Chocolate Chia Pudding

Did you think chia seeds were only for 80’s children’s toys? I did. I had no idea how good they were for you, what good they do for detoxing your system. Not only that, but they tend to make a really great pudding.

I was perusing the crunchy/granola/hippie section of the grocery store, as I often do, and I came across the refirgerated drink section. Guess what I found? A chia seed drink. Totally piqued my interest and just for the sheer novelty of it, I had to try it. The texture took me completely off guard. It was more like a chunky gel than a drink. It was, well, pudding-link, without the creaminess.

I decided to mix some chia seeds with some chocolate almond milk, figuring it would get all gelatinous like the drink. Score! It totally worked! The first time I made it, the kids weren’t too wild about it. Kinda weird and new, I guess. But I didn’t give up, and tried again. Now they beg for it. I love when they love the healthy “junk food”.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Chocolate Almond Milk, homemade or store bought (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
  • Splash of Vanilla
  • Dash of Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix everything together in a bowl, cup, tupperware, whatever. Just make sure you have a lid or cover for it.
  2. Let sit in the refrigerator about 30 minutes, then stir it up, breaking up any chunks.
  3. Put back in the refrigerator and leave for at least an hour more. Sometimes I forget and leave it overnight. Stir again, breaking up any more blobs.
  4. Serve with strawberries (totally optional, but really good).

Notes

Use coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk to make this Whole30 compliant.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 8gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 93mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 7gProtein: 4g
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10 comments
  1. Almond milk is ONLY approved if you make it yourself. Store bought Almond Milk has Carrageenan’s in it which are not Whole30 approved.

    1. Thanks for noting this. I was aware of the carrageenans, which is why I indicated either store-bought or homemade, but didn’t think to add this info. Much appreciated, Erin!

  2. Hi Kendra! I love chocolate, this is a great way to get my fit and still be healthy! I’m wondering if you can can still use ground chia seeds? I accidentally picked them up at my local organic store thinking they were just seeds.

  3. How much cacao powder do you add to make the almond milk chocolate flavor? How much natural sweetener do you use in this as well (I’m thinking maple syrup or honey)?

    1. I think the original recipe is using “already chocolate-ed” almond milk. But, if you’re adding cacao powder, for this amount, it could be about a tablespoon…but you’re right about having to sweeten it so a banana is likely the best bet. Just blend the banana in with the milk & cocoa powder, then soak the chia in that to make the pudding.
      If you don’t want the banana, but don’t want added sugar (of syrup or agave) stevia drops or leaf powder (but you have to blend it) or monk fruit extract might do the trick as well. These are slower-acting sweeteners though, so you might have to let it sit over night to get an even flavor.

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