Healthy Chocolate & Ginger Chia Pudding (Vegan)
This easy chia seed pudding pairs cacao with ginger to create a truly irresistible flavour! Not only is it rich enough to pass as a tasty dessert, it’s also packed full of nutrition and fibre to keep you full throughout the day. Make it with coconut milk or almond milk – your choice!
I love when a recipe feels decadent enough to be dessert, yet it’s healthy enough to eat for breakfast. This blended chocolate ginger chia pudding is just that!
I felt inspired to combine chocolate and ginger together after recently trying one of Four Sigmatic’s mushroom blends.
There’s just something SO good about this combination, with ginger giving the perfect kick of spice to chocolate’s bitterness.
Want more inspiration for what to do with chia seeds? Check out my roundup of healthy recipes using chia seeds for more ideas!
Recipe Ingredients Needed
All you need to make this chocolate ginger chia seed pudding are 5 simple, healthy ingredients!
- chia seeds
- raw cacao powder
- ground ginger
- pure maple syrup
- milk of choice (e.g. almond milk or coconut milk)
If you need help choosing a plant-based milk, I have a whole post about cow’s milk alternatives that breaks down the nutrition benefits of each variety!
Tips For Making Chia Seed Pudding
You need to allow at least 2 hours for the chia seeds to soak in the liquid. This causes the chia seeds to swell up and create a “gel,” which is what gives this a pudding-like texture. You CANNOT skip this step!
Chia pudding is best enjoyed chilled – keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it!
Feel free to make a larger batch of chia pudding to keep in the fridge for the week! Simply adjust ingredients to suit your needs – for every 1 cup of milk, you will need 1/4 cup of chia seeds.
If you find that the pudding is too runny for your liking – simply add a few more chia seeds. If it’s too thick – add a splash more milk.
Add toppings just before serving, otherwise they risk getting soggy.
Why Blend Chia Pudding?
If you’re someone who doesn’t love the texture of traditional chia pudding, you might enjoy it blended.
Blended chia pudding has a much smoother, more traditional pudding texture (you can see from the pictures that there’s no visible chia seeds here).
That said – blending is NOT necessary. If you don’t mind the texture of regular chia pudding, then feel free to skip this step!
Looking for a high-quality blender? This Vitamix is my favourite. I’ve used it almost everyday for 5+ years!
Chia Pudding Nutrition Benefits
You guys know I love my chia pudding, and for good reason! Not only is it delicious, but it’s packed with nutrition and health benefits, such as:
Fiber: there are 10 grams of fiber in 2 Tbsp of chia seeds, which is about 40% of your daily fiber needs.
The soluble fiber in chia allows the tiny seed to absorb about 10 times it’s weight in water. Soluble fiber is what creates that gel-like texture of chia pudding.
This expanded gel in your stomach slows digestion and absorption of nutrients, which is why chia seeds can play a role in satiety, lowering blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, and regulating your digestion.
Omega-3s: chia seeds are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids (ALA). Omega-3s play a role in heart health, brain health, and in reducing inflammation throughout the body.
Protein: 2 Tbsps of chia seeds provide 4 grams of quality plant-protein. Protein provides the building blocks for your body’s tissues, and also helps to slow digestion and keep you full.
Minerals: chia seeds are a great source of minerals like:
- 2 Tbsps of chia seeds provide 23%, 17%, and 12% of your daily needs, respectively
Cacao & Ginger Health Benefits
For chocolate, I love using raw cacao powder, which is rich in nutrients like magnesium, iron and flavonoids (antioxidants).
Raw cacao powder is not the same as your standard chocolate milk powder; it has no added sugars and is cold-pressed, meaning its nutrition is preserved during processing.
I’ve linked my favourite brand here – it’s a staple in my pantry!
Ginger is a warming spice that is known to help alleviate digestive distress like nausea, morning sickness, and feelings of an upset stomach.
Ginger contains both anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidant properties, which collectively can help reduce risk for chronic and inflammatory conditions.
More Chia Pudding Recipes
- Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Pudding
- Key Lime Pie Chia Pudding
- Coconut Chia Pudding With Honey & Lime
- Maple Kefir Chia Pudding
- Blended Raspberry Chia Pudding
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Get the Recipe: Healthy Chocolate & Ginger Chia Pudding (Vegan)
- Add chia seeds, cacao powder, and ginger to a large bowl or jar. Mix ingredients together before adding milk and maple syrup.
- Mix wet and dry ingredients well, then cover and keep in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours until mixture has solidified.
- Remove from fridge and add mixture to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth (~1 minute).
- Serve and add topping as desired. Best enjoyed cold!
- You need to allow at least 2 hours for the chia seeds to soak in the liquid. This causes the chia seeds to swell up and create a “gel,” which is what gives this a pudding-like texture. You CANNOT skip this step!
- Chia pudding is best enjoyed chilled – keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it!
- If you find that the pudding is too runny for your liking – simply add a few more chia seeds. If it’s too thick – add a splash more milk.
- Add toppings just before serving, otherwise they risk getting soggy.
- Recipe keeps well in the fridge for a few days – feel free to make a larger batch! For every 1 cup of milk, you will need 1/4 cup of chia seeds.
As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.
Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.