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Chocolate Chia Pudding

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10 minute Chocolate Chia Pudding that tastes like dessert with nutrition of a breakfast. Refrigerate for up to 5 days for easy grab-and-go meal.

I love to meal prep breakfasts like vanilla chia pudding, overnight oats and brown rice pudding for a busy week ahead.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Dessert for breakfast anyone? I mean delicious chocolate mousse with healthy fats, complex carbs, fiber and protein. This chocolate chia pudding is creamy, rich and full of chocolate flavor. I would say more on a dark chocolate side.

It is possible to combine delicious and nutritious, and proof is in these healthy chocolate muffins, chocolate zucchini bread and chocolate cake. And in the pudding, of course.

Chia pudding tastes like something in between tapioca pudding, mousse and Greek yogurt. It melts in your mouth, and is creamy and rich. I swear it is an equivalent to eating a chocolate bar but so much healthier.

This whole jar is only 275 calories. And it’s a perfect breakfast on-the-go.

Ingredients for Chocolate Chia Pudding

  • Chia seeds: Please use whole chia seeds sold in any supermarket. I do not recommend to use ground chia seeds. The taste will have very prominent Omega fishy taste. And texture is not pleasant.
  • Milk: Any plant-based milk works. Runny milk from a carton. Canned coconut milk doesn’t work but it makes wonders for chocolate bread recipe. I like almond milk. You can use any other milk like rice, coconut, hemp or soy milk.
  • Maple syrup: As for a sweetener, I prefer maple syrup or if you need to keep chia pudding vegan. I prefer it to honey because it mixes better with cold milk. You can use honey if it is of a runny consistency and your milk is room temperature. Otherwise my experience shows honey doesn’t dilute well. It results in bitter chocolate chia pudding with lumps of sweetness.
  • Cacao powder: You can use cocoa powder. It is what most people know and have on hand. The only difference between cacao powder and cocoa is that last one is more processed. Cacao powder has more antioxidants and is better for you.
Chocolate Chia Pudding ingredients

How to Make Chocolate Chia Pudding

This chia pudding recipe is so easy to make, it is embarrassing.

  • Combine all ingredients: To any small jar, add milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, chia seeds and cacao powder in this exact order. Whisk with small whisk or a fork really well or until cacao powder is dissolved. Some tiny cacao powder lumps are OK.
  • Stir again: Let chocolate chia seed pudding sit for 10 minutes and stir again to break down any lumps. Close jars with lids.
  • Refrigerate overnight: Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight is the best.
how to make Chocolate Chia Pudding
how to make Chocolate Chia Pudding

Tips for Best Chia Pudding

  • To avoid lumps it is better to stir chia pudding 2 times before refrigerating overnight. 1st time when mixing, 2nd time 10 minutes later.
  • Liquids first: It is important to add ingredients in the order listed in the recipe.
  • If you have lumps just stir again with a fork before enjoying.
  • If your chocolate chia seed pudding is too thick, add a splash of milk and stir. I like my chocolate chia pudding to fall off the spoon and that is what this recipe makes.
  • You can also make chia pudding in a mixing bowl and then distribute between jars.
  • To make chia pudding in a blender, gently pulse one time until combined. Let sit for 10 minutes. Pulse again. Just don’t process too long because chia seeds will start grinding.
  • Toppings ideas: Chocolate chips, cacao nibs, raspberries, blueberries, coconut flakes.

How Long Will It Last?

You can prepare and refrigerate cacao chia pudding for up to 5 days. When ready to eat, give your pudding another good stir. Sometimes you might have lumps due to gulps of air in-between the chia seeds and that’s OK.

Chocolate chia seed pudding will pass for a chocolate dessert to anyone with closed eyes. I’m saying that not because it’s my healthy recipe. But because it’s delicious. 🙂

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

10 minute Chocolate Chia Pudding that tastes like dessert with nutrition of a breakfast. Refrigerate for up to 5 days for easy healthy breakfast, snack or treat.
5 from 30 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 501kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 3/4 cup any milk unsweetened*
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 – 4 tbsp chia seeds**
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder


  • To a Mason jar or any container with a tight lid (I prefer glass), add milk, maple syrup and vanilla. Then add chia and cacao powder. It’s important to add ingredients in the order listed in the recipe – liquids first.
  • Whisk well or stir vigorously with a fork until cacao powder is well combined with the rest of ingredients.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes and stir again.
  • Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • When ready to eat, stir well again. Some lumps are OK, just stir well. The thickness and sweetness can be adjusted to your taste.

Store: Refrigerate for up to 5 days.


