I’ve been loving making these chocolate chia puddings lately! They make the perfect healthy dessert and are packed with nutrients. This healthy dessert can be made in about 35 minutes and requires just six simple ingredients. This recipe is both gluten free and dairy free.
If you’re looking for more chia pudding recipes, also checkout my Low Sugar Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe. This recipe contains no added sugar and is sweetened with monkfruit.
Chia seeds are packed with nutrients. They contain antioxidants, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Chia seeds are a source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids. They are also a great source of fiber. One tbsp of chia seeds contains 5 grams of fiber!1
So what is a chia pudding? When liquid is added to chia seeds, they gelatinize, forming a “chia pudding.” In this case, the chia seeds are combining with the almond milk to form a chia pudding.
What You’ll Need To Make Chocolate Chia Puddings:
Chia Seeds: You of course need chia seeds to make a chia pudding!
Cacao Powder: Cacao powder is used to give these puddings a chocolate flavor. Cacao powder does taste bitter by itself so the dat syrup is needed to balance this out and give the chia puddings a sweet, chocolate taste.
Almond Milk: I used almond milk, but can substitute with any kind of unsweetened milk.
Date Syrup: Date Syrup is my new favorite sweetener! It is made with just one ingredient- dates. I love dates because they are a fruit that tastes naturally sweet. The sweetener has both a sweet taste and the added benefits of fiber. You can substitute the date syrup with maple syrup.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon adds a nice sweet, flavor.
Fresh Berries: I love topping the chia pudding with fresh berries, such as blackberries and raspberries!
Chocolate Chia Puddings
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1-2 tbsp date syrup
- Cinnamon to taste
- handful fresh berries
- To a jar, add 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp cacao powder, 1/2 cup almond milk, cinnamon (to taste), and date syrup (to taste).
- Mix and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until a "chia pudding" forms.
- Remove from refrigerator and top with fresh berries.
- Gunnars, Kris. “11 Proven Health Benefits of Chia Seeds.” Healthline, 8 Aug. 2018, http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds.