Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding
This Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding is light, smooth, thick and creamy just like delicious chocolate mousse. It takes just 2 minutes to prepare so before you know it’s you’ll be digging into this protein-packed, nutritious chia pudding that’s sure to be a new favourite!
You will love the thick and creamy texture of this pudding and the taste is amazing too. It’s one of my favourite treats!
Wake Up to Chia Pudding
Who doesn’t want to eat chocolate chia protein pudding for breakfast? I love waking up to this decadent, smooth and creamy pudding! It makes hopping out of bed first thing in the morning a breeze!
With the addition of vegan chocolate protein powder, this chia pudding is very high in protein and with the added fats from the chia seeds and topped with sliced fruit for carbohydrates, you have a nicely balanced breakfast.
The thing I love most about chia pudding is there are endless varieties so you never get bored. This version is really quick and easy and makes a delicious, healthy dessert, or a quick breakfast or snack anytime. Simply blend it and stick it in the fridge to set.
The pudding itself is super creamy and thick, thanks to the magic powers of chia seeds but the best thing about it is it’s the perfect vessel for all your favourite toppings!
Add more healthy fats with nuts, seeds and nut butters:
- chopped nuts: try walnuts, pecans, almonds or cashews
- cacao nibs or dairy-free chocolate chips
- shredded coconut or toasted coconut flakes
- peanut butter, almond butter or tahini
- seeds: try pepitas, hemp seeds or sunflower seeds
Add more energizing carbohydrates:
- raisins or chopped dates
- fresh or frozen fruit: try sliced strawberries or banana, blueberries, raspberries or chopped mango
- dried berries: try goji berries, chopped apricots or mulberries
This pudding is nutritious on it’s own but you can add even more antioxidants, vitamins an minerals by adding optional superfood powders to the recipe. These superfood powders are potent so you only need a small amount, try 1/2 – 1 tsp to start and only use 1 or 2 at a time.
You shouldn’t taste them in the recipe if you just add a small amount. A couple of good combinations to try are maca and lucuma, turmeric and ginger, maqui berry and camu camu or chaga mushroom and raw cacao.
- lucuma powder – high in beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, tastes great
- maca powder – hormone balancing, mood boosting, rich in vitamin B, C and E, calcium, iron and magnesium, promotes sexual function
- camu camu powder – high in vitamin C, boosts immunity, high in antioxidants, helps balance mood, supports health nervous system
- maqui berry powder – high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, supports cardiovascular health, boosts metabolism, anti-bacterial properties, reduce risk of chronic disease
- spirulina or chlorella – high in antioxidants, iron, chromium, beta-carotene and more
- turmeric, cinnamon, cardamon or ground ginger – high in antioxidants, reduce inflammation, promotes healthy blood sugar levels
- chaga mushroom powder – boost immunity, provides energy, promotes cardiovascular health, liver health and healthy blood sugar levels
- ashwagandha powder – reduce inflammation, stress, prevent cancer and diabetes, regulate immune system
- raw cacao powder – high in antioxidants and phytochemicals, protein, calcium and magnesium
Sweetening: You can leave out the additional sweetener as the protein powder does add some sweetness but I usually add 2 packets of stevia to mine, alternative you can add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, raw honey, brown rice syrup or agave for added sweetness.
Blending: If you don’t have a blender you can make this recipe without one. To make without blending, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined and refrigerate until set.
I much prefer this recipe blended though as the result is a much smoother, creamier pudding.
Protein Powder: I make this recipe with Vega Chocolate Performance Protein and I haven’t tried it with anything else. Any pea protein-based protein powder should produce the same result.
I like the texture and flavour of Vega for this recipe. I used a whole scoop, or one single-serve packet (44 g) but you could always reduce the amount used if you prefer. If you use less, just reduce the amount of liquid used. I do not recommend whey protein for this recipe.
Liquid: I like to make this recipe with homemade nut milk or store-bought almond or cashew milk. It can also be made with light or full-fat canned coconut milk which is amazing but a little bit high in calories to be eating day-to-day.
If you’re making this for a special dessert, go ahead and use the full-fat coconut milk! If you’re really in a pinch, you can also make it with water but my go-to is store-bought unsweetened almond milk.
What to Make Next
- 2-Ingredient Vegan Protein Cookie Dough
- Vegan Protein Brownies
- Baked Berry Protein Oatmeal
- Vegan Apple Oat Protein Muffins
- Vegan Pumpkin Protein Pudding
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Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1
- Category: Snack
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
This chocolate chia protein pudding is so creamy and velvety, it’s hard to believe you’re eating something healthy. Try this loaded with your favourite healthy toppings for breakfast or with coconut whipped cream and chocolate chips for a decadent but nourishing dessert. It makes a great snack on-the-go too!
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp (24 g) chia seeds
- 1 serving (44 g) of Vega Performance Protein in Chocolate
- 2 tbsp (14 g) raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
- 2 packets (4 g) powdered stevia or liquid stevia drops to taste (or 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice such as maple syrup)
- Add the milk to the blender first, then add the chia seeds and blend for about 30 seconds.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender.
