Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding and Almond Chia Pudding

Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding

Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding


This is my newest obsession:  Instant Chia Puddings!  I have seen chia puddings all over the web, and this Vanilla Chia Seed Parfait with Fresh Berries and Tsubuan (Japanese Red Beans) made by my friend, Judy, at Bebe Love Okazu really stands out.  I haven’t made it yet because I need to go to a special store to get the red beans, but it looks amazing.

While shopping at our local Trader Joe’s recently, I was compelled to buy a bag of chia seeds on display strategically near the cashier stands.

chia bag

On the bag, there was a recipe for a simple pudding:  Chia seeds, milk, and agave syrup.   I thought it would be fun to make a coconut chocolate one since I had a lot of lite coconut cubes in the freezer (for my morning Coconut Chocolate Spinach Smoothies).  I defrosted two cubes in the microwave and added a tablespoon of chia seeds, cocoa powder, stevia, vanilla and a pinch of instant coffee (to bring out the chocolate flavor).

 

 

chia in cup

I don’t know if it’s because I used coconut milk or because when I defrosted it in the microwave, it was slightly warm, but the chia pudding set in literally 2 minutes!

chocolate chia

Right after mixing….

Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding

Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding

…and two minutes later!

 

I loved it so much, I started making them every afternoon for a snack.  The texture is similar to a rice pudding.  The chewiness reminds me of tapioca pearls in bubble tea.  And I love the coconut chocolate flavors.

Then, I thought I would experiment a bit and try making it with regular milk (I use Lactaid) and almond extract.

The consistency was a lot thinner:

almond chia

This one took a lot longer to set — about three hours (which is what it says it will take on the bag).  The texture is lighter and less dense than the one made with coconut milk.  But it is equally delicious!

almond chia set


There are so many health benefits to eating chia because they are high in protein, fiber and omega-3s as well as other nutrients.  So if you want to try something different and a lot healthier, try making some chia seed pudding!

 

Note:  I’m happy to make my single servings of chia pudding, because it is so easy to make, and I prefer to eat it the day I make them.  But the recipes I have here can easily be doubled and quadrupled to make 2 – 4 servings.

Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding

1 tablespoon chia seeds (15 g)

1/4 cup coconut milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

stevia or other sweetener of choice

pinch of instant coffee (I like decaf VIA from Starbucks)

1 teaspoon dried coconut

Serves 1

1.  Mix all ingredients together.
2.  Chill until set.  EAT!

 

Almond Chia Pudding

1 tablespoon chia seeds (15 g)

1/4 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

stevia or other sweetener of choice

Serves 1

1.  Mix all ingredients together.

2.  Chill until set — about 3-4 hours.  EAT!

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10 responses to “Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding and Almond Chia Pudding

  1. I’m not a fan of chia, however, because it’s a superfood I am willing to be more adventurous with them and this recipe is certainly one that I will attempt. Thank you for inspiring me on the chia adventure! Happy Nesting.

  2. Chia seeds are spilled all over the web these days and I still have to get my hands on it. Next grocery tip calls for a bag of chia now :). Gorgeous healthy puddings!

  3. Your pudding recipes sound so intriguing and delicious! I think I noticed chia seeds at my drugstore the other day. All I could think of was chia pets :) Now that I know what to do with them, though, I’ll keep my eyes open for chia seeds again next time I’m shopping.

  4. Chia pudding is THE best! I love using sugar free almond milk with coconut or cocoa with orange extract…YUM

  5. Hi Melissa, Thanks for the ‘shouout’! Your chia pudding looks so delicious! I’m not a huge fan of coconut (although I recently ate coconut pie – shocker!) but I am definitely going to add chocolate to mine this week!!! This might be the perfect way to use-up my 3 containers of coco powder! (I know, don’t ask – LOL.)

  6. A good friend of mine showed me chia seeds. Very interesting!

  7. The almond chia pudding looks fantastic! Do you think there might be a way to thicken it or is it best to serve as is?

  8. This looks absolutely divine!

  9. I love chia seeds and I love experimenting with new recipes!
    I will definitely try this one!!

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