Chocolate Chia Pudding

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. Bonus, it’s also vegan and dairy-free. A winner of a dessert recipe that you’ll make again and again.

Chocolate chia pudding in a dessert glass with frozen, frosted raspberries on top.

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. You can’t beat that.

Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe Video

While it’s super easy to make this recipe, it always helps to watch a quick step-by-step tutorial video. Give it a watch below!

What’s in Chocolate Chia Pudding?

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

  • Cacao Powder: Cacao powder is typically less processed and healthier than cocoa powder, but either works.
  • Maple Syrup: One of my favorite all natural sweeteners.
  • Vanilla Extract: For that sweet flavor and smooth aroma.
  • Dairy-Free Milk: Choose your favorite one, they all work beautifully.
  • Chia Seeds: The glue that combines everything together into a creamy, dreamy dessert.

So then how do you make it? 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, more mousse-like texture, you can blitz it all together in a high-powered blender until it’s smooth.

Chocolate chia pudding ingredients in a bowl ready to be mixed.

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. I used my cashew milk recipe (my personal favorite). But you could also use almond milkbanana milk or coconut milk.

If you make this recipe with 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.

Chocolate chia pudding in a glass with raspberries on top and a spoon next to it.

How Long Will the Pudding Last?

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

If you make a large batch, you could even freeze it, then thaw as needed (for when the craving strikes). Meal prepped chia pudding for dessert? Oh yes. You’re welcome!

Two servings of chocolate chia pudding with raspberries on top.

More Delicious Chia Seed Recipes

Did you know you could turn this chocolate chia pudding in a smooth and creamy chocolate chia mousse? You sure can! 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!

Chocolate chia pudding in a dessert glass with frozen, frosted raspberries on top.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

4.95 from 75 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
wait time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 2
Author: Lisa Bryan
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is a perfectly simple and light dessert when you’re having a chocolate craving. There's only 5 ingredients and you likely have them already. Watch the video above to see how quickly it comes together!


  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder , or cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk
  • ¼ cup chia seeds



  • 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 2-3 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! 


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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238 comments on “Chocolate Chia Pudding”

  1. Another great recipe Lisa.  This took care of my chocolate fix.5 stars

  2. I am glad to see this chocolate chia seed pudding sweet with raspberries, I tried it for my family.

  3. Would it be ok, tho not pretty pic possibly, with using Ground Chia? Worried about eating nuts & seeds personally. But I know I’d love this and want the benefits of Chia. Will try it today.

  4. Amazing recipe! My sister has tried some other recipes but we always come back to this one, love it! Thanks for sharing :) 5 stars

  5. The best recipe , love it thanks

  6. Do you have any diabetic recipes  with more low sugar content I guess I could go light on everything love your video food  is great can’t wait for your book next year

  7. I chilled mine in the refrigerator over night and it didn’t set, it’s still liquidy. I’m not sure why it didn’t turn out. 5 stars

  8. Ah-mazingly delicious, made twice this week already. It’s a great recipe for my 10 and 8 year old to make on their own. Thank you for posting :) 

  9. Chocolate chia seed pudding is the bomb,in fact I love all flavors of chia seed pudding

  10. Thanks sharing this article about the chocolate recipes this is too good idea and help us recipes

  11. Made this for my kids and was very disappointed. 1tsp of vanilla was way too much. Tasted more like alcohol than anything else. I used regular store bought organic vanilla. Might try again with half the vanilla or less. None of us enjoyed this as is.

    • Hi Teresa – it sounds like the problem was more with the brand of vanilla that you used. Next time I’d recommend you purchase an alcohol-free vanilla extract. The brand Simply Organic has one!

  12. This is really to good about the recipes and I am try at home thanks sharing this article

  13. Thanks for sharing it

  14. Thanks sharing this article and help us information about the chocolate chia pudding to good recipes

  15. Such a amazing recipe about the chocolate chia pudding thanks sharing this article5 stars

  16. WOW! I had a craving for some chocolate pudding last night but I had to wait until today to eat it because of the chia seeds. It was so worth it! It was so hard not to eat both servings at once, haha. Lisa, you amaze me with all your delicious recipes.5 stars

  17. Lovely recipe.
    Made with 1/2 coconut milk and 1/2 almond milk.

    Topped with toasted pecans and 92% Dark Chocolate shavings. Yeah!5 stars

  18. Just made it and it tasted delicious.
    Can’t wait to dig in tomorrow morning.

    I threw in some count shavings and will top with coconut whip cream in the morning.5 stars

  19. Thanks sharing this to good recipe and good blog such a great chocolate chia pudding thanks sharing this article5 stars

  20. Such a great idea about the chocolate chia pudding this is wonderful recipes thanks share this article

  21. Great restful and healthy recipes.

  22. Tasty!  But you should buy chia seeds that are already cold split or blend this because the seed is like a sesame seed, with the “shell” or outside not digestible, so your body doesn’t get the nutrition inside the seed unless you open it up. They come out whole just like sesame seeds. 5 stars

    • That is the case with flax seeds.
      The surface of chia seeds is delicate and easily breaks apart when exposed to moisture, so they are typically prepared with liquid foods. In this way, they are absorbed and digested well in their whole form, unlike flax seeds.

