Hello chocolate lovers!
Today I have for you a classic chocolate chia pudding that’s easy to make and meant to be enjoyed anytime of day. Be it for breakfast, a pick-me-up snack, or decadent dessert!
Is Chocolate Chia Pudding Healthy?
Yes! Chocolate Chia Pudding is a combination of healthy, wholesome ingredients that are dairy-free, refined sugar-free and whips up into a deliciously creamy, almost tapioca like, pudding!
- Pair it with fresh fruits like raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, sliced banana, kiwi, pineapple, mandarin oranges, cherries, etc.
- For extra protein, add a dollop of your favorite nut butter.
- Add crunchiness with a sprinkle of granola.
- Make a parfait using whipped coconut cream or non-dairy vanilla yogurt.
- Finish it off with additional topping of chocolate such as cacao nibs, mini chocolate chips or shaved chocolate.
You can make this a healthy to-go treat by filling mason jars or tupperware with a serving of chia pudding and toppings of choice. Store your to-go containers in the fridge and they’ll be ready to grab-n-go when you’re on the run.
Chocolate Chia Pudding Ingredients
Non-Dairy Milk: I used a protein rich plant-based milk here, but feel free to use your favorite non-dairy milk, preferably unsweetened.
Chia Seeds: You may already be familiar with the Vanilla Chia Pudding I shared a while back. My first batch of this chocolate chia pudding, I used the same ratio of chia seeds to milk and came up with a finish that, with the added cocoa powder, was just a bit too chalky. So you will find this recipe calls for slightly less chia seeds, and a definite improvement in texture. Using slightly less chia seeds will mean you may have to chill it for a full 4 hours, or overnight, for it to thicken nicely. But it’s well worth the wait!
Cacao Powder: Use 100% cacao or cocoa powder.
Sweetener: Pure maple syrup is my sweetener of choice, but feel free to use your favorite sweetener.
Vanilla: The vanilla can be optional, but is highly recommended as it adds another layer of flavor I know you’re going to love! Only skimp on the vanilla if you must. :)
How To Make Chocolate Chia Pudding
You’re going to love how easy chocolate chia pudding is to make!
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the milk, chia seeds, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla and salt, whisk until blended. Be patient, it will take a good minute or so to blend in the cocoa powder.
- Cover and place in the fridge to chill. Give a good stir after 30 minutes (this step is very important or you’re pudding will not set properly and you’ll have a soupy mixture), cover again and continue to chill. Stir again after 15 to 30 minutes. Let chill for at least 4 hours.
Once chilled, the pudding will miraculously become thick and creamy. It’s a delicious mix of chocolate goodness that will put a smile on your face and fill that chocolate craving!
Now, you are ready to assemble your pudding however you like. My favorite topping this time around was fresh raspberries, cacao nibs and a dollop of non-dairy vanilla yogurt.
With minimal ingredients and maximum flavor, it’s nom, nom, nom….all day long!
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CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING
Craving chocolate? This classic chocolate chia seed pudding is a healthy way to satisfy your chocolate craving!
- Prep Time: 4 hour
- Total Time: 4 hours
- Yield: Serves 4
- Category: Dessert, Snack
- Cuisine: Vegan
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/3 cup 100% cocoa/cacao powder
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- pinch of mineral salt
In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the milk, chia seeds, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla and salt, whisk until blended. Be patient, it will take a good minute or so to blend in the cocoa powder.
Cover and place in the fridge to chill. Give a good stir after 30 minutes (this step is very important or you’re pudding will not set properly and you’ll have a soupy mixture), cover again and continue to chill. Stir again after 15 to 30 minutes. Pudding should be thickened and ready to serve within 4 hours, and will be at it thickest after 8 – 10 hours.
Serve as is, or with a few of the following….
- banana slices
- berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and/or blueberries)
- kiwi, pineapple, cherries, or mandarin oranges
- cacao nibs, mini chocolate chips, or shaved chocolate
- dollop of whipped coconut cream, peanut butter, or non-dairy vanilla yogurt
Serves 4 – 6
As suggested by a reader, try adding a 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cinnamon!