Easy vegan chocolate chia pudding

I love chia seeds and use them every time I can. I use them in smoothies, granola, as a topping for salads, or homemade crackers. But this easy vegan chocolate chia pudding recipe is definitely my favorite.

Chocolate chia pudding topped with berries.

My kids gave me the title of best mom ever the day I gave them for breakfast this chia pudding. I can tell why just imagine waking up to a creamy chocolate breakfast. All topped with freshly cut strawberries and cherries and juicy and sweet blueberries.

It sounds like a perfect breakfast, right? And best of all, full of the healthy benefits of chia, gluten-free, made with homemade dairy-free milk, great texture (it’s kind of a tapioca pudding situation), and amazing flavor.

ingredients to make chia pudding

The easiest way to make vegan chia pudding.

  1. Make the cashew chocolate milk. That is to say, it is so easy to make cashew milk at home and it is so delicious that I hope you make this cashew milk not only for this recipe of chocolate chia pudding. I hope you find more uses for it. If you want creamier cashew milk, soak the cashews (affiliate link) for three hours to overnight. Strain and blend with 3 1/2 cups of water, cocoa (affiliate link) powder, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
    1. I like to use homemade cashew milk for this chia seed chocolate pudding but any other non-dairy milk works here, like storebought or homemade almond milk.
    2. If you are serfving this chia pudding as a dessert, adjust the taste by adding a bit more sweetner.
  2. Soak the chia seeds. The second step to make the vegan chia pudding is to soak the seeds in the chocolate cashew milk for 3 hours to overnight. It is best if you place it in the fridge.
    1. Before placing this in the fridge, make sure that you whisk the mixture until can’t find chia seed clumps. Make sure to use a spatula to scrape the bowl to double check no seeds are stuck in there.
  3. The waiting. The third and hardest step of all. Waiting for this delicious pudding to be ready. Because the longer you wait the yummier it will be, that it’s why there are so many overnight chia pudding recipes out there.
chia seeds with chocolate milk

What is the secret to the best chia pudding?

One secret is to let it soak for longer hours, and the other one is to use the best ingredients you can find. Buy ingredients that are fresh and as close to nature as you can find. For example, buy the best chia seeds, the best cacao powder, and the healthiest sweetener.

What are the benefits of chocolate chia pudding?

Chia seeds have a lot of healthy benefits, they are considered a superfood and a good source of protein. They help us stay hydrated and have tons of fiber and are a good source of fatty acids, omega-3. Therefore, chia seeds can also help you to poop better 🙊🙈.

Chocolate chia seed pudding

some ideas to serve this chocolate chai seed pudding

  • Here are some ideas if your family is new to chia pudding.
    • The first time I gave my kids this chia pudding, I told them I had a surprise for breakfast. They tried it without knowing what it was. Halfway their pudding, I told them they were eating chia seeds, and together, we learned a bit about them.
    • But if your kids are not as adventurous with food as my kids are, you could blend the chia seeds when making the cashew milk. Adjust the liquid if needed. The idea is to get the best consistency you can get.
    • Or you could put the chia seeds in the blender so you can get amor uniform texture.
  • Different topping ideas
    • Serve this with any vegan yogurt or coconut milk or coconut cream.
    • It is also very good with sliced bananas, almond butter, peanut butter, or sprinkle cacao nibs and cinnamon over. Other berries like fresh raspberries
    • With coconut flakes, granola, and diced apples.
  • Here are other recipes were I use chia seeds.
Easy vegan chocolate chia pudding topped with berries.

So here is the recipe for this easy vegan chocolate and chia pudding made with homemade cashews (affiliate link) milk that I’m pretty sure you are going to love. If you like it, please share it with your friends and family on FB or Instagram. Don’t forget to tell me your thoughts in the comments section if your children liked it or if you want to see more chia recipes, etc. It would also be fantastic if you gave this vegan recipe 5 stars.

Chocolate and chia pudding

Chocolate chia pudding, chocolate milk made from cashews, Indian walnuts and maple syrup.
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Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 407 kcal


  • 1/2 cup of chia
  • 1 cup cashews, unroasted
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 3 ½ cups of water


  • Soak the cashews in clean water for at least 2 hours.
  • When they are ready, drain them very well and blend them with the cocoa, honey, vanilla and 3 1/2 cups of water.
  • Chocolate and chia pudding
  • In a large bowl put the chia and pour the chocolate on top. Stir occasionally, as chia seeds can weigh down.
  • Put in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight. The idea is to leave it with the thick consistency of a pudding.


If you feel that the cashews milk is very thick, put 1/4 more water. I used strawberries to serve it but you can use raspberries, bananas, any other fruit. It also tastes delicious if you sprinkle it with cinnamon and if you use it for dessert put it little grated dark chocolate.


Calories: 407kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 10gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 22mgPotassium: 469mgFiber: 10gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 11IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 203mgIron: 5mg
Keyword chia, chia pudding, vegan chia pudding


Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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