    • I just grind them up like I do flax seeds. I don’t care for that tapioca like texture and I have Crohn’s, so I’m supposed to avoid seedy things.

  23. I haven’t tried pudding before but your recipe looking yummy will try it now absolutely
    Thanks for sharing

  24. this chocolate chia pudding is soooo good!!! I had mixed feelings about chia pudding but I had some recently at a resort breakfast and I decided I needed to try this. it’s such a great healthy dessert, as is the chia pudding mousse. keep it in the fridge for the week and it’s perfect for cravings! even if you just have a bite. thanks Lisa! 4 stars

  25. I am looking forward to making this – at what point do you put it in the high power blender?  I want a smooth pudding.  

  26. 232 k cal? So 232,000 calories? Lol 

  27. I love your content. This chia seed pudding was so delicious. A definite add to my meals. I had this for breakfast was awesome to enjoy. 4 stars

  28. this seems lovely, I am a pudding lover, I will try it this weekend.
    Please also make chocolate cookies recipes for my 8 years old child.

    • Hi Dany- I actually have a few cookie recipes on my website, including the best chocolate chip cookies!

  29. Great! I wonder for how many days I can keep it deep freezer? Can I hold it for a a few weeks? I expect the taste remains the same!

  30. I’ve developed an addiction this pudding! It is sooo yummy. I used dark chocolate cocoa powder because it’s what I had in my pantry and I mix it with almond coconut granola and bananas. My new go-to breakfast.5 stars

  31. looks delicious, i will try it :)

  32. Hi, can I substitute the maple syrup for xylitol sweetner? I use xylitol all the time as I have pre diabetes now, I used to be diabetic, so trying to stay as low sugar as possible.

  33. I love Chocolate and this new Chocolate Pudding recipe with raspberries it’s really delicious
    is your any app for new recipes?5 stars

    • Glad you enjoyed this Roger! You can get notified about new recipes if you subscribe to my email list, which you can find on the homepage :)

    • The recipe was so easy and amazing tasting.
      I replaced the maple syrup for a sweetener.
      Chocolate Craving was gone after this.5 stars

  34. Really delicious! What a treat to have. Will be a staple of mine for sure.5 stars

  35. Love this! I substitute honey for the maple syrup as maple is not my favorite and it’s awesome.5 stars

  36. Amazing article I really love this tasty recipe and I hope all the readers will enjoy this tasty recipe and I t will be the best article for all mothers who want to bake these kind of delicious recipes with us..
    Thanks for sharing this article to us5 stars

  37. Delicious. Does this freeze well?

  38. Wow I love this article because it is my favourite chocolate chai pudding.. I really love this recipe and I hope it will be the best recipe ever..
    Thanks for sharing this article to us..5 stars

  39. Love this! Could I use ground chia seed and if so, how much of the ground seed would be equal to the whole seed in this recipe?5 stars

  40. Love this chia pudding and love your iTunes😊😊😊😊So glad I found you5 stars

  41. Wow this is very interesting and useful article for all mothers whose parents love chocolate recipes.. Infect to only for mothers it is also specific article for all chocolate lovers..
    Thanks for sharing this article to us..

  42. Wow its just amazing and yummy recipe of chocolate pudding.. I love chocolate and the most favourite thing is that I am mad for freeze strawberries.. I always use these frozen strawberries to decor my food items and to enhance its taste.. I must try it soon in my own kitchen
    Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe…5 stars

  43. Is there a substitute for the Chia seeds?

  44. I have never had chia seed pudding, so this was my first time trying and making it. Personally, I would prefer it a bit sweeter. However this can be easily tweaked next time so no biggie. I just added some cherry flavoured yogurt as a topping. Very nice, simple recipe, will make again. Thank you.4 stars

  45. Easy and tasty. Just started eating chia seeds and found your recipe. Thanks for the sweet treat!5 stars

  46. I reeeeeally wanted to like this recipe because my niece is allergic to everything and my husband is dairy free, and it’s hard to make deserts that suit everyone. Unfortunately no matter how much I tinkered and added more liquid and flavourings, I couldn’t get rid of the gritty seed texture (including after blending) nor the strong chia flavour.  Maybe the chia I am using is a different variety. Keen to hear any suggestions for softening the chia and masking the seedy flavour.

    • Hi Samantha – if you still have a gritty seed texture, it might be that your blender is not powerful enough to fully blend it. As I don’t have a gritty texture in mine. But as for the flavor, yes, there is some chia seed flavor. The only solution to that would be masking it with more sugar or flavorings.

  47. Hey!
    I know the serving size for the recipe makes two, but how much would one serving be in cups?

  48. Thank you, Lisa 🙏🏻 Delicious and extremely easy to prepare it 🤩 and it’s healthy!! 5 stars

  49. Could you add a little coffee to it ? Maybe if it needs thinned out some ? That just sounds good to me.