Chocolate Chia Pudding (Easy!)

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.

A serving glass holds vegan chocolate chia pudding topped with sliced bananas and fresh blackberries. Another glass and more blackberries is behind it.
We made this Chia Seed Pudding Chocolate for extra flavor!

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.

A tablespoon full of chia seeds is pouring them into a small glass bowl.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

A small bowl of chia seeds sits next to fresh blackberries.

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!

Expert Tips

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:

You can serve this raw Chia Pudding with something special, like this S’mores Granola or even some Blueberry Sauce to make this a special weekend night party dessert.

Healthy Vegan Desserts

Want some more healthy vegan desserts? You’ll love these tasty recipes:

Want even more “healthy-ish” vegan dessert ideas? Try this tasty Vegan Flan recipe with creamy caramel sauce! And this Dairy Free Cheesecake is also a tasty recipe too!

A closeup of two serving glasses full of chocolate chia pudding, topped with sliced bananas and fresh blackberries.
Add fresh fruit on top of Choc Chia Pudding to keep it healthy!

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

Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding

If you love healthy desserts, this Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding is for you! You’ll love the rich, chocolatey flavors! 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 287kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Optional: Topping: 2 teaspoons dairy-free chocolate chips chopped
  • Optional: Additional Toppings: Granola, Sliced Almonds, Coconut Slivers and Coconut Whipped Cream

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

* If you two teaspoons of stevia in place of the dates and change the nutrition information to this: Calories = 220 Net carbs = 5
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.
Nutritional estimate does not include optional toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 169mg7%
Potassium 447mg13%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 14g56%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 359mg36%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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!

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16 Responses to Chocolate Chia Pudding (Easy!)

    • I was with you, Uma. Wasn’t certain I liked the idea of a lumpy pudding. But once I’ve gotten used to the texture, I really really love this. And that’s saying a lot because I’m one of those “texture is important” people! Let me know if you try it!

    • You read my mind, Maria! Desserts for breakfast…breakfast for dessert? It should be a thing!

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