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Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

When you puree chia seed pudding, it becomes smooth and creamy just like traditional pudding. In this recipe for Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding, I also added cinnamon and cayenneβ€”because why not? It works for my breakfast shake, and it works really well in this pudding too. Bonus: you can totally have this chia seed pudding for breakfast. Breakfast pudding! We’ll live like kings!

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Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

A rich, creamy dairy-free pudding made with chia seeds.

  • Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cupΒ chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond (or other non-dairy) milk
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (I used Grade B)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of cayenne (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.
  3. Transfer mixture to a high-powered blender and blend until completely smooth. If pudding is warm from blending, return to refrigerator until chilled. (Alternately, you can just stir the pudding and eat it without blending.)

Notes

This pudding is thick, almost like a mousse. If you’ve blended your pudding and decide you want it a little thinner, add some extra milk. Be sure to blend the pudding until completely smoothβ€”if you don’t, it will be gritty! A high-powered blender like the Vitamix works best. Any sweetener you like will work in this, and if 1 tablespoon of maple syrup isn’t sweet enough, feel free to add more.

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183 Comments

  • Reply
    Joy //For the Love of Leaves
    May 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    It must be a chis pudding kind of day. I just posted one for raspberry chocolate chip pudding. Great minds think alike!

    And I totally hear ya on the staging game… All of my photos DO look the same. Especially with just moving, I don’t have all the awesome props or the fun linens, something I’ll have to start collecting I suppose.

    Your pudding looks delicious! (that sounds like I really weird come on, not what I meant…not that your pudding doesn’t look delicious, whatever that may mean….anyway…) I’m definitely making this in the future!

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      Kiersten
      May 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      I almost made raspberry chocolate chia pudding! Well, it’s a good thing I decided to go with Mexican chocolate instead. πŸ™‚

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    May 9, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I am SO with you on this one! I always think, “oh man that picture is awesome” but I would never really sit down and eat a a distressed wood table with tarnished silverware and fruit scattered everywhere, but it’s all about your personal style. I love your pictures, they are exactly what I aim for, real and beautiful! : )

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      Kiersten
      May 9, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      See, we are thinking about these photos way too much, right? πŸ™‚ That’s always my second thought too. Who made a mess with the fruit scattered everywhere?! Aren’t you going to clean that up before you eat?!

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    Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    May 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I love Rikki’s tip as well, it will make my life easier πŸ™‚ Your pudding is a nice idea for a mother’s day treat.

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      Kiersten
      May 9, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      It really does! I plan out what I’m making each weekend and then when I’m doing that, I’ve started planning what dishes I’ll use. I have things all over the house (not enough room here!), so I definitely need that time to think about it. πŸ™‚

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    Anna {Herbivore Triathlete}
    May 9, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I love that you shared your photography woes, makes me feel better about my same issues! I never would’ve guessed that about you either, I love your photos and think they are beautiful. You make it look effortless in my opinion.

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      Kiersten
      May 13, 2013 at 9:58 am

      It’s funny that so many people have responded that they feel the same way. I guess we all have the same hang-ups and challenges about our photography and none of us realize it! πŸ™‚

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    [email protected] eco friendly homemaking
    May 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Okay I need to make this pudding asap!

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    marlaa
    May 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Mmmmmm, such a wonderful looking pudding!

  • Reply
    Liz
    May 9, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Kiersten,
    This was my favorite post of yours yet! It made me laugh and giggle because I am the same way! Especially with movies. (Though, I can let ludicrous story lines fly IF they, at LEAST, follow their own made up logic. If they contradict their own MADE up terms, I’m OUT!) I am, by FAR, the WORST person to watch a film with, but, the weird thing is, I wasn’t always like this! It’s a fairly recent thing for me; has that always been a facet of your personality?
    Over thinking can be a gift AND a curse, right?? Regardless, unless your readers are all like Monk, I assure you, your recycled props go largely unnoticed. We’re all too busy drooling over what’s ON/IN your plates/bowls. πŸ™‚

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      Kiersten
      May 13, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Yes, I think as I grow older, it’s getting a lot worse. πŸ˜‰ In some ways, I have mellowed with age, but in others, I have become more and more neurotic. My favorite movie as a kid was Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, so clearly I could suspend disbelief at least somewhat back then. Although I was always the kid who yelled at her classmates for coloring cows purple or trees pink, so…

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    Grace @ Perpetual Nomming
    May 10, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Yummy! When I saw the first photo, I assumed there would be either avocado or frozen bananas, but having neither of those two completely surprised me!

    haha, my mom always tells me to eat breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper! Pudding for breakfast? I think yes!

