Tearing up over random TV shows (example: Redemption Inc).
Healthier chocolate pudding.
I am a woman, hear me roar!
This is the pudding I make when I feel like inhaling a bag of chocolate chips.
It lets me return to my normal self, at least for now…
My chocolate cravings are satisfied and I feel like a million bucks, minus the sore boobs, mood swings, and yawning of course.
I wouldn’t say that it’s for everyone though; if you aren’t into soaked chia seeds (and their slim-factor) you might not like this pudding. You could try adding rolled oats for a chewier texture and do more of a vegan overnight oats recipe if that floats your boat. I added in a couple tablespoons of oats at the last minute.
Top it with a bit of shaved dark chocolate on top…and it’s pretty much my favourite snack going. I also love it heated up with a spoonful of coconut cream stirred in! Want to thicken it up? Mash in a banana just before serving.
I make this pudding when I want something indulgent tasting, but don’t feel like eating a ton of sugar. It satisfies and energizes me while letting me get on with my day. I love mixing carob powder and cocoa powder for a more complex chocolate flavour. The carob powder also adds a natural sweetness that I love. If you don’t have carob, I suggest using a bit more cocoa powder and sweetener since it will be less sweet without the carob. Serve cold or heated up! Adapted from Repair and Recover Chia Pudding
Healthy Chocolate Chia Pudding
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I make this pudding when I want something indulgent tasting, but don’t feel like eating a ton of sugar. It satisfies and energizes me while letting me get on with my day. I love mixing carob powder and cocoa powder for a more complex chocolate flavour. The carob powder also adds a natural sweetness that I love. If you don’t have carob, I suggest using a bit more cocoa powder and sweetener since it will be less sweet without the carob. Serve cold or heated up!
Adapted from Repair and Recover Chia Pudding
Also try Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding Parfait.
This morning, I enjoyed heated-up chocolate pudding and a breakfast cookie.
I should be a lot nicer today.
Mmmm it actually looks appealing! hahaa, leave it to Angie to do a great job at that. :) This sounds really good~and I totally get sore tatas as well as uncontrollable yawning. Oh! And crazy water retention. “I am a woman hear me roar!” Too funny :P
I hear ya! Chocolate, sore boobs, etc. Thank the good lord for recipes like this that fulfill the craving and are actually healthy to inhale. Thank you!
If you add just a little coffee substitute such as Pero or Dandy Blend to carob it gives it a more authentic chocolate flavor.
It works enough that a non-healthy carnivore will like it!
great tip! Thanks :)
This is a great recipe, thanks! :)
Wow!! That looks great Angela. A friend of mine is a fan of your blog. She knows that I love chia and sent me this link. I enjoyed reading your story! Love your photo’s too. Adding your blog to my favorites…
Thanks Kris! Off to check out your blog too :)
I made this for breakfast this morning without the carob powder and I added the suggested banana for extra sweetness. OMG, it was so good! Definitely helped curb my chocolate craving. It says it makes 2 servings, but I only seemed to get 1 serving from it. Hmmm… ;)
Definitely keeping this up my sleeve for those days!
This looks AMAZING. Although I’m not PMSing right now… but can I make it anyway? Actually, my real question is: can I make it with coconut milk? I have a ton leftover from another recipe and I’m looking to do something creative with it.
I was actually eating a bowl of pumpkin chocolate chia pudding as I was reading this post. Can’t wait to try your recipe out!
I can totally relate on the PMS, as many women can. Sore boobs are more like painful boobs for me. And uncontrollable yawning is more like total knock-out, hours-long PMS nap that I cannot awaken from. The chocolate cravings are annoying in that I never seem to have chocolate around when I crave it. And that frustration adds to the random anger. Yep, fun.
In my fridge “soaking” as I type this! Used 2 T cocoa powder and a touch of honey as well to make up for not having the carob powder. Not sure I can resist it for 2 hours :)
I made this last night and shared it with my boss today. Yum! We added in chopped up almonds and unsweetened coconut to get an “Almond Joy” flavor. Great stuff and so easy to make!
