Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

So I’ve been wanting to make chia pudding forEVER.

I mean, what’s not to love about rich, dark chocolate, high-protein chia seeds, and sweet dates?  Plus, I love how easy it is to make – and to have these babies waiting for you in the fridge the next morning is as good as it gets.

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Because I’ve been trying to stay away from processed sugars like granulated white sugar or brown sugar (see this post for more on that), I’ve been enjoying finding new ways to sweeten my food.  Easy, healthy, and unprocessed sweeteners like real maple syrup and honey are great, but I wanted an ever richer, sweeter option for this chocolate chia pudding.

So, I chose dates.  Dates are an amazing sweeter and have such a luscious, thick, and creamy texture when you puree them.  They give the chia pudding a rich depth of flavor like no other.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

That being said, if you don’t have access to dates (or a blender to puree them), you could easily get by with maple syrup or honey.

So, originally, I made this overnight chocolate chia pudding to have as a healthy breakfast.  But, it’s also a delicious dessert or high protein snack. It just gets better with time, too – so I highly recommend using airtight containers for individual portions.

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To serve, I made a quick topping with plain greek yogurt and maple syrup and tossed in a few fresh raspberries.  Not only is it beautiful and vibrant, it’s delicious and healthy.

Chocolate Chia Pudding


A real winner of a healthy recipe, if you ask me, and I’m soooo glad I finally got around to making them!

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5 from 1 vote
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Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 10 mins

Are you looking for a healthy chocolate recipe to satisfy that sweet craving? This Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding is sure to make you happy. And the best thing is, with chia seeds, almond milk, and dates, this pudding is good for you, too!

Categories: Breakfast
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: chocolate chia pudding, chocolate chia pudding recipe, chocolate chia pudding recipes
Servings: 2
Calories: 250 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef
For The Pudding:
  • 1 1/2 cups original almond milk
  • 6 dates pitted
  • 1/3 cup black chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For The Topping:
  • 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp real maple syrup
  • Optional: fresh raspberries and/or mint leaves for garnish
  1. Add the milk and dates to a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combined the blended mixture with the chia seeds, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  3. Cover the mixing bowl with saran wrap or (more preferably) pour into 4 individually-sized air-tight containers and place in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 5-6 hours, to allow the chia seeds to absorb the liquid.
  4. When ready to eat, make the topping by combining the greek yogurt and maple syrup in a small mixing bowl.
  5. Place a dollop of the topping on each serving and garnish with fresh raspberries and mint leaves, if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 77
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.6g13%
Saturated Fat 0.8g4%
Sodium 20.7mg1%
Carbohydrates 45.6g15%
Fiber 10.6g42%
Sugar 31.6g35%
Protein 5.6g11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This post was last updated on November 27, 2015 to include a recipe video.

Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

12 thoughts on “Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding

    1. Hmm, that’s a very good question! You might even try using super ripe bananas, too 🙂 I would start with about 3 tbsp. honey or syrup or 1/2 mashed banana and then add any more to taste. I’d love to know how that turns out for ya!

  1. Hi Lacey,

    I have never had chia seeds or chia pudding so I am wondering– what is the texture of this pudding like? I prefer a smooth, creamy pudding. Would blending the chia seeds help achieve this result?

    Thank you!

    1. lol I remember now how you don’t like fruit in your yogurt, too, right? Yes, you would definitely want to puree it all together to get a smoother texture. Otherwise it’s more like tapioca which I think you wouldn’t prefer over the smooth. 🙂

      1. I don’t think that was me, but it’s true, I don’t like fruit in my yogurt! I am a texture freak, lol. Thanks for the helpful reply!

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Lacey,
    This is the best chocolate chia pudding I’ve tried and I’ve tried many! It’s perfectly sweet and healthy from the dates (I used large ones) and supremely chocolatey.I did sub coconut milk as I just like that better. I like to have one as an early afternoon treat;the combo of chocolate and protein gets me through the rest of my work afternoon. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Hi Lacey, this looks great! Question – I’m not sure what Original Almond Milk is? Is that the sweetened or the unsweetened almond milk? Thank you!

    1. Hi Lisa – good question. From my experience buying almond milk, there are typically four main options: sweetened, unsweetened, original, and vanilla. I buy the original which I believe is slightly sweetened, but not completely unsweetened. Unsweetened would work fine as well if you’re unable to find it. Enjoy! 🙂

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