Chocolate Chia Pudding with Almond Milk

This healthy Chocolate Chia Pudding is a rich, chocolatey, dessert made with almond milk. You’ll love how easy this chocolate chia seed pudding recipe is to make! Drizzle chocolate syrup over the top with chopped nuts or granola for even more delicious dessert goodness! See my tips below 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.
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Quest for Healthy Desserts

I love this 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 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!

Of course, you can also 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!

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) 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.

Working with Chia Seeds

You see, I’ve got a trick about 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 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

We have a goal of having more healthy sweets during the week, like this chia pudding chocolate recipe. It satisfies the sweet tooth in a way that still feels healthy.

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.

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.

We loved this recipe so much we made a video for you!

Your Chia Questions Answered!

If you’re curious about specifics on the chia seed, let’s get into it.

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

Are Chia Seeds Healthy?

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

I love this resource on the nutritional benefits of chia seeds.

Is chia pudding good for weight loss?

Speaking first hand, I understand the fear involved when discussing seeds. They’re higher in calories than some foods. One serving of this chia seeds chocolate pudding has 287 calories. However, if you switch out the dates for stevia or monk fruit, you end up with 185 calories and 5g net carbs, making this a low carb, keto-friendly recipe!

Because chia seeds have lots of protein and other nutrients listed above, they can help promote the feeling of fullness that is so important for weight loss.

How Do You Make Chia Pudding?

It’s actually very simple to make chocolate chia pudding recipes. 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 Loves You!

This overnight chocolate chia pudding may not be quite right. Did you notice that? It’s because it needs some YOU in it!  ❤️

Add some flavors to make this reflect you. here are some ideas for mixing things up with this vegan chocolate chia pudding:

  • Add a teaspoon or two of coconut flakes
  • If you don’t like the texture of the chia seeds, make a ground chia seed 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!
  • 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!

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.

A closeup of two serving glasses full of chocolate chia pudding, topped with sliced bananas and fresh blackberries.

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! 
5 from 4 votes
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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.

Whatever healthy dessert you’re doing your happy dance over, enjoy!

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