Hey Angela! I LOVED this recipe! I’m already excited to go home and eat some more. :) I linked to it in a post today…thanks for sharing and creating!
I just made this. I can’t wait for it to be ready! One question though, what is the point of using carob powder instead of all cocoa powder? What else can I use carob powder for?
I just made this for dessert and it was absolutely delicious! What a yummy, healthy dessert. This will be a new standby for sure!
Oh my, I’ve made probably three batches of this since you first posted it! I am completely obsessed. I’d never even had chia seeds before, and now I am addicted! And after the pipes in our basement burst and had to be replaced, I definitely needed chocolate, and it was awesome being able to come to something healthy! Also, I just recently became vegan a month ago and your recipes and posts have been such a help and inspiration! Thank you so much for being a wonderful role model and blogger!
Just adore chia seeds. Have them everyday!
Just ran out of almond milk but really want to make this really soon!! Do you think soy milk would work?
Im not a huge fan of the taste of soy but if you like it them by all means you can use that too!
I just about inhaled an entire bag of chocolate chips the other day, next time I’m trying this instead :)
I made this last night, it was so delicious! Thank you!
I just read this makes two servings……….oooooops! LOL. I’ll half it next time, since there is no way I could save half for the next day :P So so good.
This came out great! Tapioca-ish texture. Newly vegan hubby loved it too!
This looks great and easy! If I don’t have Carob powder could I just use more cocoa? Also, thanks for including the nutritional facts – really helpful for those of us with New Year’s Resolutions :)
You can use a tiny bit more cocoa but I would also add more sweetener since carob is sweet and the cocoa is bitter.
Can you use whole wheat flour for this recipe?
Thank you for bringing chocolate pudding bac into my life. Today I tried it with some added peant flour…mmm :) Keep doin’ what you’re doing :)
This looked very good which is why I had to try it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a huge fan. The chia seed flavor was overwhelming. I even processed the pudding before eating which did improve the texture. It definitely needed more cocoa and sweetener for my liking but my 3 year old enjoyed it.
I made two nights ago & since I didn’t have carob powder I used cacao & cocoa powders. It was fabulous! I had one serving last night & had enough will power (surprisingly) to save the other serving for later tonight.
even though I don’t actually get PMS symptoms- I still used my period as an excuse to make this pudding; it wasn’t quite as good as I hoped – it tasted healthy – but it was ok. I must admit that I didn’t add the maple syrup and it would have likely improved the sweet factor but added cinnamon sugar instead
That pudding looks amazing!
I just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog. The recipes are great and your stories are so inspirational. My whole life I’ve struggled with my weight and body image. Last year, my first year in college, I experienced debilitating and unexplained health problems. After many hours spent in doctors offices with no answers I finally discovered that my symptoms were food related. After going on a highly restricted “elimination” diet removing common allergens, I am finally starting to get my life back on track. My eating habits and general lifestyle has changed drastically since August when I altered my eating patterns, but its blogs like this that have helped my manage the stress of doing so. Thank you so much and keep up the good work!
Thank you Helen, goodluck with everything!
Oh my god, Angela! I absolutely love this recipe. I used dates instead of maple syrup, and I added vanilla and some melted organic chocolate to it. I am in heaven!!!!
You sound like me when I’m about to be on my monthly. :) Sounds really good, I’m going to try this!
This looks delish, as everyone has mentioned ;) Wondering if the syrup is a must for this – I would imagine the pudding texture would happen even without the syrup wouldn`t you say? lol :) Thanks!
I wouldnt say it’s a must but I would say sweetener (of some form) is a good idea!
That’s great – I actually did it up without the syrup last night (but with stevia) and it was amazeballs:) Thanks for the wonderful idea!
Actually Costco sells chia seeds for a very reasonable price in their pharmacy section.