- Blend until very smooth and creamy, adding a bit of extra milk if it’s too thick to blend.
- Scoop the mixture into a container or bowl and place in the fridge for at least 60 minutes up to overnight.
This recipe is best with a pea protein-based protein powder, such as Vega but any brand works. I do not recommend whey protein for this recipe.
- Serving Size: 1 batch
- Calories: 279
- Sugar: 0.2 g
- Sodium: 145 mg
- Fat: 12 g
- Carbohydrates: 23 g
- Fiber: 15 g
- Protein: 28 g
Keywords: chocolate chia protein pudding
How many cups are in a batch? It is very good but I need to know what a batch means? I’m on a meal plan. Thank you!
I’m not sure exactly how many cups it is but the entire recipe is one batch/serving. Thanks!
This is AMAZING!! I’ve been looking for desserts that are high in protein! I’m so glad that I found this recipe 🙂
I’m so glad you found it too!
Mine did not turn out at all like pudding. It was just like a protein shake 🙁
What ingredient is supposed to make it thick?
The chia seeds and protein powder. If your chia seeds were old or turned, they may not work properly.
This is so good and totally satisfying my sweet tooth! I can’t thank you enough for coming up with this amazing recipe!! Thanks
I’d like to batch prep this for the week and I just want to confirm if this recipe yields one serving?
Yes, 1 serving. Thanks.
This is my go to recipe for chocolate protein chia pudding. I don’t blend the chia seeds in the blender just because I am lazy and don’t mind the texture. I add cacao nibs and frozen raspberries. They defrost overnight and the juice gives the pudding great flavor. It’s a nice change for breakfast, especially for a chocoholic.
Made it but it is currently setting in fridge- tasted pretty good so far, though! I do have a question. I have a ninja blender and still couldn’t get it tremendously smooth. How long did you blend for? Thanks!
Not long at all but I have a Vitamix which is able to get it very smooth, very quickly. Hope you enjoy it!
I made this with canned full fat coconut milk and Epicure chocolate açai smoothie booster . Awesome
Hello! Thanks for the recipe, it’s delicious! But mine was super liquid, not thick at all, yet I used all the same ingredients, but whey protein powder instead of the one you used, do you think that is the problem?
Thank you so much!
Yes. Whey protein does not absorb liquid the same way pea protein does. It’s noted in the post that the recipe has not been tested with any other protein but I’ll add that to the recipe card as well. Thanks!
Thanks for the info! I will try to find some of it :). It was still delicious!
What can I say! Wow! I made this last night for my breakfast this morning, I used the blender and it was my first time blending chia seeds. I will never go back to not blending them! The pudding is super smooth and delicious. I’m trying to ease away from sugar so I omitted the sweetener but I’m sure it would be delicious with it. This morning it was ready and waiting for me and I topped it with a chopped green apple, a kiwi and some flax seed and pumpkin seeds. Perfection in a bowl. I just hope it keeps me reasonably full and I seem to get hungry every couple of hours. Thank you for your wonderful recipes! I’m so glad I’ve found this website! And thank you for writing the recipes using grams too, ideal for us here in the UK 👍🏻👌🏻💖
Delicious! Sometimes i add avocado to it for a new flavor
This is excellent! Like having dessert for breakfast. I like adding fresh raspberries on top. This time, I’m going to try peanut butter and banana.
So glad you enjoyed it, Patricia! Thanks for leaving a review.
Can I skip the protein powder? Would the texture be same?
No, it wouldn’t be the same, sorry!
You are the best! So excited to make this tomorrow for breakfast. Thank you for using grams as well. That helps me immensely make the recipe even more accurately. Lots of love
Hope you enjoy it!
I think the calories are off by a bit?
I just double-checked it and all the ingredients were correct. Calories are an estimate provided as a courtesy and will vary based on the exact ingredients you use. You can calculate your own if needed using MyFitnessPal or another such nutrition calculator. Thanks!
Do you think I could replace the nut milk with water?
Yep. It won’t be quite as creamy but it will work just fine!
I have a kid on a restricted diet. Would vital proteins collagen peptides work?
I’m not sure. I don’t have any experience with that kind of protein powder. Let me know if you try it!
This was delicious! I’ve avoided chia pudding before as hated the texture/flavour. But this? Amazingly tasty and just like a choc mousse. Mine had a few crunchy bits as used stick blender but even that was nice! Thank you so much! I’m keen to try other combos now.
Could not find the nutritional stats for this recipe. Any help?
Hi there, you’ll find them listed just below the recipe. Enjoy!
Very pleased with results! Used Vega Pea Protein + Green
Vanilla flavor. Worked excellent. Can’t wait to try other nut
milks, flavors and toppings!
How many days will this be good in the fridge? It’d be nice to make several breakfasts at once.
It’s good for up to 3 days in the fridge! Probably 4 or 5 but best within 3 I’d say. Enjoy!