Chocolate Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

by Lauren

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Chia seeds are amazing to me. While they do get stuck in your teeth on occasion, I think it’s entertaining to find them in your mouth hours later surrounded by a little gelatinous bubble.

Yes, as these little guys sit in liquid they develop a gelatin like substance around them which is packed with omega-3 and antioxidants. They are flavorless little bundles of health but when you add cocoa powder, coconut and a dash of honey things really take a turn for the best.

I know you are all thinking ths same thing about now, “Ch-ch-ch-Chia!” and yes this is the same chia that make up the lovable pets. They have just recently hit the major markets as food though because of their health benefits.

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If you like rice pudding, you will love this pudding. If you don’t like rice pudding…well you will probably still enjoy this.

It’s such a healthy snack and it’s so simple to make. I’m a pretty huge fan of recipes with 5 items or less in them and this one is no exception.

Like rice pudding, the texture can be a little strange (if texture is something that bothers you, be warned). I find that the chocolate coconut flavor really outweighs the strange texture and I could possibly eat the entire jar in one sitting without looking back.

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You don’t have to make this in a jar but I chose to because of the easy seal and shake-ability. After you stir in the cocoa, chia and honey it’s so much fun to shake it all up in the jar.

Just little LYK tip: I buy my chia seeds and unsweetened coconut in bulk at the local health food store. It’s much cheaper this way and you can test it out in whatever quantity you need before investing in a bag of it.

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I hope this slightly different but tasty dish suits your palette as it has ours.

If you come up with other fun flavor combinations for this let me know, I have a quite a few chia seeds to go through.

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Chocolate Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 1/4 cups almond milk

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

2 tablespoons grade B maple syrup, agave or honey

Directions

Add almond milk to a mason jar or seal-able container. Whisk in (or shake in jar) chia seeds, cocoa powder, coconut and maple syrup. Let sit overnight in the refrigerator. Serve in a bowl and garnish with shaved chocolate or coconut.

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From the Little Yellow Kitchen,

Lauren

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14 Responses to “Chocolate Coconut Chia Seed Pudding”

  1. Ok I’m making this ASAP – I’ve been looking for some healthy snacks! Awesome idea girls – as usual 😉

  2. Can you make this with soy milk instead of almond milk?

  3. Chrissy

    Hi Eliza, yes you can make it with soy milk instead of almond milk. It’s the chia seeds that have the “pudding-making” properties! We just prefer almond over soy! Enjoy!

  4. I made this with unsweetened almond milk it was great! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I don’t know what I could possibly be doing wrong, but mine won’t gel! I stir it all up, let it sit overnight and the top is gel, but then the inside is liquid!! Help!

  6. Lauren

    Hi Ashley, I’m very sorry. I’m not sure what could have gone wrong other than not having enough chia seeds (or too much liquid) or not having thoroughly whisked in the seeds. It’s probably not too late to add some more seeds, stir it up and try again!

  7. How many servings does this make?

  8. Chrissy

    We usually eat about 1/4 cup as a serving of chia seed pudding. This recipe makes about 5-6. Enjoy :)

  9. I put pumpkin pie spice in mine instead of cocoa and added vanilla protein powder and it was delicious! I’m thinking a mocha one would be great too – now to figure out what kind of coffee to add. Or a chai version… Hmm.

  10. Lauren

    Great idea! You just might see a mocha version coming up next 😉

  11. Had my first experience with chia pudding this morning! Kept it simple with vanilla maple syrup, strawberries and walnuts. I love this option, so it will be up next! I bet a cocoa powder and peanut butter powder version would be phenomenal, too!

  12. Just found this recipe and I’m SO excited to make it for tomorrow! Happy Friday breakfast for sure :)

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