    • *If using coconut milk, make sure it’s from the carton and not a thick coconut milk from a can.
    • **For a thick consistency pudding use 4 tbsp chia seeds, for soup like consistency (pictured) use only 3 tbsp (my favorite).


    Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 31g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 755mg | Iron: 7mg
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    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. I made a chia jam recipe from you a year or so ago and I just wrote down the ingredients and vague directions. Now I can’t find it on your site at all. I have it as “clean eating chia jam”. I used strawberried when I made it and it was amazing. I think it’s just in the blender, no cooking. Do you still have that recipe somewhere. Thanks.

    2. 5 stars
      Love it! After it is set I take about 1/3 of the recipe and put it in a small Pyrex glass bowl. On top of that I spread some strawberry jam, but raspberry would be excellent as well. On top of that I smooth over some plain yogurt. Today I topped the yogurt with a little more jam and on top of that some frozen blueberries (still a little frozen). Delicious!!!

    3. 5 stars
      I am a chia seed newbie! I followed the recipe as written except I replaced the maple syrup with 2 tsp of a Stevia sweetener. The consistency was nice. I did warm it up and add a few dark chocolate chips for added sweetness since the Stevia didn’t sweeten it as much as the syrup would have. Syrup spikes my blood sugar so I try to to use that. I would definitely make this again! I warmed it up a bit so the chips would melt and added blueberries. Delicious!!

      1. Sounds so yummy with the dark chocolate chips. Thanks for taking the time to send this great feedback Ruth Anne!

    4. 5 stars
      Soooo good! Used my blender the first time and I got a more pudding like texture. 2nd time I mixed it up just like the recipe and it was more drinkable than pudding. But tastes great either way. Will keep making it with different milk variations. Thanks

    5. 5 stars
      So happy to find this! Thank you! I use really good quality vanilla extract (steenbergs UK) I use full fat filtered organic cows milk and my kids LOVE this too!

    6. 5 stars
      I made this recipe and tried it several hours after…I ended up eating the whole serving without waiting at least the recommended 6 hrs, it was so good I could not wait. Olena, I just discovered your website and it almost seems too good to be true: recipes of my family’s heritage made healthier and adjusted to be done in the instant pot! It is literally my dream come true!!! I am still learning ways to find easy ways to make healthier meals for my family amidst our very fast paced, busy lifestyle and I finally see it being realistic with your recipes! Your cookbook is a gem and has forever changed the way my family will eat! Thank you!

    7. 5 stars
      Great source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and contain protein with anti-inflammation and immune supportive properties. Diets rich in omega-3s may help decrease the risk of developing certain types of cancers, heart disease, and depression. Ideal for when I feel a chocolate craving .
      Note: Cheap cocoa powder makes it taste a bit bitter

    8. I think I may have put too much cacao powder in, what can I do to make it more palatable? add more maple syrup or more milk?

    9. 5 stars
      I love chia pudding, but never heard of it until I came across your recipe on Pinterest!! It is soooo good!! I usually make the chocolate version and put coconut flakes, blueberries and chopped pecans on it! Thanks for sharing! ?

    10. 5 stars
      I have

      made chia pudding many times…Make it afternoon or evening, refrigerate overnight…a delicious, nutritious breakfast.. ready when you are….No more prep needed.

    11. I would like to know how you get so many carbs, I love chia pudding the one I have used is only 1.5 carbs Is it the sugar that counts
      Would love to know the breakdown on yours as it sounds delicious

      1. Yes I’ve calculated all the macros on this recipe as well and have gotten significantly lower numbers esp for cals and carbs. 1 TABLESPOON of maple syrup is 13g carbs and this recipe only calls for 2 tsp. I wondered even if the nutrition facts reflected twice the recipe amount or something. It’s definitely not accurate with the ingredients I’m using when following the recipe. But nice to know I’m making this delicious recipe with significantly lower carbs and cals! I find I frequently have to do the legwork with my macro calculations on recipes. Worth it! 😁

    12. 5 stars
      What kind of Insta pot do you have? I take care of someone who has CHF and is diabetic. Do you have some suggestions?

    13. 5 stars
      I was so excited to find the Chia seed pudding recipe couldn’t wait to clean the kitchen after dinner and start preparing my chia seed pudding I went to my local nutrition store that sells everything from A to Z for a healthy lifestyle and I found the chocolate cocoa powder and the Chia seeds I had to play around with it for wasn’t sure on the quantity but it tastes delicious so I put it in a glass container with a tight lid and I can’t wait until I try it tomorrow thank you for this information I’m trying to live healthier and eat healthier and I’m juicing and my older son is juicing with me he goes to the gym I do some workouts at home so it all works out for the best I’m excited thank you Lori M Killeen Texas.