    PS: you’re photography skills are really really great! no doubt about it πŸ™‚

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      Kiersten
      May 13, 2013 at 9:55 am

      I keep hearing about avocado pudding, but for some reason I just can’t bring myself to try that. πŸ™‚ I guess I can’t get over the thought of avocado and chocolate together?

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        Justine
        May 19, 2013 at 1:20 am

        I tried the avocado-chocolate pudding thing and it was disastrous. I’m not as skilled a chef as you, so maybe you could make it work, but from my experience, whoever says it’s delicious/easy is LYING. (I’m still rather disappointed!)

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          Kiersten
          May 20, 2013 at 8:19 pm

          My husband tried making it a few weeks back and it literally made him sick. And he was SO excited about it because he loves avocados!

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    Kathryn
    May 10, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Oh I can so relate to this! I couldn’t find a plate I wanted the other day so I considered putting a slice of cake directly on my backdrop and then I freaked out about the whole idea and how unappealing it would look (even though it looks great when other people do it).

    I’m so stealing the spreadsheet-prop-tracking idea though, genius!

    Love the idea of this rich, creamy pudding especially with all that spice in there too!

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      Kiersten
      May 13, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Ha! I had thought thought cross my mind recently too, with pizza. “Can I just put this right on the table? I’ve seen other people do it…” And then immediately my brain kicks in with, “Who eats pizza right off a table?! That is wrong!”

  • Reply
    Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    May 10, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Oh wow, this sounds amazing!

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    Genevieve
    May 10, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I can’t wait to try this technique! I’ve made chia seed pudding before, but I couldn’t really get over the texture. Your pudding looks so smooth, creamy and fluffy though!

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    Janet
    May 10, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Your pictures look great! I believe we are all creative in some way and at differing degrees. It may take some time to figure it out but learning along the way can be fun and tiring at the same time.

    Thanks for the recipe. I saved it and will try and make it sometime soon πŸ™‚

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      Kiersten
      May 13, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Yeah, for a long time I didn’t see myself as creative at all. I come from a family of artists and because I can’t paint or draw, I always figured that gene had somehow skipped me. But as I got into food blogging, I started seeing food as an outlet for my creativity and I found that I loved photography too. So you’re right, I think we’re all creative, just not always in the traditional sense of the word. πŸ™‚

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    Nicole
    May 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I love the idea of blending chia pudding so it’s smooth! I wish I liked chia pudding the way it should be, but I can’t get past the texture. I’ll have try this soon!

    Also, I share your photography woes. Hopefully in this case, practise makes perfect πŸ™‚ All the best with your new cookbook project!

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      Kiersten
      May 13, 2013 at 9:34 am

      I loooove that slimy chia seed texture, but I hear from people all the time that it squicks them out and I totally get why it would! πŸ™‚

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    mjskit
    May 10, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    That’s the word I’ve been looking for – practical! I’m with you – staging is quite difficult and why would I want ice cream melting all over the countertop? πŸ™‚ Well, I think you do a beautiful job! Now this is what I call a creative method for making a delicious pudding! If I had the almond milk, I’d be jumping up right now and putting this together for tomorrow’s dessert. What a great idea! Love your recipe!

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      Kiersten
      May 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

      I know! When I see ice cream melting, it makes me sad for all that deliciousness going to waste. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply
    Lisa @ Greek Vegetarian
    May 11, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Fantastic post Kiersten, I sooooooo relate. I’ve never noticed duplicate props in your beautiful photos though! And I do love your props. I often get bowl-envy while admiring your pics πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 13, 2013 at 9:28 am

      I stock up a few times a year when I have coupons or when there are sales. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen
    May 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I am terrible at staging photos, I feel your pain. I have come a long way in my photography but still have so much to learn. I always think your photos are gorgeous and I can’t wait to see your cookbook.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 13, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Yeah, I love the act of taking pictures, but setting up the shots will always be a struggle for me, I think. Some people are such naturals when it comes to staging!

