Chocolate Chia Pudding (paleo, vegan)

This chocolate chia pudding is smooth, creamy and no-cook. It’s sweetened with maple syrup, made with coconut milk and is paleo and vegan. Tastes just like regular pudding!

If you’re looking for something super easy and delicious for Valentine’s Day, this is a great option! You just blend everything together in a blender and chill.

We never really do anything for Valentine’s Day but it is a great excuse to make something chocolaty. These raspberry molten lava cakes and this paleo chocolate cheesecake are also great for the day but require a bit more time.

Most chia puddings I’ve had are lumpy, slimy and in my opinion, totally unappetizing. I know lots of people love them so maybe I just have issues.

The texture is just too unusual for me. If you’ve tried a chia pudding recipe that isn’t like that, please share the link in the comments! I’d love to try it.

In all the other recipes I’ve tried (which really hasn’t been that many), you stir in the whole chia seeds after everything else has been combined. In my recipe, the chia seeds get pulverized along with everything else so the end result is totally smooth and like regular pudding.

This isn’t really one of those super healthy chia puddings. This is more like a traditional pudding that’s thickened with chia seeds instead of cornstarch or arrowroot.

I liked the idea of using dates in this but it was late when I had my craving. Björn was sleeping and pureeing dates in the blender isn’t exactly quiet.

So this chocolate chia pudding recipe is maple-sweetened! It’s also made with coconut milk so it’s still a bit healthier than your average pudding.

I think it’s great on its own but added some raspberries (which I always love with pudding) and cream just to make it look prettier. Some chopped nuts or strawberries would also be nice!

Questions about this chocolate chia pudding?

  • What can I use in place of the canned coconut milk?

    Canned coconut milk is somewhere around 24% fat, which is way more than almond or any other kind of milk. So I don’t think any kind of milk (dairy or non-dairy) would work, unless you don’t mind it being much thinner. For a non-vegan and non-paleo version, you could use whipping cream, which is around 30% fat.

  • Can I use a different sweetener?

    I’ve only tried this pudding recipe with maple syrup. Another liquid sweetener should probably work for a non-vegan version!

    Whether or not you’ll be able to taste the honey depends on what kind you use, as well as what cocoa powder you use. So if you use honey, keep in mind that you might be able to taste it a bit.

  • Can I use X type of cocoa powder?

    You can use any kind of unsweetened cocoa powder. I used Dutch-process because I like the dark chocolaty taste but natural cocoa powder (like Hershey’s) or raw cacao powder will work, too.

  • Can I make this less rich?

    You could use a combination of canned coconut milk and another type of thinner milk. I think you could maybe use all but 1/2 cup of the canned coconut milk and use almond milk (or whatever) in its place. I haven’t tried it but that’s my guess!

  • Can you taste the coconut?

    Not at all! At least with the coconut milk and cocoa powder I used.

  • Do I need a high-speed blender?

    I don’t recommend trying this with a regular blender. I don’t believe it’s runny enough. A food processor would work, but only if you don’t mind the lumpiness you’d get from whole seeds. I could be wrong but I don’t think a food processor would make the pudding totally smooth.

Chocolate Chia Pudding (paleo, vegan)

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Chocolate Chia Pudding (paleo, vegan)
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  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 14-ounce (400-ml) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup (55 grams) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup black chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Blend everything together in a high-speed blender at high speed for about 1 minute until totally smooth. There should be no lumps of chia seeds. Pour into serving cups (it yields about 2 1/2 cups pudding) and chill for about 4-6 hours or until thickened. Keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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  • Kristen Wood
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    March 16, 2019 @ 9:50 am

    This sounds so easy for such a decadent and delicious looking dessert! Yum!

