You may have already tried my chocolate avocado pudding, which is one of my favorites with frozen cherries added in, but if you’re not a fan of avocado, this pudding is for you.
It’s made with chia seeds, which are loaded with antioxidants, plant-based protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. (So much fiber, in fact, that there is only one “net carb” per one-ounce serving!) And because we’ve been trying to avoid added sugars in our home lately, this pudding is sweetened with just fiber-rich dates.
Now, before any of you worry about the natural sugar content found in dates, I think it’s important to note that studies have classified dates to be a low-glycemic food (source), and have found that even diabetics can consume them without significant glucose spikes (source). I personally find date-sweetened desserts to leave me feeling more balanced after I eat them, too– in other words, I can enjoy a portion, but don’t feel like binging on more sweets later!
Of course, if dates aren’t convenient for you, you can always use another natural sweetener, like maple syrup or honey, if you prefer. This recipe is easily adaptable, since you can taste it as you go! Though it’s very quick to prepare, I recommend chilling this pudding completely before serving. It thickens up when chilled, and the rich chocolate flavor gets even better as it sets!
Chocolate Chia Pudding (Vegan, Paleo)
Makes 2 (4-ounce) servings
Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend until very smooth. Stop and scrape the blender, if necessary, and be sure to taste the pudding as you go. Feel free to add more cacao or dates, as needed to suit your tastes.
*Note: If you don’t have a high-speed blender, allow the ingredients sit together for 20 to 30 minutes before blending, to allow the chia seeds and dates to soften– they’ll blend much easier that way!
Pour the pudding into two serving dishes, and place in the fridge to set until thoroughly chilled, at least 30 minutes. Serve cold and enjoy!
- ¾ cup non-dairy milk, or water
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- 4 Medjool dates, pitted
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend until very smooth. Stop and scrape the blender, if necessary, and be sure to taste the pudding as you go. Feel free to add more cacao or dates, as needed to suit your tastes.
- Pour the pudding into two serving dishes, and place in the fridge to set until thoroughly chilled, at least 30 minutes. Serve cold and enjoy!
- This recipe is naturally nut-free, assuming you use water or a non-dairy milk, like rice milk or hemp milk.
- To replace the dates, feel free to use 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey.
Reader Feedback: Have you been afraid to consume dates due to their sugar content? If so, I hope you’re more willing to give them a shot now!