Healthy Recipes

A chocolate chia treat for breakfast, snack or dessert

This nutritious, creamy pudding calls for simple ingredients and very little effort

Chocolate chia pudding

Photo, Tara Miller.

I love simple recipes that have many different uses. Snacks that can be turned into meals, and desserts that make a perfect breakfast, are always my favourites.

Summer calls for no-cook, low-maintenance-type dishes. So, with a few staple ingredients in my kitchen I came up with an easy chocolate chia pudding that is a breakfast, snack and dessert all in one.

The chia seeds (high in fibre, protein and omega 3), magnesium-filled cacao powder and mineral-rich maple syrup make this pudding as healthy as it is versatile. But it’s similar enough to a classic creamy pudding that it can be enjoyed by everyone.

Customize your pudding to fit the time of day by topping it with your favourite fruit, nuts, seeds — or coconut chips, as shown here.




2 cups non-dairy milk (I used So Delicious coconut milk)

½ cup chia seeds

2 tbsp cacao powder

1 tbsp maple syrup (option to add more or less for desired sweetness)

½ tsp vanilla



1. In a blender or mini food processor, blend the milk, cacao powder, vanilla and maple syrup.

2. Combine chia seeds and liquid mixture in a large bowl. Stir and place in the refrigerator.

3. Leave for at least 3 hours or, ideally, overnight.


Serves 4


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 121 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 65

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 7.3 g 11%
Saturated Fat 2.4 g 12%
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 8 mg 0%
Potassium 155 mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 13.4 g 4%
Dietary Fibre 5.5 g 22%
Sugars 6.6 g
Protein 3.0 g
Vitamin A 5%

Vitamin C 1%

Calcium 17%

Iron 9%


* Based on a 2,000 calorie diet