This healthy Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe is a rich, chocolatey, dessert made with almond milk. You’ll love how easy chocolate chia seed pudding recipes are to make! Your healthy dessert tastes even better with the right toppings, like chocolate syrup, chopped nuts, granola and fruit. Going low carb? See post tips for making this into a keto-friendly, low carb dessert.
Quest for Healthy Desserts
I have been on a quest for healthy desserts. I mean, I’ve read reports from the experts. Refined sugars are not so good for you. Finding ways to reduce it in your life, I believe, is important.
For us, that means we are reducing the quantity of refined sugars in our baked goods, finding healthier alternatives to refined white sugar, and creating healthy alternatives to dessert-time. Like this dark chocolate chia pudding.
If you love chia seed recipes, you can also take a look at this Vegan Chocolate Overnight Oats that is made with chia seeds and can be eaten for breakfast…or dessert! Or how about this delicious chia banana pudding recipe! Be sure to top it with this tasty Date-Sweetened Caramel Sauce. So good!
Who would have thought chia seed chocolate pudding would be something to eat. Right? I mean, for so long these seeds were more of a chia pet thing. If you don’t know what a chia pet is, you’re still welcome here.
Taste Buds are Malleable
So, 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) desserts 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. They can get kind of slimy when exposed to liquids. That sliminess was a bit of a turnoff for me. But follow this recipe for chia cacao pudding and you’ll see that it’s pretty amazing!
How to Make Chocolate Chia Pudding
Wondering how to make chia seed pudding? You’ll be tickled pink to see how easy it is. Next, you may be wondering what to add to chocolate chia pudding. Here are the ingredients: Chia Seeds, cocoa powder, almond milk, and vanilla extract.
Step One: Combine the Ingredients
First, you’re going to mix the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Then pulse in short bursts, wiping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Continue this process until the dates are smooth.
Note: If your dates are not soft, be sure to microwave them for about 30 seconds to soften them.
Step Two: Cover and Refrigerate
Transfer the pudding to a sealable container. Then cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to 8 hours. It will thicken more the longer it sits, so if you prefer a firmer pudding, you can refrigerate it overnight.
Step Three: Serving
Sprinkle the top with chopped dark chocolate chips and almond slivers before serving. Add additional toppings if you’d like, such as granola or vegan whipped cream.
Completely Smooth Chia Pudding
You’ll see in the photos that the chia seeds are still prevalent in this recipe. However, you can make this into a completely smooth chia pudding by reverse engineering this recipe. Here’s how it works:
- Place all the ingredients together in a sealable container. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to overnight. This softens the chia seeds which is what we want.
- Once the ingredients are adequately soaked, put the in a food processor or high speed blender. Pulse until smooth and creamy, stopping to press down ingredients from the sides of the blender or food processor as necessary.
- If the ingredients are chilled enough, you can proceed to serving right away. Sometimes the processing can “heat up” the ingredients so you can transfer it to the fridge for a few minutes before serving.
Working with Chia Seeds
As I mentioned above, chia seeds can be kind of slimy. But I’ve discovered a trick when it comes to working with chia seeds. What I’ve learned is that you can’t go half-way. You are either all in or not.
Let me explain. A few chia seeds won’t turn this into a delicious pudding. It takes a certain ratio of seeds to liquid to create the best pudding effect. Once you’ve gone full pudding, you’ll find that chia seed nirvana. And then you might become hooked, just like me.
The same is true when it comes to making chia eggs. Interestingly enough, chia is a great egg substitute. I use a chia egg often when making things like cookies. It’s a great binder!
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?
Chia seeds are a great source for many vitamins and nutrients, including Vitamin B1, which is an essential nutrient. It also is a great source of Vitamin B3, which if you’re running low on can mess with your metabolism and cause cold intolerance. We think of Omega-3s coming from ground flaxseed, but you can get from chia too. It’s an essential fatty acid considered necessary for human health. And chia is a great source of other phytonutrients such as folate, calcium, iron, and more.
Is chia pudding good for weight loss?
Seeds are higher in calories than some foods. However, because chia seeds contain a lot of protein, fiber, and other healthy nutrients, it can help promote the feeling of fullness that is so important for weight loss.
Here’s more on the nutritional benefits of chia seeds.
How to make healthy chocolate chia pudding
This recipe calls for using dates which makes it an entirely plant-based dessert with no refined sugars. That means a single serving of this pudding has 287 calories.
However, if you switch out the dates for a zero calorie sweetener like stevia or monk fruit, you end up with 185 calories and 5g net carbs per serving. That makes this a low carb, keto-friendly dessert!
This low carb cocoa chia pudding version is a great dessert option when you’re trying to get healthy!
Use these tips and tricks to make this overnight chocolate chia pudding perfect for you every single time:
- Add a teaspoon or two of coconut flakes for a chocolate coconut chia pudding
- If you don’t like the texture of the chia seeds, make a ground chia seeds pudding by putting the mixture in a high speed blender and blend until smooth
- This is a chocolate almond milk chia pudding recipe, but you can substitute whatever type of plant-based milk your prefer, such as coconut milk! I think a chocolate chia pudding with coconut milk would be fabulous!
- 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
- This is also a paleo chia seed pudding because dates are found in nature
- Make a vanilla chia pudding by leaving out the cocoa powder and adding plant-based vanilla protein powder instead.
Add some flavors to make this reflect you. here are some ideas for mixing things up with this cacao chia pudding:
Healthy Vegan Desserts
Want some more healthy vegan desserts? You’ll love these tasty recipes:
- This healthy blueberry crumble bars recipe is loaded with healthy ingredients and tastes amazing
- Make these black bean brownies and you won’t even know there’s black beans in the ingredients
- Speaking of brownies, these healthy brownies are great too
- This healthy carrot cake recipe is so moist and delicious
- Everyone loves these healthy protein granola that’s a great topping for this pudding!
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding
- 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.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Whatever healthy dessert you’re doing your happy dance over, enjoy!