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Chocolate Chia Pudding – Almost Instant

Chocolate Chia Pudding

I defy anyone not to find chocolate puddings irresistible. Well how about a chocolate chia pudding that tastes indulgent, but has no dairy or eggs and is pretty much guilt free? Indeed, it has many positive nutritional benefits.

  • Chia seeds – low in calories, high in soluble fibre, protein, omega 3s and antioxidants 
  • Raw cacao powder – high in antioxidants, magnesium, iron and copper
  • Medjool dates – high in soluble fibre, iron, potassium and B vitamins
  • Pure maple syrup – high in manganese and zinc
  • Coconut oil – high in good saturated fats and lauric acid
  • Mesquite powder – low on the glycemic index, high in protein and soluble fibre

Chia pudding recipes have been featuring on the internet for some time now. When mixed with liquid, chia seeds form a hydrogel capsule and can absorb up to 27 times their own weight in water. This makes them an ideal ingredient for light healthy desserts. I was interested in the concept, but not raring to give it a go. The tapioca style result just reminded me of horrid school puddings. However, I read somewhere recently that if you grind the chia seeds, not only do you get a smoother result, but the pudding is set and ready to eat in minutes.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

This indeed turned out to be true. I used my ThermoCook to grind the chia seeds and then combine the remaining ingredients. The chocolate chia pudding was ready to eat almost instantly. We tucked in soon after making it, somewhat trepidatiously in my case. It certainly has its own distinctive personality. It’s not mousse like nor silky smooth, more like the texture of stiff porridge. But, I was pleased to discover, it resembled tapioca not at all. Next time I will try using my Optimum 9200A power blender to see if I can get a smoother result. It has a pleasant flavour and is not too sweet. This is definitely a week night pudding, which feels indulgent and satisfying, but also allows you to feel somewhat virtuous before blowing out at the weekend.

Chocolate Chia Pudding
Serves 4
A quick, tasty and healthy chocolate pudding that can be enjoyed by all. Chia seeds act as a binding agent to give a firm (ish) texture and the chocolate flavour shines through.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 tbsp chia seeds
  2. 300ml coconut milk (or milk of choice)
  3. 3 medjool dates
  4. 1 tbsp pure maple syrup I used an Amber grade from Quebec (use 2 tbsp if you like your puddings sweet)
  5. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  6. 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  7. 1 tbsp mesquite powder (optional)
  8. 20g pistachio nuts - chopped
Instructions
  1. Pulse the chia seeds in a food processor to break them up a bit. I used my ThermoCook.
  2. Add all the other ingredients and pulse for 10 seconds or until thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour or spoon into four ramekins and leave to set for a few minutes.
  4. Add a sprinkling of chopped pistachio nuts.
Notes
  1. The mesquite powder gives a sort of malty caramel flavour, but if you don't have it try vanilla, cinnamon or cardamom.
  2. Top with desiccated or flaked coconut instead of pistachio nuts.
Tin and Thyme https://tinandthyme.uk/
We Should Cocoa BadgeThis month’s #WeShouldCocoa is being hosted by Lisa at Lovely Appetite. She has thoughtfully chosen simple recipes to give us a breather after the December rush. Do join in if you can. There’s not many desserts that are as simple as this chocolate chia pudding – just bung everything in the food processor or blender and blitz for a few seconds.

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58 Comments

  1. Eb Gargano

    13th January 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Wow. Chocolate pudding that is good for you? Wonders will never cease! Thanks for sharing. Eb x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th January 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks Eb – chocolate isn’t called the food of the gods for nothing 😉

      Reply
  2. Kath

    13th January 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Now I have some chia seeds that are sitting here and they need using up. I bought them to make gluten free bread but became frustrated with my inability to make a decent loaf. I might make this pudding. I like the fact that it doesn’t look like the frogspawn that some of the puddings using chia seeds resemble.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th January 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Keep at it Kath, I have every faith you’ll find your way to baking a perfect gluten free bread. Can’t say as I’ve tried a good one yet, but then again I haven’t tried that many. As for the frogspwan, my sentiments entirely – school puddings – yuck!

