Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding is an irresistibly creamy, vegan treat. Made with chia seeds, cocoa powder, oat milk, and vanilla extract.

If you’ve tried Strawberry Chia Pudding, then you’re sure to love this chocolatey take on it. The no-bake pudding is sweet and delicious enough to be a Dessert, but healthy enough to enjoy for Breakfast.

Chocolate Chia Pudding in a bowl with fruit

This Chia Pudding recipe is the perfect chocolate dessert that’s low-fat and packed with nutrition. Chia Seed Pudding makes it possible to enjoy creamy pudding, while still eating healthy! Whether you’re enjoying it as an on-the-go snack or serving the pudding as a dessert for your family, it’s sure to be a huge hit.

Between Chia Jam and easy Chia Seed Pudding it seems like there’s no end to the delicious recipes these seeds can make. Chia seeds add a good amount of texture to the pudding, without competing with the flavor. In fact, this chia recipe is the perfect dessert for any chocoholics out there. The cacao powder gives the pudding a rich chocolate taste that’s almost mousse-like.

If this is your first time making Chia Seed Pudding you’ll be amazed just how easy it is. Simply combine the cocoa powder, chia seeds, oat milk (feel free to use almond milk or coconut milk instead), brown sugar, kosher salt, and vanilla extract. Make sure the chia seeds are separated before adding them, then whisk all the ingredients together. The cocoa powder should make the whole chia pudding an even, light cocoa color.

Once combined, put the Chia Pudding in jars or other airtight containers and store them in the fridge. Leave the Chia Pudding in the fridge for 4 hours or longer until it thickens and reaches a pudding-like consistency.

If you’d like less texture to your Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding you can put it in a food processor until pureed. This will make ground chia seeds and give the chia pudding a more smooth consistency.

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Why You Should be Eating Chia Seeds 

If you love healthy recipes, then you’ve probably already jumped on the chia seed bandwagon, but if not this Chocolate Pudding is sure to make you a believer. Chia Pudding is delicious, creamy, and one of the healthiest desserts you can make! That’s mainly thanks to the chia seeds, which are packed with unbelievable health benefits.

When it comes to this Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding, the chia seeds add a texture similar to tapioca and plenty of nutrition. Chia is nutrient-dense, high in protein, and has omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s fight inflammation, improve sleep, and can even reduce your risk of heart disease. Chia seeds are also low-fat, low-carb, and gluten-free. They’re great for digestion, because most of the carbs chia seeds do contain are actually fiber.

Due to its high protein and fiber content, you don’t have to limit this chia seed treat to only a dessert. It’s so healthy you could have Chocolate Pudding for an on-the-go breakfast! Next time you’re in a rush just grab a jar of Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding from the fridge and enjoy it on the go. Chia Seed Pudding will start your day with a good dose of protein and fiber, not to mention satiate your chocolate cravings.

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Chocolate Chia Pudding in a bowl with fruit

Variations on Chocolate Chia Pudding 

  • Add-ins: Try some fun mix-ins the next time you make this pudding. Some easy ones to try are mixing in extra chocolatey ingredients. Add a few tablespoons of chocolate chips or cacao nibs to the chia and cacao powder mixture. Apart from chocolate chips, you can also top the pudding with granola, fresh fruit, or a little maple syrup as a sweetener. You could even mix some matcha with the Chia Pudding recipe.
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Pudding: Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pudding will be filling and delicious. Try melting 3 tablespoons of peanut butter and mixing it in the pudding. Melting the peanut butter should help it combine with the chia, cacao powder and other ingredients more easily. The peanut butter should also help thicken the pudding.
  • More milk options: There are lots of other dairy-free and plant-based milks you can use in this recipe. The two obvious ones to try are almond milk and coconut milk. Both almond milk and coconut milk are relatively low in calories and sugar. Using almond milk or coconut milk shouldn’t make a big difference in the taste of the overall recipe. Especially if you use an unsweetened version. If you don’t care about using non-dairy ingredients, you could use full-fat regular milk for a creamier Chia Pudding. To keep it dairy-free and add a little creaminess try whisking in some coconut cream.
  • Maple syrup: Instead of brown sugar, you can use maple syrup as the sweetener in this recipe. Maple syrup is a slightly healthier sweetener option than typical sugar. However, using maple syrup will change the overall taste of the pudding. Because maple syrup is liquid it will also make the pudding more runny. So you may need to put it in the fridge longer or consider adding other ingredients like yogurt to make it thicker, if using maple syrup.

Chocolate Chia Pudding in a bowl with fruit

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How to Store Chocolate Chia Pudding

  • Serve: Don’t leave your chocolate pudding at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Store: Chia pudding is a great make-ahead recipe. Store Chia Seed Pudding in mason jars or another airtight container in the fridge. Chia Pudding will stay good in the fridge for 5 days.
  • Freeze: To make it last longer store Chia Pudding in the freezer for up to 2 months. Divide the Chocolate Pudding in medium-size serving containers, before freezing. Let them defrost in the fridge overnight before enjoying. Once defrosted mix together the chia seeds and pudding and enjoy.

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding is an irresistibly creamy, vegan treat. Made with chia seeds, cocoa powder, oat milk, and vanilla extract.
Yield 4 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy oat milk , or other milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Whisk together ingredients well (making sure all the seeds are separated).
  • Let sit for 5 minutes then whisk together again.
  • Add mixture to jars or a large covered container.
  • Refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 282mg | Iron: 3mg
Keyword: Chocolate Chia Pudding

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a trained professional chef who has cooked for private clients for over a dozen years. Experienced in handling dietary restrictions, allergies and picky kid eaters, she's well versed in coming up with healthy, yet flavorful recipes.


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