Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding with Cashew Cream
I know that there are probably a million recipes out there for a chocolate chia seed pudding, but I’ve been making this one for years and absolutely love it. So I thought I’d share it with you as I’m sure you will love it too.
I first started eating chia seed puddings around six years ago when I wanted to begin eating a little cleaner in the morning for breakfast and also not reach for the naughty snacks when I got a bit peckish.
Chia seed puddings seemed like the perfect alternative. Super easy to make, a lot of room for creativity and combination of flavours, and most importantly, satisfying.
I have a few different alterations on rotation, but I can’t get past the cashew cream with this one. It’s not too sweet and works beautifully with the chocolate chia seed pudding.
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My other versions are simpler, depending on what I have in my house. You can take it in so many different directions, but it’s great to have a rule of thumb to work with for chia to liquid ratio, that way you have a great pudding consistency every time. My ratio is typically 3/4 cup chia seeds to 2.5 cups of liquid.
The flexibility of this chocolate chia seed pudding
It’s great to make in advance in little glass jars and just pop it in your bag if you’re running late for school drop-off, work, or study.
Chia seed puddings are best made in advance as the chia seeds expand with time. This is why I always use so much more liquid, as they actually absorb 10 to 12 times their own weight.
They form a gel and are great for vegan cooking and baking. I sometimes mix them into my porridge, add them to my smoothie, or grind them up to use as a binder in cakes, slices, or veggie patties.
Incredible nutritional value
Chia seeds are not only versatile but are classified as a superfood that is rich in a vast range of nutrients and minerals.
One thing I did hear a while ago is that if you’re using chia seeds for their nutritional benefits (as opposed to just as a binder), make sure they are not heated as they lose most of their nutrient value. Just keep that in mind.
You can use either white or black chia seeds for this recipe. From my understanding, they have an identical nutritional profile, but one comes from a purple flower and the other from a white one. Just a fun little fact for you! I personally use black ones as they are easier to access. If you’re using them in baking a light cake or something else that would show the seed when you want to disguise it, then use white ones instead.
Note that this recipe isn’t too sweet. If you have a sweet tooth and want it a little sweeter, add an extra tablespoon of maple syrup to both the chia seed pudding and the cashew cream.
Other recipes you’ll love:
- Our Breakfast Superfood Smoothie
- Apple, Blueberry and Vanilla Oat Bran Porridge
- Rose and Pistachio Rice Pudding
- Sugar-Free Chocolate & Hazelnut Granola
- Coffee Chia Pudding Breakfast Parfait
- Quick Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl (Vegan)
- Easy Vegan Bread Pudding
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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding With Cashew Cream
- Prep Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 3 Cups*
Enjoy this nutritious chocolate chia seed pudding with special cashew cream to take it to another level. Have it for breakfast, dessert, or a healthy snack.
- ¾ cup black or white chia seeds
- 1 heaped tablespoon cacao powder
- 2½ cups coconut milk (not from a can)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1⁄2 cup raw cashews
- 1 small ripe banana
- Mix the chia seeds and cacao powder.
- Using a whisk, add in the coconut milk and maple syrup and stir for about a minute. Once the consistency is even, but aside for 5 minutes. Stir one more time before setting aside for around 30 minutes or overnight if making for breakfast.
- For the cream, put the cashews, banana, and 2 tablespoons of water in a small food processor or using a stick blender and blend until smooth.
- Layer the chia pudding and the cream and top with coconut, nuts or fruit. I put some shredded coconut, crushed walnuts for some crunch, and grated some dark chocolate.
*Serving size depends on the jar or glass you use for serving and how much you want to serve per serving. What you see pictured is how much the whole recipe takes. They are quite wide glasses. You could easily split this between three serves.
- Diet: Vegan
Hey, thanks for sharing this recipe! Im curious whats up with canned coconut milk, why is it advised against using it? tyia! <3
Hi Helen, the consistency is just not the same. You want more of a thin milk compared to a thick, more translucent milk that you typically get from a can. It really depends on the brand as well! Hope that explains it 🙂
All I can say is …Yum Yum…
We tucked into it before it even got to put together…ha ha
We had ours with cooked up apple slices !
I had run out of maple syrup ,so used brown rice syrup- and it still tasted yummy .
Thanks for yet another WINNER!
Sounds delicious! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. If you have a quick moment, would you mind leaving a starred review? It helps others find the recipe 🙂
Hi! The pudding looks great. Can I replace the coconut milk for almond milk?
You sure can! It just might not be as creamy as the coconut milk. Any plant-based milk would work 🙂 Enjoy!