This easy chocolate chia pudding recipe with almond milk will be the answer to all of your chocolate cravings. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, as a snack or anytime you feel like it without feeling guilty because it combines the best of both worlds: chocolate and chia! The rich chocolate flavor soaks into the chia, but the chia pudding as a whole has a ton of nutritional value.
Playing with Toppings!
One of my favorite parts about Chia pudding is you can customize it however you’d like. You can change up the type of milk you use, the added spices and the toppings. The combinations are endless. Some people even prefer to blend their chia pudding like in this recipe from [insert recipe], but I prefer mine to have a little bit of texture. In this recipe, I use chocolate chips and walnuts, But sometimes I add coconut, raisins or even just eat it plain. One of the best combinations is when you have fresh fruit like bananas or raspberries because the sweet flavor of the fruit compliments the dark chocolate cacao of the chia perfectly. You can also mix chia seed with yogurt to make a fluffier, more filling combo. (Although chia is pretty filling on it’s own!)
So, let’s get to the recipe! For more information on the nutritional value of Chia, scroll below the recipe and keep reading.
Prep time: 10 minutes, refrigerate for at least 2 hours or leave overnight
Simple Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Recipe
- 1/3 cup of chia seeds
- 1 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- a pinch of salt
- 3 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
- Toppings! Whatever you’d like, but I ususally use chocolate chips, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, coconut and cacao
- Add the chia seeds, almond milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon and salt to a bowl and whisk together until all of the ingredients are completely combined. This might take a minute because the chia seeds are somewhat sticky, but keep stirring!
- Mix in the honey or syrup, again whisking until completely combined.
- Cover with foil or plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or until it takes on a thicker consistency that look sort of like a pudding.
- Serve with delicious toppings! The pudding tastes best cold.
Health Benefits of Chia
In the beginning, Chia seeds were intimidating for me. I first encountered them in one of those health drinks at a Whole Foods. My cousin loved it and had me try it, but the texture completely threw me off because it was slimy and unexpected. However, over the years, I’ve come to love them and I add them into a lot of recipes. According to Authority Nutrition, Chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods on the planet because they deliver a huge amount of nutrients in a decently low amount of calories. They contain Fiber, protein, omega-3, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium and a few Vitamin B’s. They also have a ton of antioxidants which (long story short) help fight diseases and keep us strong and healthy!
Chia seeds are like a secret weapon. Very healthy, but with the right combination of ingredients, they can also be so delicious! Try out this easy chocolate chia seed pudding recipe to quench those chocolate cravings and still start your day (or end it) on a great note.