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Maybe you’ve tried to like chia pudding but just…don’t.  You might love the nutritional boost that chia pudding provides, but prefer the taste and texture of regular pudding, like I do.  However, regular pudding is high in sugar and sodium and lacking in fiber and protein. When creating this recipe, I found that adding a small amount of regular dry pudding mix was just enough to create a creamier, firmer chocolate chia pudding with a richer taste. And keep the nutritional benefits!


Creamy Chocolate Chia Pudding

Finally- a chia pudding that has the creamy texture and rich taste of regular chocolate pudding- but with 75% less sugar and a huge fiber boost!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chia pudding
Prep Time 5 minutes
Refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 135kcal
Author Heidi Gunderson, RDN, CDCES


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of your choice
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • tbsp dry chocolate pudding mix or flavor of choice
  • ¼ tsp vanilla


  • Pour milk into a medium bowl.
  • Add the chia seeds, dry pudding mix and vanilla.
    Whisk all ingredients for 15-30 seconds until well incorporated.
  • Pour pudding mixture into 2 dessert cups.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.


I used regular chocolate fudge pudding mix. Save the extra dry mix to make this recipe several times (4-5 times)!  If desired, use sugar-free pudding mix to decrease sugar and calories in this recipe.
As made, one serving also provides 5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.


Calories: 135kcal

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