During my first 2 days of whole 30 I realized I needed a dessert. I needed something to fight that craving. I also wanted a recipe that could be breakfast too. This Instant Chocolate Chia Pudding for Whole 30 recipe totally did the trick. Fresh berries on top made this a true treat. This is also keto quick chocolate chia pudding recipe because when we recently did keto I found this to be low crn with the right milk. This healthy chocolate chia pudding is made with dates, so it is gluten-free, vegan, paleo, keto (with keto milk), and whole 30. 

I have been making chia puddings for sometime now, but the traditional way of making chia pudding is puttin in the whole seeds and letting it soak overnight.  My kids would complain about the seeds and I wondered how to make it smooth and creamy. The Blendtec blender was the answer to this question! Not only did it make this an instant chocolate chia pudding, meaning it doesn’t need to chia in the fridge, but this was also a chocolate chia pudding with coconut milk since my daughter is lactose intolerant. If you do not have a Blendtec, you can still make this recipe with any blender, but it really does an excellent job.

Instant Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia pudding in a bowl with strawberries on top

We all grew up eating instant pudding out of the box. I mean, it’s easy and super convenient. Plus it tasted good.  After we found out my son had a corn allergy making pudding from a box was no longer an option. So, when I need to make pudding for a recipe or for the kids my options are this recipe, my Chocolate Pudding (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free)Vanilla Pudding (Gluten Free, Dairy Free), or my Banana Pudding (Gluten Free, DairyFree). These are all corn free as well.

This instant chocolate chia pudding is so easy to make because you just put the hand full of ingredients in your blender and let is blend. It will thicken instantly. Then you can chill it until you are ready to eat it.

Whole 30 Chocolate Chia Pudding 

Strawberries in a bowl with instant chocolate chia pudding in cups

If you aren’t whole 30 you can add maple syrup to sweeten it a bit, this keeps it paleo. This chocolate chia pudding with coconut milk is not sweet because its whole 30. The dates help a little, but if I wasn’t doing a Whole 30 I would totally add 2 TBSP. of maple syrup to this and increase the amount of chia seeds to 1/3 cup of a cup instead of 1/4.

Quick Chocolate Chia Pudding with dates

Chia pudding on a wooden plate witj strawberries in a bowl

Berries and even bananas are also another great way to add some sweetness to this instant chocolate chia pudding. I topped mine with strawberries, blueberries, and coconut chips. If you really want to add some extra flavor, adding a drizzle of almond or cashew butter would be decadent.

How do I make this Instant Chocolate Chia Pudding?

2 cups of instant chocolate chia pudding with strawberries on top

It’s as simple as adding all of the ingredients to the blender and blending for about 1 minute. Turn off the blender and give it a good stir and then blend for another 30-45 seconds or until it turns thick. Store it in the fridge and add your favorite toppings when ready to serve.

You can store for about 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. 

For a KETO option you will want to leave out the maple syrup and dates. You can use a KETO sweetener like Lakanto maple syrup. Also, make sure your milk is KETO friendly. I recommend Mooala KETO milks. 

FAQ 

Is Chia Pudding good for weight loss?

Chia seeds are nutrient dense and low in calories. They contain fiber, iron and omegas, so they are a superfood. If you replace your desserts with a healthy snack like this recipe, then it could help aid you on your weight loss journey.

Is Chia Pudding Healthy?

A chia pudding recipe like this is very healthy and nutrient dense. To keep this recipe healthy it is refined sugar free.

Can you put chia seeds in pudding?

You can put chia seeds in a lot of things. We always add it to our smoothies and you can make pudding from chia seeds, but I wouldn’t recommend adding chia seeds to a premade pudding. 

How do you make chia seed pudding not slimy?

This is a good one because if you have kids then you know that texture is very important! Blending the seeds vs. letting them soak overnight is the key to making this pudding thick and not slimy at all. The chia seeds expand when you let them soak up the liquid and that is what give them a slimy texture. Blending the seeds breaks them up and then they expand with the milk.

So, the answer to this is blending the pudding instead of using whole chia seeds is how to make chia seed pudding not slimy. 