    14. 5 stars
      I love this recipe. Usually have it for dessert, it’s so chocolatey. I add one packet of Splenda for a bit of extra sweetness.

    15. 5 stars
      Delicious and simple to make. I topped it off with a dollop of COYO coconut yoghurt and fresh fruit….what a great way to start the day!

    16. 5 stars
      Thank you so much for this awesome recipe! Made it yesterday and had it for breakfast today. Yum!
      (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk and one packet of Stevia because I did not have honey or syrup)

    17. 5 stars
      This was so yummy! I used honey, fat-free milk and 4 tbsp of chia seeds. Tomorrow I am going to add a banana for texture. How do I calculate the calories with the changes I made? TIA

    18. Hi there! My Naturopath wants me to give up grains for a while, so I was looking for an alternative for breakfast, and looked up chia pudding. I tried this recipe today, and though I liked it I found it was-for me anyway, a bit bland. Now I am not sure if it wasn’t sweet enough, though I followed the recipe exactly with honey to sweeten..maybe I’ll try maple syrup next time. I added some strawberries and banana chopped which helped.:) What do you think I might have done wrong? Used coconut milk (unsweetened) btw, and the raw cacao…it just didn’t seem like I could taste the chocolate! I’m not giving up, trying your vanilla chia pudding next! Thank you, lovely website! 🙂

      1. Hi Noelle. You can add another tsp of cacao powder and more honey or maple syrup to taste. Also chocolate chips will help.:) I don’t think you have done anything wrong, everyone has different taste buds. Thank you and enjoy!

        1. 5 stars
          Hi Olena!
          Well, I tried it again, and again…and have it every morning now pretty much! I added 1 and then eventually 2 tsp of maple syrup instead of the honey, the coconut milk, with or without 1 tsp of raw cacao powder (like it better with because it has that weird grey look without lol!) and add some fruit and I LOVE it! I’ve only tried it with your version of 3 tbsp of chia seeds, and it’s perfect for me…thanks for the feedback! 🙂

    19. 5 stars
      Very tasty! I love it and at least one of my kids likes it (I think if I cut the cinnamon the other one will like it too).Thanks for the recipe!

    20. 5 stars
      Got my Nutiva chia seeds from Costco as well! The cacao powder was a bit of a pain to mix to ensure no clumps but it was sooo worth it. Many other recipes for the pudding have lots of ingredients, so it was awesome that yours had items I had on hand! Thanks for sharing

      1. Use a whisk. Also let chia pudding sit for 5 minutes after the first mix and stir again. It soaks up some liquid almost immediately and is easier to mix. Less is more.:)

    21. 5 stars
      I subbed 2 tbsp. Xylitol for the honey and maple syrup to cut down carbs, and it is delicious. I plan to sprinkle on Hemp seeds to raise the protein, because eating it all is too much chocolate for one meal for me. Thanks for sharing!

    22. 5 stars
      This is so delicious! I made it with coconut milk instead of almond milk, as it’s what I had on hand. Reminded me of my all-time favorite dessert, chocolate mousse! THANK YOU!

    23. 5 stars
      So I found this a few days ago and tried it and liked it but I always want something hot for breakfast. I made a basic chia pudding last night with the milk and seeds then this morning threw in about a tbs of semi sweet chocolate chips then heated it up until hot. Stirred it all together until the melted chips were incorporated and I gotta say- it was pretty damned fantastic. About the same sugar content as using the honey option too. Have you tried it hot? You should if you wasn’t 🙂

    24. 5 stars
      I’ve really started to fall in love with chia pudding. I have a bunch of recipes collected to try, but I wanted to explore the basics before going into some of the crazier options. So I made this the other day, and it was fantastic! I keep getting surprised by the subtle sweetness of the healthy things I’ve been making, and that happened with this, too. Great richness to the chocolate flavor, and I got a wonderful texture out of 4 tbsp of chia seeds. I like my pudding to fight back. lol My roommate, who eats all sorts of processed garbage, couldn’t detect any sweetness and called this a good “palate cleanser.” That made me a little bit sad.

