Decadent chocolate chia seed pudding is the perfect way to satisfy your cravings! Enjoy this delicious treat for breakfast, as a snack, or for dessert.
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
When I say the word “pudding,” what comes to mind? Probably dessert, right?
But if I add the words “chia seed” in front of “pudding,” it magically transforms into a healthy treat you can enjoy any time of the day! That’s the beauty of chia seeds… well, and the fact that they are a nutritional powerhouse of an ingredient. But more on that later.
This vegan chocolate chia seed pudding is one of my favorite options to tackle my sweet tooth any time of day. It’s a yummy way to energize my morning, a delicious afternoon pick-me-up, and a decadent treat to enjoy after dinner.
And best of all, it’s SO easy to make!
The only trick is that your pudding needs to set for at least 4 hours, so it requires some planning ahead. But all you have to do is mix together the ingredients and chill in the refrigerator, so in terms of prep time, we’re talking 5 minutes or less.
So why not whip up a batch whenever you have a moment to spare? Your future self will be so glad you did!
Is Chia Seed Pudding Healthy?
Yes, yes, and one more time for the people in the back, YES!
Remember when I was talking about the magic of chia seeds earlier? Besides having the power to transform chocolate pudding into an acceptable breakfast, these little guys pack in some serious nutritional benefits.
First of all, they’re a great source of plant-based protein. That’s why they’re great to include as part of a well-rounded vegan diet.
On top of that, chia seeds also pack in Omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber to really give your body a boost. Finally, they’re a good source of magnesium and potassium, two minerals that are essential for your health.
Long story short… if you haven’t been including chia seeds as part of a well-rounded diet, then this chocolate pudding recipe is a great place to start!
Is Chia Seed Pudding Keto Friendly?
By themselves, chia seeds are an excellent ingredient to include in a Keto diet. 1 tablespoon contains 6 grams of carbohydrates and 6 grams of fiber, which comes out to 0 net carbs.
So it all depends on the rest of the ingredients in the recipe. If you’re watching your carbs, then I recommend making this chocolate chia seed pudding with sugar free maple syrup.
The rest of the ingredients are naturally low in carbs, so it’s a great recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth in a Keto-friendly way!
Variations For Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding
Personally, I love to top my pudding with vegan dark chocolate chips and shredded coconut. That’s my dream flavor combination.
But you can feel free to mix it up however you like!
Maybe a drizzle of your favorite nut butter on top? That will add some healthy fats, plus who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter together.
Or you could include some fresh berries. A few raspberries or sliced strawberries would add a pop of freshness to this rich treat.
Want to add more crunch? Chopped nuts like pecans, walnuts, or peanuts would be a great addition!
Feel free to have some fun creating your perfect pudding.
How To Make Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Add the almond milk, chia seeds, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and maple syrup to a mixing bowl. Whisk to combine thoroughly.
Cover the mixing bowl and place it into the fridge to chill for 4 hours to overnight. Make sure it has set before serving.
Top with dark chocolate chips and coconut flakes for garnish if desired.
Other Vegan Recipes That You Might Like
- Add the almond milk, chia seeds, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and maple syrup to a mixing bowl. Whisk to combine thoroughly.
- Cover the mixing bowl and place it into the fridge to chill for 4 hours to overnight. Make sure it has set before serving.
- Top with dark chocolate chips and coconut flakes for garnish if desired.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 17gNet Carbohydrates: 7gFiber: 10gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g
Nutrition is calculated using a third party plug-in. It is best to always validate!
Trina Krug is a Holistic Nutritionist, Integrative Health Coach and host of the Carbless Conversations Podcast. With a Master’s Degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, her single mission in life is to facilitate self-healing in herself and those around her through awareness, lifestyle shifts and low-carb eating. As a current Doctor of Science student, she continues her studies in functional nutrition.