Chocolate Chia Pudding

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Learn to make a healthy and delicious Chocolate Chia Pudding with just 6 simple ingredients! This recipe is perfect for breakfast or dessert, packed with nutrients, and easily customizable with your favorite toppings like fruits, nuts, or extra chocolate. It’s dairy-free and keeps you feeling full for longer.

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This creamy chocolate chia pudding is easy to make and incredibly delicious. With just 5 minutes of prep and low-carb ingredients, you can enjoy a filling, healthy dessert or snack. You can even customize it with vanilla, chocolate, or any of your favorite flavors!

I’ve tried many pudding recipes, from classic banana pudding to rich chocolate pudding and festive pumpkin chia pudding. But let me tell you, this chocolate chia pudding is a winner!

This recipe is a staple for me; I make it at least three times a week. Its high fiber content keeps me full for hours and helps with my digestion.

Chia seeds can absorb up to 10 times their weight in liquid. For this recipe, I use a 1:4 ratio, meaning 1/4 cup of chia seeds to 1 cup of liquid. This ensures the pudding has the right consistency – neither too thick nor too runny.

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What Is Chia Pudding?

Chia pudding is a simple and nutritious dessert or snack made by combining chia seeds with a liquid, typically milk or a milk alternative, and allowing it to thicken in the refrigerator. The chia seeds absorb the liquid, creating a creamy, pudding-like texture. It’s often flavored with vanilla, cocoa powder, or sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

Chia seed pudding is versatile and can be customized with various toppings like fruits, nuts, or chocolate chips. It’s popular among those seeking a healthy, dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan breakfast packed with fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Simple Ingredients, The Best Chia Pudding

  • Coconut Milk – The coconut milk gives it a creamy texture and helps the chia seeds gel. Feel free to use any dairy-free, unsweetened milk, like almond, cashew, or walnut milk.
  • Chia Seeds – Serve as the main thickening agent for the pudding.
  • Vanilla Extract – Enhances the flavor profile with its warm and aromatic notes.
  • Cocoa Powder – Use unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder for a rich chocolate flavor. Alternatively, you can use chocolate syrup or melted chocolate for an even richer taste.
  • Cinnamon Powder – Adds a warm and spicy flavor to complement the chocolate and enhance the overall taste profile.
  • Sweetener – Feel free to use your favorite low-carb powdered sweetener. Options like stevia, erythritol, or monk fruit sweetener work well.
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How To Make Simple Chocolate Chia Pudding

To make this easy sugar-free chocolate chia seed pudding, you just have to follow these easy steps: 

Mix the Ingredients

In a mixing bowl or jar, combine the chia seeds, coconut milk, cocoa powder, sweetener, vanilla extract (if using), and a pinch of cinnamon (if desired). Stir well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Make sure there are no clumps of cocoa powder.


Once the ingredients are well mixed, cover the bowl or jar with a lid or plastic wrap. Place it in the refrigerator and let it sit for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight. This allows the chia seeds to absorb the liquid, creating a thick, pudding-like consistency.

Stir Occasionally

During the refrigeration period, take the pudding out and stir it every hour or so. This helps distribute the chia seeds evenly throughout the mixture, ensuring a consistent texture.

Serve and Enjoy

After the pudding has chilled for at least 4 hours and reached the desired consistency, it’s ready to be enjoyed! Serve the chocolate chia seed pudding in individual bowls or glasses. You can top it with your favorite toppings, such as fresh fruits, nuts, shredded coconut, or chocolate sauce. Enjoy your delicious and nutritious chocolate chia seed pudding!

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Tips For Making The Best Simple Chocolate Chia Pudding

  • If your chia pudding is not thick and creamy, try adding more chia seeds and refrigerating it for an additional 30 minutes.
  • If you’re not a fan of the chia pudding texture, blend it until smooth. This turns it into a super creamy chia pudding mousse.
  • For an even creamier and more decadent pudding, mix in 1/2 cup of coconut cream.

 Chia Pudding Recipe Variations

  • Berry Bliss: Add a handful of fresh or frozen berries (such as strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries) to the pudding mixture before refrigerating for a burst of fruity flavor and extra antioxidants.
  • Nutty Delight: Stir in a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter (such as almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter) for added creaminess and a nutty twist. Top with chopped nuts for extra crunch.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip: Add a few drops of peppermint extract to the pudding mixture for a refreshing, minty flavor. Stir in some chocolate chips before serving for a classic chocolate mint combination.
  • Salted Caramel: Drizzle homemade caramel sauce over the pudding and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top for a sweet and salty flavor contrast that’s simply irresistible.
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Storing Ideas

  • Refrigeration: Store leftover pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. This helps maintain its freshness and prevents it from spoiling.
  • Freezing: While chia pudding can be frozen, it may alter the texture slightly upon thawing. If freezing, store the pudding in freezer-safe containers with some extra space for expansion. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

Why Isn’t My Chia Pudding Thick?

If your chia pudding isn’t thick, it could be due to a few reasons. First, your chia seeds might be old and not absorbing as much liquid, or some brands may absorb less liquid. In this case, add a few more tablespoons of chia seeds or try a different brand.

Second, using too much liquid can prevent thickening; the best ratio is 3-4 tablespoons of chia seeds to one cup of liquid.

Finally, if you want an ultra-thick chia pudding, use coconut cream, as it adds extra creaminess and thickness.

By addressing these factors, you can achieve the perfect consistency for your chia pudding.

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Quick and Easy Chocolate Chia Pudding

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Prep time 5 minutes
Yelds 3 servings
Author Ioana Diaconu from LowCarbSpark.com


Learn how to make a nutritious and delicious Chocolate Chia Pudding using only 6 ingredients! Ideal for breakfast or dessert, this pudding is packed with essential nutrients and can be personalized with your favorite toppings like fruits, nuts, or extra chocolate. Enjoy a dairy-free treat that keeps you satisfied for hours.
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  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, cinnamon powder, and sweetener until well combined and smooth.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and place it in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight. This allows the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and thicken, creating a pudding-like consistency.
  • After 30-45 minutes, give the mixture an extra whisk or stir. This helps to break up any clumps and ensures the chia seeds are evenly distributed.
  • Before serving, give the pudding a good stir to ensure an even texture.
  • Serve the chia pudding as is, or customize with your favorite toppings such as fresh fruits, nuts, chocolate chips, or shredded coconut.
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chia pudding
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