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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

This chocolate peanut butter chia pudding feels like you’re eating candy for breakfast! It’s nutritious, chocolatey and super easy to make.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

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 – chocolate peanut butter chia 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 have a few vegan chia seed pudding recipes on my blog, but this chocolate peanut butter chia pudding may be my favorite… shhh don’t tell the others!

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.

a cup of chia pudding topped with sliced banana

What is Chia Pudding?

If you don’t know what chia pudding is, you’re not alone, but man have you been missing out! Chia seed pudding is kind of like overnight oatmeal – except instead of oats, you’re using chia seeds! It works the same way. When you mix chia seeds with a bit of liquid (I recommend a plant-based milk), it turns into a pudding-like texture.

This chocolate peanut butter chia pudding is the perfect breakfast to make when you know you’re short on time! If you prep it the night before, then 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!!

a bowl of chia seeds with a wooden spoon next to a bowl of cocoa powder

Ingredients for Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

This chocolate peanut butter chia pudding only calls for SEVEN ingredients! Yes, just seven! So not only is it quick and easy to make, but it’s also made with minimal ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

  • Chia seeds. Of course! We’re using 1/2 cup for this recipe.
  • Almond milk. I love the flavor of the almond milk in this chocolate peanut butter chia pudding, but coconut milk us also delicious! Canned coconut milk would make it EXTRA thick.
  • Cocoa powder. For that chocolate chia pudding goodness!
  • Liquid sweetener. Maple syrup or agave nectar would both work great. You could also use stevia if you prefer something with less added sugar.
  • Vanilla extract. Yes, this is a chocolate chia pudding, but a touch of vanilla really makes the chocolate flavor pop.
  • Salt. The best part about the chocolate peanut butter flavor is that it’s a salty-sweet combo! A pinch of salt is delicious in this recipe, trust me.
  • Peanut butter. Load it on!!! it’s chocolate peanut butter chia pudding afterall, so don’t skimp on the peanut butter. Almond butter would also work if that’s more your vibe!

You could also add cinnamon as an optional flavor boost. I topped my chocolate peanut butter chia 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.

two mixing bowls of chia pudding

How to Make Chia Pudding

One of the best parts about chia seed pudding is that it’s seriously so easy to make, which means you can spend mroe time focusing on finding creative flavors you like!

We’re technically making two chia separate puddings here and layering them to create our final chocolate peanut butter chia pudding. To make it, start by making the chocolate chia pudding by mixing your chia seeds, plant-based milk, cocoa powder, sweetener, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, you’ll mix together another batch to make your peanut butter chia pudding with chia seeds, milk, peanut butter, sweetener, vanilla, salt and cinnamon if you’re using it. Set both bowls in the fridge to chill overnight. Then in the morning, scoop some chocolate chia pudding and some peanut butter chia pudding into a bowl and top it with extra PB, chocolate chips, bananas, or anything else your heart desires.

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!

two cups filled with chocolate peanut butter chia pudding topped with peanuts, sliced banana and chocolate

Chia Seed Pudding Benefits

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!

Not only does chia pudding pack in a ton of nutrition, but the benefits extend to being an easy, versatile meal or snack option! It’s great as a breakfast, and since it’s made the night before it saves you a ton of time in the morning! It also makes a great light snack or even dessert that you can keep in the fridge all week long so you have a healthy option ready to go whenever you want it. I could definitely enjoy this chocolate peanut butter chia pudding for dessert and be perfectly happy with life. I really should start making chia pudding more often because every time I make it, I’m reminded of how damn delicious it is.

an overhead shot of two cups of chia pudding topped with chocolate and chopped peanuts

More Vegan Chia Seed Pudding Recipes

I love chia seed pudding, so I have no shortage of recipes on the blog! If this chocolate peanut butter chia pudding isn’t quite your style, check out one of these other recipes!

a cup of layered peanut butter and chocolate chia puddings topped with bananas

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

This chocolate peanut butter chia pudding feels like you’re eating candy for breakfast! It’s nutritious, chocolatey and super easy to make.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
two cups of layered chocolate and peanut butter chia puddings with sliced bananas and chocolate on top
Yield:
4 1x
Rating: 4.8 from 4 reviews

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chia seeds, divided
  • 2 cups almond milk*
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 23 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar (or replace with liquid stevia)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add 5 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds, 1 1/3 cups milk, cocoa powder, 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Whisk until all ingredients are combined.
  2. In a small bowl, add 2 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds, 2/3 cup milk, peanut butter, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and cinnamon. Whisk until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Place both bowls in the fridge. Let them sit overnight, or at least 3 hours.
  4. 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!

Notes

I like my chia seed pudding on the thicker side, so you can adjust the amount of liquid to reach your desired consistency.

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