Chocolate Chia Pudding Mousse


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Chocolate chia pudding mousse is a smooth, blended version of chocolate chia pudding. There’s no chia seed texture, just a classic creamy mousse consistency that you’ll love!

Chocolate chia pudding mousse in small glass jars.

For those who love the idea of chia pudding but don’t love that tapioca-like texture, this recipe was made for you. It’s a blended version of my super popular chocolate chia pudding recipe turned into a beautiful mousse.

And a healthier, dairy-free version of mousse that tastes like a chocolate dream.

If you’ve tried any of my chocolate dessert recipes such as my paleo chocolate zucchini bread or paleo brownies, you’ll know that I never compromise flavor. And this recipe is no different. It’s rich, creamy and indulgent.

Top it off with my homemade coconut whipped cream and fresh chocolate shavings for a match made in heaven. Now let’s get into it.

Four servings of chocolate chia mousse topped with coconut whipped cream, nuts and chocolate.

Chocolate Chia Pudding Mousse Ingredients

Lucky for you, this recipe comes together with just a few staple ingredients. In fact, you probably have them already stocked in your pantry. Here’s what you’ll need to blend together:

  • Dairy-Free Milk – 2 cup (I like to use cashew milk or almond milk for this recipe)
  • Chia Seeds – 1/2 cup
  • Cacao Powder – 1/4 cup
  • Maple Syrup – 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla Extract – 2 teaspoon

Toppings are completely optional, but why not add more fun, right? Here are my suggestions for the ultimate flavor combination.

  • Coconut Whipped Cream: Add a dollop of this on top for extra creaminess.
  • Chocolate Shavings: I like to use a bittersweet chocolate, with 50-60% dark chocolate.
  • Fruit: Raspberries and strawberries pair nicely with chocolate.
  • Nuts: Chopped pecans (or any nuts) are delicious, giving a contrasting crunch with every bite.

Adding toppings to chocolate chia pudding mousse recipe.

Tips for Blending the Mousse

The key to blending chia pudding is having a minimum amount of ingredients in your blender. You need a minimum amount to allow the blades to properly blend everything together. I’ve chatted about this before on my Vitamix tips video.

That’s why this recipe is a double version of my regular chocolate chia pudding recipe. The larger quantity just blends better.

As soon as you’re done blending, you’ll see it’s immediately thickened. That’s thanks to the chia seeds. It will firm up a smidge more after chilling.

Making the mousse in a Vitamix blender.

A large bowl of the chocolate chia mousse.

How Long Will it Last?

The mousse will last for 4-5 days in the fridge. You could always make a double or triple batch though and freeze in individual portions for several weeks or longer. This is perfect for when the chocolate cravings strike (wink wink). Just thaw and enjoy!

Three servings of chocolate chia pudding mousse with toppings.

More Chia Pudding Recipes

If you’re a chia pudding lover like I am, you won’t want to miss my other recipes.

Three servings of chocolate chia pudding mousse with toppings.

Chocolate Chia Pudding Mousse

4.81 from 46 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
chill time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Lisa Bryan


Chocolate chia pudding mousse is an easy, healthy dessert that satisfies any chocolate craving. It's a smooth, blended version of chocolate chia pudding that you'll love.




  • Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender.
  • Blend on high for a minute, or until the pudding is creamy.
  • Transfer the pudding to a bowl, cover and chill at least 4 hours.
  • Serve the chocolate chia mousse with a dollop of coconut whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and chopped nuts.

Lisa's Tips

  • Don't reduce the quantity (i.e. cut it in half) or there won't be enough ingredients to blend properly in a blender.
  • You can certainly double or triple the recipe though for a party or gathering! 


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 328mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate chia Mousse, Chocolate Chia Mousse Recipe, Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. This was very good.  I am not crazy about the texture of Chia seeds, but this was delicious.  I am new to this site.  I was just diagnosed with high cholesterol so I am trying to eat better.  I am trying to cut out some meats and add vegetables.  Thank you very much for these recipes.4 stars

  2. Hi. Thanks for the great recipe. I’m in the mood for Chia Pudding for breakfast so I added a few extra items like vanilla protein powder and some turkeytail mushroom powder. I’ll be able to get breakfast fast and get out the door.5 stars

  3. Hi Lisa,

    Found your site a few days ago, I made the quick Mayo and it is so good, I just now made this chia pudding, I halved the recipe and put it in my NutriBullet 900 Series, and it came out nice and smooth.  Could you say what brand maple syrup you use.?