Great recipe for inspiration! I tripled it for my family, used raw milk, added two raw pastured egg yolks and will use my immersion blender to add an avocado right before serving. I know this isn’t a vegan thing, but it works for us. Thank you!
Thanks for this recipe! A perfect chocolate dessert for summer!
Hello… I wanted to write to say that 1. You made me laugh and showed me a great recipe for healthier eating and 2. I wanted to show that there ARE intelligent men that are willing to learn how to eat healthy and sacrifice certain things as well. (burgers and pizza and beer).
Felt weird since I see there are no other comments coming from any males… anyways thanks for the great recipe and keep up the great work!
Hey Jon, It’s a pleasure to hear from you! I too wish there were more males commenting! Hope to see you again.
I’m *thrilled* to have found this recipe. I don’t have carob powder, so have been experimenting with other sweeteners–vietnemese cinnamon, high quality vanilla, and mollases (and sometimes a teensy bit of xylitol). I have also been using lots of raw cacao powder in it along with cacao nibs when I feel like it. Sometime I’ll pick up some carob powder and give it a go with that! This has been such a delicious little treat for me lately. My toddler loves it too!
I just put chia seeds in chocolate soy milk with a couple tablespoons of oatmeal and let sit. nice and easy!!!
Do you know if this would still set up into pudding if I use chia powder or blend it thoroughly to eliminate the lumps of the chia seeds? My little boy has issues with texture and I’m trying to get some nutritious foods into him. Thanks!
I can’t see why it wouldn’t work when using ground chia. Let me know if you try it out!
OK – I’m going to try it today and I’ll let you know how it goes!
I’m not ashamed to admit that I just ate this for breakfast. Chia before gym = a great workout. Take THAT PMS!
I made this this afternoon – very very tasty. I used honey because i didn’t have anything else, and I used Vanilla Almond Milk in place of unsweetened. I also threw in a few chocolate chips and using Hazelnut Meal/Flour in place of the Carob since my husband can’t eat carob. It was tasty, but not quite a pudding texture, so I’m about to add some rolled oats and see if that helps! I used this coconut whipped cream on top! yum! http://nuttykitchen.com/2010/06/01/coconut-whipped-cream/
No where around here carries carob flour, what would be a good substitute?
Hey Anne, you could probably use cocoa powder, but since carob is sweet and cocoa is bitter, you’d have to add more sweetener to taste. goodluck!
Thanks! It was wonderful! I made the lentil walnut loaf for dinner with green beans topped with the parm used in the butternut squash and kale recipe as well as a fruit salad and the pudding for dessert.
Thanks for all the great recipes! I love your site!
This looks absolutely divine! Thanks for the great recipe, I will definitely be trying this one out. Going off for some chia seeds and carob flour. Thanks again!
This looks amazing! Going to have to try it!
I added sliced strawberries .. yummy
… and here I am with chia seeds and no idea what to do with them. I think I know what tomorow’s breakfast will be!
Great recipe!!! I want it right now too!!!:)
I love chia and of course I adore chocolate so what’s not to like. I’m making this :-)
I have tried tris recipe twice, and both times ended up with a runny, soupy mess. I made a half recipe, with 2/3 c almond milk, 2 T chia seeds, 1T coca, and 2 tsp of maple syrup. I tried just mixing and putting it in the fridge, as well as microwaving it for a bit first. Neither time was successful. Any suggestions?
Love chia! I admit I haven’t tried chia pudding yet, but I adore it in smoothies. I love the thick texture! I don’t have any carob powder, so I used some chocolate protein powder instead. I’ve got this in the fridge now and will have for breakfast tomorrow. In my opinion you can’t go wrong with chocolate and make-ahead breakfasts! I am one of those people that would never eat breakfast if I didn’t prepare something the night before.
I’ve already made this and it’s phenomenal! I added some unsweetened coconut and a little bit of coconut oil, and it added a whole other dimension.
I’m trying to get into packing lunches, and I was wondering how long the pudding would keep in the fridge if I were to multiply the recipe and take it as a snack throughout the week?