Guys, I have never been much of a pudding fan, even chocolate pudding (normally I love anything with chocolate). WEIRD, I know. Despite my dislike of most pudding, I have been intrigued by the healthier puddings such as avocado pudding, and any kind of chia seed pudding. Go figure: add a vegetable – I mean fruit, avocado is a fruit – or some superfood ancient seeds and pudding is my new favorite dessert.
Something is seriously wrong with me.
To this day, I still don’t like the store-bought pudding cups. Maybe it’s because I can taste that they have been sitting on a shelf for 2.5 million years, filled with alien chemicals so they can sit on the shelf for exactly 2.5 million years. You don’t want a pudding cup now either, do ya? GROSS!
Sorry! Actually I’m not sorry one single bit!
Because, you will be blown away by how delicious, indulgent and non-healthy-tasting this Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding is! PLUS it’s super-duper-duper easy to make, so really, there is no reason to reach for that pudding cup anymore! Say goodbye to 2.5 million-year-old pudding, my friends.
And say hello to luxurious, rich, chocolate-y, peanut butter-y pudding!
A yummy pudding that is actually healthy for you! Chia seeds are packed with omega 3’s, calcium, magnesium, protein, antioxidants, and tons of fiber, which is how they create a pudding-like consistency when they sit in a liquid overnight. The fiber expands and the seeds soften. Important tip: make sure to drink a huge glass of water when you eat chia seed pudding to help move things along, if you know what I mean, eh?
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is naturally sweetened with honey and contains 4.8 grams of fiber and 5.7 grams of protein, so you will feel satisfied for hours.
I have made many a chia seed pudding in my recent past, usually of the simple vanilla variety, and enjoyed it as part of my breakfast or as a healthy sweet treat. However, Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding takes it to the next level. The peanut butter adds a rich silkiness. HELLO, Chocolate and Peanut Butter, oh how I love thee!
BTW this is optional, but highly recommended: you can top your already incredible pudding with some coconut whip and/or sliced bananas. Bananas + peanut butter + chocolate + a little coconut whip = the best combo ever!
Remember that I said Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding is really easy to make? I wasn’t kidding. It only takes 5 minutes to make, once you have the ingredients on the counter, and requires 6 ingredients that you whisk together in a bowl, pop a lid on it and stick in the fridge to set up overnight. The hardest part is waiting. My friends, if you give the chia seeds time to do their magic of turning liquid into rich, creamy pudding, you will be well rewarded.
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (Can sub unsweetened cashew milk or dairy milk. I would avoid coconut milk, otherwise you will end up with a strong coconut flavor).
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup unsweetened cacao powder, or cocoa, sifted (This is a good place to use antioxidant-rich cacao powder, the raw version of cocoa powder).
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- Pinch fine sea salt
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- 3 to 4 tablespoons honey
- FOR TOPPINGS (OPTIONAL):
- Chocolate chips
- Coconut whip
- Sliced bananas
- Extra peanut butter
- Other fresh fruit
- In a medium-size mixing bowl add all of the ingredients. Whisk vigorously until everything is well combined.
- Taste a little and add more honey until it reaches your desired sweetness. Cover and place in the fridge for 5 to 8 hours; 8 hours is best. The fiber in the chia seeds will have expanded creating a thick pudding-like consistency.
- Give the pudding a good stir and transfer it to serving dishes. Top with toppings, if desired (ideas listed in ingredients list above). Serve immediately.
- The pudding stores well in the fridge for up to 4 to 5 days. Give it a good stir each time before serving. The pudding tends to get a little bit thicker as it continues to sit. If it thickens too much for your liking stir in a teaspoon of unsweetened almond milk at a time until it thins out to your desired consistency.
Nutrition info is based on 1/4 cup per serving, without any toppings.
P.S. for another chia seed pudding recipe check out my Pumpkin Spiced Chia Seed Pudding. You can’t go wrong with adding a little pumpkin to your pudding!