    Liz5 stars

  4. I love this recipe! It tastes very naughty but has a lot of goodies in it. My only tip would be to blend or crush (mortal and pestle) the chia seeds separately first and then mix in with the other ingredients. Makes it noticeably smoother. 5 stars

  5. Hi Lisa, thank you for this delicious recipe. I made a full batch and some homemade coconut whip for my post evening walk treat. Quick question, my ninja blender can’t get the seeds broken down as much as I’d like, do you know any other method for blending? Well anything besides using a Vitamix, that’s not in the budget for us. Thx! Oh and my daughter and I love watching your channel. 
    Much appreciation,

    1. Hi Amy- That will probably be the best choice for blending up your seeds actually! You can maybe try using your food processor if you have one.

    2. Hey Amy,
      What if you grind the seeds ONLY first? Do you have a coffee grinder or try grinding seeds with your blender and see if that might work, and then you mix everything together. Haven’t tried that with chia seeds, but I did with my flax seeds so I assume it should work.

      Hi Lisa,
      I just made the regular chocolate chia pudding and my daughter ate it for breakfast this morning!!! So happy about that. The balance between sweet and chocolate is exactly what I like. I used coconut milk as the 1/4 of the liquid volume, and the rest was almond milk.
      I’ve used some of your recipes and really enjoy them. Thank you for sharing with with me.
      Lots of Love to you both ladies,
      Maggie :)5 stars

    1. Hi Dianne- You can always find the amount of servings in the recipe card towards the bottom :) This will make abut 4 servings.

    1. The flavor should be the same. But if you find this too bitter, you can always add a bit more sweetener to counter the dark chocolate bitterness.

    1. Hi Tia- Yes, it’s normal for you to taste a bit of the chia. But you can also try blending it a bit more if you’d like.

  6. Hi again Lisa, I forgot to ask in my previous post which jars you have pictured here in this recipe? I love collecting beautiful jars and glassware and these are lovely. Are they Weck? And also which size?
    Many thanks and keep up the great work!
    Danica5 stars

    1. Hi Kerry- I haven’t tried it, but I think it could work! Just will alter the taste a bit :)

  7. I accidentally bought milled chia and it didn’t set properly, even overnight, so I added another half cup and seemed to work fine.  Thank you for your wonderful recipes!  5 stars

    1. I LOVE the idea of pre-milled chia! Especially since not everyone has a high speed blender that breaks them down! I hadn’t even thought to look that product up, I’m so glad I saw your happy accident! :0)5 stars

  8. Hi Lisa,
    I wanted to give you five stars but something went wrong with the site. This recipe was such a surprise. I can’t believe that a few staple pantry items, none of them dairy, could make such a delicious dessert. Your measurements were spot on for 4 serves and the instructions were just right. My partner loved it too & he is usually a dairy devotee. Many thanks! 😄5 stars

    1. Hi Danica- Just changed it for you :) But I’m so glad you loved this mousse recipe! It definitely is a great pantry friendly dessert that can be made in minutes!

  9. I don’t have a very powerful blender. Could I use ground chia seeds for this instead? If so, how much to replace the whole chia seeds?

    1. Hi Whitney, I haven’t tried using ground chia seeds for this recipe, but I might say to use a little less than listed.

  10. Hii!! just wondering if I could substitute the maple syrup with liquid stevia? will it mess with the consistence? Because my grandma is diabetic and I wanted to make her a special treat.
    Thank you and love from Portugal

    1. Hi Catarina- Yes you can replace with liquid stevia! You might just need to play around with the amount as stevia can be a bit sweeter sometimes.