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  • Alisa Fleming says
    February 17, 2019 @ 6:51 pm

    Chocolate coconut pudding is one of my favorites, but I never thought to make it a hybrid with chia! Delicious and healthy, so I can have a bigger serving :)

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  • Sarah @ The Fit Cookie
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    February 12, 2019 @ 11:07 pm

    This looks like a great recipe for Valentine’s Day, I love that it’s healthy!

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  • Sarah says
    February 12, 2019 @ 6:33 pm

    A favorite I haven’t made in so long! Making this week for Valentine’s Day, or just because! ;)

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    • Erin replies to Sarah
      February 21, 2019 @ 9:13 pm

      Hope you’ll enjoy it!

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  • Nicole Dawson says
    February 11, 2019 @ 7:02 pm

    Love how simple and easy this is to make. Can’t wait to try it.

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  • Frauke
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    February 7, 2019 @ 4:53 am

    I love love that pudding.Used Rice Malt Sirup instead

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    • Erin replies to Frauke
      February 17, 2019 @ 7:13 pm

      I’m sorry for just now seeing your comment! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the pudding. Thanks for the rice malt syrup tip! :)

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  • Krista
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    February 6, 2019 @ 11:15 pm

    This has to happen at my house! Love it!

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  • Allyson Zea
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    February 6, 2019 @ 3:40 pm

    I can’t believe this is vegan, it looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

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  • Jacque Hastert
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    February 5, 2019 @ 9:14 pm

    I love that this dessert is perfect for every Valentine’s lifestyle.

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  • Taylor
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    February 5, 2019 @ 8:49 pm

    Love this idea! A sweet and yummy, but healthy snack!

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  • Chrissie Baker
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    February 5, 2019 @ 3:08 pm

    I am not a big fan of chia, but I used it because it is so healthy. This is the first time I try chia pudding and IT IS SOOO GOOD! This is a keeper. Thanks for the recipe.

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    • Erin replies to Chrissie Baker
      February 10, 2019 @ 1:08 pm

      Aww, yay! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it and that you’ll be making it again. :) I’m also not a huge chia fan but in this pudding it’s great. Thanks for your comment!

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  • Dorothy Reinhold says
    February 5, 2019 @ 2:26 am

    This looks so smooth and delicious. Can’t wait to make a batch and add some raspberries!

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  • Jules Shepard says
    February 4, 2019 @ 9:48 pm

    Anything chocolate is worth a shot in my world! Can’t wait to give this a try!

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  • Dee
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    February 4, 2019 @ 9:14 pm

    I love chocolate ANYTHING, but this looks especially tasty! I love that it’s super healthy too

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    • Erin replies to Dee
      February 10, 2019 @ 1:06 pm

      Thanks! Hope you get to try it. :)

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  • Celeste
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    February 4, 2019 @ 5:03 pm

    Easiest pudding ever! Love that it’s sweetened with maple syrup instead of an artificial sweetener or regular sugar.

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    • Erin replies to Celeste
      February 10, 2019 @ 1:06 pm

      Thank you! I’m happy that you liked it (if you indeed tried it! :))

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      • Debbie Zlab replies to Erin
        February 17, 2019 @ 7:26 pm

        Doesn’t the maple syrup still make it high carb?

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        • Erin replies to Debbie Zlab
          February 23, 2019 @ 8:01 pm

          Yes. I never said it was low-carb. :)

  • Charlotte Moore says
    February 4, 2019 @ 12:43 pm

    I have never thought I would like pudding with little black seeds staring at me. That just doesn’t look tasty at all. Ha!! Funny thing I almost didn’t read your recipe after seeing the name. Ha!!

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    • Erin replies to Charlotte Moore
      February 10, 2019 @ 1:04 pm

      Haha. Well I’m happy you read it! It looks way more appetizing once they’re all blended, right? :)

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  • Natalie
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    February 4, 2019 @ 7:04 am

    I love chia pudding! Looks so delicious ♥

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    • Erin replies to Natalie
      February 7, 2019 @ 7:41 pm

      Thank you! Hope you get to try it! :)

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