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Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding (Dairy-free)

Creamy and delicious, this dairy-free, Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding is a cool, no-bake treat that can be enjoyed for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert.

Healthy chia pudding with chocolate & cherry

When it comes to pudding, chia pudding is a favorite of mine. I just love its consistency.

The fact that it is a nutrition powerhouse is an added bonus.

And, when it comes to chia pudding, this Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding is simply delicious!

I love this Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding as it is as tasty as it is easy to make. It is a dairy-free treat that I can enjoy for breakfast as well as a tasty snack or healthy dessert. And, it is made with only 6 ingredients.

Ingredients to make chocolate cherry chia pudding

What are the ingredients to make this Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding?

You will need the following 6 easy-to-find ingredients to make this chia pudding:

  • Almond milk
    I choose almond milk for this chia pudding. But, you can use coconut milk or oat milk as well. If, unlike me, dairy doesn’t do a number on your stomach, feel free to use the milk of your choice.
  • Chia seeds
    I used black chia seeds for this recipe, but that is because these were all I had. Chia seeds are nutritional powerhouses and are said to help us keep our insides chugging along smoothly.
  • Cocoa powder
    I used unsweetened cocoa powder. I have made chocolate chia pudding with melted chocolate too in the past. And, if you want to make this a richer and more indulgent treat, then replace the cocoa powder with semi-sweet chocolate. You will have to melt the chocolate and then mix it in with the other ingredients, but the extra step is well worth it.
  • Maple syrup
    My sweetener of choice when I make chia pudding is maple syrup. In addition to sweetening it, maple syrup also adds a hint of caramel flavor to it.
  • Vanilla extract
    Vanilla enhances and unites the cocoa powder and cherries in this pudding so beautifully.
  • Cherries
    Make sure the cherries you use are ripe. If you use unripe cherries, this pudding will border on being more sour than sweet.
Mixing together cocoa chia milk cherries

The last time I made a big batch of this Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding, my daughter was in town. And, she made sure that batch of Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding didn’t last long.

Chia pudding is so easy to make.

There’s no baking or cooking or blending involved.

Simply stir the ingredients together and set them aside in the fridge for a couple of hours. When you are ready to enjoy some, stir it up and dig in!

Tasty chocolate cherry chia pudding

How long should chia seeds soak in milk to make chia pudding?

Usually, soaking chia seeds for 30 minutes or so should have them soaking in enough liquid to attain a pudding-like consistency. But, I usually like to let the seeds soak in the dairy-free milk for a couple of hours or overnight, in the refrigerator.

How long can you store this Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding?

You can store this Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding in a container for up to 5 days.

Can you eat too much chia?

Yes! You can eat too much chia. Usually, 15 grams of chia seeds is considered ok. If consumed over that suggested limit, chia seeds can lead to serious gastrointestinal issues. As chia seeds are known for their blood-thinning and blood pressure-lowering, consuming too many can lead to cardiovascular side effects too.

Why is my chia pudding not thickening?

A thin and runny chia pudding usually happens when there’s too much liquid or there has not been enough time for the chia seeds to absorb the liquid. So, let your chia pudding sit for a bit longer, or add in a few more chia seeds for a thicker pudding-like consistency.

Why is my chia pudding too thick?

I’ve had this happen to me often. Usually this is because there is just not enough liquid. The solution is usually to add more liquid. But, there have been times when I have had to chuck the whole thing, as even adding more liquid did not seem to rectify the situation.

Easy healthy chia pudding with chocolate cherry

A few other chia pudding recipes

But, please do not let that story of too-thick chia deter you from whipping up a batch of this Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding. You and your family are sure to love this sweet, creamy, nutritious, and versatile treat – hopefully as much as my daughter and I do.

Easy healthy chia pudding with chocolate cherry

Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding (Dairy-free)

Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours

Creamy and delicious, this dairy-free, Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding is a cool, no-bake treat that can be enjoyed for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert.


  • 1/2 cup ripe cherries pitted + 6-7 cherries cut in half and pitted (to use for decorating the bottom of the jars)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp. Maple syrup (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Chop up the 1/2 cup of pitted cherries.
  2. Add the 1/2 cup of pitted cherries, almond milk, cocoa, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and chia seeds to a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Decorate the bottom of the 3 jars with the cherries that are cut in half.
  4. Then, divide the chia seed pudding between 3 serving jars.
  5. Place the serving bowls in the fridge and let chill for 2 hours to overnight. During this time, the chia seeds will absorb the liquid and become more gelatinous.
  1. Serve this Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding chilled.
  2. Top with coconut cream and cherry if desired.
Nutrition Information
Yield 3 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 218Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 53mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 8gSugar 24gProtein 4g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an approximation only. Savory Spin makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Please do consult a professional nutritionist for more accurate information. Please do keep in mind that prep times, cooking times, etc, are provided as guidelines as there are so many variables at play.

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Sunday 13th of August 2023

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John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Gorgeous! And really tasty too, I'm thinking. Good stuff -- thanks.

David @ Spiced

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Oh, hello! It's breakfast time here, but that looks like a decadent and delicious dessert to me! This reminds me of those chocolate covered cherries that show up around the holidays...except this one is way healthier and certainly tastes way better!!


Tuesday 6th of September 2022

I love chia pudding and this chocolate cherry combination was amazing.


Tuesday 6th of September 2022

This chocolate pudding was so incredibly delicious! I loved that it was a healthy dessert -- and it was a great treat for my kids after dinner today too!

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