Chocolate Chia Pudding Cups

Chocolate Chia Pudding Cups
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Chocolate Chia Pudding Cups

Chocolate Chia Pudding Cups

Recipe At-A-Glance

These Chocolate Chia Pudding Cups are a great way to treat yourself healthfully. Make up a bunch on the weekend for treats all weekend long!

Vegan, Gluten-Free

Ready in 5 minutes

I’m a big believer that an important part of a healthy diet is treating yourself. I think if you cut out all treats, you’re just setting yourself up for failure. So many times, I would start a healthy lifestyle (normally on January 1st, because I’m a sucker for the clean slate that a new year brings), and I would be so super dooper committed. I would throw all the treats in my house in the trash. I would stop putting honey in my tea. I wouldn’t even walk past the dessert section of the grocery store. I would be so “good”.

And that would last about three days. Then I’d have a bad day at work, and I’d find myself in the corner of the kitchen, shoveling handfuls of chocolate chips in my mouth while crying over how I was being so “bad.” I’d feel guilty and like I’d ruined everything and could never be healthy. It was a nasty cycle of restriction and self-hate.

Chocolate Chia Pudding Cups

It took me an embarrassingly long amount of time to figure out that the key to me sticking to a healthy lifestyle was to incorporate the foods I loved, just in different ways. Either by eating them in smaller portions,  having them less often, or by adjusting them to make them into a healthier version. A healthy lifestyle isn’t all-or-nothing. The healthiest of diets live somewhere in between the extremes of eating nothing but kale and nothing but fast food. As with most things, the extremes are, at best, not sustainable, and at worst, dangerous.

Forbidding yourself from eating foods you like and enjoy is not going to be a successful strategy for longterm health. No matter how “good” you promise yourself you’ll be. And that’s what we all want, isn’t it? Long term health?

Chocolate Chia Pudding Cups

Like I said, one of my favorite ways to treat myself without guilt is to tweak more decadent foods to have a healthier twist. It’s entirely possible to have a super delicious, super healthy dessert. I swear the phrase “healthy dessert” isn’t an oxymoron! And these chia pudding cups and one of me favorite healthier ways to treat myself. It’s little treats like these cups that help keep my healthy diet sustainable.


Chocolate Chia Pudding Cups

I know for some folks, the gel-like qualities of chia seeds are a major turn-off, and if that’s the case, these pudding cups aren’t for you. But I personally love, love, love how chia seeds get all thick and jelly. These chia pudding cups remind me of tapioca pudding—but a much healthier version. They’re so healthy that they could even just be a snack or a side dish instead of a dessert.

I used to make up a whole batch of these on the weekend, and then pack one in my lunch for work. I’d pull it out right around the 2:30pm crash, and it would be such a nice little treat to help me get through the rest of the day.


Chocolate Chia Pudding Cups

Chocolate Chia Pudding Cups

Yield: 12 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

These chocolate chia pudding cups are a great way to treat yourself healthfully. Make up a bunch on the weekend for treats all week long!


  • 3 cups milk (cow's, goat's, soy, or nut all work)
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Whisk together all ingredients until well-combined. Refrigerate pudding until thick, about three hours.
  2. Stir the mixture well, then spoon the pudding into individual serving cups. Cover and chill in fridge until ready to eat.


Use whatever storage cups you have available, my favorites are these four-ounce jelly jars.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 4g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.



Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.
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