Summer Dessert: Smooth Cacao Chia Pudding, Vegan & Sugar Free

by Sarah on June 26, 2014 · 5 comments

Am I the only one that hates the feeling of chia seeds grinding in between your teeth? I like the taste of chia pudding, but the texture not so much. It is a perfect sweet treat at the end of a clean eating day. Naturally gluten free and vegan, I was curious what would happen if I put chia pudding into my blender and was shocked at what came out! This easy to make dessert is a fun party idea for your fourth of July party by adding some fun color and serving in small “jell-o shot” cup. hint: People eat a lot more dessert when they appear to be mini servings.  

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Smooth Cacao Chia Pudding 

Here is what you need:

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  • 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Cacao Nibs
  • 400mL Light Coconut Milk (1 can)
  • 2 truvia natural sweetener packets
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash of Himalayan sea salt


Combine ingredients in an air tight container. I used a mason jar. Let the seeds sit for 2-4 hours or until liquid is absorbed. Pour pudding mixture into a blender. I used a BlendTec and used the ice cream setting. 

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This mixture was was whipped. It was filled with air and was almost like a mix between jell-o and marshmallows. You could eat the pudding like this by itself.

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To make this into a more party friendly dessert, put a heaping tablespoon into little plastic containers and top with blueberries or strawberries. Arrange like an American flag for a 4th of July party. 

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For a sweeter treat, add in a third packet of truvia natural sweetener or teaspoon of honey. 

I can’t believe it took me so long to try this variation on chia pudding. I also find that is tastes better with the canned coconut milk than the kind in a box. The chia seeds absorb much more of the liquid. Enjoy!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Truvia Kitchen Cabinet. While I receive compensation for my participation, all opinions express are my own. 

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out June 26, 2014 at 8:09 pm

I just bought a can of light coconut milk and now I know where it will be going!


2 Emily June 27, 2014 at 9:03 am

This is such a great idea…whipping up my chia pudding this morning!


3 Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake June 27, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Such a good idea! I have huge bag of chia seeds right now, so need to make this!


4 Sara June 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm

This looks so amazing!

Question: can I substitute the cacao nibs for cacao powder? If so, how much would you recommend?

Thanks Sarah!



5 Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness June 28, 2014 at 2:02 pm

I love mini sized desserts! It gives you the satisfaction of something sweet without being too much.

Also, I’m digging your new site design! Looking good! :)


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