This easy Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding feels indulgent but is quite healthy. Made with almond milk and cacao powder.
This Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding is a healthy way to start or end your day. Sweet, tart cherries compliment the sweet rich chocolate pudding.
Here, I blended the chia pudding to give it a creamy consistency, which is more like a traditional pudding texture.
If you've never had chia pudding before, I would suggest blending it because the unblended version can take a little getting used to.
Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, protein, and omega 3s. I started eating them on a daily basis after I fractured my ankle since they contain a decent amount of calcium and magnesium.
They are a great item to keep stocked in the pantry since they last for a long time.
Since chia pudding is really healthy, it makes a wonderful snack, breakfast, or dessert. Make it for the kiddos for an after school snack.
Better yet, get them involved. It's so easy to make that they can make it themselves.
This is an overview of the ingredients. To see the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Chia seeds: Get gelatinous when you add liquid.
- Almond milk: I used unsweetened almond milk because I like to control the sweetness. You could use sweetened almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, or your favorite dairy-free milk.
- Maple syrup: Adds sweetness. You could also use agave syrup, dates, or your favorite sweetener.
- Cacao powder: Adds chocolate flavor. You could also use cocoa powder.
- Vanilla Extract: Enhances flavors.
- Almond extract: Adds a fruity flavor. You could leave it out.
- Salt: Enhances sweetness.
- Cherries: I used frozen dark sweet cherries. You could use fresh or frozen cherries.
- Cacao nibs: Adds a bitter chocolaty flavor. You could also use chocolate chips.
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Mix almond milk with chia seeds. Let mixture sit so that chia seeds can do their magic. They get gelatinous when you add liquid to them.
Layer in a bowl with dark sweet cherries and cacao nibs or chocolate chips.
You could also make these into popsicles.
Chia pudding will last about 4-5 days in the fridge. If I have leftover chia pudding and am not in the mood for it, I will add it to my morning smoothie to use it up.
- Let chia seeds sit in liquid for at least 30 minutes to an hour so that they can get gelatinous.
- Mix the chocolate chia pudding in a high-speed blender or Nutribullet to get a smooth, creamy consistency like a traditional pudding.
- Taste as you go. You may want more or less sweetener or cacao powder.
- To make this chia pudding keto and sugar free, use stevia or another sugar free sweetener.
Other Chia Pudding Recipes
This vegan chia pudding is a healthy snack or dessert.
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Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding
- Mix chia seeds and almond milk. Let sit for at least an hour in the fridge. Add the rest of chocolate chia pudding ingredients. Mix in a high speed blender or Nutribullet.
- Layer chocolate chia pudding in a bowl with cherries and cacao nibs, if using.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.