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This fiber-packed Chocolate Chia Pudding is the sweetest way to start the day. All you need are 4 ingredients to put this healthy and chocolatey mix together. Make a batch the night before and enjoy the next day!
It’s hard not to love quick and easy breakfasts. Just grab a jar of coconut chia pudding or coffee overnight oats and head out the door! Aside from being chocolatey and delicious, I love how this Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe takes almost no time to put together.
This incredibly easy recipe is made with 4 simple ingredients, is really healthy, and tastes just like any classic chocolate pudding recipe. Whip up a batch the night before or meal prep it days in advance! It’s a filling and delicious breakfast you can grab and eat any time.
- Way better than out-of-the-box chocolate pudding.
- A naturally dairy free, gluten free, and refined sugar-free way to start the day.
- It’s perfect as a quick breakfast, healthy snack, or delicious dessert!
- Chia seeds - According to Healthline, the health benefits of chia seeds are endless. They’re an amazing source of fiber, antioxidants, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and more! Once these healthy little seeds are stirred together with a liquid, they expand, soften, and give the pudding a texture and consistency similar to tapioca pudding.
- Almond milk - Or any unsweetened plant milk you like. Feel free to experiment with different kinds, like coconut milk, oat milk, or even peanut milk to find your perfect flavor and texture.
- Cocoa powder - For so much chocolatey goodness.
- Maple syrup - To help sweeten it up. You can use honey if you don’t need the chia pudding to be vegan.
Step 1: Whisk everything together. Whisk the milk, cocoa powder, and maple syrup together in a bowl. Stir in the chia seeds.
Step 2: Transfer to jars. Transfer the mixture to 1 large mason jar or 2 smaller mason jars. Place in the fridge overnight.
Step 3: Enjoy! Add fresh berries or any toppings you like the next day and enjoy!
Tips and FAQs
- My favorite toppings on chocolate chia pudding are fresh raspberries, blueberries, cherries, and strawberries but you could also add chocolate chips, coconut whipped cream, cacao nibs, sliced bananas, or a peanut butter drizzle on top.
- To really make it a meal, top each serving with a scoop of cinnamon raisin granola or chocolate gingerbread granola.
- You can double or triple the recipe if you’re making it for meal prep.
- Not into the texture? You can always blend the pudding quickly in a regular blender to smooth it out.
What does chia pudding taste like?
Chia seeds don’t have a very distinct flavor, so you’ll taste only chocolate and maple syrup in this pudding recipe.
Why didn't it thicken?
This isn’t likely to happen but if your pudding is on the thinner side, you can thicken it up by stirring in an extra tablespoon of chia seeds and letting it chill in the fridge for a few more hours.
Can you freeze chia pudding?
I don’t see why not! Once the pudding is in the jars, seal with a lid and freeze. Just let them thaw in the fridge before eating.
Refrigerator: The pudding needs to be refrigerated for at least 4 hours before serving. Otherwise, you can leave the jars in the fridge for up to 5 days! Freezer: I don't recommend freezing it.
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Chocolate Chia Pudding
- Whisk the milk, maple syrup and cocoa powder together; then, stir in the chia seeds. Transfer the mixture to a jar (or leave it in the bowl) and place it in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
- Before serving, top with fresh fruit (optional). Enjoy!