Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

I’ve been on a chia pudding kick lately. You may be thinking I’m a little late (as in a few years late) for the chia pudding bandwagon but chia is still holding it’s own, and for good reason. Chia seeds are high on my list of amazing superfoods, full of anti-inflammatory omega-3s, minerals, antioxidants, quality fiber and protein. In fact, these little seeds pack 14 grams of dietary fiber and 6 grams of protein per 1/4 cup, now that’s the real deal!

Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

This healthy version of pudding is so easy – just toss it together, throw it in the fridge, grab and go the next morning, enjoy as a mid afternoon snack, or savor for dessert that evening. Plus it’s dairy and gluten free. Alright, time to get our pudding on…

Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

serves 2

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Equally divide coconut or almond milk into 2 separate 16-ounce mason jars
  2. To each jar, add 1/4 cup chia seeds and 1 Tbsp cacao or cocoa powder, and shake well
  3. Add 1/2 tsp cherry extract, 1 Tbsp honey, and a pinch of salt to each jar and shake well
  4. Refrigerate overnight allowing chia seeds to absorb liquid and soften
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Note: Choose different variations, like adding peppermint, orange, vanilla, or raspberry extracts instead of cherry. Use your sweetener of choice, maple syrup is a great way to make it vegan friendly :)

If you’re not a chocolate lover try my recipe for vanilla chai spiced chia pudding.

12 Comments

  1. Lainey

    Very cool! My mom gave me a bag of chia seeds and is constantly pestering me to use them. I’m not a big fan of pudding, though–what else can I do with them?

    1. Jess

      Haha good mom looking out for you! Great question :) There are many uses for chia seeds – add them to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal (they’re in my recipe for single serve overnight oats), or bake them into muffins. I would love to hear if you experiment with them or find other uses.

      1. Jess

        Nope. Just go ahead and toss in 1 Tbsp chia seeds when adding your wet ingredients. This will work for a typical recipe that makes 12 muffins. It’ll give your muffins a nice healthy fiber boost! Good luck, I’d love to hear what you end up making! Suggestions are always welcome :)

  2. Emily

    hi!
    well this looks good! I have to say that I was skeptical at the beginning. But I love every component of this pudding so I am sure I would love the end result. This is an interesting kind though as the chia seeds absorbing the liquid is what makes the pudding. Interesting recipe!

  3. Shane Hall

    This looks delicious. I’ve always heard chia was great for your health but I never thought to make less guilty desert out of it. Genius! I’m printing this out to try it later.

    1. Jess

      Thanks Shane! I know, I love that it’s guilt free and loaded with health benefits at the same time! Hope you enjoy it. I just had some for breakfast this morning :)

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