Do you soak chia seeds before making pudding?

No, there is no need to pre soak the seeds.

What is the texture of chia pudding?

Some will compare it to that of tapioca pudding when you do not blend the chia seeds. I personally love it, but my kids are turned off by it. This pudding is just a regular style pudding and it thickens more as you refrigerate it. 

 

Chocolate Chia Pudding Keto

Instant Chocolate Chia Pudding in cups with strawberries on top

If you have been in the market for a high powered blender I highly recommend the Blendtec. I have tried a few and this one is by far my absolute favorite blender I have ever used. Blendtec was kind enough to offer a discount code to my readers as well. Head over to the Blendtec site and use the code LIVINGFREELY to get 25% off your purchase.

Have you done a Whole 30? If so, what was your experience?

Chocolate Chia Pudding with Coconut Milk

 

 

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Instant Chocolate Chia Pudding

This paleo and whole 30 recipe is easy with a few simple ingredients. You will love this healthy treat. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Paleo Instant Chocolate Chia Pudding, Whole 30 Chocolate Chia Pudding
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 250 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 4 dates or 3 tbsp. maple syrup if your not whole 30
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend for about 3 or so minutes. Until all of the seeds are blended through and its nice and creamy. 

Recipe Notes

If you are using 2 tbsp. of maple syrup increase the amount of chia seeds to 1/3 cup instead of 1/4 cup. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Chocolate Chia Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 357mg10%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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19 comments

Elisabeth Watkins February 28, 2020 - 8:17 pm

5 stars
This was so EASY! It’s so quick too. It tastes great and packs so much protein and fiber.

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livingfreelygf February 29, 2020 - 3:29 am

Thanks Elisabeth. I’m so glad you liked it. Easy is the best!

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Missy|Life Around The Table June 10, 2020 - 9:46 pm

5 stars
Great recipe for something sweet on the whole 30!

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livingfreelygf June 11, 2020 - 4:48 pm

I’m glad you like it!

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Lizzie August 4, 2020 - 10:04 pm

3 stars
Although Whole 30 compliant, it is not in the spirit of Whole 30. They even tell you on the website to ‘put away your chia pudding for 30 days’!

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livingfreelygf August 5, 2020 - 1:26 am

Hi Lizzie, yes there are many different restrictions. This recipe helped get me through a slump though on my whole 30 journey. We enjoy it regularly as a paleo treat too.

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Mallory October 18, 2020 - 9:53 pm

5 stars
I am on a Whole30 diet for the next three-six months because of medical/allergy issues, so I personally am extremely grateful for this! This is a great option for those not doing the program.

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livingfreelygf October 22, 2020 - 2:50 pm

Hi Mallory. I hope the diet helps you and gives you some relief!

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Sara August 22, 2020 - 2:56 pm

Is the coconut milk unsweetened?

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livingfreelygf August 22, 2020 - 3:36 pm

Yes, I use the can of coconut milk to make this compliant, but if you are not doing whole 30 or paleo you can use any coconut or plant based milk sweetened or unsweetened.

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Andrea January 16, 2021 - 2:08 am

Can I substitute the coconut milk for almond milk or will that affect the texture or taste?

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livingfreelygf January 16, 2021 - 4:38 pm

HI Andrea,

Any milk will work perfect in this recipe! I love coconut because its a little thicker, but almond milk will work just fine. If it’s too thin then just refigerate it for a little while.

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GAil January 28, 2021 - 2:17 pm

how long before serving can this stay in the refrigerator

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livingfreelygf January 28, 2021 - 4:08 pm

You can store this for 3-5 days in the fridge before serving.

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Jenn February 7, 2021 - 4:02 am

Delicious and so easy to make for a quick satisfying treat.

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livingfreelygf February 7, 2021 - 10:29 pm

Thanks Jenn! I am so glad that you like it.

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Suzanne June 30, 2021 - 5:50 pm

This looks so good! I love that the ingredient list is simple!

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Vanessa June 30, 2021 - 5:51 pm

Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?

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livingfreelygf June 30, 2021 - 8:19 pm

This stays good for about 3 days in the refrigerator.

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