      1. Hi Sherwood. Good for you! DOn’t be sad or offended, I used to. Try to eat a serving of ice cream and then chocolate chia pudding. Your tastebuds will be so overpowered by added sugar you won’t taste any natural sugar in the chia pudding. Processed foods screw up palettes big time! So keep calm and make chia pudding.:)

    25. Stumbled upon this recipe while looking up homemade chocolate pudding recipes and gave this a go last night. I went with 3 tbsp’s of chia seeds since i prefer the soup consistency but after stirring it this morning it looked right (and tasted pretty good) but it was like one giant glob haha. I used almond milk but i guess i’ll have to play with this a little more to try to get the consistency right…unless it will always glob? i thought it’d be more like tapioca pudding? In any case thanks for the recipe 🙂 i’d been looking for ways to use my chia seeds since im a chia seed newbie

    26. Hi there- just wondering how it comes out to 12g of fat? I’ve just started chia puddings like this for lunch. Love them!

    27. Well I have no idea what i’m doing wrong. I’ve followed this recipe to the letter, and all I end up with is horrible gloop. I’ve tried using whisks, forks, reducing the milk, increasing the chia seeds. Chocolatey soup rather than a nice, light mousse 🙁

    28. 5 stars
      Found this recipe yesterday and ate this morning! Quick assembly made it super easy for me to actually eat breakfast for once! Perfect for to-go! It tastes like chocolate pudding with some extra nibble in it.

    29. It really works better to mix cocoa with chia seeds first, then add it to warm ‘milk’ while whisking – no lumps and thickens quicker as it needs only about 45-60 minutes to cool :0).

    30. If this is going in a mason jar, why do we have to whisk it? Can’t we just screw on the lid and shake it?

    31. This looks so delicious. Can I use my Vitamix high speed blender to blend the pudding instead of a whisk. I would then put it in a mason jar and let it soak in the fridge.

      1. Um, technically yes but be careful not to ground chia seeds. I would blend everything except chia in a blender and then either whisk in chia by hand or give it just a few pulses to combine.

    32. I made the vanilla and did not like it. It was like gel and did not like the flavor. I used ground chia seeds… is that the problem??

      1. Chia pudding should be made with whole chia seeds. Having said that, not sure if you will like it that way either. I wouldn’t like the ground chia texture either unless it is blended until very smooth.

    33. can i use regular milk if i dont have any other? i really want to make this tonight (huge choco craving) and ill buy soy milk later this week.

    34. I was so looking forward to eatings this for breakfast this morning but it was like chocolate soup. I had almond milk in the fridge but it was expired so I used 2 percent milk. I followed all other directions except I used Holy Crap Chia breakfast which is basically just chia seed. I ended up adding quinoa just to thicken it a bit. I liked it but wanted more of a pudding texture.

      1. Consistency is a personal preference. Following the recipe my chia pudding turned out as pictured. It is important to stir it well after soaking, even the seeds from the bottom of the jar. I explain it in details in the post followed by pictures. For a thicker consistency, mix 3/4 cup milk with 4 tbsp chia seeds next time.:)

    35. I made this last night. I followed the directions to a “T”, but it came out very thin and the chia seeds are still a bit crunchy. Not sure what else I can to get it to a mousse-like texture.

      1. Hi Laura. Chia pudding will never have a mousse like consistency since chia seeds are seeds and do not dissolve. To adjust thickness add a tbsp of chia or more and stir really well. Consistency is very personal preference.

    36. This looks fantastic! I mixed up a couple of jars and can’t wait to try them. I posted a link to you on my blog 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

      1. Sure. You can adjust the thickness of pudding with the amount of milk. I like thin consistency but my husband likes thick.:)

    37. Definitely making this!!! How big does the jar need to be? Will the mixture expand at all? (I’m new to chia seeds) Thanks!!!

    38. Damn, wish I had seen this before making overnight oats, I guess this will be my breakfast on Sunday 🙂

        1. Ha, yep I have just made this and it’s in the fridge for tomorrow, excited to eat healthy chocolate for breakfast! 🙂

    39. Oh my goodness!! I got so excited about trying out this pudding that I accidentally used flax seeds instead of chia seeds!!:(( Should I toss the pudding and make a new one with chia seeds, or will flax seeds be just fine? I know they have many similarities but want to know your input on this situation.

      1. Oh my.:) It’s OK. Save your flax seeds pudding and add a bit of it at a time to your chia puddings. Don’t throw out good stuff.:) I would make new chia pudding though.:)

      2. I imagine it won’t work at all with flax. The whole point of chia seeds in that they swell and soften to create the right consistency

      1. No. I don’t use Shakeology. You could add protein powder and extra milk in the morning. I don’t know how Shakeology product is in cooking.

    40. I think your calorie count is off. One tbsp of chia seeds has 70 calories, so 3 tbsp would already put you over 200

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