This delicious keto chia pudding is the perfect breakfast for chocolate lovers! With a simple trick, you can enjoy this dessert in about 10 minutes. The recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and low-carb!
If you are looking for a healthy breakfast option besides porridge/oatmeal, try this chocolate chia pudding. Not only is it a delicious and filling meal, but it’s also a healthy and low-carb option that is keto-friendly.
What Are Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds loaded with many nutrients. They’re low in calories, yet rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, proteins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Did you know that chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods on earth?
This nutritious superfood provides energy and many health benefits that are really impressive:
Great for bone health: Chia seeds are high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and protein. All of these nutrients are essential for bone health.
Positive effect on blood sugar: Studies show that chia seeds may lower the rise in blood sugar after a high-carb meal, possibly benefiting people with type 2 diabetes.
Check out this article to read more about the health benefits of chia seeds.
The recipe has only 6 simple ingredients (water not counted) and you most likely have all ingredients in your pantry already.
Chia seeds – The main ingredient of the recipe. Make sure the seeds are black and fresh.
Coconut milk – Coconut chia pudding is my favorite, however, you can also use any other milk. Some examples are almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, etc. I prefer canned or homemade coconut milk because it’s higher in fat and makes the chia pudding richer and creamier.
Peanut butter – I used peanut butter, but you can also use almond butter or cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, etc.
Cocoa powder – You can also use raw cacao powder.
Sweetener – To make a keto chia pudding you’ll need to use Erythritol (e.g. Swerve, ZSweet) as they have zero net carbohydrates. These sweeteners do not impact blood sugar or insulin levels. You can also use a few drops of Stevia. If you don’t mind whether the chia seed pudding is keto-friendly or not, simply use any other sweetener of choice such as maple syrup, date sugar, brown rice syrup, coconut sugar, agave syrup, powdered sugar, etc.
Vanilla extract – You can also use vanilla paste or powder.
All ingredients AND measurements including the nutrition facts (calories, carbs…) are listed in the printable recipe card BELOW.
How To Make Keto Chia Pudding?
This recipe is so easy to make and all you need is 6 ingredients, two bowls, a whisk, and two jars. With the following simple method, it will only take about 10 minutes to make this chocolate chia pudding. It will be ready to enjoy immediately! Check the step-by-step photos below:
STEP 1: In a bowl, combine canned coconut milk, sweetener, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and vanilla extract.
STEP 2: Stir with a whisk to combine. Set aside.
STEP 3: Add the chia seeds into a different bowl. Pour in half of the water, mix and wait a moment until the mixture thickened. Add the remaining water, whisk again until the chia seeds absorbed all the water.
STEP 4: Now pour in the chocolate coconut milk mixture.
STEP 5: Whisk in to combine. The mixture should be thick.
STEP 6: Serve in jars, top with more peanut butter, fruit, cacao nibs, or coconut chips, if desired. Store leftovers in the fridge.
Tips & Variations
Make overnight chia pudding: If you want to make overnight chia pudding, simply add all ingredients (except the chia seeds) to a bowl and whisk until combined. Then add the chia seeds, stir again, cover the bowl and place it into your fridge overnight. Next morning, stir the mixture and serve in jars. You can add more dairy-free milk if the pudding is too thick.
Blend the chia pudding: If you do not like the texture of chia pudding and prefer a smooth pudding, simply use an immersion blender or a regular blender to blend the chocolate chia pudding!
Topping suggestions: To keep the chia seed pudding keto-friendly, top it with nuts, seeds, etc. For a low-carb version, you can also use blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc. Of course, you can also use bananas or other fruits higher in carbs if carbs are your friends. 😀
Basic recipe: You can use this recipe as a basic recipe and simply leave out the cocoa powder. The chia pudding ratio of 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) chia seeds to 1 cup of liquid turns out great each time. Double the recipe for 4 servings.
How to store? Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it!
For more delicious vegan & gluten-free breakfast recipes, check out the links below:
- Vegan Scrambled Eggs
- Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Vegan Breakfast Burritos
- Gluten-Free Vegan Waffles
- 3-Ingredient Banana Oat Pancakes
- Apple Cinnamon Crepes
- Vegan Quiche
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Chocolate Keto Chia Pudding
- In a bowl, mix together canned coconut milk, sweetener, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
- Add the chia seeds into a different bowl.
- Pour in half of the water, stir well with a whisk until the mixture thickened. Add the remaining water, mix again until the chia seeds absorbed all the water. Do not rush!
- Slowly add the chocolate coconut mixture and whisk to combine.
- Your chia pudding is ready to be eaten and doesn't need to be put into the fridge for hours*.
- Serve in jars, top with more peanut butter, fruit, cacao nibs, or coconut chips, if desired. Store leftovers in the fridge. Enjoy!
- If you want to make overnight chia pudding, simply put add ingredients (except the chia seeds) to a bowl and whisk until combined. Then add the chia seeds, stir again, cover the bowl and place it into your fridge overnight. Check the recipe notes below.
- *Quick chia pudding method: I learned this "water trick" many years ago from my friend Geraldine @eatwithfingers and I hope you'll find it as useful as I do!
- Sweetener: You can use any other sweetener to taste if you don't mind whether the dessert is keto-friendly or not.
- Peanut Butter: Feel free to use any other nut butter (e.g. almond butter, cashew butter) or sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter.
- Coconut milk: I recommend using canned coconut milk. If you want to use almond milk or any other milk, the chia pudding won't taste as rich and creamy.
- Recipe serves two. Nutrition facts are for one serving.
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