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Quick Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

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Whipped up chocolate pudding that’s 100% plant-based? Yeah, looks like we’re having dessert tonight.

Most chocolate chia seed pudding recipes ask for the dish to be cooled overnight or long. There’s some truth to it: the longer you have it chilled, the more pudding-like it will become. Here, we’re just cooling the pudding for an hour in the fridge. Feel free to leave it in longer. 

If you’re worried this recipe is too much of a guilty pleasure, chill out. It’s healthy. This recipe includes chia seeds, unsweetened cocoa powder, and 4 dates for sweetness. That’s it. 

All of your ingredients are plant-based, vegan, and incredibly healthy. With the chia seeds, you’re getting a variety of nutrients in just one serving (2 tablespoons/28 grams). That includes 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 18 percent of magnesium.  Additionally, they’re loaded with antioxidants. 

Chia seeds are essentially flavorless, so this pudding will pick up any flavor you add to it. For example, you’re getting a chocolate pudding made from cocoa powder and you’re adding sweetness from the dates. 

Did You Know? 

Because chia seeds contain all nine of the essential amino acids, they are a complete protein. 


You can use chia seeds as an egg replacement. Additionally, you can throw them into smoothies, top them on yogurt, or thicken pancakes

What To Expect From This Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Recipe:

  • You’re going to get a robust, chocolate flavor. 
  • The perfect amount of natural sweetness 
  • Loaded with nutrients 
  • A dessert that’s low in calories but high in flavor 
  • It’s easy and quick 
  • Seriously, it’s effortless 

Ready for some puddin’?

Quick Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Quick Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chia Seeds, Rice Pudding


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 pitted dates


  • First, combine all ingredients in a high-speed blenderBlend until smooth. 
  • Next, pour the mixture into a container, cover, and cool for at least 1 hour.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings. 


  1. Makes about 1 serving
  2. If you want your pudding to be sweeter, add more dates.
  3. If you want your pudding to have a deeper chocolate profile, add more cocoa. 
  4. It needs to be chilled for at least 30 minutes to achieve a pudding texture. 
  5. The longer you have the pudding sitting and chilling, the thicker it will become. 
  6. It’s best to use a high-speed blender to ensure the pudding is completely smooth
  7. If you want a creamier texture, use a thicker liquid like coconut milk instead of water 
  8. Don’t have dates? Use ½ tablespoon of maple syrup or honey instead. 
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