      Reply
  3. Chris @thinlyspread

    13th January 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Ooh, now…this looks delicious! I’m echoing Kath’s frogspawn comment above – I’ve been a bit put off chia seeds for that very reason but I think this recipe may be the nudge I need to have a go! Thanks for linking to my mousse 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th January 2016 at 3:02 pm

      It was the frogspawn effect which has stopped me trying this a long time ago Chris – too many horrible school pudding memories!

      Reply
  4. Nadia

    13th January 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Ooo this is my kind of dessert 😀 looks delicious and I love how quick it is!! Must try it next time I’m craving chocolate, which is basically everyday 😛

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th January 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Haha Nadia, you’re a woman after my own heart 🙂

      Reply
  5. Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    13th January 2016 at 4:45 pm

    A deliciously healthy dessert. Love the look of this one and your recipe is so simple. I have chia seeds quite often, love them!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th January 2016 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks Alida. I find chia seeds really useful for thickening smoothies and they work nicely in biscuits too.

      Reply
  6. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    13th January 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I haven’t dared to try chia seeds before but this could well help,me get over it! Where do you get the seeds from? With lots of nutritious ingredients, your pudding should fit into my current healthier way of eating as well,:-)

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th January 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Way to go Lucy 🙂 You should be able to find chia seeds in any health food shop worth its salt or failing that online.

      Reply
  7. Daphne

    13th January 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Looks absolutely delish and healthy too for a chocolate pudding! Will definitely give it a go.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th January 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks Daphne, hope you like it 🙂

      Reply
  8. Phil in the Kitchen

    13th January 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I’d heard that grinding the chia seeds is a spiffing notion for desserts and suchlike but I’ve not tried it until now. Chocolate pudding sounds like an excellent reason for giving it a go. Love the sound of this. Around this time last year I was barely aware of the existence of chia seeds and now I find them everywhere – 2015 was the year of the chia, I suppose. Some people in recent years have tried to persuade me that tapioca is deeply misunderstood and should make a comeback. I have tried some tapioca in response to these suggestions. I remain unconvinced. I fear the tapioca apologists are mistaken.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th January 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Haha Phil, I fear you are right. I think sago was even worse! I’ve been using chia seeds for a few years now, but you are right they have suddenly come into their own.

      Reply
  9. manu

    14th January 2016 at 10:42 am

    Great recipe!!! I love all the ingredients.
    Thanks for sharing
    xox

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th January 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks Manu. They keep really well too. We had another one last night – even better!

      Reply
  10. Elizabeth

    14th January 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Intriguing! I have to say that any other chia seed puddings I’ve seen online sort of look like mini frog spawn and have put me off the notion, but yours looks amazing! Will definitely be trying this out next time I get some chia seeds!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th January 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Yes indeed, reminds me of tapioca, aka frogspawn as we used to call it at school. Yuck. This was nothing like it – thank goodness.

      Reply
  11. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    15th January 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Delicious and so healthy too! We love our chia pudding too.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th January 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks Angie. I really should come over to you for more ideas. This was really good, but I bet you’ve got something more interesting.

      Reply
  12. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    15th January 2016 at 10:35 pm

    A very virtuous pud indeed!
    I use ground Chia seeds as a gluten alternative sometimes in bread, but desserts with whole Chia have always really put me off using it any other way because of its similarities with tapioca…… I hadn’t considered using it ground like this…….. sounds far more palatable!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th January 2016 at 8:05 pm

      Haha, it seems as though there are rather a lot of us tapioca haters around Kate – school dinners what did they do to us?

      Reply
  13. Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    19th January 2016 at 11:11 am

    Now that I’ve finally got on the chia seed bandwagon I am going to move on to chia seed puddings. EEK! This looks easy enough even for me 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th January 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Haha Emma, with the wonderful dishes you produce, this will be a complete breeze. Think I better start a new hashtag #ChiaChampions 😉

      Reply
  14. Sophia

    19th January 2016 at 1:01 pm

    This looks so good – going to get some chia seeds specifically for this! I bet the kids will like it too.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th January 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Great to get the kids enjoying healthy puds Sophia. If they have a sweet tooth, you may want to add more maple syrup than I did.

      Reply
  15. Helen @ family-friends-food.com

    19th January 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve got a huge bag of chia seeds just sitting there, because after the first use I decided I couldn’t stand the tapioca texture! So thanks for the advice to grind them up. I shall give it a go!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th January 2016 at 3:57 pm

      I couldn’t bring myself to even try them like that Helen, they really do look like frogspawn. Luckily, this gets round the problem. Look forward to hearing what you think.

