Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

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Chocolate chia seed pudding with pomegranate is an easy and delicious breakfast solution packed with nutritious ingredients!

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

We all have those crazy mornings where we’re sprinting out the door, but wishing we had time to enjoy a nutritious breakfast. As a busy health-conscious working mom, I’m trying to get everyone nourished and ready for the day.

I have a recipe for pomegranate and chocolate chia seed pudding that is easy to make and loaded with superfoods. With a little meal prep, you’re going to have a delicious breakfast or an energizing snack. If you have just 5 minutes to stir, pour and let the chia seeds do their magic, these pudding cups are for you!

top down view of an open pomegranate with ingredients to make a chocolate chia pudding

Do you want to know my secret for a quick, easy and flavorful breakfast that everyone will enjoy? It’s a few simple ingredients combined for a fun recipe with added benefits. Here are the key ingredients to make this superfood pomegranate chia pudding:

How to Make Chia Seed Pudding

  • Chia Seeds- An incredible superfood due to its tremendous nutritional benefits like omega-3-fatty acids, easily digestible protein, iron, antioxidants, calcium, and fiber.
  • Liquid– When the fiber in chia seeds combines with a liquid, a gel-like layer is created around the outside and thickens the mixture into a pudding. Liquids like milk (dairy, nut, soy for example), juice like pomegranate, cranberry or peach work well for chia pudding.
  • Yogurt– Adds a creamier texture, additional protein, and probiotics to the pudding. You can use dairy, Greek-style or plant-based yogurt to give a nice texture.
  • Add-In’s– Increase the nutritional benefits by adding fresh fruit like pomegranate arils, berries, a little bit of dark chocolate, or even a nutritional protein powder.
  • Ratio– What I’ve found works best is a mixture of 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1 cup liquid and 1 cup yogurt for just the right pudding texture.
  • Time- Once the chia seeds, liquid, and yogurt are added together the mixture needs at least 1 hour to thicken. Overnight provides the best thickness, so it’s perfect for meal prepping so you can grab and eat!

packages of chocolate powder

One of the simplest ways to boost your chia pudding with added nutrition is with protein powder. Nutritional drinks are super convenient to have for any time you need a quick breakfast or snack and can be used in various recipes like smoothies, or even in baked goods. So many ways to get creative!

close up of chia pudding

The flavors of this chia pudding are incredible for a few tasty reasons. The chocolate layer flavored by the chocolate powder gives an indulgent cocoa flavor without all of the unwanted calories. The fruity pomegranate layer has just the right amount of natural sweetness and tartness.

The combination together is like a dream! I added some fresh pomegranate arils for a burst of juicy fruit flavor and phytonutrients. A few dark chocolate shavings add flavor and antioxidants. Superfoods like chia, pomegranate, and cocoa provide nutrient-rich ingredients that are considered to be especially beneficial for well-being.

top down view of two glasses of pomegranate breakfast puddings

If there is one thing to look forward to in the morning, make it breakfast time! These tiny superfood chia seeds are magical, naturally transforming a simple mixture into a spectacular meal. This recipe makes four generous 1 cup servings, so you can place each layer in a sealable container and add your favorite toppings, so they are ready even if you are still just waking up.

What is the nutritional profile of chia seeds and what are ways to use them?

These teeny tiny seeds are nutrient-packed and promote long-lasting energy. In just one ounce (2 tablespoons) of seeds, contain 4.6 grams proteins, 9.6 grams fiber, 8.6 grams healthy fat and 136 calories (Source: LiveStrong.com). Each serving of chia pudding for this recipe contains two tablespoons, so you are getting all of that incredible nutrition. Some of my favorite ways to add them to recipes are in smoothies, chia jams, popsicles, salad dressing or even in baked goods! When creating new recipes, start with a tablespoon at a time to determine how much needed to add nutrition or texture.

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Chocolate chia seed pudding with pomegranate is an easy and delicious breakfast solution! Each spoonful is packed with wholesome and nutritious ingredients.
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5 from 3 votes
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings 4 servings
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

Ingredients

Chocolate Pudding

  • 1 cup milk, dairy, almond, soy, cashew or coconut
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt, soy or coconut yogurt
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 2 packets milk chocolate powder
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate, shavings, optional

Pomegranate Pudding

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt, soy or coconut yogurt
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils

Instructions 

Chocolate Pudding

  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together milk, yogurt, chia seeds and two packets of milk chocolate powder. 
  • Cover and transfer to the refrigerate for 1 hour. If making overnight pudding, store in an airtight container.

Pomegranate Pudding

  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together pomegranate juice, yogurt, and chia seeds. 
  • Cover and transfer to the refrigerate for 1 hour. If making overnight pudding, store in an airtight container.

Assembly

  • Remove the chia puddings from the refrigerator. 
  • In 4 separate serving cups or containers, and ½ cup chocolate pudding to each cup.
  • Add ½ cup pomegranate pudding on top to each cup. 
  • Add some plain yogurt on top if desired.
  • Top with 2 tablespoons pomegranate arils and 1 tablespoon dark chocolate if desired.

Notes

  • You can meal prep the chia pudding in 4 separate jars or containers with lids to grab and enjoy on the go.
  • Chia pudding is good for up to 5 days refrigerated.

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Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 136mg6%
Potassium 324mg9%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 23.9mg29%
Calcium 490mg49%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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