This chocolate chia pudding with almond milk is a rich, creamy, and delicious healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert. Top with your favorite fresh or dried fruit, nuts, or shredded coconut.
If you’ve never had chocolate chia pudding, it’s kind of like eating chocolate pudding with tapioca in it. It can be eaten as a breakfast, a dessert, and, of course, a snack.
Chia seeds were a staple in the ancient Aztec and Mayan diets and have been touted for their health benefits for centuries. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”
It seems only fitting that cocoa be added to this pudding, since cocoa was such an important food to the Aztecs as well.
Technically, there are many ways you can add chia seeds to your diet, but this chocolate chia pudding with almond milk is one of my favorites.
The seeds are absorbing up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked and developing a coating that gives chia-based foods and beverages a distinctive gel texture.
I find this pudding so wonderfully rich that sometimes all I need is a bite or two to satisfy my chocolate craving or sweet tooth. Of course, regular chia pudding with almond milk is always nice too.
One of the things I love about it is that you can make it ahead of time.
I do meal prep for the week on Sundays, and little jars of chia pudding are so easy to make and quick to grab. Best of all, it will keep in the fridge for a week.
You can mix things up by topping the pudding with fresh or dried fruit, nuts, shredded coconut, granola, and more.
Does chia pudding contain dairy?
Some variations do, but it isn’t necessary since you can use a dairy free milk. This recipe uses almond milk.