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Chocolate Chia Pudding from One Lovely Life

Chocolate Chia Pudding (Vegan & Paleo!)

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes (+1 hour to chill)
  • Total Time: 10 minutes hands-on
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x


This creamy chocolate chia pudding makes a delicious healthier dessert or a fun twist on breakfast. Serve it plain or see the notes for lots of yummy topping ideas! 


  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/22 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dairy free milk (I like almond milk or 1/2 almond milk + 1/2 coconut milk)


  1. In a medium bowl, combine chia seeds, cocoa powder, and salt.
  2. Add 1 1/2 Tbsp. syrup, the vanilla, and a tiny drizzle of the milk (don’t add all the milk yet!)
  3. Whisk to combine (it’s easier to mix the cocoa in less liquid). Mixture will be quite thick.
  4. Add remaining milk and whisk to combine. Taste and add additional syrup, as desired.
  5. Let mixture rest for 5 minutes to partially thicken.
  6. After 5 minutes, stir again (this helps distribute the chia seeds evenly), cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour (up to overnight) to allow the pudding to chill and gel.

(For easiest serving, I like to put the chia pudding in the cups or jars I plan to serve it in before chilling, but you can just keep it in the mixing bowl, if you like.)


Topping ideas: 

  • Fresh berries, raspberry sauce, toasted coconut, peanut butter, vegan caramel sauce, chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, and more!
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert
  • Method: No-bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chocolate chia pudding, chocolate chia seed pudding