Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe

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This is the best chocolate chia pudding recipe! This chocolate chia seed pudding is made in 5 minutes with 5 ingredients in one bowl (or in the blender)! It’s easy to customize to comply with your dietary needs (Paleo, vegan, etc.)! Serve it with your favorite toppings for a healthy dessert, breakfast or snack.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding in a jar with fruit


If you’re looking for a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth, then you have come to the right place! This chocolate chia pudding recipe is a delicious & nutritious treat. 

It is made in 5 minutes with 5 ingredients in one bowl (or in the blender)! Plus it’s easy to customize to comply with your dietary needs (Paleo, vegan, etc.)! Serve it with your favorite toppings for a healthy dessert, breakfast or snack.

Chocolate Chia Pudding in a jar with fruit on top

Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe: Ingredients & Substitutions

Let’s discuss the ingredients in this chocolate chia seed pudding, as well as possible substitutions. 

ingredients in this Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe
  • Milk. You can use any milk in this recipe with great results. I usually opt for unsweetened vanilla almond milk, coconut milk or whole milk. 
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder. Choose your favorite variety, use an extra dark powder for more intense chocolate flavor.
  • Honey. Maple syrup is a great vegan sweetener and tastes great in this recipe. 
  • Vanilla. the pure vanilla extract imparts the best flavor – I don’t recommend skipping the vanilla or making substitutions. 
  • Chia Seeds. No substitute here! You can use black or white chia seeds. 

How to make chocolate chia pudding

This chocolate chia seed pudding is made in 5 minutes with 5 ingredients in one bowl or in the blender, we’ll walk through both methods and don’t forget to watch the video. 

In the Blender

I often like to make this chocolate chia pudding recipe in the blender for a few reasons.

  1. First, it’s fast and easy.
  2. Second, using the blender results in an extra-smooth and creamy pudding without seeds in it (so they don’t get stuck in your teeth)!
  3. And third, you don’t have to chill the mixture before separating it into jars and chilling. 

To make this chocolate chia pudding in the blender simply add all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Then put it directly into glass jars with lids and chill until thick and cold. 

two overhead photos showing How to Make Chocolate Chia Pudding

Mix it together in a bowl

Making this chocolate chia pudding in a bowl is also very simple. To begin, whisk together milk, honey vanilla and sea salt until combined (it’s easier to incorporate honey if the milk is room temperature).

two overhead photos showing How to Make Chocolate Chia Pudding

Next, add the chia seeds and whisk to combine.

two overhead photos showing How to Make Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chill

When I make this chocolate chia pudding in a bowl, I like to chill it in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, until the mixture begins to thicken. This way the chia seeds are evenly dispersed in the mixture and will, therefore, be evenly dispersed when it’s transferred to the jars. 

Transfer to jars

Transfer the mixture into 2 glass jars with lids, then chill overnight in the refrigerator, or for at least 8 hours until the mixture is thick and cold.

two overhead photos showing How to Make Chocolate Chia Pudding

Serve!

Once chilled, serve the chocolate chia pudding plain or with desired toppings. Here are some suggestions: 

The sky’s the limit with what you can serve in/on this recipe!

jar of Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding with fruit

FAQs about Chocolate Chia Pudding

Is Chia Seed Pudding healthy?

Yes! This chocolate chia seed pudding is a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Can you freeze chia pudding?

Yes, chia pudding freezes and thaws very well. Just be sure to let it thaw slowly in the refrigerator and do not microwave it.

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up close photo of a spoon taking a scoop of Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding out of a jar

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Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe

Laura
This is the best chocolate chia pudding recipe! This chocolate chia seed pudding is made in 5 minutes with 5 ingredients in one bowl (or in the blender)! It’s easy to customize to comply with your dietary needs (Paleo, vegan, etc.)! Serve it with your favorite toppings for a healthy dessert, breakfast or snack.
5 from 5 votes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 161
Prep Time5 minutes
Chilling6 hours
Total Time6 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

To make in one bowl:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together milk, cocoa powder, honey vanilla and sea salt until combined (it’s easier to incorporate honey if the milk is room temperature).
  • Add chia seeds and whisk to combine.
  • Transfer to the refrigerator to chill in the bowl for about 20 minutes, until the mixture begins to thicken.

To make in a blender:

  • Put all of the ingredients in the order listed into the container of your Vitamix (or another high-powered blender).
  • Blend starting on low speed and gradually increasing to high, until the mixture is smooth.

Chill:

  • Transfer mixture into 2 glass jars with lids.
  • Chill overnight in the refrigerator, or for at least 8 hours.
  • Once chilled, serve plain or with desired toppings.

Video

Notes

To store: 

Store this chocolate chia pudding in a glass jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

To Freeze: 

This recipe freezes and thaws very well in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Just be sure to let it thaw slowly in the refrigerator and do not microwave it.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Milk. You can use any milk in this chocolate chia pudding with great results. I usually opt for unsweetened vanilla almond milk, coconut milk or whole milk. 
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder. Choose your favorite variety, use an extra dark powder for more intense chocolate flavor.
  • Honey. Maple syrup is a great vegan sweetener and tastes great in this recipe. 
  • Vanilla. the pure vanilla extract imparts the best flavor – I don’t recommend skipping the vanilla or making substitutions. 
  • Chia Seeds. No substitute here! You can use black or white chia seeds. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Photos in this post were taken by Jamie from Dishing Out Health!

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  1. 5 stars
    I tried it and this was fantastic! I used my blendtec (smoothie function) to blend and opted for the maple syrup. Easy. Peasy. Delicious. Healthy! Thank you for another fantastic recipe!