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

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 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. Tina Boldman says:

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

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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

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

  8. Julie Rider says:

    Doesn’t erythritol function the same as xylitol for blood sugar control without the possibility of digestive upset?

    • It is my understanding that xylitol has a glycemic index of 7 and erythritol’s is zero. Typically folks have more digestive upset w/ xylitol than erythritol.