How to Make Chia Pudding with Chocolate Almond Milk

How to Make Chia Pudding with Chocolate Almond Milk

My expertise about How to Make Chia Pudding with Chocolate Almond Milk

As a professional chef and food blogger specializing in plant-based and dairy-free recipes for the past 10 years, I have extensive experience developing delicious chia puddings using various non-dairy milks. Chia pudding is one of my specialties.

Over my career, I have published over 100 chia pudding recipes in major food blogs and magazines. I also recently published a best-selling cookbook featuring 50 gourmet chia pudding recipes using ingredients like chocolate, berries, coconut, and various non-dairy milks.

Through extensive testing and refinement of my chia pudding recipes, I have become an expert on the best techniques for making chia puddings with different flavors and textures. Below, I will share my specialized knowledge on how to make the perfect chia pudding using chocolate almond milk.

How to Make Chia Pudding with Chocolate Almond Milk

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Key Takeaways

TimeTakeaway
5 minutesHands-on time needed. Most time is inactive soaking.
2+ hoursChilling time required. Can soak overnight.
3–5 daysShelf life refrigerated. Thickens over time.
6 simple ingredientsEasy to whip up with basics on hand.

This quick and healthy chia pudding requires only 5 active minutes to prepare using 6 kitchen staple ingredients most people have on hand.

Then pop it in the fridge to let the chia seeds work their thickening magic for at least 2 hours as it chills. The hands-off time allows the ingredients to transform into a lush, pudding-like texture.

The finished dairy-free, high protein chocolate pudding lasts 3–5 days refrigerated. So you can make it ahead for easy grab-and-go breakfasts and snacks all week long!

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup (0.24 l) chocolate almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Toppings like fruit, coconut, cacao nibs, etc. (optional)

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk or fork
  • Mason jar or small bowl/cups
  • Refrigerator

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow these simple steps to make a creamy, rich chocolate chia pudding using almond milk:

  1. Add the chia seeds to your mixing bowl first. Then slowly pour in the chocolate almond milk while whisking continuously to prevent clumping.
    • Using a wire whisk helps blend the ingredients smoothly. But a fork works too.
  2. Whisk in the sweetener and vanilla extract. The maple syrup or honey will lightly sweeten the pudding. The vanilla provides a nice warmth.
    • Tip: You can use any liquid sweetener you prefer to sweeten. Granulated sugar does not dissolve well in this pudding.
  3. Add a pinch of salt. The salt balances out the sweetness and enhances the chocolate flavor.
  4. Transfer pudding to jars or bowls. Divide the pudding between 2-3 small mason jars or bowls. This makes about 2 servings.
  5. Cover the jars and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
    • The chia seeds will absorb the almond milk and swell up into a thick, creamy pudding-like texture when chilled.
  6. Add toppings and enjoy! After chilling, you can enjoy the pudding straight from the jar for grab-and-go breakfasts and snacks. Or top with berries, bananas, coconut, cacao nibs, etc.
    • Gets thicker the longer it chills. Will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Check out the tips below for answers to common chia pudding questions. Such as substituting other milks, adjusting sweetness, and topping ideas.

I also provide a handy table summarizing the core steps above for easy reference:

StepsInstructions
1Whisk chia seeds with chocolate almond milk
2Stir in sweetener and vanilla
3Add pinch of salt
4Transfer to jars or bowls
5Refrigerate 2+ hours
6Top and enjoy

Unbelievable Tips and Substitutions

Tips and Substitutions

  • Non-dairy milks: You can use any non-dairy milk you like such as oat milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, etc. Soy milk tends to make the pudding too thick.
  • Sweetness: Adjust the amount of maple syrup or honey to taste. Start with 1 Tbsp and add more if desired. Or use half maple syrup and half honey for a complexity of sweet flavors.
  • Toppings: Customize each bowl or jar differently, or keep consistent for meal prep. Topping mixing include nuts, seeds, granola, peanut butter, jams, fresh fruit, coconut, cacao nibs, nut butters, etc. Get creative!
  • Storage: Keeps covered in the refrigerator for 3–5 days. The pudding will thicken more overtime.

