Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer

Chia seeds are an amazing powerhouse of nutrition that boast a lengthy list of health benefits.  Although I’ve heard of the many wonderful benefits of chia seeds for quite some time now, I only recently decided to “take the plunge” and try them out! And I’m so glad that I did – I’m hooked!

The many health benefits of chia seeds combined with the fact that they are so versatile and easy to consume, make this superfood a definite winner in my book.  If you’ve never tried chia seeds before, I highly recommend them as an easy and affordable way to get some extra nutrition in your diet!

Benefits of Chia Seeds

  • Rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids (contains more than salmon!)
  • Easy for your body to digest and assimilate
  • Won’t go rancid like flax seeds
  • Does not contain estrogen like flax seeds
  • High in antioxidants
  • A complete protein
  • High in calcium, iron, and potassium
  • Neutral taste (very easy to add to a variety of dishes)
  • Help keep you hydrated
  • Give you physical energy and endurance
  • Can be made into delicious, healthy, and easy homemade pudding (my personal favorite!)

chia seeds

Photo by Little Blue Hen

Chia seeds can hold up to nine times their weight in water.  When they come into contact with a liquid they turn that liquid into a gel similar to a loose “jello”.  This property makes chia seeds perfect for thickening a variety of dishes including this delicious chocolate peanut butter pudding!

This recipe would be easily adaptable to other varieties of pudding as well.  Experiment with different flavors such as vanilla, berry, lemon, peach, maple, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk (may substitute coconut or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar OR desired sweetener to taste

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor.  Blend or process until completely smooth.  You may eat it right away, but it is best after it has been completely chilled in the refrigerator.

Other Ways to Use Chia Seeds

Have you ever tried chia seeds before?  What is your favorite way to use them?

About Mindy

Mindy is a wife, momma, and lover of all things simple. She works at home as a graphic designer from her design studio, Simply Designs, creating blogs, websites, ebooks, invitations, and more! She believes in eating real, whole food in the way that God intended for it to be enjoyed. Her desire is to live a healthy, God honoring, purposeful life.

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Comments

  1. Yummy stuff…needed another way to use my chia seeds. I am not a fan of peanut butter so I used (1) banana instead, original almond milk, and (1) Tbsp of honey to sweeten. I even threw in a scoop of my plant protein powder. I am always making smoothies and never thought of throwing in some chia seeds…thanks for sharing your recipe.

  2. I’ve tried Chia seeds a few ways, but the easiest so far (without a blender) has been to soak, then add them to jelly when making PB&J’s

  3. I ground up my Chia seeds in my Nutribullet… Do I need to alter the way I use them now? I want to try them instead of pectin for jams… Thanks for any idea/opinion you have!

  4. I made the pudding just as you had written and it was wonderful. I can’t wait for my husband to try it. I’m always “sneaking” him something healthy

  5. Just made this tonight. It was simple, delicious, and healthy. Thank you so much!

  6. chiafeva says:

    I made this tonight – used almond milk, and just 1/4 c. honey instead of sugar. It’s great! I didn’t even blend it – but I really like tapioca and such so if you’re texture sensitive you should probably blend it… otherwise you kinda have to chew. It wasn’t too sweet, which is what I wanted. This is a great dessert/snack – and waaaay healthier than ice cream :) so thanks!! My boyfriend liked it as well.

  7. This is definitely not yuck! I just made it and thought it was fantastic! My husband, who’s always suspicious of healthier treat options, really liked it too. I ended up using organic sugar because I didn’t have the coconut sugar (going to try raw honey next time), and I added a bit more cocoa and used a little less vanilla, but it was wonderful and protein rich. Going to be loving this as a snack/ dessert. Would be excellent topped with homemade whipped cream!

  8. Is there a Yuck Button?

    I followed this recipe exactly, using the best quality ingredients!

    It is awful!!!!!! It doesn’t taste like any chocolate pudding I have ever tasted.

    I won”t try this one again!

  9. OK, so after letting it sit overnight in the fridge, the strange taste went away and it was absolutely delicious. HOWEVER–do NOT eat more than one bowl at a time, or preferably, in a day. If you do you will have. . .issues.

  10. OK, I don’t know if it’s the plain, unsweetened almond milk I used or the Somersweet, both of which work great in other “alternative” recipes. . .but this just tastes WEIRD.

  11. I got a sample of chia a couple of months ago and just let them sit on the breakfast bar, ’cause I had no idea what to do with the darn things. Tonight I got some more from the grocery and will try the pudding myself. Grinding the seeds will be the first step. I only found this on Facebook by accident, but thanks for posting!!

  12. if i wanted to sprout my chia seeds would I need a different seed than I buy at the co-op?

  13. I have recently started eating chia seeds and love them. I have made quinoa with coconut milk, dried cranberries and toasted pecans. I then make oatmeal and mix in the quinoa and chia seeds. Very filling and tastes wonderful. I like a spoonful of honey with it.

  14. Thank you for this recipe! I just linked to it on my blog today. Thrilled to have found “Keeper of the Home” in my search for “chocolate chia pudding. Can’t wait to come back for more visits!

  15. how many servings does this recipe make?

    • I made it for myself and my 3 kids that are old enough to eat (none for the newborn :), and there was enough for them to each have a good kid sized bowl, and a larger one for me, plus enough left for one adult sized bowl. So maybe it would serve about 4 adults or larger eaters?

  16. Michelle says:

    I just made this strictly following the recipe and it seems super liquid-y to eat right away. It’s in the fridge chilling, we shall see! But I did lick the spoon. I’m preggers, so it was fun to lick the spoon of a treat – I can’t eat raw cookie dough or other baked goodies!

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