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Make Ahead Chocolate Chia Pudding

Updated: Jan 26, 2021

Chia pudding makes the perfect breakfast. It is nutrient dense, tastes like dessert, is inexpensive, and only takes 5 minutes to make. Chia pudding is also surprisingly filling. It pairs nicely with some bacon or sausage but also makes a complete breakfast on its own.

Chia seeds are high in protein, antioxidants, fiber, many nutrients, and omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds really are a superfood. You can feel great about your family starting the day with this breakfast.


Make Ahead Chocolate Chia Pudding

Make the Night Before (or at least 8 hours before serving)

(makes 4-5 servings)

Chocolate Chia Pudding


  • 1 cup chia seeds

  • 3 cups almond milk

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup*

Topping Options (pick at least 2):

  • Chopped bananas

  • Blueberries

  • Strawberries

  • Raspberries

  • Blackberries

  • Pomegranate seeds

  • Raisins

  • Cashews

  • Pistachios

  • Walnuts

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Pecans

  • Coconut flakes


  1. The night before: Put all ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl and whisk well, until all clumps are smooth.

  2. Place the bowl in the refrigerator.

  3. One to Two hours later - remove chia pudding from the fridge and whisk well again. If you skip this step your chia pudding may be separated and runny in the morning.

  4. The next morning, remove from the refrigerator. Dish out in individual bowls and add your favorite toppings.

~ Erin

A few notes:

Chia seeds
  • While you can buy chia seeds at most stores, I’ve found Wal-Mart to be one of the best places. You can buy this 2 lb container of organic chia seeds for under $10.

  • This recipe is extremely easy, the only hard part is remembering to make it the night before so it can set up in the refrigerator.

  • *Add maple syrup last. If the maple syrup and chia seeds sit together for very long it will become very clumpy and difficult to break apart.

  • Toppings. One fun thing about this recipe is making it unique to each member of your family by altering the toppings. We try to include 2 fruits and 2 nuts or seeds. By doing this we are even further boosting the nutrient content and increasing our number of fruits/veggies for the day.


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