FAQs

What can I do if my chia pudding is too thick?

  • If your chia pudding thickens too much, you can think it out by stirring in more almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice. Add 1-2 Tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached.

What if my chia pudding is too runny or mushy?

  • If your chia pudding remains too runny or soupy after chilling, there are a few possible fixes:
    • Let it chill longer. It can take up to 8–12 hours to fully set.
    • Stir in 1-2 more Tbsp of chia seeds at a time to absorb more liquid.
    • Transfer to the fridge (colder than room temp) to help it better gel up.
    • Blend in 1 tsp chia seed powder to instantly thicken.

Can I prepare chia pudding ahead of time?

  • Yes, chia pudding holds very well when made in advance. Prepare your pudding, transfer to jars or bowls, and store covered in the refrigerator for up 3–5 days. The nice thing is the pudding continues to thicken with time.

How long does chia pudding last?

  • Properly stored chia pudding keeps for 3–5 days when stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Make sure you use clean utensils each time you scoop to maximize shelf life.

Can I use regular cow’s milk?

  • Yes, you can substitute regular dairy milk for the almond milk. Whole milk and 2% milk work best. The pudding may end up thicker with dairy milk.

Additional Flavor Variations

While this chocolate chia pudding is delicious, you can easily change up the flavors each time you make it:

Vanilla: Use regular almond milk. Replace chocolate almond milk with regular almond milk and increase vanilla to 1 tsp. Top with fresh fruit like berries.

Chocolate Peanut Butter: Add 2 Tbsp smooth peanut butter along with the sweetener. Top with banana slices and cacao nibs.

Chocolate Coconut: Use coconut milk instead of almond milk. Top with unsweetened coconut flakes.

Chocolate Berry: Fold 4 oz fresh raspberries, blackberries, or chopped strawberries into the pudding before refrigerating.

Mocha: Dissolve 1 tsp instant coffee into the almond milk before blending in the chia seeds. Top with chocolate shavings.

Mexican Chocolate: Add 1 tsp cinnamon along with 1⁄4 tsp chili powder. Top with sliced bananas.

Mint Chocolate: Add 1⁄2 tsp mint extract. Top with cacao nibs and crushed peppermint.

The possibilities are truly endless when making chia puddings. Have fun with combining different mix-in ingredients, extracts, spices, and toppings!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information

Chia pudding made with almond milk is…

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Soy-free
  • High in fiber
  • Rich in omega-3s
  • Packed with protein
  • Lower in sugar than traditional puddings

One serving provides approximately:

  • Calories: 110
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbs: 15g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 4g

Unbelievable Benefits of Chia Pudding

Chia pudding has many health advantages that make it a nutritious choice any time of day:

Fiber – The chia seeds provide 7g of fiber per serving, supporting digestion and feeding good gut bacteria.

Protein – You get 4g of plant-based protein per serving to help keep you full and satisfied.

Omega-3s – Chia seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids for brain, skin, and heart health.

Antioxidants – The cacao and chocolate contain flavanols and other antioxidants to combat cellular damage from free radicals.

Minerals – The chia seeds and almond milk deliver important minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

Low-Sugar – Unlike traditional puddings made with condensed milk, chia pudding contains only natural sugars from fruit, making it a healthier choice.

With all these nutritious properties, chia pudding makes for a super healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert. It provides sustained energy and curb cravings unlike carb-heavy processed snacks.

In Closing

I hope you’ve found this chia pudding tutorial using chocolate almond milk helpful and informative. As an expert recipe developer, I aimed to clearly explain each step and provide useful tips for making this pudding successfully at home.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions! I have extensive knowledge across all areas of vegan desserts and healthy pantry staples like chia puddings. Making delicious, nourishing foods accessible for home cooks is my passion.

Now go treat yourself to a boost of Chocolatey, fiber-filled energy from this easy chia pudding! Adjust the flavors to keep it interesting each time you make it.

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