I’m really late hopping on the chia pudding bandwagon. Have you tried this stuff yet?? I’ve been hearing about this magical, mystical health food for a while but didn’t really have the motivation to try it. Until recently, my kids didn’t care for the texture of pudding, so it seemed like a waste to me. In the last few months though I’ve started making brown rice pudding in my multi cooker and they’ve loved it. Since thats a creamy/lumpy pudding consistency, I figured they might be open to trying chia pudding. Boy, am I glad I gave it a go! This Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding is so easy to make and the flavor is amazingly decadent. Its really hard to believe your eating something even slightly good for you.
I mean, lets not go overboard here — this is a lot of chocolate, even if you’re using the dark stuff. This is still a dessert. But those chia seeds are pretty magical, both in nutrition and in the fact that they break down to create that perfect creamy pudding texture with almost zero effort.
This Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding is pretty easy to make too –just melt your chocolate and coconut milk in a saucepan, add those magical chia seeds and let it hang out in the fridge until chilled and thick. Ta da!
When I initially made this, the kids thought it was a little TOO rich for their liking, so I served theirs with a small dollop of vanilla frozen yogurt to cut the chocolate. For me, its the perfect sweet treat topped with a sprinkle of coconut and salted pistachios. A little goes a long way, but this is just the thing to satisfy late night chocolate cravings while we’re watching Game of Thrones.
Not only is this stuff perfect as pudding, it makes a DIVINE pudding popsicle. I ended up making a batch of these and topping them with homemade magic shell. They were nothing short of incredible. You can check out the full recipe over on TheInspiredHome.com.
But if you can’t stand to wait for pops to freeze, there’s nothing wrong with eating a whole bowl of this stuff as-is.
Chocolate Coconut Chia Seed Pudding
Makes about 2 cups of pudding
2 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
4 oz. dark chocolate chips
6 Tablespoons cocoa powder
4 – 6 Tablespoons honey (adjust to your taste)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional toppings: sweetened flaked coconut, chopped salted pistachios
- Combine the coconut milk, chocolate, cocoa, honey, coconut oil and salt in a medium saucepan set over low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until the chocolate melt and the mixture is smooth, about 6 minutes.
- Remove saucepan from heat and add chia seeds and vanilla extract. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature, about 1 hour, then transfer to the refrigerator and chill completely, allowing the mixture to reach a pudding consistency — 1 to 2 hours more.
- Serve pudding alone, or topped a dollop of yogurt, ice cream or whipped cream and optional toppings.