Honoring Veganuary, WD features the vegan chocolate chia pudding and how to make it. The recipe is incredibly easy and requires very few ingredients. A blender. And overnight refrigeration if you can wait until the morning hours to have it.Jump to Recipe
🕐 Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding and how to make it
- Just blend water with cashews, cashew butter, cacao powder, prunes, vanilla and cinnamon until they become creamy.
- Then add the chia seeds and blend on a lower speed so to keep the chia seeds intact for a nicer visual dessert.
- Refrigerate overnight or for 4-6 hours if you can’t wait until the morning hours.
We used cashew butter for this pudding. Cashew butter is creamier and has an underlying sweetness. Ideally use it raw and plain for its nutritional benefits. Don’t forget that cashew butter as with any nut butter, is highly dense in nutrition as well as calories so consume in moderation.
💡How can you eat this dessert?
The dessert can be an interesting one-of-a-kind breakfast. Forget about oats, eggs or yogurt and try a dessert instead. As this does not have any sugar -only natural from the prunes- it is much healthier. You can add cocoa nibs, berries, banana slices or nuts for garnish to make it even prettier.
Can I use a different type of nut butter for the Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding?
You can substitute cashew butter for almond butter if you want. Most chia pudding recipes do not use nut butters rather nut milks. Alternatively, you can blend the nut butter of your choice with your favorite nut milk. Cashew butter is smooth and blends well with the other ingredients so this is how we made the recipe at WD.
Can I use coconut milk in the Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe?
Yes, you can. Coconut milk is smooth and blends well with the ingredients of the recipe. However, some don’t like the intense flavor and taste of the coconut. If you go for the Coconut milk, you can use light or full fat coconut milk from a can. If you do so, avoid adding nut butter as the recipe will be come too rich. Coconut milk but itself has the creaminess and the body that is perfect for the recipe.
Can I add a sweetener?
The recipe uses prunes for the sweet and tart flavor so we don’t think that to add any additional sugar. If you want more, you can add maple syrup or agave nectar. Honey is not vegan so we can’t use it for a vegan recipe. Agave nectar comes from the agave plant so it is a natural plant-based sweetener; it has more calories than the traditional sugar per serving so you are likely to use less. It is vegan as it does not contain animal ingredients. Maple syrup is another favorite option as it is high in antioxidants and we like the slightly bitter flavor too!
We also added prunes for their tart and sweet features so additional sugar is not much needed. If you really want it sweeter, add a teaspoon of maple syrup. Cinnamon and vanilla are also added for the extra flavor. Cocoa powder makes the dessert chocolatey without the fat level of chocolate. And of course, the amazing chia seeds for their extraordinary healthy and nutritional benefits: high fiber, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus.
This vegan chocolate chia pudding is full of healthy fats, good cocoa and fiber. It’s creamy, chocolatey and naturally sweet. What else do you need?
So are you convinced? We hope that the Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding and how to make it blog post will teach you something you don’t know. Just try it!
More vegan recipes? Try this one
Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 tbsp. cashew butter
- ½ cup cashews
- 3 prunes pitted
- 2 tbsp. cacao powder
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Blend all the ingredients until creamy on medium to high speed. Once ready, add 6 tablespoons of chia seeds and blend on low speed for up to a 1 minute
- Avoid blending for a longer time so the chia seeds stay intact
- You can garnish with your favorite topping