This High Protein Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding is a recipe for dark chocolate lovers! It is healthy enough for breakfast, and sweet enough for dessert!
This makes enough to power one chocolate loving BA through a Monday morning, but if you're in the mood for sharing, this would make a sweet little ending after a dinner for two. AND you deserve a gold medal for such an act of kindness and generosity.
This post was originally published in 2017, but has since been updated and improved.
I love this chia pudding both when the chocolate craving hits (approximately at 2:35 pm most days of the week) and as an alternative to my beloved overnight oats for a make ahead breakfast. I love the balance of bitter and sweetness that dark chocolate has, but if you're not a fan, feel free to use regular cocoa powder instead.
Ingredients you'll need to make this
- chia seeds
- chocolate protein powder
- dark blend cocoa powder
- milk of choice
- vanilla extract
- maple syrup
- mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
In a bowl or jar with a lid, add ¼ cup chia seeds, 1 scoop (about 2 tablespoons) of chocolate protein powder, 1 tablespoon dark blend cocoa powder, 1 cup of milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Stir until mixture is thoroughly combined. Replace lid on container.
Give the mixture another thorough stir, replace lid, and refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight. Before enjoying, top with 1 tablespoon of mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs, if using, and enjoy.
- If you're not a fan of dark chocolate, use regular cocoa powder instead.
- For extra crunch and nutrition, top with chopped walnuts.
- Adding protein powder if optional, and adds a little more chocolate flavor. If skipping, add a little bit more cocoa powder.
How long does this chia pudding last?
If stored in a closed container in the refrigerator, this chia pudding is good for up to 5 days.
Can you freeze this?
Yes! You can double this recipe, portion out, and freeze in airtight, freezer-friendly containers for up to 1 month. Refrigerate overnight to thaw out before ready to enjoy.
Do I have to use protein powder?
Adding protein powder is optional. You may want to add a little extra cocoa powder for extra chocolate flavor. The nutrition information will change if skipping the protein powder.
Money Saving Tips for this Chia Pudding
Buy in bulk. If it makes sense for you, buy items you use more often in bulk, like chia seeds or cocoa powder. Buying larger containers of items is often more cost effective than smaller sizes.
Use store brands. Shop store brand for items like cocoa powder, milk, and maple syrup. Store brand options tend to be less expensive, without sacrificing flavor or quality.
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