Chocolate Chia Pudding

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Chocolate chia pudding is so simple and amazingly delicious. It’s the easiest healthy dessert recipe you can make with no baking. It’s creamy, chocolatey, indulgent and yet, loaded with nutrients. A winner of a dessert recipe that you’ll make again and again.

Two glasses of chocolate chia pudding

I almost hesitate at calling this chocolate chia pudding a dessert or labeling it as indulgent, because really, it’s probably healthier than the average breakfast or snack. There’s just one tablespoon of maple syrup per serving. So feel free to enjoy it any time of day!

But want to know why I really love this recipe? It’s so darn easy to make and you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen already. Long story short, you really can’t beat chia pudding, whether you’re whipping it up for breakfast or dessert!

Ingredients for chocolate chia pudding

What’s in Chocolate Chia Pudding?

There’s only 5 ingredients in this easy recipe and that includes:

  • Cacao Powder: Cacao powder is typically less processed than cocoa powder, but either one works in this recipe.
  • Maple Syrup: One of my favorite all natural sweeteners. You could also use honey or another liquid sweetener.
  • Vanilla Extract: To enhance the sweet flavor.
  • Milk: Choose your favorite one, whether dairy or dairy-free, they all work beautifully.
  • Chia Seeds: The omega-3 packed seeds that combine everything together into a creamy, dreamy dessert.
Chocolate chia pudding ingredients in a bowl

How to Make Chocolate Chia Pudding

All you have to do is whisk together the cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, nut milk and chia seeds. Chill it for a few hours (or overnight). And voila – chocolate chia pudding. I’ve topped mine with raspberries and chocolate shavings today, but feel free to get creative.

Pro tip: If you don’t like the tapioca consistency of chia pudding and want a smoother texture, you can blitz it all together in a high-powered blender to create a chocolate chia pudding mousse.

Mixing chocolate chia pudding in a bowl

Are Chia Seeds Healthy?

They sure are! Chia seeds have a ton of health benefits. They’re on my list of 8 anti-inflammatory foods to eat every week since they’re so high in antioxidants and loaded with fiber. In fact, they may be the best source of fiber on the planet.

What Kind of Milk Can I Use in Chia Seed Pudding?

This chocolate chia seed pudding will work with all types of dairy and dairy-free milks. Today, I’m using my cashew milk recipe (my personal favorite). But you could also use almond milkoat milk, or even banana milk.

If you make this recipe with canned full-fat coconut milk, it will likely be thicker than the previously mentioned options. You could always add more milk or water to thin it down, if desired.

A glass bowl of chocolate chia pudding

How Long Will the Pudding Last?

Chocolate chia pudding can be left in the fridge for about 4 to 5 days. This makes it an easy treat to make in a large batch and enjoy over the course of a week.

If you have leftovers you can even freeze it! It will last for up to 3 months in the freezer. Then simply thaw as needed when those chocolate cravings strike. Meal prepped chia pudding for dessert? Oh yes. You’re welcome!

Chocolate chia pudding with fruit

More Delicious Chia Seed Recipes

Here’s more chia seed recipes you’ll love as well:

Want two more simple chocolate dessert recipes? Make sure to check out my Chocolate Mug Cake and Chocolate Avocado Pudding. They take less than 5 minutes to make!

I hope you enjoy this chocolate chia pudding as much as I do! If you make it, let me know how it turned out in the comment box below. Your review will help others in this community!

Cups of chocolate chia pudding

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

4.97 from 101 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
wait time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Lisa Bryan

Description

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is a light dessert when you’re having a chocolate craving. There's only 5 ingredients and it's easy to make. Watch the video below to see how quickly it comes together!

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Ingredients 
 

Garnish

Instructions 

  • In a medium-size bowl, add the cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, dairy-free milk and chia seeds. Whisk together until all ingredients are combined.
  • Leave the mixture in the bowl for 15 minutes without stirring for the chia seeds to gel. After 15 minutes, whisk it together one more time. Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator overnight or a minimum of 4 hours. 
  • Remove the chocolate chia seed pudding from the fridge and stir together with a spoon. Serve into small dessert sized glasses. Top with your favorite fruit, chocolate shavings or other garnishes.

Lisa’s Tips

  • If you notice your chia seeds aren’t starting to gel and thicken after 10 minutes, you may have dud chia seeds. This can happen in they’ve been sitting in your pantry a while. Just grab a new bag of chia seeds
  • If you want that frosted look on your berries, here’s how you do it. In a single layer on a plate, freeze fresh berries that have been washed and are completely dry. Once they’re frozen, add them to the chocolate chia pudding. About 2 to 3 minutes later (as they come to room temperature) they’ll have that frosted look. But serve them up quick because it doesn’t last long! 

