Loaded with superfood and healthy benefits, this chocolate and cherry chia pudding is delicious. It makes a great healthy snack, a dessert after a small meal, or a sweet breakfast. We often call it our black forest chia pudding treat.
I’ll be the first to admit, I have a massive sweet tooth. Now that I am gluten and dairy-free and make better food choices, I often find it difficult to find treats that are healthy and delicious. Luckily for me, I am married to someone who is talented in the kitchen and cares enough to create treats like chocolate and cherry chia pudding.
He calls it black forest chia pudding, I just call it delicious. Best of all, it’s super quick to create, but not instant. It does need to set for at least two hours. But no cooking, just deliciousness.
Why chia seeds?
Chia seeds are a wonderfully healthy snack when puffed up. They are loaded with calcium, zinc, polyunsaturated fat (Omega-3 fatty acids), and fiber. Some of the benefits: Fiber aids in blood sugar control, gut health (a big issue in our family), and cholesterol levels.
And according to this article from SFGate, they are also good for appetite control; and therefore, weight loss.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), chia seeds are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids that cannot be made by the body.
Two tablespoons of chia seeds (the per serving amount in our recipe) contains:
- 140 calories
- 4 grams of protein
- 11 grams of fiber
- 7 grams of unsaturated fat
- 18% RDA for calcium
- And trace minerals including zinc and copper.
Our chocolate and cherry chia pudding ticks all of the boxes
What you need to make our black forest chia pudding
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- Chia seeds (2 Tablespoons)
- Canned coconut milk (¼ cup)
- Water (¼ cup)
- Maple syrup (1 teaspoon)
- Coconut yogurt (2 Tablespoons)
- 5 cherries – pitted and cut in half
- A drizzle of chocolate honey* or DF chocolate sauce
*Chocolate honey is easy to obtain in New Zealand, but if you can’t find it, you can substitute any chocolate sauce. Just be sure to check the ingredients if you are preparing this for someone with dietary restrictions.
Step by Step to our chocolate cherry chia pudding recipe
It takes only about 5 minutes to put this pudding together. In a single-serve bowl mix coconut milk, water, and maple syrup. Then stir in the chia seeds.
After a few minutes, you stir again to break up any clumps. This is a much more important step than it sounds. The chia seeds expand as they absorb the liquid, but clumps prevent this from happening.
Then, pop it in the fridge for at least two hours, but overnight makes it even better.
Breakfast, vegan, and other options
The basic recipe is easy to alter, creating a huge variety of options.
- Breakfast: Dare I admit this, I don’t like chocolate in the mornings, so if I were going to have this for breakfast, I would simply leave off the chocolate honey and add a bit more sweet fruits like strawberries. It makes for a nice break from my normal gluten-free pancake breakfast.
- Vegan: The honey is the only non-vegan ingredient here, so simply replace the chocolate honey with a vegan option like this vegan, gluten-free, chocolate sauce and you have a vegan chia pudding.
- Citrus: Change the fruit to orange or mandarin slices, the yogurt to a lemon-flavored option and you have a citrus chia pudding.
- Change up the base flavor: by substituting the coconut milk for almond milk, which works just a well for plumping the chia seeds.
Our chocolate and cherry chia pudding recipe
This recipe was contributed by Jeff Albom
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- ¼ cup coconut milk, canned
- ¼ cup water
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons coconut yogurt
- 5 Cherries - pitted and cut in half
- Drizzle of chocolate honey or dairy free chocolate sauce
- Mix coconut milk, water, and maple syrup in a single-serve bowl.
- Add the chia seeds and stir through to remove lumps.
- Stir again after a few minutes to remove any clumps.
- Place in refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours (overnight is even better).
- When ready to serve, top with cherries, coconut yogurt, and drizzle with chocolate honey.
It's important to break up all chia clumps before placing the pudding in the refrigerator. Clumps won't swell properly.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 9gSugar: 36gProtein: 7g
Nutritional information isn't always accurate and it will vary based on the specific ingredients used.
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