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Chocolate Chia Pudding (Vegan & Paleo!)

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


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
  • 23 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 2 Tbsp. syrup, the vanilla, and whisk to combine (don’t add the milk yet!).  The mixture will be quite thick.
  3. Pour in the milk and whisk to combine. Taste and add additional syrup, as desired.
  4. Let mixture rest for at least 5 minutes (10-15 minutes is better!) to partially thicken.
  5. 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!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert
  • Method: No-bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chocolate chia pudding, chocolate chia seed pudding