Nutrition

Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 313mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Chia Pudding, Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe, Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
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Recipe originally posted May 2019, but updated to include new information.

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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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280 Comments

  1. Love this! Perfect recipe for a healthier chocolate fix. We love this pudding with blueberries and slivered almonds. Perfect sweetness.5 stars

  2. LOVED this dessert, we had mixed berries on top and served it for company. It satisfies your chocolate cravings without being too sweet (we put half the amount of maple syrup). I will get my husband to make this again!5 stars

  3. I do not know what happened, but my pudding did not set. I left it overnight and it was still liquid when I checked it. I did a three times recipe because I like to have it on hand. I actually tasted it and the flavor was great. Put it in a blender with some ice and made it like a drink, at least I’m not wasting it. I’m wondering why it didn’t set?

    1. Hi Sally – If your chia pudding didn’t set properly, it might be that you have a bad batch of chia seeds!

  4. So simple to make and very chocolatey! I love easy, simple dessert (or breakfast!) recipes. I added monk fruit to my sugar free maple syrup (as a previous commenter did) since I am unable to have sugar! I will definitely make this recipe again!! Thank you Lisa for another fabulous recipe!5 stars

  5. I didn’t really measure and I put a little mocha creamer in it but mine tasted exactly like chocolate cake mix. Soooo good. I ate it for breakfast and have another batch in the fridge now. I am in awe over this recipe. Thank you so much.5 stars

  6. Thank you for all of your fantastic recipes! I am going to make this chia seed pudding today for the first time and would like to add hemp hearts, but I am unsure about the hemp:chia ratio and if I will need to add extra liquid. Alternatively, should I just use the hemp hearts as a garnish?

  7. Lisa, thank you for all of your recipes, & video tutorials. I appreciate all of your work. My kids just love this recipe, (& every other recipe of yours). We use your recipe for hemp milk first, & then use that milk for the pudding. I use a hand held immersion blender to make our hemp milk & skip straining any fragments out. It’s beautiful milk left in that stage. I also use the hand-held immersion blender twice to mix the chia pudding, letting it rest once as you do in-between. This speeds up the wait time for the pudding- it’s almost ready immediately! Sending you a great big hug! Thank you Lisa. ❤️5 stars

  8. This chocolate chia pudding is a wonderful dessert or snack. It is the perfect healthy way to crush your sweet craving. A total winner. I meal prep them and freeze them. Easy to thaw out and then add my topping of choice, to those who haven’t tried it, please do. You will be amazed. Thank you, Lisa, for all your recipes and knowledge of meal prep and sticking to a healthy diet.5 stars

    1. It’s always a good idea to keep a batch of this chocolate chia pudding in your fridge for when you need a healthy treat!

  9. Made it for dessert, tasted it before it went into the fridge and it’s so delicious!!!
    Thank you Lisa for yet another easy and amazing healthy recipe.5 stars

    1. A simple whipped cream topping is all you need! Happy to hear you’re loving this chocolate chia pudding, Sarah.

  10. I made this last night bc I was craving chocolate and it definitely satisfied the craving. I chose the blended option this time to see what it was like and I think I may like the whole chia seed version better – but, it was a fun option to try. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  11. This is beautiful. Amazing mousse like texture. I did 1 tbs cacao nibs and 1 tbs cacao powder, 1 tbs monk fruit sweetener. Love this stuff.5 stars

  12. This is the best chocolate chia seed pudding recipe, I have also substituted the maple syrup for coconut sugar and it worked fabulously too 😁 I also add a pinch of salt as this intensifies the flavour.5 stars

  13. Hi, this nutritional information of 192 calories is way off! 

    I just added it into my fitness pal (without toppings) and it came to 477 calories for the 1 portions. 

    1/4 cup of chai seeds is 224 calories and 14.5g of fat on its own. 