  11. Can we use coconut milk or even just regular milk since I do not have the other types available?

  12. Holy moly – this is DELICIOUS. Thank you for the note on freezing. Since I’m single as well, I kept 2 in the fridge and tucked the rest away in the freezer for later. I’m thinking these might also freeze well in popsicle modes – a la “pudding pops”!5 stars

    1. Hi Erin- Happy to hear you loved this chia pudding mousse :) And that would be an interesting idea as a popsicle!

  13. Hi, I’m wondering if we could omit the cocoa, in just thinking this could be a great breakfast option if we add fresh fruits and cacao nibs .. is that even possible? 

    1. Hi Denise – yes, that would be my regular chia pudding recipe! If you search chia pudding in the top search bar you’ll find many more flavors on my website. :)

  14. Would it be possible to use a sugar substitute such as splenda rather than maple syrup in this recipe?

  15. I just made this in my blendtec blender! The reason I say this is because I made a recipe two night ago for the morning just using a whisk! This is way better! It has a more pudding like consistency. Love it and know it’s healthy and full of fiber.5 stars

  16. I powdered the chia and coconut sugar separately in my magic bullet first. 
    I ended up adding another 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, a pinch of salt to the whole thing. I do have a sweet tooth lol!
    I don’t have a strong blender so did this in a Russell Hobbs food processor. It tastes great and I used sweetened almond milk. Thanks for the recipe Lisa! 5 stars

  17. Lovely creamy texture of the chocolate pudding.
    Also, i really appreciate the tip on how long you can store it!
    This is a family favorite which we love to make on birthdays. This is also a great way to introduce your family to vegan desserts. They won’t taste the difference, if not even better.5 stars

  18. Made this recipe few hours ago and just had some.
    It is smooth,decadent and delicious!Simply served with dark chocolate chips and shaved coconut.5 stars

  19. I just finished making this, and it’s chilling in the fridge now. But, when I was pouring it into the bowl, I tasted it and it has a REALLY nutty flavor from the chia seeds. I can’t really taste the maple syrup either…I also used coconut milk instead of almond or cashew milk. Will my mousse still taste good if I let it chill overnight? Does the nutty flavor settle down and will the chocolate flavor come out more after its chilled?

    1. Hi Tonia – Chia seeds don’t have a nutty flavor to me, but I know we all have different tastes. :) You can always add a bit more maple syrup and cacao powder though, even after it’s chilled, if you’d like it a bit sweeter.

    2. I have to agree with Tonia about the strong nutty taste. I will try again with less chia seeds this time to tone the flavour down a bit. It won’t be as thick, but may taste better.

  20. This is so easy and delicious! Making it again tonight, for a girls’ night tomorrow. Thanks for creating it:)5 stars

    1. Hi Cindy – This will be the perfect dessert for girls night! Can’t wait for everyone to try it :)

  21. This recipe is delicious and so easy to make. I made it and my non dairy free friends couldn’t even tell the difference, which was a win in my book!5 stars

  22. This recipe is so simple and delicious. It came out perfectly! I ended up using honey because I forgot to buy maple syrup and it was still amazing. I made Lisa’s cashew milk to use for this as well. Can’t recommend it enough!5 stars


    Lisa is a chia seed genius for figuring out that not only can you blend the chia seeds into a beautiful and delicious mousse, but that you can freeze it too. I’ve made this in larger batches and frozen in both half-cup and 1cup portions to take to school for busy mornings. Every. Single. Time. somebody asks me what deliciousness I’m eating and if they can’t have bite. They’re always shocked it’s so good and vegan.

    The only edit I make to her recipe is use vanilla bean paste (instead of the extract) + add some instant coffee or espresso (whatever I have on hand) to give it a mocha-y taste.

    This is one of my favorite recipes ever.5 stars

    1. Hi Michelle – I am so glad you love this chia mousse recipe so much! Plus, I love the edits you’ve made with the espresso. I’ll definitely have to try that sometime :)

  24. I am making this recipe right now and I’ve been blending forever and there is still very much a chia seed consistency. 

    1. Hi Kristen – Usually it’s not the blender, but in this case, it may be that the blender isn’t powerful enough. Otherwise, it should easily come out to a mousse like texture!

