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Healthy Chocolate Chia Pudding
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Healthy Chocolate Chia Pudding

Prep Time: 5

Cook Time: 2 hours (in the fridge)

I have been craving some not-so great things lately, and I've unfortunately caved a few times and it is time to get back on track! Do you ever have wicked chocolate cravings? I had totally forgotten about chocolate chia pudding until a few minutes ago, so I quickly made some and it is setting and thickening in the fridge right now... to be enjoyed after a bikram yoga class. :)

If you haven't given chia seeds a try yet, this might be a good introduction. The pudding is a bit like tapioca pudding, but you can blend everything together after in order to make it smooth. Chia seeds expand and become soft/gelanantous, so they are perfect for thickening up a pudding and are full of Omega-3s, protein and antioxidants. 

I sectioned mine off into 3 servings that are just over 150 calories each.


  • 1/4 cup black or white whole chia seeds
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbs of either (or a mix of) cacao powder, unsweetened carob powder or chocolate protein powder (I tend to do a tbs of each)
  • 2-3 4g packets of xylitol (or substitute with a liquid or dry natural sweetener, such as agave, maple syrup, coconut nectar, date sugar...)
  • optional: pinch of sea salt, pinch of cinnamon, or a small banana mashed up and mixed into the pudding


  1. Mix all in a medium tupperware or bowl, making sure there are no clumps and place in the fridge for a few hours or leave over night. Each cold or warmed up. 
  2. You can top with cacao nips, shredded coconut, vegan whipped cream, or eat as is!
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  1. Ericka McGee
    I have come to this site to find ways to help my daughter with her allergies to dairy products. I have to change my way of thinking and cooking for her. I have read your dessert and I believe this will be perfect to try for her. I am looking for another alternative to helping my daughter. Thank you so much. I will copy this and keep it for her.
    1. Clare
      I'm glad this post was useful for you Ericka! I just finished blending the pudding to make it smoother, since some people aren't fond of the "tapioca texture". I hope you and your daughter enjoy this if you decide to try it! :) --Clare
  2. Elaine Jackson
    Clare this looks so delicious. I am fond of the tapioca texture in food and especially in desserts. I can not wait to try this recipe.
    1. Clare
      Yay! If you like this, you can maybe try making fruit chia pudding, or vanilla! Instead of almond milk, you can use fruit juice and add goji berries, raisins, ground flax... very versatile. :) --Clare
  3. Marcus Douglas
    This sounds incrediable and I do love almond milk
    1. Clare
      I'm sure other kinds of milk would work great, but I think almond milk works best... although Coconut milk would be heavenly! I used almond milk to lower the fat content though. :)
  4. Christine Mulligan
    This looks very good - voted
    1. Clare
      Thanks very much Christine! :)
  5. Granny Smith
    Granny Smith
    Amazing and looks so delicious - voted
    1. Clare
      Thanks very much! :) --Clare
  6. George O Hara
    I adore chocolate chia pudding this recipe is different from the ones I have tried before.
    1. Clare
      Hopefully you have some new ideas for future puddings then! Thanks for reading George! --Clare :)


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