Rich Chocolate Pudding Healthy Enough for Breakfast (dairy-free with sugar-free option)

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This Chocolate (or Carob) Chia Pudding is Dairy and Sugar-free and sooo nutritious--you can eat it for breakfast! Chocolate Pudding for Breakfast? Yes, Please!

Chocolate Pudding.  Yum.

But Chocolate Pudding that is good for you?

Hard to find.  But this chia pudding really fits the bill.

I have fond memories of warm pudding (made from a mix – Ugh!) from when I was growing up.  So it’s a comfort food that I love, but I needed to find a recipe that brought comfort to my whole self – not just my taste buds :-)!

I am always looking recipes that meet these criteria:

  • fast
  • budget-friendly
  • nutritious
  • delicious

Well, here is one that is sure to please on all counts.

Partially because you can make it without sugar and partially because it’s main ingredient is –

Chia!

Chia is an amazing nutritional powerhouse that I only recently became acquainted with.  So let me introduce you to my new-found nutritional buddy…

What’s so great about chia?

Like I mentioned in my post on another great chia dessert, Dairy-Free Berry Mousse, just 2 tablespoons of chia makes the medicine go -er – ahem – has:

  • 4 grams of complete protein
  • 4.5 grams of omega 3 oils
  • 5.5 grams fiber
  • 9% RDA calcium
  • 7% RDA iron

And it is super filling.

Wondering where to buy chia?

Try your local health food store, or online.  Amazon has a nice price and Nutiva is quite good.

So here is another great way to get good nutrition into you and your family, without taking a lot of work.

I am sure you are going to love this.  My family wolfed down all of my kitchen tested versions in a flash this morning.  So I would recommend making a double or triple batch!

Extra bonus – this recipe is so frugal.  If you make your own milk alternative you really save a bundle.  Have you ever looked at the price of those teensy boxes of “pudding mix” in the stores?  Ugh.  And for what – just sugar and artificial flavors and colors.  They don’t even include the milk!

Like I always, say, help our your health and your wallet at the same time and make it yourself!

More Great Whole-Foodified Desserts:

Homemade Almond Joy
Chocolate Almond Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Amazing Bean Fudge
Homemade “Jello” 
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Coconut Cookies (grain free) 

You can have your sweets and your keep your health too!

Do you have a favorite childhood treat that needs healthifying?

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  1. This looks so good. I must get some chia seeds so I can try this and other recipes I’ve let slip because I have no chia seeds.

    Childhood treat: how about rice crispy treats. That’s been on my mind to try to make healthy using brown rice, but so loaded with sugar (marshmallows) to make. And how do you make brown rice crispy? Any ideas?

    • Hi Chris – You can’t make the brown rice cereal. It’s a totally factory only thing that is really not healthy. I might be willing to fudge to have them again :-). I actually will be doing a post on marshmallows, though so we can move in that direction :-)!

  2. This is wonderful. I have been trying to do the Belly-Fat Cure diet by Jorge Cruise and saw that he’s suggested using chia seeds. But I just haven’t bothered. But seeing your pudding… I’m going to have to check the whole foods store in the nearby city tomorrow. Thanks!

    • You’re going to love it, Becky. It is truly filling – and the info about sugars is really true. Even in fruit. Hope it works well for you! You can find chia on Amazon too. Nutiva is a good brand.

  3. I’ve been intrigued by Chia lately, but I didn’t really know what to make with it. Chocolate? Yes, please!!

  4. I was just cruising around and found your blog for the first time. This recipe looks fantastic! I’ll certainly be giving it a try:)

  5. WOW! Guess what I am making today??????

    Thanks for sharing on Nourishing TreasuresChia Seed Recipe link-up.

  6. I’ve been looking for more things to do with my chia, this sounds perfect! BTW thanks for including the extra info about xylitol. I had researched it as an alternative and did a post about it a while ago. Thank you for adding your reasons for using it.

  7. Please come over and Link this to Sunday Supper Stumble!! http://notyourordinaryrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/09/sunday-supper-stumble-3.html
    Looks VERY YUMMY!
    I’m pinning it too!

  8. I love chia pudding–all kinds! This looks delicious. I’ve done a carob-chia and a raw cacao-chia but never with 100% stevia as the sweetener–it does leave a little aftertaste that way. Haven’t used xylitol (it scares me) but a mix of coconut sugar and stevia works for me. And you made it look so pretty, too! :D

    • Hi Ricki. I got stuck w/ sweeteners after I seemed to have an allergy to stevia. What else is left for someone like me who can’t have any sugars? The practitioner whom I am working with is a real smart lady and a realist. She says everything in moderation. So I try not to overdo any of it, which is hard. I wonder what you are afraid of – the info about dogs and their kidneys? Anyway, the aftertaste was pretty strong, in my opinion. I hope I can tolerate coconut sugar at some point :-).

