Chocolate Chia Pudding

4.99 from 386 votes

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!

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This Chocolate chia seed pudding is made with coconut milk and cocoa powder and is perfect for a healthy and filling breakfast or snack. Deliciously sweet but good for you, and so easy to make ahead of time! Vegan and gluten-free.

Close up of two glass jars of chocolate pudding

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!

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 ¼ cup of chia seeds instead of ⅓ 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

Frequently asked questions

How long does chia pudding keep?

Chia pudding is a perfect option for meal prep and make ahead breakfasts. Make a big batch and it will last for up to 7 days in the fridge, although it is best within 5 days of mixing.

What can I use in place of coconut milk in a chia seed pudding?

Chia seeds don’t have any flavor, but they take on the flavor of the liquid they are soaked in. I opted for coconut milk in this recipe as it works so well with the cocoa powder. If you would like a lighter snack, you can use water instead, or replace it with dairy, soy or almond milk for a different flavor.

Is chia pudding good for weight loss?

Eating chia pudding for breakfast is a great way to maintain or lose weight. It helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and is high in protein. Chia seeds are an amazing source of fiber, so it will help to keep you full for longer, meaning that those mid morning snacks aren’t quite so tempting!

Coconut chocolate chia pudding jars topped with coconut cream and raspberries

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!

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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 🙂

 Chocolate Chia Pudding in a mason jar

Chocolate Chia Pudding

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!
5 from 386 votes
Servings 2 servings
Course Snack
Calories 237
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Sift cocoa powder into a medium deep mixing bowl. Add maple syrup, vanilla extract and pinch of salt. Whisk to combine until smooth.
  • Add 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.
  • Cover and refrigerate until the mixture thickens, and becomes pudding like, at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight.
  • Enjoy with fresh coconut whip cream and berries, if desired.

Video

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.
Product Reference: I use these mini tulip shaped jelly jars when I make chia pudding. The chia pudding fills up about half the jar, leaving room for toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 237kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 171mg, Potassium: 324mg, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 364mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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  1. Made this twice now, its amazing! Thanks for sharing! I add raw honey to sweeten
    and some peanut butter as well! Its great!!

  2. This is really good and will help me eat healthier breakfasts. The second time I made this, I added collagen powder and mixed it with the cocoa powder. I didn’t notice any taste difference, so this will add extra protein to this snack/breakfast!

    1. You can! However, it tends to be more bitter than cocoa powder, so you might need to add more maple syrup depending on your sweetness preference.

  3. Thanks a lot for this healthy recipe.❤️
    I’ve tried it with water instead of coconut milk and felt little bitter in taste.Could you please let me know what can be added to increase sweetness in a healthy way.
    Have a good day!😄

    1. You’re so welcome! You could add more sweetener like maple syrup. You could also add some mashed fruits like banana!

  4. What can I sub for the chia seeds? Can’t do seeds 🙁

    Thanks so much…love your recipes and your personality!!!

    Have a great day

    1. I haven’t tried this with a substitute yet, as the chia seeds are a main part of the recipe. So glad you’re loving the recipes! Thank you!!

  5. The taste was great however to me it is way too thick and I had to thin it down the next day once It was already set next time I will do 1/4 cup chia seeds

    1. Thank you! It will be thick because it’s a pudding, but you can definitely adjust the ratios to meet your desired consistency!

  6. I have been looking for a chia seed recipe and yours is the easiest. I’m disabled so I can’t stand very long so this will help me to eat healthy and not have to be in the kitchen for too long. Thanks my friend.

  7. Thank you for listing your carbs! The chocolate chia pudding is very tasty! It was much thinner than your 3 ingredient chia pudding (I used 1/4 cup so I increased it to 1/3 as you did to thicken it). I enjoyed the chocolate better than the 3-ingredient pudding but that’s only my preference. Thanks for posting these recipes!!

  8. How do you get 32 carbs from this (especially for 1 serving)?
    That seems really high. I calculated it from the individual labels
    1/3 tbs chia seeds 3 carbs
    1 cup almond milk 1 carb
    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3 carbs
    2 tbs sugar free maple sugar 3 carbs

    Please clarify so that I can calculate insulin properly. Thanks

    1. The majority of the carbohydrates come from the maple syrup, as I did not use sugar free maple syrup.

      2 tbsp cocoa powder: 6g carbs
      1 tbsp Maple Syrup: 13g carbs
      1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract: 0.5 g carbs
      1/2 cup Coconut Milk: 0.5g carbs
      1/6 cup Chia Seeds: 12g carbs

      Hope this helps!

  9. I must admit i was a little skeptical when i read this, but it is so yum! It seriously tastes like chocolate yogo/custard, and i dont have to feel guilty for eating it. Thanks!

