This Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding is a rich, chocolatey, and still healthy dessert that will tantalize your sweet tooth, while accomplishing your “let’s get healthy” goals as well. I love this quest for healthy desserts. How about you? If so, you definitely will want to take a look at this Vegan Chocolate Overnight Oats that can be eaten for breakfast…or dessert! Or how about this gorgeous and versatile Date-Sweetened Caramel Sauce. So good!
We continue on, forging a path into eating healthier desserts. I have plenty of desserts in my life the are not so healthy, so acquiring a few (and hopefully eventually a lot) with a more healthy focus is a great goal. This Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding is turning out to be one of my favorites.
I may have said this before, but I can be kind of slow when it comes to trying new things. For example:
- Broccoli — hated it until well into my adult years
- Beets — tried to eat these as a child and thought I would throw up. Didn’t try them again until well into my adult years
- Tomatoes — detested fresh tomatoes (made up for it with near-obsession for ketchup) nearly most of my life. I wouldn’t even eat anything that had a seed of a tomato in it. And then one day Adee suggested I try them again. It was as if the floodgates opened. I was skeptical, but she was right. Under the right circumstances, tomatoes are good. I still prefer smaller tomatoes, like cherry tomatoes, the best.
- Pineapple — I still don’t do backflips of joy at the idea of eating pineapple, but I have found some ways to have it in my life. For example, I add it to my smoothies (Pina Colada Smoothie), and I can I tolerate it a little bit when it’s fresh, rather than canned.
I felt the same way about chia seeds. the thing is, they can get kind of slimy when exposed to liquids. That sliminess was a bit of a turnoff for me.
However, what I’ve learned about chia seeds is that you can’t go half-way. You are either all in or not.
Let me explain. A few chia seeds won’t do the pudding trick. It takes a certain ratio of seeds to liquid to create the pudding effect. Once you’ve gone full pudding, you’ll find that chia seed nirvana. And then you might become hooked, just like me.
Why You’ll Love Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding
Dessert is often an afterthought in our house. It’s like we have dinner and then we start foraging for something sweet to finish the deal. It used to be our fallback position was to have a piece of cake or whatever dessert we had around. But honestly, no one needs to be having something as sweet as a piece of cake every night for dessert. Don’t you agree that some things are better when they’re not had as often?
I like the quote by Michael Pollan, to save sweets for days that begin with an “S”. You know, Saturday and Sunday. There have definitely been times when I’ve altered that quote to read, save desserts for days that have an “S” in the name. That means no dessert on Monday or Friday. That works. Right?
So, let’s get back on track here. We have a goal of having more healthy sweets during the week, like this vegan chocolate chia pudding. It satisfies the sweet tooth in a way that still feels healthy.
Who would have thought chia seeds would be an eating thing. Right? I mean, for so long they were more of a chia pet thing. If you don’t know what a chia pet is, you’re still welcome here.
Anyway, chia seeds turn out to have a lot of what’s healthy for us. I mean, it makes sense. Seeds are like Mother Earth’s gift to the world. There may be a few exceptions, but overall seeds are a go when it comes to health.
Your Chia Questions Answered!
If you’re curious about specifics on the chia seed, let’s get into it.
Are Chia Seeds Healthy?
Yes, they are. In fact, Chia seeds are a great source for the following:
- Vitamin B1, which is an essential nutrient
- Vitamin B3, which if you’re running low on can mess with your metabolism and cause cold intolerance
- Omega-3s, which we typically get from ground flax seeds, but you can get from chia too. It’s an essential fatty acid considered necessary for human health
- And other photonutrients such as folate, calcium, iron, and more
How Do You Make Chia Pudding?
It’s actually very simple to make chia puddings. You simply add sweetener and flavorings (such as cocoa powder) to plant-based milk. Stir that together and then add your chia seeds. I use a food processor to make this go a little more quickly, but all-in-all, it takes only a few minutes. Then place in the fridge to allow the chia seeds to make their gel. About 40 minutes to an hour later you’ve got your chia pudding!
So, in summary, why will you love this vegan chocolate chia pudding recipe? Because it’s easy, creamy, chocolate, and oh-so-heatlhy. How’s that!
This Recipe Needs Help
This recipe, it just isn’t quite right. Did you notice that? It’s because it needs some YOU in it! ❤️
I have this sentiment about every recipe I look at — how can I shape it into more of what I love in a recipe? What flavors can I add or take away? Are there steps that can be eliminated? (That’s my favorite thing to do, by the way).
In case you’re new at this concept and would like some ideas to get started, here are some of my ideas for mixing things up with this vegan chocolate chia pudding:
- Add a teaspoon or two of coconut flakes
- Mix in some peanut butter powder with the cocoa
- Drop a scoop of Vegan Whipped Cream on top to dress it up
- Sprinkle some slivered almonds over the top
As you can tell, we love this Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding. We hope you do too. If you decide to make the recipe, snap a photo and share it with us using #namelymarly on Instagram or Twitter. We LOVE seeing your creations!
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 cup plant-based milk sugar-free
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- ½ cup pitted dates softened*
- Topping: 2 teaspoons dairy-free chocolate chips chopped
- Additional Toppings: Granola, Sliced Almonds, Coconut Slivers and Coconut Whipped Cream
Mix ingredients in a food processor bowl. Note: If your dates are not soft, be sure to microwave them for about 30 seconds to soften them. Pulse until the dates are smooth.
Cover and refrigerate at least an hour or up to 8 hours. It will thicken more the longer it sits, so if you prefer a firmer pudding, refrigerate overnight.
Sprinkle the top with chopped dark chocolate chips and almond slivers before serving. Add additional toppings if you'd like, such as granola or whipped cream.
* You can also use one or two teaspoons of stevia in place of the dates or 3 tablespoons maple syrup. Also, my favorite way to soften dates is to simply put them in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. That usually does the trick.
If you love chia pudding concoctions, be sure to take a look at these:
- Vanilla Chia Pudding by Detoxinista
- Easy Chia Pudding by Goop
- Gloriously green Matcha Chia Pudding by Vanilla + Bean
- Or how about this Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce by, um, ME!
Whatever healthy dessert you’re doing your happy dance over, enjoy!