What was your favorite candy as a kid? Hands down, mine were Reese’s peanut butter cups and a classic Snickers bar. Do you notice a theme here? Chocolate + peanut butter. There really is no better combination of flavors.
Now I’m an adult and have completely gotten rid of any candy cravings. LOL JK. Of course I still love to indulge in anything with chocolate and peanut butter, from Justin’s peanut butter cups to PB cup-inspired oatmeal to literally a spoonful of peanut butter with a square of chocolate. Now I’ve found another way to enjoy this beloved combo – peanut butter cup chia seed pudding!!
I’ll admit that I’m a creature of habit. If I find something I like, I end up enjoying that same thing over and over again. This is especially true when it comes to breakfast. You know by now how much I love oats in all forms, so it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that most mornings start off with a big bowl of oatmeal.
I keep it interesting by switching up my toppings – one day might be blueberries, coconut and chia, and another might be almond butter, cocoa powder and banana. But there are times when I want something a little different. Enter: chia pudding!!!
I really should start making chia pudding more often because every time I make it, I’m reminded of how damn delicious it is. Not to mention versatile – it’s great as a breakfast, light snack or even dessert. I’d could definitely enjoy this peanut butter cup chia seed pudding for dessert and be perfectly happy with life.
Chia seeds might be tiny, but boy do they pack a ton of nutrition! In a one ounce serving, you get 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and lots of calcium and other vitamins. I love to add them to my oatmeal or smoothies to amp up the health factor!
Chia seed pudding is kind of like overnight oatmeal – you prep it the night before and BAM. Breakfast is ready and done for you in the morning, no effort required. Well, unless you count loading on the toppings as effort, but for me that’s just fun. 🙂
I love to make some at the beginning of the week to have a healthy snack on hand, and I love changing up the flavors. But I don’t think any flavor can top this glorious peanut butter and chocolate masterpiece!
It’s seriously like eating candy, but candy you can feel good about. Get on the chia seed pudding train now!!
I topped my chia seed pudding with some dark chocolate pieces, walnuts and banana. Because the only thing better than peanut butter + chocolate is peanut butter + chocolate + banana. Trust me, people.
If you can’t have peanuts due to allergies, or just prefer another nut butter, feel free to use your favorite! I think almond butter would be deeeee-vine.
You also have some options when it comes to the texture. You can enjoy it as is, or you can blend it in a NutriBullet or blender to get it super smooth and creamy. This might be better for people who don’t like the somewhat gelatinous texture of whole chia seeds – or if you really don’t feel like having 293982 chia seeds stuck in your teeth. Either way, it’s delicious!
So, what are you waiting for? I know you love peanut butter and chocolate, and I know you love healthy recipes. It’s a win-win.
Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you try this (you need to) and let me know how you like it!
What are your favorite healthy snacks to make? Is there any combo you love more than peanut butter and chocolate?
- ½ cup chia seeds, divided
- 2 cups almond milk*
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar (or replace with liquid stevia)
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
- ¼ + ⅛ teaspoon salt, divided
- 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- In a medium bowl, add 5½ tablespoons chia seeds, 1⅓ cups milk, cocoa powder, 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Whisk until all ingredients are combined.
- In a small bowl, add 2½ tablespoons chia seeds, ⅔ cup milk, peanut butter, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, ½ teaspoon vanilla, ⅛ teaspoon salt, and cinnamon. Whisk until all ingredients are combined.
- Place both bowls in the fridge. Let them sit overnight, or at least 3 hours.
- To arrange, scoop desired amount of chocolate chia seed pudding into a cup or bowl, top with a scoop of peanut butter chia seed pudding, then another chocolate layer. Top with whatever you'd like!