I'm so excited to share this recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding with you today.
Because–Chocolate and Peanut Butter.
There's nothing like it.
Since I'm all about healthifying things, how about turning this all time favorite flavor combo into a healthy treat – Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding?
You better believe it.
I have a real weakness for Reese's Cups.
A really big one.
We never buy candy, but if we're at a party or gathering and there are mini PB Cups to be had, I'm a sucker for them.
And at Halloween, if my kids go to an event or go door to door, those PB Cups are something I'm totally coveting and bartering for. It's bad.
Thankfully this doesn't happen often since I'm not a fan of the ingredients. Yup, they are a little better than those candies that are basically just artificially colored sugar mushed together, but……
But oh – the taste. Sigh, Reese's. You really did it.
The History of Reese's
Yes, I had to find out. I just had to.
Because this person deserves some kind of reward.
My Henry Reese was the father of 16 kids. The short version of the story is that Mr. Reese got a job on the Hershey Dairy Farm (of Hershey Chocolate fame). He started working in the chocolate factory and was encouraged to make his own chocolates. In 1920, his business was doing quite well and it led to him selling “Penny Cups” (they cost only a penny then), which were later to become Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. You can read all of the fascinating story here, including how the Hershey Company bought the H.B. Reese Candy Company for $23.5 M in 1963.
Now, I am not going to be able to get any $23.5M windfall from this recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding, but I think it will get me a few Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lover “thank you”s from you all, in addition to it seriously coming to the rescue of my never-ending love of Chocolate and Peanut Butter.
Benefits of Chia
Chia seeds are full of protein, and they are full of fiber too so they fill you up and help you manage your waistline.
They are loaded with calcium too (a 1 ounce serving has 18% of the RDA) so those on dairy-free diets can feel especially good about adding this nutritional powerhouse to their diets.
Here is some of the data on the nutritional content of chia seeds:
- Fiber: 11 grams.
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Fat: 9 grams
- Calcium: 18% of RDA
- Manganese: 30% of RDA
- Magnesium: 30% of RDA
- Phosphorus: 27% of RDA (sources: 1, 2)
And that's just the beginning.
About Chia Pudding
I love chia puddings.
They are super easy to make, are super filling, and they are loaded with the healthfulness of chia.
One thing about chia, though, is most of the chia puddings on the web are soaked overnight. The chia expands from the liquid in the pudding to make a tapioca-like pudding.
I personally am really turned off by tapioca – and those little soaked chia seeds look even more like fish eyes to me than their tapioca “cousins.”
So I opt for blended smooth chia pudding everytime.
Plus I'm already working on a few other versions…..so hang on to your chia-loving hats :).
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
But this one is a real winner.
Like a Reese's Cup in a jar – but without the TBHQ, refined sugar, soy, and other things I don't like putting into my body…..
And yes, if you have a peanut allergy, another seed or nut butter will do just fine. We tried it out with sunflower seed butter and almond butter and it was super tasty either way. Of course, peanut butter is something special, but not if you have an allergy to it like my son does.
We used my Homemade Nut Butter / Seed Butter in this recipe. Making your own nut and seed butters is a fabulous way to save money and have total control over your ingredients. You can see more about how to make your own Homemade Nut Butters and Homemade Seed Butters here.
This Chia Pudding is so healthy and easy to whip up. You can blend it up the night before, put it in small dessert cups or mason jars, and enjoy it for a quick and easy breakfast.
Do You Need to Soak Chia Seeds?
I've written about How and Why to Soak Nuts and Seeds. And I've seen loads of soaked chia pudding recipes all over the internet. So I've wondered about whether my blended up, super smooth chia puddings were a health concern.
Well, they are not.
The good news is that chia seeds do not have the enzyme inhibitors that other nuts and seeds have, so you don't need to soak them.
eat 'em raw
try 'em blended
eat 'em soaked
eat 'em like tapioca (not my preference, but if you like them this way….)
But just eat 'em and no worries about the soaking.
This Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding has a super dark chocolate pudding blended with a yummy peanut butter filling. So if you're a Reese's lover like me, it's guaranteed to satisfy!
You can really have fun with the toppings on this as well — from bananas to whipped cream to chocolate sauce, Homemade Chocolate Chips, to this Whipped Coconut Pudding — the possibilities are deliciously endless.
- If you would like a homemade option for dairy-free milk, see Easiest Coconut Milk and Easiest Almond Milk.
- If you would like to make your own nut or seed butter see Homemade Nut and Seed Butter.
- You can use organic carob powder instead of cocoa for AIP.
- Here is a great brand of stevia scoops. Also, read this post on How to Use Stevia.
- The Peanut Butter filling is a little thick — feel free to add more coconut milk to thin it out as desired.
- Dietary Notes – you can of course use regular milk and whatever sweetener you like.
- I recommending making the Peanut Butter (or other nut butter) Pudding layer first so that you don't have to clean out the blender prior to making the Chocolate Pudding Layer, in which case the dark color of the chocolate would affect the light color of the Peanut Butter Pudding.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Chia Pudding ~ low carb and dairy-free options
- Place ingredients for Peanut Butter Pudding in the blender, adding chia last to prevent it from swelling and making blending more difficult.
- Blend until smooth.
- Remove from blender and set aside.
- Place ingredients for Chocolate Pudding in blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Layer the Chocolate and Peanut Butter Puddings alternating as desired.
- I recommend adding the chia last so that it doesn't swell and make blending more difficult.
- Finally, top with Whipped Coconut Cream, Bananas, Chopped Nuts, Homemade Granola, Cookie Crumbs, etc.
There you have it. I so hope that you try it and that you enjoy it as much as we do.