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Chocolate Chia Pudding

Last Updated on October 8, 2023

Chocolate chia pudding is a scrumptious dessert with incredible health benefits from its star ingredient – chia seeds.

This chocolate chia seed pudding is a great recipe that is easy to make.

It’s dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, and with low-carb options available. Plus, there are variations to suit everyone’s preferences.

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We absolutely love this recipe and vanilla chia seed pudding because they are a guilt-free treat made with wholesome, simple ingredients that are loaded with nutrients.

CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING

This is a creamy and healthy snack made from chia seeds, cocoa powder, and plant-based milk of your choice.

These tiny seeds are mighty superfoods that contain essential omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients.

Thanks so much to the cacao powder for the rich dark chocolate flavor that also boasts beneficial antioxidants.

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As for the milk component, you have an array of dairy-free milk options such as unsweetened vanilla almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, or hemp milk.

Finally, a tablespoon of maple syrup can be adjusted according to personal taste while keeping it all-natural.

BENEFITS OF CHIA SEEDS – WHY YOU SHOULD LOVE THIS RECIPE

Chia seeds are a tiny powerhouse when it comes to nutrition. They pack a punch of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids that can help boost heart health, reduce inflammation, and promote satiety.

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The nutrition information – Just two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 11 grams of fiber, which is about 30% of your daily recommended intake. This high-fiber content helps regulate digestion and promotes bowel regularity.

These tiny seeds are also a great source of iron (important for red blood cell production), calcium (vital for strong bones), and magnesium (essential for nerve and muscle function).

The texture of chia seeds is a thicker gel-like consistency, making them an excellent binder in vegan baking or as a substitute for eggs in recipes like pancakes or muffins.

(Source: Mayo Clinic)

Chocolate Chia Seed Recipes

Follow the recipe and discover how simple it is to make a healthy dessert that can double as a nutritious healthy breakfast or snack.

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  • 10 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 cups of plant-based Milk (coconut milk, almond milk or soy milk)
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup
  • ½ cup of cocoa powder

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING

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  1. First, combine 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk with 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, whisk together thoroughly to form a paste and to ensure there are no lumps.
  2. Next, add the remaining coconut milk and your desired sweetener such as maple syrup or stevia for a low-carb option. Mix well again until everything is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
  3. Stir in chia seeds and mix well.
  4. Cover the bowl with cling wrap or transfer the mixture into an airtight container. Leave it in the fridge for at least 6 hours (even better overnight). For a smoother consistency, blend the mixture in a blender before refrigerating. When the chocolate pudding is ready to serve, give it one last stir before spooning it into individual mason jars or bowls. Topped the pudding with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Note: It will last up to 4-5 days in the fridge.

Variations To Make This Recipe Customizable

One of the best things is that there are so many ways to make chia pudding to your taste preferences.

You can play around with different types of milk, sweeteners, and flavorings to create a completely unique pudding every time.

For example, you could swap out the coconut milk for almond milk, mix it with coconut cream for a creamier texture, or use dates instead of maple syrup for sweetness.

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Another fun way to switch things up is by adding spices like cinnamon, cardamom, or nutmeg to create new flavor profiles.

Or try stirring in some cocoa powder for an even richer chocolate flavor.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to customizing! Experiment with different combinations until you find your perfect blend of flavors and textures.

Keto-Friendly Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe

You can also use alternative sweeteners that are suitable for those on a low-carb diet, making it the perfect indulgence.

If you’re looking to reduce your sugar intake or follow a low-carb diet, you can use Steviaerythritol, and monk fruit are some popular options that are low in carbs and calories but still offer a hint of sweetness.

Another option is to incorporate natural sweeteners like dates, bananas, or applesauce for added flavor without refined sugars.

These ingredients bring extra nutrients and fiber to the dish while adding natural sweetness.

Whatever alternative sweetener you choose to experiment with when making this dessert will affect its taste slightly differently than regular chocolate pudding made using regular sweeteners.

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Cook’s Tips

To achieve the perfect result, always let it soak for at least 6 hours or overnight for better absorption.

For a smoother consistency, blend the mixture in a blender before refrigerating.

