{Almost} Instant Chocolate Chia Pudding

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 7, 2014

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Shhh…I’m supposed to be unpacking right now. Don’t tell anyone you saw me here!!

Last week turned into blender week. My Vitamix was one of the only kitchen things I refused to pack in a box. For the record, I moved it very carefully in my clutched, loving embrace! Before packing up the kitchen, I made a double batch of this soup so I had some healthy food ready for quick meals. I’ve been relying a bit too much on prepared foods lately. Once we’re moved in and settled I’m going to get back to more home cooked meals. One thing at a time, I suppose!

To energize myself during the endless packing sessions I threw together this chocolate chia pudding. Ok, ok, I made it 4 times in the span of 6 days. I love this stuff. It only requires a few ingredients and it satisfies all those creamy chocolate cravings in a healthy way sweetened only with dates. This pudding reminds me of chocolate cake batter – creamy, chocolaty, with a hint of vanilla. Not only is it tasty, but it’s packed with over 10 grams of fibre and 7 grams of protein per serving, as well as loads of iron, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Now we’re talking!

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Chia pudding is great and all, but the hardest part is waiting for it to chill and set, don’t you think?

Thanks to my chocolate impatience, I came up with a method that gets around this pesky waiting time using almond milk ice cubes. I’ve used coffee ice cubes in smoothies in the past (very tasty) and I thought, why not use almond milk ice cubes in this pudding so I can enjoy it instantly? Yes!

Of course, you do have to plan ahead and freeze the ice cubes in advance (hence the name “almost instant”), but if you keep a tray of almond milk ice cubes in the freezer you’ll be set for any chia pudding craving in the future. If you are like me last week, one tray of ice cubes will set you up for a whole week…ha. I’ll be keeping a tray of almond milk ice cubes in the freezer at all times now. Mark my words!

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{Almost} Instant Chocolate Chia Pudding

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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This chocolate chia pudding is decadent-tasting yet healthy at the same time. Packed with protein, fibre, and omega-3 fatty acids this is a pudding you can feel good about! When blended with the almond milk ice cubes it's a treat you can enjoy immediately without waiting for it to chill. The texture is a cross between a smoothie and a pudding. It will thicken up even more if you put it in the fridge for a few hours. I recommend using a high-speed blender for best results since the dates, chia seeds, and ice cubes are challenging to blend super smooth. Adapted from my healthy chocolate chia pudding.

Yield
1.5-2 cups (serves 2)
Prep time
Cook time
0 Minutes
Chill time
8 hours

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 large almond milk ice cubes (see note)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 5-6 pitted Medjool dates, to taste
  • 2-3.5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, to taste
  • pinch fine grain sea salt or pink Himalayan sea salt

Directions:

  1. Fill an ice cube tray with almond milk. Freeze until solid. You can use leftovers in smoothies or for more pudding in the future!
  2. To make the pudding: Add 3/4 cup almond milk into a high speed blender. Now add the rest of the ingredients, including the almond milk ice cubes.
  3. Blend on the highest speed until super smooth. Enjoy immediately or chill in the fridge where it will thicken up even more.

Nutrition Information

Tips:

Add the cocoa powder to taste. Some brands will be more pungent than others. 3.5 tablespoons of cocoa powder is great with my brand (camino) however you may need to use less depending on what kind you use. My advice is to add the cocoa powder slowly to taste.

You will want around 12 tablespoons of almond milk ice cubes added to the pudding. For my tray, this equaled 4 large cubes.

You can skip the almond milk ice cubes and simply add a splash more almond milk. Chill in the fridge the old-fashioned way.

If your dates are firm, I suggest soaking them in hot water for at least 30 minutes before you begin. Drain well.

To turn this into a chocolate "frosty" add more ice cubes to make it super icy.

To make this nut-free, use a nut-free non-dairy milk of your choice.

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Robin November 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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My kids loved this pudding, thank you!

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Tami November 19, 2014 at 1:15 am
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I tried it and it’s amazing! Was able to enjoy it fully; since it was healthy! I didn’t want to wait for the ice cubes so I just did it without. I also only had hazelnut milk so used that instead. Topped with sliced strawberries and OMG!!! SO GOOD! Thank you so much for this recipe!

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Rania November 19, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Question, do you think a regular blender would also result in a creamy pudding? I’ve made chia pudding before but left the seeds whole. My 12yo loves it but 3yo won’t touch it ;) I plan on trying over this weekend.

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Rania November 19, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Question, do you think a regular blender would also result in a creamy pudding? I’ve made chia pudding before but left the seeds whole. My 12yo loves it but 3yo won’t touch it ;) I plan on trying over this weekend.

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Tamika Deering December 11, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Making this today! can`t wait :) i was wondering if i could substitute flax seeds for chia seeds?

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Tessa December 29, 2014 at 4:39 am

Would this work with cacao powder as well?