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    Mary @ Fit and Fed
    May 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I love the idea of blending the chia pudding, I will have to try that! But first, I’ve been a little behind the times and stopped short when I saw ‘cookbook,’ had to go back and read about that. Much congratulations! You really put the work into your blog and it’s fantastic to see your projects branching out and growing! Last and least– you are way ahead of me on props, I have to admit that I haven’t bought anything specifically for my blog, how behind the times is that? And about your realistic, literal quality, my mom is the same way! She won’t see a movie if it “isn’t something that could have happened.” I guess I have a pretty willing suspension of disbelief: I’m usually happy to go along for the ride.

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      Kiersten
      May 13, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Thank you! πŸ™‚ And I’m with you, it took me a while to start buying props just for my food photos too. But after a while, my scratched up melamine plates just weren’t cutting it anymore!

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t enjoy a movie unless it’s realistic. πŸ˜‰

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    May 12, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I don’t post recipes nearly as often as you do and I still run out of ideas and inspiration on what to do. Your photos are so crisp and beautiful and never fail to make my mouth water!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 13, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Sometimes I have SO many ideas, and then there are times when I feel like I can’t come up with anything!

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    May 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I was just talking with someone about making chia seed pudding so thank you for reading my mind πŸ™‚ I think your staging is always great, I don’t know what you’re talking about! The photos always look very “Kiersten” – you have your own style!

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      Kiersten
      May 16, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      I guess I just want to take those photos with lots of stuff going on. Dishes everywhere, flour spilled all over. But I don’t want to make the mess required to do that. I think that’s my issue in a nutshell. πŸ™‚

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    Erika
    May 14, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Bahaha you are hilarious!! My thoughts exactly on spilled food–who’s going to clean that up?! I certainly don’t want to make food, spill it all over, photograph it, and then clean it up. Nope. For what it’s worth, I think your photography looks gorgeous as is, clean-looking props and all πŸ™‚ I’m actually in awe that you take SO many photos, not only for your recipes but also for your What I Ate This Week posts and they all look great!

    PS. I’ve been wanting to try chia seed pudding for a looong time but haven’t because I was worried it would just be a flop…this, however, is inspiring me to go make it right now!

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      Kiersten
      May 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Yes! I just want to take my pictures and eat because by the time I’m finished with the photos, I’m starving. I don’t want to clean up! (And I’m so OCD that I totally HAVE to clean up before I start eating.)

      I had chia seed pudding on my to try list for months before I actually tried it. And now I am hooked. I bet you will be too!

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    anne @craving something healthy
    May 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

    This is such an awesomely hilarious post! I can totally relate to your OCDness. I think your photos and styling (and writing) are always fabulous!

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    Kathy
    May 14, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Sooooo excited to try this, it’s the receipe I’ve been searching for! My family doesn’t like the consistency of regular chia pudding and I haven’t quite come to terms to tring the recipes that call for avocados. Love all your posts.

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      Kiersten
      May 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Ha! Me too. I know people say it just tastes like creamy chocolate pudding and not avocados, but it’s the IDEA of it. πŸ™‚

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    Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving
    May 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing! I’m going to make this baby and not share, lol.

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    dixya| Food, Pleasure, and Health
    May 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    i dont have enough prop nor creativity when it comes to taking pictures and all that..however on a different note – i need to make this pudding ASAP!

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      Kiersten
      May 16, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      It’s hard! I’m not terribly creative either and I really have to force myself.

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    Anna
    May 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    The pudding looks fantastic – best breakfast ever! But I just had to laugh at your description of food styling, I am exactly the same. I felt like it was a big step a couple weeks ago when I actually drizzled icing all over a loaf that was sitting on a tea towel for a picture, instead of on a rack over wax paper for easy clean-up. Make-work photography impresses me but also isn’t me πŸ™‚

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      Kiersten
      May 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      HA I do that too! I’ll line the surface with wax or parchment paper first, which doesn’t photograph nearly as well. High fives for OCD food styling. πŸ™‚

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