March 28, 2023 11 Comments
This chocolate chia pudding recipe is for those people who LOVE Jello pudding but need a healthier alternative.
One tablespoon of chia seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk, more Omega-3s than Salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries!! Take that Jello!
I think this is one of those wonderful sneaky recipes that can fool people into thinking it super decadent when it isn’t.
I decided to try chocolate pudding because who doesn’t like pudding? Chia seeds are great as a thickening agent so you don’t have to cook the milk to get the right pudding consistency.
Since I have started eating chia seeds, I read a wonderful book about running, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall (see below). In it, the Tarahumara Indians run 100’s of miles fueled on chia seeds (as well as corn and other foods).
I also love to use chia seeds in my overnight oatmeal with chia seeds as it makes the mixture thick and creamy.
You can find chia seeds in the natural foods section of your grocery store and they are not cheap – a small bag set me back $7. Any seed product is high in price because they are so hard to harvest. Think about them as an investment in your health.
When I first made this I did not have a powerful blender and it was a bit grainy. Now that I have a Blendtec (a Vitamix would also work), it comes out PERFECT and my teenagers eat it up. When I used the high power blender, it was instantly thick (no need to wait to eat it!)
Have you tried chocolate chia pudding? What did you think of it? Do you like chia seeds?
Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe
Makes 4 – ¼ cup puddings
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup chia seeds
1 cup milk (whatever you like almond, soy, etc. – I used 2% cow’s milk)
Blend cocoa powder, sugar, chia seeds, and milk in a blender for 5 minutes until chia seeds are pulverized. Pour into small ramekins and place in refrigerator.
Chill or eat at room temperature.
94 calories, 4.3 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 14.8 g carbohydrates, 9.4 g sugar, 4.2 g protein, 3.7 g fiber, 31 mg sodium, 4 Green, 4 Blue, 4 Purple WW SmartPts
Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes