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Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding (vegan)


Decadent, but healthy, overnight chocolate chia pudding, made without cooking! It is vegan, grain-free, high in fiber, and can be eaten for breakfast, snacks, or dessert

close up overhead shot of overnight chocolate chia seed pudding with various toppings

February is finally here, and I’m glad of it.
In February, you do not need to charm or entertain, nor announce resolutions. All you have to do is rise in the morning, address the tasks at hand, and be. The sheer relief of February quiet is enough to make anyone turn to pudding.
And have I got a remarkable pudding for you: Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding!

What are Chia Seeds?

Yes, these are the same chia seeds that are used to make the ch-ch-ch-chia pets.

jar of chia seeds with a spoon inside

But chia seeds are far more than holiday fun. They are also a sensational power food that is high in protein, can be used as a vegan  egg replacement (it forms a gel-like consistency when mixed with liquids), is great in baked goods (add it along with other nuts and seeds; I love it in place of poppy seeds), or, for making this unique chocolate pudding.

chocolate chia pudding with nut butter, raspberries and shredded coconut on top


I think you will agree with me that chocolate is ideal starting point for the flavor options. This is deeply chocolate in flavor thanks to an ample dose to cocoa powder (feel free to add some chocolate shavings on top once the pudding is set).

I’ve used coconut sugar for sweetness, but you can use the sweetener of your choice–maple syrup, honey (if you are not vegan), brown sugar,, etc.–to taste. The texture will remind you of tapioca pudding, but you can also puree the pudding (before sets) until it is very smooth to yield a smooth consistency.

How to Make Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Ok, I have more great news to share: this pudding is ridiculously easy to make!

All that you need to make are the following ingredients:

Place everything, except the chia seeds, in a blender, and process until smooth. Next, divide the chia seeds evenly between 4 dishes or jars. Divide the milk mixture evenly between the dishes, and give each a stir to combine. That’s it! All that remains is time in the refrigerator (at least 4 hours) for the seeds to plump up and thicken the pudding.

No matter where you are headed, if you have some containers of this pudding waiting in the refrigerator, I am certain you will want to reverse your steps to spoon it up. It makes a perfect healthy breakfast, snack or dessert!

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close up overhead shot of overnight chocolate chia seed pudding with various toppings

Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding (vegan, GF)

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Decadent, but healthy, overnight chocolate chia pudding, made without cooking! Eat it for breakfast, snacks, or dessert


  • 1 and 2/3 cups nondairy milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • Optional topping ideas: creamy nut or seed butter, whipped coconut cream, fresh berries or chopped fruit, chocolate shavings, coconut flakes


  1. In a blender, blend the milk, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth.
  2. Divide the chia seeds between 4 small dishes or jars (2 tablespoons per dish). Divide the milk mixture evenly between the dishes. Give each dish a stir to combine.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours until thickened. Enjoy plain, or topped with any of the suggested toppings.


Storage: Store the pudding, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Sweetener Options: An equal amount of brown sugar, natural cane sugar, or maple syrup can be used in place of the coconut sugar.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 170
  • Sugar: 8.6 g
  • Sodium: 103 mg
  • Fat: 7.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Fiber: 8.2 g
  • Protein: 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: chia seeds, chia seed pudding, chocolate chia seed pudding, breakfast, dessert

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Monday 4th of February 2008

Hi Catherine! Welcome! Can't wait to see your episode (isn't that one of the first in the URS?). We'll have to email about the craziness of all of that filming...Camilla :)

Catherine Wilkinson

Sunday 3rd of February 2008

Very nice blog, Camilla! I've been with CCC for about a year and had some encouraging success..(I'll be on the FN chicken episode..and looking forward to seeing yours!) Your success is inspiring and I admire your talent and obvious dedication to your craft. And your son is adorable! I have two boys, 22 and 23...brace're in for a wild ride!!!

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