Rich Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Rich Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding | Natural Chow |

I have been craving chocolate a lot lately, and all I want to eat at this point is chocolate, preferably covered in chocolate. So I needed something healthy to satisfy my cravings and I needed something filling so that I wouldn’t have to make and eat 10 servings of it. Luckily, my brilliant mother likes to email me recipes she wants me to try, and Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding was among them. It was exactly what I needed. Can you imagine if I had baked and eaten 24 double chocolate chip cookies on my own? Or worse, bought highly processed ones from the store? I think I made a smart choice that day, because Lord knows it would not have been good for my thighs. This Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is super rich, absolutely delightful, vegan, simple to make, and only uses a handful of ingredients.

Rich Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding | Natural Chow |

Pudding has always been one of my favorite desserts, especially back when I was younger. The Snack Pack Chocolate Pudding was the best thing since sliced bread to me. I could eat a whole pack of things and would still ask for more. But about a year and a half ago, I was introduced to chia seed pudding and I am happy to say that I have found a new love. I mean, I can’t get enough of this stuff! Yet, in that time, I had only ever made/eaten cinnamon-vanilla chia seed pudding.

Chia seeds are super healthy for you! Chia seeds are full of omega-3′s, fiber, phosphorus, manganese, protein, and calcium. AND they help you get full faster, so you don’t have to eat as much of it to be satisfied.

Rich Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding | Natural Chow |

You don’t have to stand over the stove to make this awesome pudding! All you have to do to make this is throw all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. You can blend up the chia seeds first if you want, or you can add them after all of the other ingredients are mixed up. Then, let it sit on the counter or in the fridge for 10-15 minutes and voila!, you have yourself just about the richest chocolate chia seed pudding on the surface of the planet. However, if you want your pudding to be fully chilled, you can leave it in the refrigerator for an hour or so.

Here’s the recipe:

Rich Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Serves 4
So simple and delicious! Chocolate chia seed pudding is sure to be a favorite.
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 2 1/2 cups coconut milk (preferably homemade)
  2. 1/2 cup chia seeds (I use these)
  3. 6 Tbsp cocoa powder
  4. 1/3 cup unbleached pure cane sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  6. a pinch of salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor. You can blend up the chia seeds first if you want, or you can add them after all of the other ingredients are mixed up. Blend until smooth.
  2. Let the pudding sit on the counter or in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes. (You can leave it in there for an hour if you prefer your pudding to be chilled.) Serve and top with coconut shreds or chia seeds.
Adapted from Whole New Mom
Adapted from Whole New Mom
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Comments: 30

  1. Rachel May 5, 2014 at 3:15 pm Reply

    Do you think it would work the same with raw goat milk for a non-vegan version? I’d love to do more with chia seeds.

    • Margaret Anne May 5, 2014 at 3:19 pm Reply

      Hi Rachel! I think that if you use raw goat milk the pudding would be creamier than if you were to use coconut milk (water-based). So yes, I think it would work. Thanks for asking! ;)

  2. Leesha @ Mayhem in the Kitchen! May 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm Reply

    Omigosh you are a lifesaver! Since caving and eating a bunch of Easter candy I’ve been craving chocolate nonstop. Making this tonight! Pinned!

    • Margaret Anne May 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm Reply

      You make me smile, Leesha! Trust me, I know what you mean when you say you’ve been craving chocolate non-stop. Thanks for the pin! :)

  3. Danny May 6, 2014 at 1:12 pm Reply

    Man, that looks amazing…

  4. organic4greenlivings May 7, 2014 at 8:19 am Reply

    Yum! Sounds so delicious and such healthy ingredients. Why don’t you share your recipe on Real Food Friday Blog Hop which we run every Thursday through Monday. Shared on Pinterest. Visiting from Health Happy Green & Natural Blog Hop!

    • Margaret Anne May 7, 2014 at 9:46 am Reply

      Thanks! I will definitely be sharing there. Thanks for the pin. :)

  5. Jen @ Driftwood Gardens May 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm Reply

    Sounds delish! I am newly vegan and feeling great. I am pinning loads of great recipes but this is the first CHOCOLATE recipe I’m pinning! So glad I found you on the Plant Based Potluck Party!