Proper Measurements And Ratios

To make the perfect chocolate chia pudding, it’s crucial to get the measurements and ratios right.

Chia seeds have a unique gelatinous texture when combined with liquid, so using too few or too many can result in a pudding that is either too watery or stiff.

A basic recipe would typically require 3-4 tablespoons of chia seeds per cup of liquid, but this can vary depending on personal preference. Add more milk if it’s too thick for you.

When mixing your ingredients together, be sure to whisk them well until fully combined.

This will prevent any clumping of the chia seeds and ensure an even distribution throughout the mixture.

Depending on how sweet you like your pudding, you may need to adjust the amount of sweetener used as well.

By following these simple tips for proper measurements and ratios, you’ll be able to create delicious and nutritious pudding every time!

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Ensuring Proper Soaking Of Chia Seeds

One of the most important steps in making chocolate chia pudding is ensuring that the chia seeds are properly soaked.

Chia seeds absorb liquid and swell up, giving the mixture a thick and creamy consistency similar to pudding.

For best results, let it chill overnight in the fridge so that all of those delicious flavors can meld together into a luscious dessert or breakfast treat.

Using A Blender For A Smoother Consistency

For a smooth and creamy Chocolate Chia Pudding, a blender can be your best friend.

Blending helps to break down any clumps of chia seeds that may have formed during soaking which creates a smoother consistency.

Additionally, blending adds air to the mixture which gives it an extra lightness making it even more enjoyable to eat.

Don’t forget to scrape down the sides of the blender during blending to ensure everything gets incorporated evenly.

Adding Toppings For Flavor And Texture

One of the best things about chocolate chia pudding is that it’s incredibly versatile. You can add toppings to change up the flavor and texture each time you make it.

Some popular options include fresh fruits like strawberries or raspberries, and chopped nuts such as almonds or pecans.

A dollop of coconut whipped creamgranola for some crunchiness, shredded coconut flakesvegan chocolate chips, or cacao nibs for extra chocolatey goodness.

Adding toppings not only enhances the taste but also adds more nutrients to your already healthy dessert/snack!

Adding Different Flavors And Spices

Adding different flavors and spices can take your chocolate chia pudding recipe to the next level.

Whether you want to add a bit of warmth with cinnamon, a refreshing kick with fresh mint leaves, or an exotic twist with cardamom or saffron, there are plenty of flavor options to explore.

Overall, experimenting with different flavor profiles is an excellent way to keep things interesting and avoid getting bored with your go-to recipes.

Do You Love Chia Seeds?

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Chocolate chia pudding is a delicious and healthy dessert or breakfast option that is vegan, dairy-free, low-carb, and gluten-free.

This nutritious pudding is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and other superfood benefits from the chia seeds.

With our basic recipe and variations such as keto-friendly options or other flavors like coconut or banana, you can customize your perfect bowl of chia pudding.

Follow our tips to ensure a smooth consistency and add toppings for an extra flavor boost.

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

This Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is an easy, healthy dessert or snack that's full of antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats. It's dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan!
5 from 27 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 304kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN

Ingredients

  • 10 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 cup plant-based Milk  coconut milk, almond milk or soy milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (Note)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder Dutch-processed preferred

Instructions

  • First, combine 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk with 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, whisk together thoroughly to form a paste and to ensure there are no lumps.
  • Next, add the remaining coconut milk and your desired sweetener such as maple syrup or stevia for a low-carb option. Mix well again until everything is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.Stir in chia seeds and mix well.
  • Stir in chia seeds and mix well.
  • Cover the bowl with cling wrap or transfer the mixture into an airtight container. Leave it in the fridge for at least 6 hours (even better overnight). For a smoother consistency, blend the mixture in a blender before refrigerating. When chocolate pudding is ready to serve, give it one last stir before spooning into individual mason jars or bowls. Topped the pudding with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
    Note: It will last up to 4-5 days in the fridge.

Notes

(Note) low-carb options: Steviaerythritol, and monk fruit. Or banana, apple sauce, dates…etc

Nutrition

Serving: 1person | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 712IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 473mg | Iron: 5mg

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