  9. WOW! I had no idea you could make chocolate pudding this healthy!

  10. Wow! I’m interested in learning more about chia, I’ll have to do some checking at my local stores!

  11. Hey Adrienne! Yummy recipe! I have been making chia seed pudding forever, but I never thought to put it in the food processor or blender to help blend it. I’d just combine my chia seeds and liquid in a glass jar and shake it up really good and then let it sit in the fridge over night. I like your method much better! I think I’ll make some this weekend!

    • Hi Jessica! I followed another recipe doing it that way too – it turns out like tapioca. That was good, but this is great. My kids were so happy with it – hope you like it too!

  12. Just liked you on facebook. Sounds like delicious pudding, great pics too. I would love for you to share at my weekly linky fri-mon
    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/09/any-linky-goes-17.html
    Come strut your stuff.

  13. Hi Adrienne,
    I really NEED this pudding for my afternoon treat, it looks so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week end!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  14. Sounds good! Coincidentally I am making chocolate pudding tonight…but with dates, cocoa and avocados!

  15. Your title “healthified” caught my eye and I had to come take a look. It looks like a great recipe and not too difficult.

  16. Wow. Pudding I can feel okay about giving to my little guy. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper! Have a blessed week.

  17. I really have no idea what Chia is. So looked it up. Is this it? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_hispanica .. Do you buy them as seeds or in some sort of powder / liquid form?

    This chocolate pudding sound really great! Thanks for sharing at this week’s Sugar Free Sunday! Feel free to link back to us to share the love with your readers!

    • Hi Raj, Yes, you have found it! You purchase them as seeds. You should see the way almost all of us – ahem – older folks knew them first….as part of a goofy gift that was marketed like crazy at Christmastime each year – Here is a link to the original commercial – it’s the Chia Pet!

  18. Thanks for coming to the party! Can’t wait to try this pudding :)

  19. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This looks really delish! Hope to see you next week! Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for
    Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

    http://realfoodforager.com/2011/10/fat-tuesday-october-4-2011/

    If you have grain-free recipes please visit Wednesday night for a grain-free linky carnival in support of my 28 day grain-free challenge starting Wednesday!

  20. Thank you for sharing another great recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop. I’m so pleased to see a healthy version of one of my favourites, and that is great that you have made allergy friendly options as well!

  21. Yum!! Bookmarking these for sure! I’m visiting from the NJAH linky party, I hope you’ll pop by and say hello, I’m featuring recipes this week!

    http://littlebirdiebaby.blogspot.com/2011/10/tutorial-tuesday-linky-party-trio-of.html

    I also have a linky party every Tuesday and would love it if you’d link up your tutorial! :) xoxo

  22. Jennifer Cooper says:

    I had a question about the recipe. Do you process the mixture until it becomes thick? In previous chia pudding recipes, I had to wait for the chia seeds to absorb the liquid. I processed this in a Blendtec blender and now I’m letting it sit in the frig until thick.

    Thanks.

  23. Jennifer Cooper says:

    No, it was still liquidy. It has become thicker as it set in the frig. Next time I will run it a bit longer to see if that helps. It’s not perfectly smooth, but very yummy. I made a double batch since I have six kids.

    • I processed mine until it was completely smooth. Most chia pudding recipes have you leave the chia until it soaks up the liquid and ends up like tapioca. I like that as well, but the smoothness of the chia blended up is really great! let me know how it works!

  24. Jennifer Cooper says:

    The kids love it. We will try it again. The second time I will process it until completely smooth. Thanks.

  25. everything that taste good always good for me

  26. Tnx for all the nutritional info, that’s actually what we needed since we do have a daughter who’s diabetic just hoping I could find one here in Manila, or maybe I can have my luck ordering from the web.

  27. Another great recipe. Thanks for sharing with us.

  28. You introduced me to the chia seeds when you linked this to My Meatless Mondays. Now, I have to do some investigating. It is a real treat when a favorite can be a made more healthy.

  29. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasure’s Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later today when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  30. Wow! This is really yummy and healthy, too! :)

    Late visiting for FTF. My share is the Sweet Potato Roll transformed into a Birthday Cake. Lol. You are welcome to stop by mine too! Thanks!

  31. What an incredible recipe! I love that it’s healthy and delicious too!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creative yummery and healthy options at Rook No. 17!

    Jenn

  32. Who doesn’t love chocolate pudding?!? And you are right, pudding that is good for you is hard to find! Thank you so much for linking up your pudding to Savvy HomeMade Monday!

  33. I started making my own chocolate pudding several months ago. Mine is raw, non-dairy, and has no added sugar (or non-sugar man-made sweeteners) – and it’s thick and creamy and delicious.

