I’m a little late to the chia seed pudding bandwagon, I know. But that doesn’t mean I can’t be an enthusiast.
The chia seed has been having a moment for what seems like the past five years. That’s probably because its uses are limitless.
But upon discovering you could also use them to make creamy, dreamy pudding, I had to give it a go. Consider this recipe my whittled down, super simple version that’s naturally sweetened, vegan and gluten free. Anyone can make it! Plus, it’s so healthy it’s actually suitable for breakfast. If that doesn’t sell you, I don’t know what will (Rhonda).
Let’s get our pudding on, shall we?
This recipe is simple, requiring just 6 basic ingredients that are totally versatile.
This is the beauty of chia pudding. Once you have the chia seed-to-liquid ratio right, the flavor possibilities are endless.
I hope you LOVE this pudding. It’s:
Loaded with nutrients
Make this the night before for a decadent breakfast or mid-day snack. Or prep it in the morning for a hands-off, simple dessert to unwind from the day.
You can’t go wrong either way! And it lasts for a couple of days in the fridge – if you can resist sneaking spoonfuls that long.
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*Note: Recipe updated 12/5/2018 for improved texture.
Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
To a small mixing bowl add cacao powder (sift first to reduce clumps), maple syrup, ground cinnamon, salt, and vanilla and whisk to combine. Then add a little dairy-free milk at a time and whisk until a paste forms. Then add remaining dairy-free milk and whisk until smooth.
Add chia seeds and whisk once more to combine. Then cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least 3-5 hours (until it's achieved a pudding-like consistency). It may also be helpful to give the mixture an extra whisk/stir once it has been in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.
Leftovers keep covered in the fridge for 4-5 days, though best when fresh. Serve chilled with desired toppings, such as fruit, granola, or coconut whipped cream.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients or toppings, with the lesser amount of maple syrup, and with almond milk (not coconut milk).
*Prep time reflects chilling for the least amount of time (3 hours).
*Recipe loosely adapted from Pop Sugar.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4 servings)
- Calories: 172
- Fat: 7.8g
- Saturated fat: 0.8g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 4.74g
- Monounsaturated fat: 0.46g
- Sodium: 91mg
- Potassium: 272mg
- Carbohydrates: 22.1g
- Fiber: 8.3g
- Sugar: 9.2g
- Protein: 4.7g
- Vitamin A: 4%
- Vitamin C: 1%
- Calcium: 22%
- Iron: 23%