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joanne December 31, 2014 at 5:21 am

I love chocolate pudding and have been looking for a healthy version, and this just might be it! I do have a question about the cocoa powder.. can I use raw cacao powder or is cocoa powder different? I’m looking forward to making this soon! How long do you think this will last in the frig? Thanks!

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Linda January 3, 2015 at 3:59 pm
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After becoming a whole-food vegan last March this was the recipe that told me I would never have to go back! Instead of the ice cubes, I simply up the almond milk to one cup, throw everything in the Vitamin and blend until it starts to steam. Usually we just eat it right away and it reminds me of the stove-top chocolate pudding my Mm made when I was a kid. So rich and creamy, and full of protein to boot! Thank you so very much. I have shared this with a ton of people!!

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Ashley January 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm

I am typing this as I eat this pudding… This is absolutely fantastic! A friend and I decided to give up processed sugar for the year (we only use fruit or dried dates for sweets) and this is absolutely perfect in supporting or quest to dump the sugar! Thanks!

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Jana January 6, 2015 at 11:08 am
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Wonderful and simple. My go-to treat when I am craving chocolate. Thanks!

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Anna-Sophie January 14, 2015 at 1:18 am

Could this be stored in the fridge overnight? I would love to try this for breakfast sometime but I get up before my entire family and wouldn’t want to wake with super loud blender noises…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 15, 2015 at 12:42 pm

I think it should be fine overnight :)

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C. Fruity January 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm

I am looking forward to trying this. I have been on a chocolate kick lately!

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Jamie January 22, 2015 at 12:47 pm

What should be the total amount of almond milk (liquid and ice combined)? 1 cup or 1-1/2 cups? I guess the ice cube estimate is confusing me because I have a standard sized ice cube tray and the volume of each cube is 1 TBSP… I’m having a hard time picturing an ice cube that has a volume or 3+ TBSP. Confusion aside, looks like a fantastic idea and I can’t wait to try it.

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olivia January 22, 2015 at 10:53 pm
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Oh my dear lord. I am licking the blender blade clean as I type.

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Taylor January 27, 2015 at 7:40 pm
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This is delicious! I like how it gets rid of the traditional chia pudding texture. I subbed a frozen banana for the ice cubes and just decreased the number of dates.

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kate February 2, 2015 at 7:11 am

hmmm just made this for breakfast. had too much of an overpowering cocoa taste, with just the two tablespoons. guess i gotta scale it back and try again. also, the dates refused to blend successfully. a weak blender do you think?

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Robyn alice February 13, 2015 at 10:26 am
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Delicious. This recipe is really yummy and super easy to make. I froze the ice cubes overnight and made it the next day. It’s really nice with some organic shredded coconut on top and a sprinkle of almond and walnuts.

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Brent Eamer March 19, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Eating this now. I too have a Vitamix. Not many blenders would be able to pull this off. I approximated 6 dates from my ‘Date Brick’. This is unbelievably good.

Thanks

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Moksha March 26, 2015 at 6:58 pm
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I love all of the recipes on your website and am so thankful….but NOT THIS ONE. I love normal chia seed pudding but there was something about it being blended that turned it into a hideously healthy tasting mixture and I had to throw out. It looked amazing and tasted like it had cod liver oil in it. Bummer. Please do keep up the good work with all your other recipes!

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Mama B May 20, 2015 at 2:22 pm
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Just made this (with regular milk & cream) and it tastes wonderful. I only had already ground chia, so I cut back a little. Hoping it sets, but if it doesn’t, I’ll blitz it with ice and we’ll drink it. Thanks for sharing.

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Wendy June 7, 2015 at 7:41 pm

The BEST chia pudding I’ve ever made… And I’ve made quite a few! Love your cookbook and your blog! You’ve become part of our family!! Thank you so much!!

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Wendy June 7, 2015 at 7:44 pm
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I added cacao instead of cocoa powder!

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Alicia June 13, 2015 at 9:36 am

HI Angela! I love this recipe. I tried it this morning and it totally hit the spot! I do have some questions though: is okay to decrease the amount of chia seeds? Would it still be the same thickness if I just refrigerated it longer? And also, I used a magic bullet to blend the pudding but I could still see specks of seeds jn there. It wasn’t smooth like pudding should be. Is that how your pudding is like? Thanks so much Angela!!

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Laura July 11, 2015 at 10:55 am

Hi there! I know I’m a little late to the party- but just whipped this up and hoping the husband won’t notice it’s a healthy pud! I have a blender that is quite powerful, but I could not get the chia to breakdown. Any ideas??

Thanks!

-Laura

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Sandy January 14, 2016 at 10:04 am

Hi Laura – I’m late to the party too – I wrote my comment below and then saw yours. I ground my chia seeds finely – almost to a powder – in my magic bullet (which I also use as my coffee grinder because it’s so easy to clean and has more uses than a dedicated coffee/spice grinder) before blending the whole thing in my Blendtec. Worked beautifully.

Now I’m thinking hemp hearts…think ground flax would stay gritty but I’ll try it. Soaking the dates in almond milk ahead also helps make sure it all pulls together.

