Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding (GF & Weight-Loss Friendly)
Vegan chocolate chia pudding with almond milk is a healthy and easy overnight breakfast for work, a simple snack, or dessert. Gluten-free, refined sugar-free, weight-loss friendly.
Do you want to start your day with something sweet and indulgent, refined sugar-free with no cooking or baking required?
Let’s see how to make this creamy and amazingly delicious vegan chocolate pudding with chia seeds!
Now, you may be asking yourselves, how healthy is chia pudding? Can you eat chia pudding for breakfast?
Absolutely! It’s probably one of the healthiest and easiest meal prep ideas that really simplifies your life! Especially if you are on the run in the morning. It’s the perfect quick and super filling brunch or snack loaded with fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, plenty of high-quality proteins, and essential antioxidants. The best part is that is dairy-free, and gluten-free friendly, too!
Make-ahead breakfast idea for the week
Do you know why I enjoy preparing this delightful recipe with chocolate-mousse-like texture? It’s so chocolaty and versatile, can be prepared in advance, and requires no effort at all. Also, you can treat it as dessert if you like.
It’s the perfect breakfast idea for kids, for family gatherings, or when you have guests over. Just make a big batch of it the night before and you can easily feed a crowd in your home. They’ll be satisfied, you can worry less about cooking and actually have some fun! Both sides happy, right?
Truly, this make-ahead, real food breakfast idea is especially good for busy stay-at-home moms who want to prepare an enjoyable and nourishing dish their kids would actually eat. Super tasty and flavorful, you can eat it at home or take it on the go. Couple it with some smoothie and lots of water so you can be completely hydrated and filled with plant-based nutrients till the next meal.
Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding Ingredients
To make this rich and smooth pudding you need a few wholesome ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen:
- Chia seeds
- Almond milk (or any plant-based milk like oat milk, cashew milk, coconut milk)
- Cacao powder
- Maple syrup (or any sweetener of choice)
- Vanilla extract (optional)
- Fresh red currants (or any fruit of choice, optional)
Time needed: 4 hours and 10 minutes.
How to make vegan chocolate chia pudding?
This simple make-ahead breakfast or dessert will save you time and money. And as a bonus, you’ll be able to keep your diet under control and avoid eating fast food with low nutritional value.
- Mix all ingredients
In a small mixing bowl mix chia seeds, non-dairy milk (I used almond milk), cacao powder (you can sift it first to reduce any clumps), maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Whisk until all ingredients are combined.
After 10 minutes, whisk it well one more time.
- Refrigerate the mixture
Cover the mixture with a lid and refrigerate overnight or at least for 4-5 hours.
- Garnish chia pudding and enjoy it
Remove the chocolate chia pudding from the fridge, stir it well one more time and garnish with some fresh or frozen fruit, chocolate shavings, coconut flakes, or whipped cream. I used fresh red currants. Serve it into small dessert-sized containers. This recipe yields 2 glasses (1/2 cup size). Feel free to double or triple the ingredients for preparing a larger batch to feed a crowd.
Is it OK to eat chia pudding every day?
I eat chia seed every single day, without exception 🙂 Here are some of the answers to the most frequently asked questions that will help you understand why I LOVE these magical seeds.
These edible tiny seeds are great for reducing belly fat and flatten your stomach. Because they are rich in plant-based protein and fibre they reduce your apatite and food intake. So to say, they make you feel full longer and prevent hunger. They actually expand in your stomach, becoming gel-like when eaten and increase satiety after a meal. As a bonus, they keep your heart healthy and make your skin, hair, and nails beautiful.
Chia seeds, cacao powder, and any plant milk are completely safe foods to include in your weight-loss diet. In fact, chia seeds are one of the most popular superfoods on the planet! They are loaded with vital micronutrients like fiber, healthy omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus. Raw cacao powder is packed with powerful antioxidants, iron, calcium, and magnesium. The best part about this homemade pudding is that contains no refined sugar at all! It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup and flavored with pure vanilla extract. And the fresh currants topping makes it a real treat or dessert that requires no baking! To conclude, with minimal ingredients and calories, and maximum flavor, this vegan chocolate chia pudding is ideal to include in your regular clean eating diet.
How do I thicken my chia pudding?
If your chia pudding isn’t thick as you desire, simply add more chia seeds and let them soak for a longer period. It is best when they are soaked overnight in the fridge. In the morning you’ll get a perfect consistency (it reminds me of chocolate ice cream). Totally guilt-free!
Why you’ll love this vegan chocolate chia pudding? It’s:
- Easy pick-me-up breakfast or snack
- Family-friendly & Kid-friendly
- Quick grab and go breakfast idea for work
- So creamy and delicious!
Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding (GF & Weight-Loss Friendly)
- Small glass containers
- 1 cup almond milk or use any plant-based milk of choice
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or any sweetener of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract optional
- 1/2 cup fresh red currants or any fruit of choice (optional)
- In a small mixing bowl mix chia seeds, non-dairy milk (I used almond milk), cacao powder (you can sift it first to reduce any clumps), maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Whisk until all ingredients are combined. After 10 minutes, whisk it well one more time.
- Cover the mixture with a lid and refrigerate overnight or at least for 4-5 hours.
- Remove the chocolate chia pudding from the fridge, stir it well one more time and garnish with some fresh or frozen fruit, chocolate shavings, coconut flakes, or whipped cream. I used fresh red currants. Serve it into small dessert-sized containers. This recipe yields 2 glasses (1/2 cup size). Feel free to double or triple the ingredients for preparing a larger batch to feed a crowd.
More simple recipe ideas
- Make-ahead strawberry overnight oats
- Golden peanut butter recipe
- Gluten-free strawberry muffins
- Fresh cranberry sauce
- Tropical carrot pineapple muffins
- Creamy-dreamy chocolate avocado smoothie
- Fluffy blueberry muffins
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Love, Marinela 💚