Easy Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding (Dairy-Free)

By Jess

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Chia, chia the magical seed. Oh, how I love chia pudding. This Chocolate Chia Pudding is one of those recipes that actually looks fancier and more complicated than it is; in reality it’s actually pretty darn simple. How is it so simple you ask? This chocolate chia pudding has only five whole food ingredients, requires only a few moments of stirring, place it in the refrigerator for a few hours and then like magic (kind of like dark magic), a delicious pudding appears—pretty amazing right? I like to make a few jars a head of time (you can store them in the fridge for up to 5 days) and then in the morning I grab a jar and top it off with my favorite toppings like berries, nuts, cocao nibs, coconut flakes or even a dollop of almond butter.

chocolate chia pudding

I have never had chia pudding (let alone chocolate pudding) that is better than this Paleo recipe! Seriously… This simple refrigerator chocolate chia pudding is that good.

When I was a kid I was an avid tapioca pudding eater. In fact, my mom had to hide them from me because I was known for getting up early before anyone else and spoiling my breakfast with a store bought pudding that was loaded with sugar, preservatives and a bunch of other things no one can pronounce. When I first tried chia pudding I was a little hesitant because I needed the texture to be just right—I am very picky about my pudding! When I took my first bite, I was immediately transported back to my tapioca pudding eating days. The texture was spot on—gelatinous, thick and creamy—just like I remembered. I knew right then that I was in love and had finally found a pudding that met my paleo needs. And as an added bonus it’s vegan and free of gluten too!

organic chia seeds
raw cacao

Chia is not just incredible for its magical pudding tricks; it’s also a nutritious superfood loaded with a ton of fiber, protein and Omega 3 fatty acids—which are amazing for brain health! They also contain six times more calcium than milk and great for a quick energy boost, which I definitely need in the morning! I love chia so much that I add it everywhere I can. Try blending it up in your smoothie and mixing it in with your overnight oats. The chia possibilities are endless and perfect when you are trying to sneak a little extra health into your diet. So if you are asking yourself if this decadent Chocolate Chia Pudding is healthy enough to eat for breakfast? The answer is yes, yes, yes! These little seeds may be small, but they are mighty!

chocolate chia pudding

Looking for Paleo-approved ingredients for this chia pudding recipe? Here are some we’d recommend:

Wild Dark Chocolate Powder (Wild Foods)
Viva Naturals Raw Organic Chia Seeds (Viva Natural)

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    • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • 3 tbsp. chia seeds
    • 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2-3 tbsp. agave
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. To make the pudding, mix together the chia seeds and cocoa powder in a bowl.
  2. Stir in the almond milk and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the agave 1 tablespoon at a time until you have reached your desired sweetness.
  4. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Top with your favorite toppings and serve.


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  1. I love chia pudding (despite not liking tapioca pudding as a kid)! It’s such a healthy treat or snack! Even a great sub for oatmeal!

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