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Chocolate Chia Pudding

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Chocolate Chia Pudding is a healthy dessert made with chia seeds, milk, cocoa powder and maple syrup. It's a sweet, chocolatey and low-carb feel good treat!

  • Author: Yumna Jawad
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Ditch store-bought pudding. Make this Chocolate Chia Pudding, with chia seeds that expand 9 times in your stomach to help you feel fuller longer. Talk about feel good food for dieting! I make the regular 3-ingredient Chia Pudding on the regular! But sometimes, I love adding cocoa powder to turn this healthy snack into a dessert. It’s rich, decadent and chocolatey, so it always hits the spot!

Close up of two glass jars of chocolate pudding

What are the health benefits of chia seeds

Chia seeds are a superfood because they are loaded with nutrients and have scientifically proven health benefits. Here are the key benefits:

  • Loaded with antioxidants, which is an essential part of any healthy diet.
  • Good source of high quality protein (more than most plant-based foods) to help you feel satiated.
  • High in good fats, like omega 3 fatty acids, more than even salmon!
  • Made largely of fiber. In fact, almost all the carbs in chia seeds are fiber. If you’re on a low-carb diet, I think you can pretty much ignore the 12 grabs of carbs in an ounce of chia seeds. That’s because 11 of those 12 grams are fiber!

How do you make chocolate chia pudding

This is based on an older recipe I made, but I adjusted some measurements to double the recipe. And I realized in the process that doubling the recipe in a bowl required less liquid. You can play around with the ratio that makes sense for you. After a few tries, I think I landed on the perfect balance.

To start, you’ll want to sift the cocoa powder so it’s smooth without any clumps.

Process shot showing the cocoa powder getting sifted through small strainer

Next add maple syrup and vanilla extract to the cocoa powder. Mix it until the cocoa clumps with the sweeteners.

Process shots showing the maple syrup and vanilla extract getting added to cocoa powder and then getting mixed.

Finally, add the coconut milk, followed by the chia seeds. Mix very well. Let it set for a few minutes. Then mix again. It’s important that when you set it in the fridge, there are no clumps of chia seeds. You want them evenly dispersed so they can expand and absorb the liquid equally.

Process shots showing the coconut milk getting added and then the chia seeds getting added to the bowl

If you think it’s not going to thicken, just wait a few hours and it will look like this! Chia seeds expand up to 9 times! So be patient and allow it to absorb the liquid.

Large bowl of the chocolate chia pudding after it sets with small bow of chocolate chips on the side

Best part of biting into this chocolate chia pudding for me – the added mini chocolate chips! It breaks up the tapioca consistency and gives a crunchy sweet surprise. Feel free to add other mix-ins like cacao nibs, peanut butter chips or crushed nuts. Or you can reserve that all for the topping the pudding.

Mini chocolate chips tossed into large bowl of the pudding

Tips for making chocolate chia pudding

  1. Adjust the ratios to suit your preferences. I like to have a thicker chia seed pudding so I opt for 1:4 chia seeds to milk ratio. In this case though, I added slightly more chia seeds to make it even thicker. If you prefer a thinner version, feel free to use only 1/4 cup of chia seeds instead of 1/3 cup.
  2. Stir multiple times. It’s not enough to just stir the chocolate chia pudding once and then set in the fridge. I recommend to stir it, let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then stir it again, making sure there are no clumps. And then it’s ready to set in the fridge.
  3. Use a blender to blend the mixture for a smoother consistency. This is especially true if you’re not a fan of the tapioca-like texture of chia seed pudding. It’s not necessary, but it will create a more creamy texture.
  4. Freeze any leftover chia pudding. Did you know you can freeze chia pudding and thaw it for a few hours or overnight in the fridge? Just make sure to freeze it in individual servings and use a freezer-safe ziplock bag or glass mason jar.
Top view of chocolate chia pudding in glass jars with bite taken out of one of them

It’s no secret that the chia seeds have been in the foodie spotlight for a while now, so I’m all about chia seed recipes. This chocolate chia pudding recipe is going to be a great partner for you if you’re dieting or trying to pick smart snacks. It’s so versatile that this basic pudding recipe can be altered to fit your most eclectic pudding desires, whatever those may be!

It’s vegan, gluten-free and filling. And it’s as simple as simple gets with only 5 ingredients and a time to prep of only a couple minutes. Make up a bunch of individual puddings in small wide mouth mason jars, pop ’em in the fridge and have snacks for the kids for the next week!

Coconut chocolate chia pudding jars topped with coconut cream and raspberries

If you’ve tried this healthy-ish feel good Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe or any other recipe on FeelGoodFoodie, then don’t forget to rate the recipe and leave me a comment below! I would love to hear about your experience making it. And if you snapped some shots of it, share it with me on Instagram so I can repost on my stories!

More chia seed recipes

I created this recipe first on December 7, 2017. I am updating it today to tweak the recipe slightly include improved new step-by-step images and a video tutorial! An ode to the original coconut chocolate chia pudding photo 🙂

Ditch store-bought pudding. Make this Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding, with chia seeds that expand 9 times in your stomach to help you feel fuller longer!
5 from 3 votes
Close up of two glass jars of chocolate pudding
Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding
Prep Time
5 mins
Resting Time
4 hrs
Total Time
5 mins

Chocolate Chia Pudding is a healthy dessert made with chia seeds, milk, cocoa powder and maple syrup. It's a sweet, chocolatey and low-carb feel good treat!

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chia Pudding, Chocolate Pudding, dairy-free, healthy snacking, Kid Friendly, Vegan
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 237 kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  1. Sift cocoa powder into a medium deep mixing bowl. Add maple syrup, vanilla extract and pinch of salt. Whisk to combine until smooth.

  2. dd the coconut milk on top and whisk to combine. Pour the chia seeds on top of the mixture and whisk to combine one more time.

  3. Cover and refrigerate until the mixture thickens, and becomes pudding like, at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight.
  4. Enjoy with fresh coconut whip cream and berries, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 7 days in the fridge but best within 5 days of mixing.

Freezer Instructions: Did you know you can freeze chia pudding? You can freeze it for up to 3 months in individual servings. Use freezer-safe ziplock bags or small mason jar containers. To thaw, just place in the fridge overnight.

Sourcing: You can find chia seeds at all major grocery stores, usually located with the grains or with oatmeal.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.

  • Instead of coconut milk, you can use any other plant-based milk or regular milk.
  • Replace maple syrup with honey, agave syrup, granulated sugar or another sweetener or choice.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.  This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one serving without any toppings.

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Potassium 324mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 12g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 36.4%
Iron 20.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Reply
    May 7, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    I used oatmeal milk it’s 100% vegan. It tasted amazing !!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      May 7, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      So glad to hear that! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    January 27, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Was wondering what almond milk and coconut milk do you use?

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      January 27, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      I usually use Califia almond milk or coconut milk but any will work 🙂

  • Reply
    April 30, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Hello!! I was just wondering when you add the coconut milk, can it be the can type?

    • Reply
      May 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      You add the coconut milk right away along with the chia seeds and all the other ingredients. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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