  25. I have only recently come across you on you tube. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all the wonderful things you are imparting. Both food and utensils and home. 5 stars

    1. Hi Mili – Welcome to the Downshiftology community! I’m glad to hear you’re loving everything so far from my recipes to lifestyle tips :)

    1. Hi Cindy – Glad you and everyone enjoyed this chia pudding during Thanksgiving :) Can’t wait for you to make this again.

  26. Hi! I was wondering if it would be possible to substitute the dairy-free milk with normal or 1% milk. Would it have issues setting or blending?

  27. Omg, I’m definitely saving this recipe for later. This chia pudding is what my dream looks like. I love its creamy mousse consistency. I’m planning to make this dessert for our friend’s gathering this week. This will be a guaranteed standout among other dishes on the table.
    Lisa, thank you A LOT for sharing this treasure with us and all of your precious tips. The info you provide will surely help me a lot.
    5 stars! Great job!
    p.s. It seems that I’ve just fallen in love with your blog. Gonna browse it to explore more amazing recipes. Look forward to your new awesome ideas. Keep it up!5 stars

    1. Thanks so much Ann for your kind words! I’m thrilled you’re loving all of my recipes and ideas. I hope you enjoy this chocolate chia pudding mousse! :)

  28. Hi Lisa, 

    What do you think about adding a protein powder to this recipe? Do you think the texture/consistency will still be the same? Will it set okay? As a vegetarian I am always trying to find more ways to get protein in my diet but I am not a huge fan of just a plain protein shake.  

    1. Hi Sarah – yes, no problem! It should still set up just fine with the protein powder. And that’s a great way to sneak more in!

    1. Hi Holli – I have some tips on my original “how to make chia pudding” blog post. Just search for chia pudding in the top search bar on my website. :)

  29. This looks delicious! I’ve never blended the chia seeds before but will try this next.  What type of glass jars did you use for this chocolate pudding?5 stars

    1. Hi Sharie- If you love regular chia pudding, you’re going to love this mousse version! As for the glass jars, they are the Weck Tulip Jars :) You can find them in the Shop page on my website!

    1. Hi Robin – I have not yet! But it’s definitely on my to-do list. If you’re looking for something a bit more cinnamony, I would try my pumpkin chia mousse :)

  30. To reduce the sugar, can you reduce or eliminate the maple syrup or will that cause blending issues. Sometimes I would add a little coconut sugar but that does not have the consistency of maple syrup. 

  31. Is there another option for the maple syrup? I’m new to the keto plan and wonder if I could use another sweetener…. :-)

    1. Hi Linda – You can try using monk fruit or stevia, but you will have to play around with the measurement as those options are sometimes much sweeter than maple syrup! Do let me know which measurement ends up working out for you 😊

  32. hi Lisa,
    this looks amazing!
    could you suggest an alternative for maple syrup that would be in line with Keto?
    i’m sure i could sub in monk fruit/stevia, i’m just not sure of the quantity
    michael :)

    1. Hi Michael – If you are using monk fruit or stevia, you might have to play around with measurements as they have a different sweetness level from maple syrup. But this is definitely do-able 😊 Do let me know which measurement ends up working for you as I would love to share with the rest of my keto followers!

  33. Do the chia seeds still have the same benefits when blended? I thought they needed to stay whole to absorb the liquid and do their job with cleaning out your colon..

    1. To the best of my knowledge, they still have the same benefits when blended. But you might want to investigate it further.

  34. I’ve tried both chia pudding and chia mousse from your recipes and in both cases it set but was soupier than I like. If I want it to be thicker should I add more chia seeds?

    1. Hi Theresa – If it was more on the soupier side, it might be your chia seeds itself. Brands of chia seeds as well as how long you’ve had them all can contribute to that problem. But, you can definitely try adding a bit more chia seeds if you’d like 😊

  35. Hi Lisa.
    Looks so good, I must try it as I do not like normal chia pudding.
    Can I use dates to sweeten instead of maple sirup?
    Thanks for all your recipes.

    1. Hi Bettina – I have found a few followers don’t like the texture of chia pudding, so this is the perfect alternative :) As for the sweetener, you can use dates if you’d like! Just make sure it is blended well. Also, if you end up liking this mousse texture, be sure to try my pumpkin chia mousse!