Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding | So Rich and Decadent, You’d Never Guess It Was Good For You!

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!

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!

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 morningOpens in a new tab. is as good as it gets.

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 even richer, sweeter option for this overnight chocolate chia pudding.

So, I chose dates.  Dates are an amazing sweetener 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.

That being said, if you don’t have access to dates (or a blenderOpens in a new tab. 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.

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, but it’s also delicious and healthy.

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

Overhead view of a bowl of chia seeds for using in the Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe.

ARE CHIA SEEDS GOOD FOR YOU?

Chia seeds are superstars and add so much nutrition to the pudding, along with giving this breakfast (or dessert!) a nice creamy thickness. Chia seeds add:

  • Fiber (2 tablespoons of chia seeds have almost 10 grams of fiber)
  • Protein
  • Minerals like iron and zinc
  • Omega-3s

Pouring the coconut milk into a mixing bowl that is filled with the black chia seeds, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in order to make the Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding.

WHAT GOES IN OVERNIGHT CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING?

When you see what goes into this overnight chocolate chia pudding, you’ll see just how scrumptious it’s going to be – not to mention, how easy it is to make!

  • Almond milk
  • Pitted dates (they make the pudding so rich!!)
  • Black chia seeds
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract
  • Plain Greek yogurt as a topping
  • Fruit, like raspberries
  • Extra toppings can be granola, coconut, peanut butter, nuts, and more

MILK OPTIONS FOR OVERNIGHT CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING

This easy and versatile overnight chocolate chia pudding recipe can work with just about any type of milk. You can swap the almond milk for these options:

  • Coconut milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Oat milk
  • Soy milk
  • Hemp milk
  • Dairy milk

Overhead view of 2 small mason jars of Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding, garnished with Greek yogurt and raspberries.Closeup view of 2 servings of Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding in mason jars, garnished with Greek yogurt and raspberries.

HOW TO MAKE OVERNIGHT CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING VEGAN AND DAIRY-FREE

While the recipe itself is both vegan and dairy-free, it’s the plain Greek yogurt topping that needs to be switched out. In its place, you can use coconut cream or non-dairy cream as a yummy topping.

Side view of Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding, served with Greek yogurt and raspberries, in two mason jars.

HOW TO STORE OVERNIGHT CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING

Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. As a matter of fact, this decadent and delicious chocolate pudding is even better a few days after it’s first made. The flavors have a chance to blend and if possible, it tastes even richer ← Yum!

You can also put the overnight chocolate chia pudding in small mason jars as a convenient grab and go option for the mornings when you are rushing to get out the door.

Closeup image of Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding served in two mason jars, topped with Greek yogurt and raspberries.

CAN YOU FREEZE OVERNIGHT CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING?

You can freeze overnight chocolate chia pudding in an airtight container for up to two months. Thaw it in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours. You will find that the consistency is different than it was before the pudding was frozen. However, the incredibly chocolatey flavor is just as decadent!

CAN YOU BLEND OVERNIGHT CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING?

My recipe calls for a mixing of the chia seeds, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract into the already blended dates and almond milk. But, you can most definitely blend the entire recipe if you like! The result will be just as satisfyingly good, just smoother. Blending removes the texture of the chia seeds.

Overhead view of a bowl of Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding, as well as two mason jars of the pudding, garnished with yogurt and raspberries.

MORE HEALTHY OVERNIGHT CHIA PUDDING RECIPES

Chia pudding is just the best! And the nice thing is, the flavor possibilities are endless. Here are my favorites:

Chocolate Chia Pudding

 

5 from 1 vote
Chocolate Chia Pudding Square Recipe Preview Image
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
Ingredients
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
Instructions
  1. Add the milk and dates to a blenderOpens in a new tab. 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 bowlOpens in a new tab. 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.

Recipe Video

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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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 | So Rich and Decadent, You’d Never Guess It Was Good For You!

    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!
    -Jaclyn

    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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