  10. I made the three ingredient recipe and didn’t care for the taste. Can I add the chocolate and other ingredients to those cups already made and get the same result?

      1. Thanks! I added some vanilla and cocoa powder…made a world of difference. Tried the three ingredient version with maple syrup and fresh fruit and found the taste and texture difficult to get down. The chocolate added a richness to it that made it almost enjoyable to eat!

  11. Oh My Goodness, this is deliciously decadent! It’s like a very rich chocolate tapioca pudding. I haven’t waited 4 hours yet to test. 🙂
    I made a few substitutions, as I’ve needed to overhaul my eating habits.
    Dark cocoa powder, 1;1 golden monk fruit and unsweetened almond milk.

  12. Made the 3 ingredient last night and needed to eat both. Bought some special edition aqua ball jars I just got at Target and made this chocolate version. Followed but I only had cacao powder so I had to add a bit more syrup to even it out. Its gonna be dark chocolate though. I also made 2 matcha ones. I haven’t made chia in a long time, I forgot how yummy it is, I just need to make a bunch in advance. I have a feeling my toddler will want her own. TY

  13. Easy healthy delicious. Gonna make a second batch tomorrow. Shared it with my daughter. So rich and creamy. Added lots a mini chic chips!!!!

  14. Had a nice flavour, perfect amount of sweetness, and I enjoyed the depth of chocolate, but they came out a bit too thick for my liking. I used oat milk instead of coconut milk. Next time I’ll increase the amount of liquid. I made 4 portions out of mine, which was ideal. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It definitely comes down to preference, so increasing the amount of liquid will make it less thick! You’re so welcome!!

    1. You’re so welcome! I got these jars from Weck – it’s linked under the Gadgets & Tools tab of my Shop page.

  15. Made 6 portions with this recipe and it is TO DIE for… trying very hard not to eat 6 portions in one sitting…

    1. Yes, you could! However, cacao powder tastes more bitter than cocoa powder, so you may have to adjust the sweetener amount accordingly.

  16. It set up beautifully. I followed the recipe and used coconut milk ans a stick blender before I put it in the fridge. The problem was the taste: this is a very DARK chocolate flavor! I don’t think we will be able to eat it – even with the maple syrup it is quite bitter. I think I will try again with half of the suggested chocolate because I do love the idea of a healthier pudding.

    1. It’s definitely on the darker side of chocolate, but you can adjust the sweetness according to your preferences!

    1. Chia seeds don’t have any flavor, but they take on the flavor of the liquid they are soaked in. I opted for coconut milk in this recipe as it works so well with the cocoa powder. If you would like a lighter snack, you can use water instead, or replace it with dairy, soy or almond milk for a different flavor.

  17. Thank you for this easy recipe, I made it using regular milk and added more maple syrup. I was happy that my picky 5 year old enjoyed it and asked me to make it again( he doesn’t eat meat, eggs or cheese). Will be making it again, maybe this time I will try blending it in w blender for smoother texture.

  18. Looking forward to trying this, thanks. I’m not very skilled in the kitchen, so if you were going to blend it to make it smoother, would that be before or after refrigerating?

  19. Wanted so much a nutritional desert I could leave in the fridge ready for my kids to grab after school and wow what an amazing simple and delicious desert which they and now all their friends enjoy 😉
    Thank you so much for sharing 🙏

  20. Hi!!!! I Just want to tell you that I loooove all your recipes!

    I wanted to write for so long! Today I made the chia chocolate pudin!!! It was amazing!!!! My Mom almost take everything

    Thank you so much for share all your knowledge and for be so nice and happy!!😊

    Saludos desde Ecuador!!!! From the middle of the word!!!!🇪🇨

    1. I think about 3/4 the amount but I’ve never used ground chia seeds before so you may have to adjust the liquid, but give that a try!

      1. Stick with whole seeds! I made the mistake of grinding the chia seeds in my spice grinder (coffee grinder). I made 4 individual servings in little jars & it’s the only batch of chia pudding I didn’t want to eat all in one sitting. The texture was, to me, revoltingly slick & slimy. Stick to the whole seeds, which are more like tapioca.

  21. Getting ready for a challenge and honey and any type of sugars accept for stevia and mink fruit can be used. No honey during this time. I may make this to see what it taste like with monk fruit. Has anyone tried that.

    1. I am fixing to try this with monkfruit myself (Code Red Challenge by chance?). I figure I can have “pudding” for breakfast tomorrow. Sounds pretty simple to do. Might tweak the amount of sweetener though, not sure it will need 2 T of monkfruit.