      Reply
  16. Kerry at Kerry Cooks

    19th January 2016 at 2:26 pm

    What a great idea to grind the seeds! I’ve tried them whole and the texture is interesting, although I’ve never tried tapioca so I don’t know if it’s the same! I wouldn’t say it’s terrible though 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th January 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Haha, too young for tapioca Kerry. It was standard school fare in my day and I’ve never met anyone who actually likes it.

      Reply
  17. Camilla

    19th January 2016 at 3:59 pm

    What a fabulous quick and easy dessert:-)

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th January 2016 at 4:03 pm

      It really is Camilla and we really enjoyed eating it too 🙂

      Reply
  18. Katie

    19th January 2016 at 4:35 pm

    This sounds like a really interesting recipe, and definitely worth a try as i’m trying to have a cleaner diet this month after all the over indulgences of Christmas. I’ve got a thermocook so it’s good to see some recipes that I can try out in it!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th January 2016 at 7:19 pm

      It’s a brilliant pudding all round as it’s quick to make and good to eat. It’s not the cheapest though.

      Reply
  19. Munchies & Munchkins

    19th January 2016 at 8:11 pm

    This sounds really good, I haven’t done much with chia yet but I keep meaning to so this will spur me on!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th January 2016 at 8:38 pm

      I’ve mostly used chia in smoothies, so it was nice to do something a bit different.

      Reply
  20. Sus // roughmeasures.com

    19th January 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Chocolate and chia are the best! I love the pairing of coconut milk here too, I can taste those flavours all ready!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th January 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Mmmm, me too Sus. think it must be time to make another batch 😉

      Reply
  21. davina goldammer

    21st January 2016 at 10:51 am

    Your recipes are so lovely! I have never had Chia seeds, keep reading about them and have a hard time staying healthy so I think the fact that this uses raw cacao powder would be perfect to satisfy my cravings 🙂 will try it soon and let you know how i faired

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd January 2016 at 7:38 pm

      Thank you very much Davina. I’d be very interested to know how you get on. Please do let me know.

      Reply
  22. shaheen

    24th January 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I’m still a bit hit and miss with chia seeds, sometimes I like them, other times unsure. But with chocolate how can I say no. I made something similar but it was with Oat Chocolate ‘milk’ http://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/oat-chocolate-chia-pudding.html

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    • Choclette

      25th January 2016 at 11:20 am

      I really like chia seeds sprinkled over things or ground up in smoothies. I guess I ought to try them whole and soaked, but I’m really not sure. Interested to see your pudding.

      Reply
  23. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    25th January 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Chia pudding is one of those things I’ve been meaning to make for ages! Must try this one.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th January 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Chia pudding would have been a good one for our vegan cookery workshop I reckon.

      Reply
  24. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    25th January 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I do like chia seeds, I read about them a good few years ago before they were easy to buy. Such a useful pantry ingredient. this pudding looks wonderful.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th January 2016 at 2:28 pm

      You know Helen, I think I might first have come across chia seeds on your blog – a long time ago now.

      Reply
  25. Emily

    25th January 2016 at 8:31 pm

    So pretty and looks easy to make too x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th January 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Dead easy to make Emily. This combined with it being relatively healthy makes it very appealing.

      Reply
  26. Helen at Casa Costello

    26th January 2016 at 10:41 am

    Ooh I rather fancy this – I’ve never been a huge chocolate pudding fan as I find them rather boring but this really appeals as it is a little bit different. The pistachios will make it even more amazing.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th January 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks Helen. Pistachios really are such a special nut. I guess that’s why they are so expensive 🙁

      Reply
  27. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    28th January 2016 at 10:24 am

    This is one of my favourite desserts to make, and so easy too!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      29th January 2016 at 9:34 am

      Love desserts that taste good, are simple to make and are healthy too – an all round win 🙂

      Reply
  28. Sandy

    4th February 2016 at 11:25 am

    This looks delicious – pudding for breakfast. yes please!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      4th February 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Haha Sandy. I haven’t tried this for breakfast, but it could certainly work.

      Reply
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