Dairy-Free Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

This Dairy-Free Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is made with chia seeds, hazelnut milk, cocoa and pure maple syrup and comes together in a pinch.  It’s a healthy, dairy-free dessert your whole family will love!

This Dairy-Free Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is made with chia seeds, hazelnut milk, cocoa and pure maple syrup and comes together in a pinch

VEGAN CHIA SEED PUDDING

This vegan chia seed pudding  is made with just 5 simple ingredients.  It’s a rich and creamy dessert that’s healthy enough to eat for breakfast.  

This Dairy-Free Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is made with chia seeds, hazelnut milk, cocoa and pure maple syrup and comes together in a pinch

WHAT ARE CHIA SEEDS

Chia seeds are part of the mint family and they’re known as an ancient grain.  Ancient grains include a variety of wheat ( like spelt, Kamut and farro),  grains (like millet and barley), and  pseudocereals ( like quinoa, buckwheat and chia seeds).  Pseudocereals are consumed like a grain. They tend to be more nutritious and provide more vitamins, minerals and fiber than the more common grains like corn, rice and wheat. (1)  

CHOCOLATE CHIA SEED PUDDING RECIPE

We use hazelnut milk for this chocolate chia seed pudding, which gives this pudding an incredibly delicious Nutella-like flavor, but you can make this chia seed pudding with almond milk if you prefer.  This chia seed pudding isn’t very sweet, so I like to drizzle a little extra pure maple syrup over the top just before serving.  Really delicious!  

  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 3 cups hazelnut milk
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (plus 1 tablespoon for drizzling)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

If you prefer vanilla over chocolate, you might want to try this Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding.  It’s also rich, creamy and loaded with nutritional benefits.

HOW TO MAKE CHIA SEED PUDDING

This healthy chia seed pudding is super quick and easy to make.  It’s best if chilled overnight so it turns out thick and creamy.  I like to serve it with an extra drizzle of pure maple syrup, a quick dusting of cacao powder and some fresh berries, but it doesn’t need to be served with anything at all…it’s delicious on its own!

  1. Blend the hazelnut milk, chia seeds, cocoa, pure maple syrup and vanilla extract and sea salt in a bowl or in a mason jar and blend well.
  2. Seal with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight giving it an intermittent stir now and then.
  3. Serve with an extra drizzle of pure maple syrup and fresh berries.

CHIA SEEDS BENEFITS

  • Rich source of fiber (which is needed for our bodies to balance blood sugar levels)  
  • They’re a complete protein (making them a good plant-based source of protein for vegetarians)  
  • Rich source of  antioxidants
  • They provide anti-inflammatory properties which help to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure levels
  • Rich source of calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and iron.  
  • Chia seeds soak up their weight in water, which may help you stay hydrated during performance
  • They may help boost energy levels
  • Chia seeds are also a great source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) (ALA is an essential fatty acid – Our bodies can’t produce it on their own, so we need to consume it from food)

This Dairy-Free Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is made with chia seeds, hazelnut milk, cocoa and pure maple syrup and comes together in a pinch

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This Dairy-Free Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is made with chia seeds, hazelnut milk, cocoa and pure maple syrup and comes together in a pinch
Yield: 4 servings

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

This delicious Nutella-flavored Dairy-Free Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding has an incredible flavor and it's made with just 5 simple ingredients.  Let it chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour and you'll have a delicious dessert that's healthy enough to serve for breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 3 cups hazelnut milk
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (plus 1 tablespoon for drizzling)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Blend the hazelnut milk, chia seeds, cocoa, pure maple syrup and vanilla extract and sea salt in a bowl or in a mason jar and blend well.
  2. Seal with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight giving it an intermittent stir now and then.
  3. Serve with an extra drizzle of pure maple syrup and fresh berries.

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