    1. The nutrition info is per serving, and this recipe has two servings. It also depends on what type of milk you use.

  14. I 4X the recipe.  Used 1.5 cups of coconut milk and finished filling  my 4 cup measuring, with Oatmilk.
    Added 2/3 cup of cacao 1/4 cup brown sugar swerve and powdered sugar swerve. 1 pinch of salt. & the vanilla.
    I ground 1/4cup of the chia seed, which measured 1/2cup once it was ground so then added 1/2cup chia seed.  (If you grind the chia seeds you have to be aware that the ground ones cause the pudding to thicken faster, I made the pudding previously with only ground chia it became too gelatinous). 5 stars

  15. I’ve just made this for a fussy eater as I wanted to incorporate chia seeds in his diet. I made the recipe using semi skimmed milk and honey and smoothed it down with a hand blender. It tastes lovely and is a good dessert instead of a pudding. Even if he doesn’t like it, and I pretty sure he will, I’m very impressed and would easily eat his. Very nice!5 stars

  16. Once again, Lisa has taken simple ingredients and created a comforting classic that tastes good while being both easy to make and nutritionally beneficial. Have I made this several times? Yes. Did I make a big batch to celebrate today’s launch of Healthy Meal Prep? Absolutely. It’s recipes like this that make me feel good and satisfy while keeping me on track with my goals. As always, job well done!5 stars

  17. Hi Lisa,

    I have made and love your original chia pudding!! As for this recipe, does the nutritional information include the garnishes?

    Thank you!

  18. Just thought I need to post more comments here, not just on Instagram, so here goes!

    Like many of your other chia pudding, chia pudding mousse, or overnight oats recipes, I love how easy this chocolate chia pudding recipe is to make! I usually do it (and the others I mentioned) in big batches so we can have a few portions for the week, but also to freeze some for later.

    I just made a huge batch this morning (your recipe times four) and added a tablespoon of peppermint extract, so these will be for afternoon snack or dessert.

    As I also made big batches of overnight oats and coconut chia pudding yesterday, we’ve got our healthy breakfast, desserts and snacks sorted for a few weeks ☺️ (Blessed be the freezer!)

    Thanks Lisa for bringing us easy, healthy and delicious recipes always!!!5 stars

    1. Thanks so much for leaving a review here Aurore! I’m glad you’re loving all the chia seed recipes so far! It really is such a versatile ingredient across breakfast, snacks, and dessert :)

  19. This is so delicious! I added some slivered almonds as a topping, so good.  I will definitely be making this again.

  20. Very tasty and simple to make. Thank you for the easy dessert! The entire family loved it and exclaimed “wow” upon the first bite.5 stars

  21. The calories you show for this is wrong. I made this with almond milk and everything else in the exact amounts in the recipe and the total calories for the whole thing are 375.

  22. Thank you SO much for noting that chia seed pudding can be blitzed in a blender. I’ve never liked the consistency of chia seeds, so have avoided any of the chia seed pudding recipes. Never occurred to me that I could put it through a blender (I know, duh). Now I’m excited to try several of your recipes!

  23. I licked the spoon after mixing it all up and it was already yummy! I added a pinch of salt to bring out the sweetness too. I don’t think i can wait 4 hours :) thanks! My choc cravings will be satisfied!

  24. Just made it and it’s so delicious – Is one portion really only 232 kcal? Seems about half of what it should be if I count all the ingredients separately? Hoping I am counting wrong and it is that low!5 stars

    1. Yep, the calculations should be correct! As a note, this is just for the chocolate chia pudding base. The nutrition doesn’t account for any of the toppings.

    2. I made this with almond milk and the other ingredients shown and the total calories for the whole thing is 375.

  25. SO YUMMY!
    I brought mine to work today and actually heated it up in the microwave! Dare I say….this taste like a lava cake when warmed!5 stars

  26. Thank you for this chia seed pudding recipe- it was delicious! I made it with hemp milk because that’s what I had. I topped it with raspberries.  It only chilled in the fridge for about 2 hours because I just couldn’t wait . It was the perfect snack tonight 😊5 stars

  27. I made this chia coco pudding recipe the other day. It turned out delicious & I topped it off with vanilla pudding! I actually made to much with grounding to much Chia Seeds So Ive been having a pudding every Evening after Supper..5 stars

  28. Tastes great but after 24 hrs in the fridge it is still somewhat liquid. The chia seeds I just bought don’t expire until 2024 so not sure what happened. 🤔4 stars

  29. Just made this for the first time and I was blown away by how good it tastes. Aside from the consistency, it tastes like regular chocolate pudding you’d buy from the store! It totally satisfied my chocolate craving and I’ve saved the recipe for future use, this is going to be a staple in my house!5 stars

    1. Glad you loved this chocolate treat Sophia! You should also give my chocolate chia mousse a try for a more blended, moussy texture :)

    1. You simply just toss everything into the blender! You can also reference my chocolate chia mousse recipe for specific instructions.