Chocolate Chia Pudding

World's healthiest dessert - Protein Chocolate Chia Pudding sweetened with stevia via @alyssarimmer #glutenfree #vegan

I don’t know a woman who doesn’t love chocolate. For me, it’s totally one of those foods that I wish was calorie-free, fat-free and so good for me that I could sit on my couch eating an entire bar without it immediately going to my hips. Sorry guys, you might not be able to relate, but gals, you know what I’m talking about, right? Right…? Please tell me I’m not alone in this.

So when I create a recipe that is decadent, rich and totally full of chocolate, it’s usually gone in minutes. It’s hard to even leave it long enough to photograph. I managed with this one though, so don’t worry.

Today I’ve made you protein-packed Chocolate Chia Pudding. And it’s sweetened with just a hint of stevia. I feel like what I’m about to say is going make some of you roll your eyes, but I swear it’s true.

This is the world’s healthiest dessert. For reals.

World's healthiest dessert - Protein Chocolate Chia Pudding sweetened with stevia via @alyssarimmer #glutenfree #vegan

Every ingredient in this dessert is a superfood. It’s fairly low in calories (especially in contrast to that slice of chocolate cake you’re considering), low in fat, high in protein, packed with nutrients and it’s freakin’ delicious!

I’m a huge fan of chia and I’ve seen lots of recipes for making chia pudding, but since it’s me, I decided to throw some cooked quinoa into the mix and it was awesome. It gave the pudding a little more body, that nutty flavor that I love, and with each bite I felt like the cooked quinoa was bursting in my mouth. It was glorious.

And seriously, I feel like this recipe is a dream. I knew it was super healthy, so the other night when I didn’t feel like cooking,  I whipped up a green juice and pulled this chocolate chia pudding out of the fridge. Nutritious and delicious. And yes, now you can have chocolate for dinner :)

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

quick, easy and completely decadent, this chocolate chia pudding is insanely healthy and can even be enjoyed as dinner


  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cooked quinoa
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder (according to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon stevia (or more according to taste)
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used almond)
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Mix together all the ingredients, stirring until everything is combined and the cocoa powder is fully incorporated.
  2. Transfer to the fridge and let sit until fully gelled and thick, about 30 - 45 minutes.
  3. Remove from fridge and enjoy!
  4. It's as simple as that :)


  • cindy

    Sounds great but 2 T cooked quinoa… you will be shocked but I have yet to use it any way but as a flour! how do I cook such a small amt??

  • Jennifer

    this looks crazy good :)

    • Queen of Quinoa

      It is! You should totally try it 😉

  • Raymond $ Messier

    Boy, does this seem so simple. I can’t wait to try this. I love chocolate too (2).

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Would love to know if you do :)

  • Sallie Hayes

    Is that liquid or powdered stevia you used in the recipe. I am so ready to make it . Thank you! I am excited to try it/

    • Queen of Quinoa

      It’s powdered! Enjoy :)

  • http://www.queenofquinoa Barbara

    I cook a cup of Quinoa every week and when a recipe calls for this ingredient it is already made. Plus, I watch the prices of this product at the stores I frequent and when I see a it a good price I buy several packages.

  • Meg @ Beard and Bonnet

    Yummy yum yum!!! I need this in my life about now:)

  • Diana

    I am having this warmed as I post this. Reminds me so much of chocolate cream of wheat cereal from my childhood! Perfect breakfast for the unseasonably cool temps we have here today. I added just a pinch of cinnamon as the cocoa I used was a tad bitter.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Warm!? What a fabulous idea. How was it? I’m sure it was delicious :)

  • Dinae

    I love your recipes. But, to me, the taste of stevia dominates everything it’s in. Yuck!(as my grand daughter would say:-) I’m guessing I can just add a little honey or maple syrup, right? Thanks for the recipes!

  • Steph

    I just tried this, ran out of cacao powder so substituted with cinnamon & cacao nut butter. Instead of stevia I used rice malt syrup!

    Tastes awesome!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      So creative, I love it!! Glad you liked it :)

  • Laura @MotherWouldKnow

    Alyssa, this looks like a great way to use the chia seeds that I bought at my daughter’s urging. But I have a question. I thought using it in a pudding that I should get them to expand. Does the chia expand in this pudding or does it stay crunchy?

  • Sarah Peterson Remolina

    This is my new favorite breakfast treat. I have made it a few times but my chia pudding has never really set. It is still soupy the next morning. What am I doing wrong? (Also if you don’t have any quinoa handy, hemp hearts work nicely as well)