This healthy chocolate chia pudding is the perfect alternative to store-bought chocolate pudding which can be high in sugar but low in much nutrition.
Kids do love store-bought chocolate pudding cups, and my kids are no exception.
Here in New Zealand, we don't traditionally refer to it as chocolate pudding, it's usually referred to as chocolate custard, chocolate yoghurt or by the brand name of one of the big brands here 'Calci-yum'.
If your kids are chocolate pudding lovers but you are looking for a healthier alternative then this could be it. It is a no-cook recipe that's simple to put together.
How to make chocolate chia pudding
Chia puddings are very easy to make, in this recipe to create a smooth chocolate chia pudding reminiscent of a store-bought chocolate pudding I simply make a healthy chocolate smoothie using cocoa and chia seeds, leave it to set in the refrigerator and voila it's done
Pudding a healthy breakfast?
Well, I certainly think this chocolate chia pudding could make a healthy breakfast. It contains protein from the milk and chia seeds, fats from the peanut butter, a serve of fruit in the form of banana and extra fibre from the cocoa and chia seeds. Cocoa is actually a rich source of iron too, so all and all not to bad
Is chocolate chia pudding vegan?
This chocolate chia pudding can certainly be vegan, but you will have to be a little selective in the ingredients you choose to use.
Cocoa powder strictly speaking is vegan, however sometimes during processing, the product can be exposed to things other than just ground cacao beans. The product should be labeled if it may contain any other products not vegan.
This chocolate chia pudding recipe will work with all types of milk and milk alternatives, so if you are looking for a vegan chocolate chia pudding be sure to substitute cow's milk for a suitable vegan alternative.
How long can I keep chia puddings keep in the fridge?
These chocolate chia puddings will store in the fridge for up to 5 days. How efficient is that, 5 minutes to make for 5 days supply. You can store them in jars so they are like little pudding cups, or you can make a big batch and just store it in a covered bowl, and scoop out portions with a clean spoon as you need it.
Can babies have chia seed puddings?
Chia seeds, particularly when soaked in chia seed puddings are ok for babies from the time they start their solids journey.
This chocolate chia pudding recipe, because it contains added sugar in the form in maple syrup and is quite rich with cocoa is one I would leave for an older child or toddler rather than a first food.
I use chia seeds a lot in many of my recipes, they are great in both my banana oat baby cookies and sweet potato cookies for babies where I use them as an egg replacer to stop these soft style cookies from crumbling.
- 1 Cup milk or milk alternative
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 banana (120g)
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 tablespoon chia seeds
- Place all ingredients into a blender
- Blend until smooth
- Pour into 2 bowls or jars
- Refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 4 hrs, mix will have a pudding-like texture
- The maple syrup can be substituted for honey if desired, it can also be reduced or removed altogether if you prefer a less sweet pudding
- Any milk or milk alternative can be used in this recipe
- It's also lovely with almond butter
- Double or triple the batch and store in a large bowl in the refrigerator and just take out scoops when you need it
- These puddings will store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: ½ Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 6gSugar: 9gProtein: 10g
Please know this nutrition analysis is based on the ingredients only, this recipe has not been sent to a laboratory for independent testing