    • Margaret Anne May 8, 2014 at 6:45 am Reply

      Hey Jen! Glad to hear your feeling great after the change. Thanks for the pin! I have a whole section of Vegan recipes if you’re interested.

  6. Deborah Smikle-Davis May 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm Reply

    Hi Margaret,
    What a delectable way to benefit from such wholesome and nourishing ingredients while enjoying the pleasure of chocolate! That pudding looks so appealing! I am so glad to get a chance to explore your healthy, plant-based blog posts! So many yummy vegan recipes to try! Thank you so much for sharing this vegan chocolate pudding with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

    • Margaret Anne May 12, 2014 at 5:49 pm Reply

      I like to make a batch of it and put in the fridge so I can grab a spoonful of no-guilt dessert whenever a craving strikes. I’m glad you like my posts! :) I will definitely be linking up again soon.

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  8. Jessica @ConveyAwareness May 16, 2014 at 11:44 am Reply

    I just ordered another bag of white chia seeds and the organic cacao powder came in just the other day! I’ll be making some of this soon. Pinned!

    • Margaret Anne May 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm Reply

      That’s awesome Jessica! Thanks for the pin. :)

  9. Laura P May 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm Reply

    Trying this tonight with non-homogenized local milk!

    • Margaret Anne May 16, 2014 at 10:18 pm Reply

      That sounds awesome, Laura! I hope you like it. ;)

  10. Dawnette Hahn Arsht May 17, 2014 at 9:32 am Reply

    Could I sub the sugar with honey or maple syrup?

    • Margaret Anne May 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm Reply

      Of course, Dawnette! Let me know how you like it!

  11. Gretchen May 23, 2014 at 8:49 am Reply

    Do the Chia seeds have to be ground up before they will thicken? Im not sure my blender will be able to pulverize them into fine enough consistency so hopefully they will be able to thicken it just like your recipe says.

    • Margaret Anne May 23, 2014 at 9:32 am Reply

      Gretchen, do you have a spice grinder or coffee grinder? If so, you can use that to grind up the chia seeds. Chia seeds tend to gel up pretty quickly so if you can’t get the chia seeds ground very much (like mine) it may take about 10 minutes of letting the pudding sit to thicken.

  12. Gretchen May 23, 2014 at 9:51 am Reply

    oh ok, so grinding them just helps them gel more quickly. I do have a coffee grinder so I will try that!
    Thank you!

  13. Chia Seed Recipe June 23, 2014 at 7:46 am Reply

    Oh, thanks so much for posting this! It is going to aid me when I get Chia Seeds online! So Astonishing!

  14. Side Effects of Chia Seeds June 30, 2014 at 3:41 am Reply

    Thanks very much for posting this! It is gonna help me when I research Chia Seeds at the store! Super Beautiful!

  15. Sally at Garden Valley Homestead June 30, 2014 at 6:46 pm Reply

    Thanks for posting the pudding recipe. Cocoa, Chia, and Coconut milk are three of m favorites. I pinned this to my “good eats” board so I can remember to make it.

    • Margaret Anne June 30, 2014 at 7:21 pm Reply

      Hello Sally! I know—I love cocoa, chia , and coconut milk as well! Thanks for pinning this. I just followed you and checked out your site. Love it. Have a great week! :)

  16. How Do I Use Chia Seeds? July 9, 2014 at 5:04 am Reply

    Dang, thanks so much for posting this! It is going to aid me when I get Chia Seeds at the market! Very Awesome!

  17. Maria @ The Good Life July 28, 2014 at 11:09 am Reply

    Oh wow, this looks so good. Have never really tried it but anything chocolaty is high in my book.

    • Margaret Anne July 28, 2014 at 11:10 am Reply

      Haha, thanks Maria! It really is amazingly delicious.

  18. Jennifer S. July 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm Reply

    I’ve been looking for more ways to use chia seeds and this looks really good. I will be trying it soon.

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