    Try it!
    http://www.naturallyradiant.info/site/raw-chocolate-pudding/241

  34. making for dessert TONIGHT!
    Cannot wait!
    Blessings!

  35. Wow, I found chia seeds at a local natural foods store for just over $5/lb on sale. I probably should’ve stocked up, but wanted to just try them out first. I made a pudding (that I posted on my blog) though it used a sugarfree flavored coffee syrup for sweetness. I’ll be giving your recipe a whirl next time I make it. I also have had it sprinkled on cottage cheese and barely noticed it, aside from seeing it and a few crunchies.

  36. Bummer. This didn’t seem to work for me. I put it in my KA food processor and let it go for awhile. It only thickened slightly and the seeds didn’t get chopped up. It tastes good, though. I did cut the recipe in half (I used the small bowl of the KA food processor) so maybe that messed it up.

  37. I make chia pudding without the VitaMix. To 1/3 c chia seed, I add sweetener, and stir in a glass bowl w/2 c homemade almond milk. I stir once or twice more within the next 3 to 5 mins, sprinkle some cinnamon on top, and then cover and refrigerate overnight. Lately I’ve been adding 1/4 c goji berries to this chia pudding recipe…..mmmmm! The first time I ate this pudding, I didn’t really like it, but I decided to give it another try. I’ve grown to really love it and now I eat it nearly every day. Adding some cacao to the milk has most definitely crossed my mind. I will add it for sure one of these days :)

  38. ohh, so excited to try this! Going to go make in the next hour or so!

  39. well i realized i didn’t have enough carob so i ended up throwing strawberries in for flavor. It was yum but I really want to try it with the carob. Totally digging the chia seeds for all their different uses!

  40. Can I use milled chia, that’s all I have?

    • Sure. But you may need to play around w/ the amount. I get about 1 1/2 cups milled chia from 1 cup whole so you’d probably want to cut the amount by 1/3 in the recipe. Enjoy!

  41. So I finally tried this again tonight and it still didn’t work in my Kitchen Aid food Processor :( I did the whole amount and I let it run for probably 10 min total. Oh to have a vitamix!

    • Oh shoot. Here’s an intermediary idea….grind the chia first and then make the pudding. But get a Vitamix :). I’m trying to get a giveaway. Trying…..

  42. Can you use an alternative to xylitol?? like agave or honey??

  43. We are eating this for dessert tonight and it is SO good! I didn’t have any stevia, so I just used 1/4 cup of coconut sugar, but I really didn’t want to add any more, so I tossed a ripe banana in and sprinkled with some cocoa nibs. Yum!

  44. I am a new Vitamix owner. How long do you need to blend and at what speed to get it completely smooth? I just made it. It tastes great, but it still has a little chia texture.

    • I just blend it until it is smooth – I’ve never calculated it. Just try for maybe 1 minute on high – and keep blending until you get what you want – let me know!

  45. Thanks for the great idea! I just blended 2 1/2 cups of silk dark chocolate almond milk with 1/2 cup chia seeds. It doesn’t get much easier!

  46. Tina Boldman says:

    I was wondering if you have tried this with agave and the result?

  47. Hi I made this last night and for some reason it never set!! We ended up drinking it this morning! Which was a yummy way to start the day but I was looking forward to eating it. I used milled chia as that is what I have at home, could this have been the reason why it never set? And how long are you suppose to blend for? Great to have alternative desserts to give to smalles n grown ups alike. Thanks for sharing.

    • Odd. Sorry about that. I used whole chia – perhaps that is the reason? I used milled the other day to make another chia and it seemed to need more to set.

  48. Check out WHEY LOW sugar alternative. Very diabetic friendly.

  49. would i be able to replace the xylitol/stevia with raw honey instead? if so, how much should i use?
    thx!!

  50. Jessica Nelson Norem says:

    Hi, thanks for all the hard work you do putting these together…love reading your posts. Just made this in my Cuisinart. Processed the seeds for at least a minute and then combined sea salt, vanilla, organic dutch cocoa, NuStevia pure stevia extract, Erythritol and unsweetened Almond milk. Processed for a minute or two….almost consistency of pudding, tastes JUST LIKE CHOCO PUDDING, BUT…..mine has lots of chia “seeds”. I don’t know how much more this could be processed and a Cuisinart HAS to be better than a blender??? Wish I had a Vitamix!!!

  51. This and lots of others look so delicious! I’m going to have to put a big hunk of time on my schedule to come back and look through your recipes. I think we’re in a similar boat. Thanks for posting and saving me the work of figuring things out for myself. ;D

  52. I am not understanding the stevia ingredient. It says extract powder? Can I use liquid?if so how much?