  22. Recently diagnosed with diabetes, I have been desperate to find a chocolate pud. This one is fab.
    Instead of honey, cocoa and sweeteners:
    I made up a half cup of Cadbury’s Options, waited for it to go cold, mixed with
    chia seeds and unsweetened soya milk. Made enough for 3 good servings in individual dishes. It was sweet enough for me and totally satisfied my chocolate craving. As a treat, I also cut up a banana and put it on top … great recipe, thank you 😀👍

    1. Oh I’m so happy you’re finding great alternatives to favorite recipes. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  23. This is so good! I’m on an elimination diet for three weeks and this has been a great option for fulfilling my chocolate cravings. Made it as you described and topped with berries. Unfortunately it’s so good that my kids are eating it and leaving none for me!

    1. Hahaha, its mommy’s snack!! I’m so glad you liked it and it’s helping with those chocolate cravings!

  24. I don’t see where you mention how much of the mini chocolate chips you used except for the image but I can’t judge how much that is.

    1. Oh, it’s actually not part of the official recipe. I just added it for a little crunch. You can use 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup 🙂

  25. Best pudding ever! Very easy to make, and delicious. My daughter loved it! And it turns out exactly like in the description! Very ciocolaty and very, very tasty! Thank you!

  26. Simply delicious. I did use a sugar substitute (diabetic)and unsweetened almond coconut milk. Since I
    Like it a little thicker I added an additional tablespoon of chia. Breakfast time added chopped nuts
    Love this recipe and I see a lot of enjoyable desserts in my future

    1. when a recipe calls for ‘coconut milk’, it’ll be refrigerated coconut milk. unless it calls for ‘canned coconut milk’, then it’s going to be normal refrigerated coconut milk.

    1. If you want to blend the chia pudding, I would recommend doing it before it sets. Although blending it is not necessary, and I didn’t blend it in my pictures or video.

  27. These are absolutely delicious. I made big muffins as well as mini muffins. They are husband and daughter approved.

    1. Even though the almond milk says do not freeze, if you mix it with the chia pudding you can still freeze it.

    1. The coconut milk should be fine as long as it’s unsweetened. However you may want to opt for no a zero calorie sugar and use less maple syrup and monitor the best time to consume it. You can also sweetened it naturally with some ground cinnamon or fruits. Hope that helps!

  28. This is delicious! However I did need to add more liquid as the pudding was too dense. I added almond milk, about 1/3 cup, stirred it in and it was perfect. This will be a new standard go to dessert for us.

    1. Oh thank you for the feedback! So happy you enjoyed it and you were able to adjust the liquid to make it less dense. Thank you!

  29. I have made this recipe many times and I usually double it. It makes 4-8 oz Mason jars. I will freeze three and have one out for my weekly dessert. It’s one of my favorite recipes plus it’s super easy to make. Thank you Yumna for sharing your recipe.

  30. Serving size is 1g? And 237 calories?! This can’t be accurate, can it? My “pudding” came out more like a fudge- after I practically doubled the coconut milk (I used canned).

    1. Sorry that 1g was just in there as default. And unfortunately the coconut milk from a can is much thicker which is why the consistency is more like a fudge. I would recommend regular coconut milk from a carton. Sorry the recipe didn’t work to your liking.

  31. I love this recipe. But there is way more than 12 grams of sugar. 2 tbsp of maple syrup is about 26.5 grams of sugar. Quite a lot actually! Otherwise this is healthy.

    1. The 2 tablespoons of maple sugar is for 2 servings. So if you divide it in half, it’s about 12-23 grams of sugar per serving. The nutrition calculator uses generic ingredients, so it assumed 24g of sugar for the 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Hope that makes sense!

    1. Hi there, it seems that way at first but once you mix everything together, it works out well. Keep in mind this is for 2 servings. I’ve just uploaded the 1-minute video for the recipe. It might help to watch it too 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

  32. Hello. Would you be able to add the cocoa, vanilla and maple AFTER you’ve made chia pudding? I have a batch in my refrigerator now ( just almond milk and chia ) that I usually add to my yogurt. Thx., in advance.

    1. Yes, that would be fine actually. The consistency might be a little different and the taste won’t be as rich, but it would still definitely work!

  33. I believe Maria was asking, are you able to use a can of coconut milk or does it have to be the coconut milk in the carton?

    1. Ohhh…I completely mis-read her question! Thank you for clarifying. Yes, you can use canned coconut!

    1. From what I’ve read Stevia is 300 times sweeter than maple syrup. So 1 teaspoon of stevia is like 3/4 cup of maple syrup. So for this recipe, I would say start with 1/8 teaspoon of stevia and add another 1/8 teaspoon if you’d like. Hope that helps!

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