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Hannah H July 24, 2015 at 10:26 am
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I am making this tonight for my friends who are visiting. I have dried dates, I hope these will work in the recipe OK. I’m going to soak them beforehand before I blend them up.

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ruth September 27, 2015 at 5:03 am
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Hello Angela and everyone!

Writing from Spain…my experience with this pudding was great! I forgot it in the freezer, because I wanted it to be cold and to my surprise it turned out to be a great chocolate icecream! Thank you so much for all the things you share with us. XXXOOO

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Sheri November 15, 2015 at 1:56 pm
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Thanks Angela for all the hard work you put in to make the recipes perfect. You are the only person whose recipe tastes are the exact same as mine. Anything I make of yours we love. And this chocolate chia pudding recipe we REALLY REALLY LOVE, though I don’t add the almond milk ice cubes. I also like to make a chocolate pudding pie with pecans with this recipe (I stole the idea from Trader Joes), Yummy!!!

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Sandy January 14, 2016 at 9:56 am
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I decided to grind the chia seeds finely before adding them so I didn’t need to worry about how well they’d blend or if they’d take away from the smoothness once the whole mixture was thrown together. Worked really well. Love this recipe.

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Rachel May 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm

hi there! I am about to make this recipe, but I have a question. I read somewhere something about how Chia seeds don’t have the same health value if they are not soaked first. This recipe calls for the dry seeds to be blended with everything else correct? Or are these seed soaked and “gelled” first?

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Rachel May 17, 2016 at 9:57 pm

are the Chia seeds soaked first? I had read once that unless they are soaked into their gel form they’re not as healthy. The recipe makes it seem like they’re the dried version but it’s unclear. Would love to know.

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Angela Liddon May 24, 2016 at 3:32 pm

Hi Rachel, This recipe uses the chia seeds dry. But, if you’d prefer a pudding that uses soaked chia seeds, the recipe this one is adapted from – my Healthy Chocolate Chia Pudding – is a great option! Hope this helps. :)

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Kandice June 9, 2016 at 1:31 am
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Can you substitute prunes for the dates? I’ve made it with the dates, but I have a huge bag of prunes that need used! Thanks!

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Maria April 14, 2017 at 12:36 pm

I’m not vegan (but eat plenty of vegan meals) and usually use soy or cow’s milk, do you think this recipe will work with either?

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Angela Liddon April 20, 2017 at 10:12 am

Hey Maria, I can’t see why not! If you give it a try, I hope you enjoy :)

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Mua sim so dep June 2, 2017 at 11:42 am

I love all of the recipes on your website and am so thankful….but NOT THIS ONE. I love normal chia seed pudding but there was something about it being blended that turned it into a hideously healthy tasting mixture and I had to throw out. It looked amazing and tasted like it had cod liver oil in it. Bummer. Please do keep up the good work with all your other recipes!

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Karen June 13, 2017 at 8:06 pm

Just made this tonight, and it was absolutely delicious! Will definitely be making this again. I have a vitamix blender so it does the job of grinding up the chia seeds and dates perfectly smooth. Sooooo good! By the way, I accidentally bought your Oh She Glows cookbook about a month ago not knowing it was vegan and I have to say I absolutely love your recipes. I am not vegan at this time, but I think I am moving in that direction. Vegan recipes have so much more flavour and are so much more fun to prepare. I was in a hurry and rushing when I bought the book and just grabbed it because the recipes looked so good. It has not let me down!

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Angela Liddon June 14, 2017 at 9:42 am

Sounds like it was a happy accident, then! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the cookbook. :)

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Jewel Choquette November 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm
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I loved this pudding.. as do my teens, believe it or not. Avoiding sugars is a tough one.. but this pudding hits the “sweet spot”!
I tried a variation by doubling my kids GO-TO breakfast shake: 1 c. dark choc. almond milk, 1 ripe banana, 1/5th of a ripe avocado, some ice & 1 tbsp pumpkin protein powder (+ 1 tbsp maple syrup to sweeten, if desired). They drink the shake in the a.m., then I blend the other half with the chia seeds & it makes a luscious, velvety pudding, with loads of protein & only natural sugars. Chia chocolate pudding is a home run in our home.. every time!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2017 at 8:39 am

Thanks for sharing your delicious shake and pudding variations….sounds so good! I’ll have to try it soon.

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Hilary Walker December 4, 2017 at 5:45 pm

My whole family loves this chocolate chia pudding! It’s sooo amazingly good! I grind the chia seeds in my coffee grinder first because my blender will not break the seeds. Sometimes add a tblsp of maple syrup or extra dates to make it sweeter if i am really wanting a sweet fix

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 5, 2017 at 7:48 am

Hey Hilary, Oh I LOVE that coffee grinder tip! Absolutely genius. I have to try this myself sometime. It sounds like a great option for those without powerful blenders. :) I’m glad to hear that your whole family loves it to…so does ours. :)

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