starting at low speed, gradually increasing to high, until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add ¼ cup of the fruit/vegetable of your choice.
  • Close the blending cup/bowl and place it on the blender base.
  • Remove and transfer to jars or muffin tins (I like to put one color in each well of a muffin tin)!
  • Give your kids blank pieces of paper and let them have fun!
  • Repeat with remaining colors.
  • Put the chia pudding finger paints in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight.



Calories: 53.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.3g | Protein: 1.6g | Fat: 1.7g | Sodium: 34.1mg | Potassium: 81.1mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 5.1g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Did you enjoy this recipe? Have a question? Leave a comment below!


Front view of a mom with her three kids making Homemade Chia Pudding Finger Paint in a Vitamix Blender

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  1. 5 stars
    Had a lot of fun doing this with my little one. However I was wondering if after they dry can the paints mold on the canvas or paper?? How long will it keep? Should I try freezing it to preserve it?
    Let me know your thoughts 🙂

    1. Hey Emilee! I have never tried to save the artwork my kids create with edible paints! 🙂 So I cannot advise on that! If you want to save them I would recommend preserving them somehow like with polyurethane or something!

  2. I hope I’m doing this right and it shows up in the comment section. But I totally dig the Stainless Steel and the White Vitamix. This is an AWESOME GIVEAWAY! Good Luck to everyone playing!

  3. 5 stars
    I love the copper and I WILL BE SUPER EXCUTED IF I WIN! 🤞🏻 Love your blog and this recipe. Can’t wait to try it out.

  4. 5 stars
    Hi, I love these ideas the Vitamix is so versatile. I love the graphite metal finish it’s very clean and still has the industrial smoothie store professional look to it.

  5. 4 stars
    I would adore the Vitamix A3500 Series Blender in WHITE, to go nicely with my Vegan AG Food Style posts for beginners and kid-friendly meals that are plant based. My kids and I love the green smoothies, easy soups, and especially the nut milks that the high powered Vitamix creates.