Raw Vegan Dessert Recipes: Chocolate Chia Pudding

Here is one of my favorite chocolate vegan and gluten-free dessert recipes containing 1/2 tablespoon of organic raw coconut oil per serving. Enjoy this delicious raw , vegan and gluten-free chocolate pudding as a dessert or pre-work out fuel.

This recipe is strangely addicting! It takes less than 5 minutes to assemble. The ancient Aztec chia seed is one of the richest natural whole food sources of Omega 3 fatty acids and dietary fiber.

(Serves 4)

  • 2 cups unsweetened organic coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons raw coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder or organic unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a container; whisk well and cover tightly. Place covered container in fridge 2-3 hours or overnight. Chia seeds will plump up. Serve with fresh seasonal fruit (such as berries, diced peaches, sliced bananas, or pomegranate seeds).

Dr. Claudia Pillow

Dr. Claudia Pillow coauthored The Gluten-Free Good Health Cookbook: The Delicious Way to Strengthen Your Immune System and Neutralize Inflammation with her sister, Annalise Roberts (author of Gluten-Free Baking Classics) As part of her dissertation, she developed and tested a celiac disease school screening tool and is currently in the process of making the program available nationally. She teaches gluten-free culinary classes, lectures nationally and writes for multiple websites.

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30 Responses to Raw Vegan Dessert Recipes: Chocolate Chia Pudding
  1. The Purple Carrot
    August 29, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    Looks delicious!!

  2. April
    August 29, 2011 | 3:58 pm

    Looks amazing! I’d sub agave nectar or brown rice syrup to make it vegan, but yay, cocoa and chia!

  3. Bunny
    August 29, 2011 | 8:50 pm

    How is this vegan when it has honey? :0)

  4. Dr. Claudia Pillow
    August 30, 2011 | 5:34 pm

    Hi Bunny,
    Thanks for weighing in. I totally respect your position not to eat honey but honey is from insects not animals. Insects are killed daily in the production of vegan products, organic or not so this topic has many sides. Please substitute your favorite sweetener in place of honey and enjoy the recipe in good health.

  5. Dr. Claudia Pillow
    August 30, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    Hi April,
    Great substitute ideas. I love maple syrup as a sweetener too.

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  7. [...] Tarts: press a Hail Merry Macaroon into a mini cupcake tin. With a small ice cream measure, scoop Chocolate Chia Pudding into macaroon-lined tin. Chill for 30 minutes and then drizzle with Chocolate Mocha Glaze before [...]

  8. Suzanne
    January 14, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Where do I find the Chia seeds? This looks good. I am always looking for gluten free recipes for my sons who are hyperactive.

  9. Dr. Claudia Pillow
    January 14, 2012 | 5:31 pm

    Suzanne, look for chia seeds in either the natural foods section of a traditional grocer, health & beauty section of many specialized grocers or with the gluten-free grains in natural foods grocers. They are worth the hunt- so healthy with lots of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.

  10. Susan
    March 3, 2012 | 11:51 am

    How do you add the coconut oil? Do you melt it first, or leave it room temperature so it is solid? Thanks!

  11. Joanna
    March 3, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    Which type of coconut milk does this recipe require? The canned type or the milk substitute found in a carton?

  12. Dr. Claudia Pillow
    March 3, 2012 | 7:51 pm

    Either will work- the one in the can is more concentrated and caloric. I prefer the carton.

  13. Dr. Claudia Pillow
    March 3, 2012 | 7:52 pm

    I melt it first and then mix it in.

  14. Brooke
    June 13, 2012 | 9:07 am

    In regards to the honey comments/questions, as a vegan, here is what I think: The honey is a by-product of pollen, not actually part of the bee, unlike milk from animals. But, a bee is from the animal kingdom, even if it’s an insect, and should still be regarded as such.

  15. vegan
    June 13, 2012 | 9:07 am

    more on why honey is not vegan.. http://www.vegetus.org/honey/honey.htm chia pudding is delicious even without it, though.

  16. Dr. Claudia Pillow
    June 13, 2012 | 9:52 am

    Maple syrup or another favorite sweetener can be substituted for the honey.

  17. Laurey Greider
    June 13, 2012 | 11:36 am

    you can make coconut milk with organic dried coconut, water and a high speed blender, then strain. Use the fiber for some other recipe…Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  18. Dr. Claudia Pillow
    June 14, 2012 | 8:59 am

    Hi Laurey,
    I would only use fresh coconut to make the milk. Dried coconut will not have the same fresh flavor.

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  20. Norma Jean Gaston
    March 2, 2013 | 11:28 am

    Specifically what store, Claudia? I’ve found nothing at Tom Thumb or Kroger?

  21. Norma Jean Gaston
    March 2, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Specifically what store, Claudia? I’ve not found any at Tom Thumb, Kroger, or Walmart.

  22. Hail Merry
    March 2, 2013 | 5:46 pm

    Hi Norma,
    You can find the chia at Sprouts, Whole Foods Market, Central Market or any natural grocer.

  23. Regina
    March 14, 2013 | 9:11 am

    I found the coconut oil does not work well in this recipe. Once it is chilled, the coconut oil ended up in tiny little balls of hardened coconut oil (which I ended up picking out). The recipe would be much better without the coconut oil…Maybe put some shredded coconut on top if you want.

  24. Hail Merry
    March 18, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Hi Regina, you may need to more thoroughly blend the melted coconut oil. It should not form tiny balls if completely mixed with the other ingredients. Love the shredded coconut on top suggestion! Thanks

  25. John
    March 25, 2013 | 3:47 pm

    You left out the Tequila!!

  26. Susan
    March 27, 2013 | 4:20 pm

    I like this recipe, but the pic was misleading, I actually thought it was a pic of the pudding in the recipe, but then saw the same photo on a different website and it is actually the avocado pudding

  27. Angeline
    February 28, 2014 | 12:16 am

    Can you use soy milk to replace coconut milk? Thanks!

  28. Hail Merry
    March 18, 2014 | 10:55 am

    Yes, soy milk can be used in place of coconut milk. Almond, rice and hemp milk are other options.

  29. Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar
    May 11, 2014 | 10:30 pm

    Looks delicious! I love a good chocolate pudding and this one certainly looks like a good one. Would love to try some.

  30. michelle
    August 8, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    Hmm…I’m in the process of making this now and I added more cacao than you suggested and it’s not dark and chocolatey like your picture. . . any suggestions ?

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