Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

A couple of years ago my mother-in-law (MIL) asked my to make her a healthy chocolate chia pudding recipe. Although it took some time, I now have one. My MIL loves that my recipes are the easiest out there, and this Chocolate Chia Pudding has only six ingredients –chia seeds, cacao powder, coconut milk, vanilla stevia, water, and salt.

I use stevia rather than maple syrup or honey as I am eating a lower-carb diet these days which has helped quite a bit in restoring my health. If you are not a fan of stevia feel free to use maple syrup or honey instead to sweeten this healthy dessert. I haven’t tried it myself so I’m not exactly sure how much sweetener you would need in place of the stevia. It would also depend on how sweet you like your desserts to be –I would guess a tablespoon or two would suffice.

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Chocolate Chia Pudding
  1. Combine blended coconut milk, water, and chia seeds in a one quart mason jar and shake well
  2. Add cacao powder, stevia, and salt and shake well
  3. Refrigerate overnight to let chia seeds soften and absorb liquid
  4. Serve

For this recipe, it is important to blend the coconut milk prior to combining it with the other ingredients. This way you will have a smooth and creamy pudding, rather than one with little lumps of coconut milk in it.

If you’re not a chocolate lover try my regular chia pudding recipe.


      • Cynthia says

        LOVE this recipe! But then what’s not to love with whole coconut milk? I can eat that by itself & it whips up do nicely with the chia seeds. I have used chia for years in smoothies, have seen & wanted to try a pudding recipe but just now finally getting around to it!
        Thanks Elana! PS – I did not find I needed any sweetener & I even added more chocolate than the recipe.
        Crazy but I have actually learned to love snacking on 100% cacao nibs or a piece of a bar…go keto!

  1. Kathy says

    Wow, Elana, you’ve done it again! I’ve been using a keto diet since June 7 when there was a suspicion I was in metastatic ovarian cancer recurrence. It was confirmed June 29 and I love the keto diet because not only is it helping me heal chemo side-effects from 2000/2001, I can feel a new freedom in my abdomen, I know it’s clearing tumors away. Cancer cells can only burn glucose, they cannot burn fat or ketones for energy so I’m starving them and going in for the kill with another 11 evidence-based strategies. I’m adding another two strategies this month. My goal is to heal myself and make surgery scheduled late August unnecessary. I haven’t had a dessert in a really long time, thanks for giving me a recipe to try tomorrow — I already have the ingredients in my pantry!

    • Elana says

      Kathy, so glad to meet more people that are on the keto bandwagon. Good luck, my thoughts are with you all the way!

  2. Gail says

    I tried this yummy recipe using Light Coconut Milk & it has half thickened. Should I have used full coconut milk?

  3. Michelle says

    This is a perfect sugar-free dessert! I used carob powder in place of the cacao and it turned out marvelously! This is surely going to become a staple for me. I’m thinking of adding mint extract. There are lots of possibilities with this recipe. Thank you for sharing!!

    • Douglas Beattie says

      However, carob contains a substantial amount of sugar (sucrose, in fact). So if substituting carob note that net carbs including net fructose will be much higher.

  4. Maria says

    Omg, just finished whole30 (3rd time in three years) and really want to incorporate sweet treats that won’t lead down unhealthy road as in the past. I just made this and tried the flavor (I need to wait for the chia seeds to expand to actually eat it). It tasted exactly how I thought it would, heavenly chipcocolaty, creaminess. I do NOT like stevia so added about 1 tsp. Maple syrup. Thank you for helping others find a healthier lifestyle without forsaken flavor, richness and sweetness!

  5. Laura says

    So delicious – thank you! I added cinnamon to sweeten the pudding and found it was delicious just like that (no stevia or other sweetener).

  6. says

    I’ve tried this recipe and it’s sooo good. Even my picky husband at first was skeptical about this sugar-free chocolate pudding. Once he tried a spoon, he wants a portion for himself now. Thanks for sharing, Elana! :)

  7. johnberk says

    I have to agree with your MIL that your recipes are extremely easy. I did not even have to go to buy ingredients, we had them all at home. I absolutely love your blog, it’s exceptional and very good quality, even compared to the professional food writers.

