Chocolate Chia Pudding

This healthy chocolate chia pudding is a rich, chocolatey dessert made with almond milk. You’ll love how easy chocolate chia seed pudding is to make. This healthy dessert tastes even better with the right toppings, like vegan chocolate syrup, chopped nuts, granola, and fruit.

A serving glass holds vegan chocolate chia pudding topped with sliced bananas and fresh blackberries. Another glass and more blackberries is behind it.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
  • Cocoa powder
  • Plant-based Milk — I use either unsweetened almond milk or soy milk.
  • Chia seeds — I buy these in bulk along with other vegan products at Costco.
  • Dates — I use Medjool dates, and I buy them at Costco too.
  • Vanilla extract

How to Make Chocolate Chia Pudding

Wondering how to make chia seed pudding? You’ll be tickled pink to see how easy it is.

  1. Mix ingredients in a food processor bowl and pulse until smooth.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to 8 hours. If you prefer a firmer pudding, refrigerate overnight.
  3. Serve with chopped dark chocolate chips, granola, or almond slivers.

If your dates are not soft, you can microwave them for about 15 to 30 seconds to soften them.

A tablespoon full of chia seeds is pouring them into a small glass bowl.

Smooth Chia Pudding

You’ll see in the photos that the chia seeds are still prevalent in this recipe. However, you can make this into a completely smooth chia pudding. Here’s how it works:

  1. Place all the ingredients together in a sealable container. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to overnight. This softens the chia seeds which is what we want.
  2. Once the ingredients are adequately soaked, put them in a food processor or high-speed blender. Pulse until smooth and creamy, stopping to press down ingredients from the sides of the blender or food processor as necessary.
  3. If the ingredients are chilled enough, you can proceed to serve right away. Sometimes the processing can “heat up” the ingredients so you can transfer it to the fridge for a few minutes before serving.

Working with Chia Seeds

A few chia seeds won’t turn this into a delicious pudding. It takes a certain ratio of seeds to liquid to create the best pudding. Once you’ve gone full pudding, you’ll find that chia seed nirvana. And then you might become hooked, just like me.

The same is true when it comes to making chia eggs. Interestingly enough, chia is a great egg substitute. I use a chia egg often when making things like cookies.

Anyway, chia seeds turn out to have a lot of what’s healthy for us. I mean, it makes sense. Seeds are like Mother Earth’s gift to the world. There may be a few exceptions, but overall, seeds are a go when it comes to health.

A small bowl of chia seeds sits next to fresh blackberries.

Your Chia Questions Answered

If you’re curious about specifics on the chia seed, let’s get into it.

Are chia seeds healthy?

Chia seeds are a great source of many vitamins and nutrients, including Vitamin B1, which is an essential nutrient. It also is a great source of Vitamin B3 and Omega-3s which are essential fatty acids. And chia is a great source of other phytonutrients such as folate, calcium, iron, and more.

Is chia pudding good for weight loss?

Seeds are higher in calories than some foods. However, because chia seeds contain a lot of protein, fiber, and other healthy nutrients, they can help promote the feeling of fullness that is so important for weight loss.

Making Keto Chia Pudding

This recipe calls for using dates, which makes it an entirely plant-based dessert with no refined sugars. That means a single serving of this pudding has 287 calories.

However, if you switch out the dates for a zero-calorie sweetener like stevia or monk fruit, you end up with 185 calories and 5g net carbs per serving. That makes this a low-carb, keto-friendly dessert.

A low-carb cocoa chia pudding version is a great dessert option when you’re trying to get healthy.

Marly’s Tips

Use these tips and tricks to make this overnight chocolate chia pudding perfect for you every single time:

  • Add a teaspoon or two of coconut flakes for a chocolate coconut chia pudding
  • If you don’t like the texture of the chia seeds, make a ground chia seed pudding by putting the mixture in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth
  • Try mixing in some peanut butter with the cocoa
  • Drop a scoop of Vegan Whipped Cream on top to dress it up
  • This is also a paleo chia seed pudding because dates are found in nature
  • Make a vanilla chia pudding by leaving out the cocoa powder and adding plant-based vanilla protein powder instead.

Add some flavors to make this reflect you. You can serve this raw chia pudding with something special like this Peanut Butter Granola or even some Blueberry Sauce to make this a special weekend party dessert.

More Chia Recipes

Of course, you can make vegan chocolate pudding without chia seeds! But if you’re looking for more chia seed recipes, these are some great go-to recipes:

A closeup of two serving glasses full of chocolate chia pudding, topped with sliced bananas and fresh blackberries.
A serving glass holds vegan chocolate chia pudding topped with sliced bananas and fresh blackberries. Another glass and more blackberries is behind it.

Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding

If you love healthy desserts, this vegan chocolate chia pudding is for you. You'll love the rich, creamy, chocolatey flavors.
5 from 4 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 287kcal


  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: Topping: 2 teaspoons dairy-free chocolate chips chopped
  • Optional: Additional Toppings: Granola, Sliced Almonds, Coconut Slivers and Coconut Whipped Cream


  • Mix ingredients in a food processor bowl. Note: If your dates are not soft, be sure to microwave them for about 30 seconds to soften them. Pulse until the dates are smooth.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to 8 hours. It will thicken more the longer it sits, so if you prefer a firmer pudding, refrigerate overnight.
  • Sprinkle the top with chopped dark chocolate chips and almond slivers before serving. Add additional toppings if you'd like, such as granola or whipped cream.

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* If you two teaspoons of stevia in place of the dates and change the nutrition information to this: Calories = 220 Net carbs = 5
My favorite way to soften dates is to simply put them in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. That usually does the trick.
Nutritional estimate does not include optional toppings.
Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 359mg | Iron: 3.2mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

16 Responses to Chocolate Chia Pudding

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMaria @ In Accordance Reply

    Wow! This beautiful pudding is simply calling my name. What’s great about treats like this is that they are fantastic when enjoyed for dessert and breakfast alike! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      You read my mind, Maria! Desserts for breakfast…breakfast for dessert? It should be a thing!

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