  8. says

    The beauty of this is that is raw as well as delicious and suitable for a Paleo diet – win, win, win! Including more raw food in your diet is a fantastic way to boast the nutrient content of your diet.

  9. Sarah says

    I’ve made this three times already! I’ve tried it with 3 tbsp of maple syrup, and with regular stevia. I added a tsp of vanilla to both. Also, I used almond milk instead of water as I’m a glutton for creaminess. Thanks Elana, for another simple, healthy, and delicious recipe!

  10. says

    I recently penned an article about the nutritious value of nuts and seeds and have searched for recipes for chia seeds. I tried this one this morning and it is absolutely HEAVENLY! I love it! I would love to feature this in the cost breakdown portion of my blog, with your permission, of course! Thank you for sharing this with us! Keep ’em coming!

  11. jennynic says

    This was more like a drink/smoothie than a pudding. It did not set for me. Will try less water next time.

  12. Petra says

    I make it with coconut sugar. It’s great. You can put in whatever you want. It’s up to your imagination.

  13. says

    Chia puddings are the bomb :) Love that you used stevia, I find when using coconut milk that you don’t really need much sweetener at all as coconut has it’s only mildly sweet taste anyway. I’ve Pinned and bookmarked this page to show my husband, he’s been talking all morning about making some chia puddings today!

  14. DamselflyDiary says

    I made this last night so it could sit until today. I only had light coconut milk and so I reduced the water to 1 cup. I used part of the vanilla stevia and about 1 Tablespoon maple syrup.

    When I checked on it today, it hadn’t really set properly. I was afraid of this because I was using light coconut milk. So, I added another 1/4 cup chia seeds and will let it sit again. That said, the flavor is nice – slightly coconutty, slightly chocolatey and just barely sweet.

    I am going to try to go “sugar free” after Easter and this will be a nice dessert recipe.

    • DamselflyDiary says

      If they make carob powder, go for it. Recipes are about experimenting and making them your own.

      I would think that for people that like cinnamon you could either add cinnamon to the recipe for a “Mexican Chocolate” taste, or simply omit the chocolate and add cinnamon to taste. Since you don’t cook this, it is easy to taste as you go.

      Elana also has a non-chocolate chia pudding recipe on the site – look at the end of her post for this recipe where you will find the link.

      Good luck!

  15. Kathy says

    Once again you have another hit! This is amazing! Thank you so much for a creamy rich alternative! The stevia is just the right amount!

  16. Barbara says

    I made this yesterday and just took a bite this morning. Heavenly! FYI – I substituted a hot chocolate mix I had for the cacao and truvia for the stevia, as I didn’t have the listed ingredients on hand, and added a touch of vanilla. Still turned out great!

  17. Dt says

    My question also….for those of us who don’t use stevia. Maybe 2 to maple syrup and little vanilla? Your insight is helpful. Thx

  18. Jess says

    Is there an alternative to the vanilla stevia? I’d imagine vanilla and honey, but the stevia is such a small amount, I don’t want to mess-up the consistency!

    • says

      I am so grateful to you Elena for your sophisticated palette and recipes.They have made me feel sated, and excited about food in a time when I could have felt deprived of ‘normal’ food. This yummy pudding recipe has particularly made my tail wag. You have combined two things I love together: chocolate and creamy!

      However, I’m picky about chewing on seeds. So I put my chia seeds in a spice mill first, then add all my ingredients to a VitaMix. Hello Chocolate Velvet! Then I tried coconut water instead of the 1 c water for extra flavor. When I first did this, I used some TJ’s new blend of coconut water with aloe vera juice I happened to have in the frig. It came out jelled and ready to eat right out of the VitaMix! With regular coconut water, however, you need to wait an hour or so in the frig for a smooth and velvety texture. Also tried the chocolate raspberry stevia and I am over the moon!

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