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Thursday
Jan302014

Breakfast Friday | Chocolate Peanut Butter Creamy Chia Pudding

Do you remember approximately 2 1/2 years ago when no one was talking about or eating chia seeds?  Or kale?  Or a million different varieties of nut butter?  Or hemp anything?  I’m sure some people were but these food items weren’t exactly mainstream.  

Chocolate Peanut Butter Creamy Chia Pudding | edibleperspective.com

Now we’re all, kaaaaale salaaaad all day long with a side of fresh pressed carrot-apple-ginger-lemon juice.

Never in a million years would I have guessed I’d be eating half of these things, but now I can’t get enough.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Creamy Chia Pudding | edibleperspective.com

So, here we are with creamy chia seed pudding, which I love.  But what I don’t love is the unblended kind of chia seed pudding.  The one where all of the chia seeds are gelled and floating in the milk like in the first photo above.  I just can’t do it.  The texture kills me. 

BUT.

Blend it all up?  That, I can do.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Creamy Chia Pudding | edibleperspective.com

It uses the same method of letting the seeds soak to absorb moisture but includes just one extra step to make a super creamy + smooth texture.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Creamy Chia Pudding | edibleperspective.com

And since it appears this is the week of chocolate I just couldn’t let Breakfast Friday go by without it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Creamy Chia Pudding | edibleperspective.com

This breakfast is incredibly satiating and chock full of protein and healthy omega-3’s.  The best part is how easy this is to whip up.  It takes about 3 minutes to combine the ingredients the night before, then 2 minutes the next morning to blend, scoop, and top.  It’s also perfect for a to-go style breakfast.  Just pack it in a jar and chow down once you get to work.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Creamy Chia Pudding | edibleperspective.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Creamy Chia Pudding | edibleperspective.com

Print this!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Creamy Chia Pudding gluten-free, vegan // yields 2-4 servings

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, or cacao
  • 6-8 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • toppings options: goji berries, flaked coconut, chia seeds, almonds, peanut butter, granola, chocolate chips, banana, cinnamon, etc.

Whisk together the chia seeds and milk in a bowl. Add in the peanut butter, cocoa powder, dates, and vanilla and stir once or twice. The mixture will be blended after chilling so no need to fully combine them at this point. You just want everything fully chilled.  Place in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.  Remove and pour/scrape contents into your blender.  Turn on and work up to high until fully smooth.  Add more milk if desired to thin out.  Add more dates and/or liquid sweetener for more sweetness.

Portion and serve immediately with desired toppings.  If not serving right away keep chilled in your fridge in a sealed container until ready to serve.

notes: If the consistency becomes too thin you can blend in 1-2 tablespoons more chia seeds and then refrigerate for 1-2 hours to thicken.  If you are unable to eat peanut butter I recommend using sunflower seed butter instead.  Any other nut butter would also work but would not impart as much flavor.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Creamy Chia Pudding | edibleperspective.com

Time to dig in.  Just don’t forget the toppings.

Happy Friday, friends!

Ashley

Reader Comments (48)

All mixed and in the fridge for an early powder day morning up here in Breckenridge :) I'm thinking banana, walnuts and coconut for the top!
January 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor
Oh my! This looks incredibly yummy. Can't wait to try and experiment with toppings :)
January 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte Blinston
You blended it! I just had an ah-ha moment over here. I could never stand the texture of the gel-like chia pudding, but this looks like something I can get behind. Pinning this and definitely trying it soon. Thank you. :)
Yes, the texture would be much better, I am sure!
I "liked" regular chia pudding unblended, but I didn't Love it, so I am certain this would win me over!
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCara's Healthy Cravings
I've been avoiding chia pudding because of the texture, but I never thought to puree it---thanks! :)
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDessertForTwo
Wow! I don't know why I never thought to puree chia pudding before! Brilliant! I've been avoiding it b/c it brings back memories of the tapoica pudding my mom used to pack in my lunch as a kid. Needless to say, I had issues with the texture of that as well. Thanks for opening my eyes to new possibilities!
Oh, this is so clever! Love the idea of this totally decadent (but not!) breakfast.
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
I am totally with you, the chia seed texture unblended creeps me out, like little weird bugs! But, I am on board for this, all those toppings..swoon! : )
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ The Frosted Vegan
I love the idea of blending it up to really get a pudding texture!!
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLivi
I completely agree that the regular chia seed pudding just doesn't do it for me. I've tried to like it but it is just a weird texture and flavorless. Definitely giving this a try!
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ 24 Carrot Life
WOW! Can't wait to try this. I don't like the texture of chia seeds either, so when I use them I usually grind them first in a coffee grinder. This looks fantastic!
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
I have always wanted to try chia pudding, but just never have. This look so good and I have all the ingredients. I am thinking breakfast tomorrow!!
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTieghan
Wow, beautiful photos here! They really drew me in, and this pudding looks deeeelicious. It's a tiny bit outside my comfort zone but I've been meaning to try chia seeds for the longest time!
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTraci
Amazing looking and sounding!
I totally agree with your first couple of statements they made me laugh and shake my head in agreement!
I'm totally with you on not liking the texture of the floating chia seeds. This looks delicious! Chia pudding just moved waaaaaaay up on my list!
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarissa
I'm with you---all of that blended up looks pretty darn delicious to me!
This looks wonderful, perfectly decadent and healthy breakfast. Chia seeds are so great to thicken smoothies. Thanks!
This looks DELICIOUS. Do you know if it's possible to do it with LESS dates? Like maybe one or two? Would it affect texture?
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan
@Taylor - YES! Perfect pre-ski breakfast! Have fun!

@Maryea - I just cannot do that texture either!

@DessertForTwo - Hope you love the blended version!

@Jennifer - Also makes me think of tapioca. Blegh!

@Beth - Ooh, I like your method of grinding the chia first. Great idea!

@Traci - Thanks so much for the sweet words about my photos. Hope you enjoy if you decide to give it a go.

@Christine - I love adding them to smoothies as well!

@Meagan - Yes! That is definitely doable. You can also use a liquid sweetener instead. They do thicken up to the mixture a bit but it should still be quite thick without. You could also add 1/2-1T extra chia seeds if you'd like.
January 31, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley
I made a blended carob-coconut chia pudding a little while ago. I way prefer it smooth too.
PB just takes this over the edge!
And, what did we eat before kale salads??!
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
You totally rocked this recipe! I love the whole chia-chocolate combo. So yummy!
What do you do with the dates? Add whole? Chop? Food process? Thanks!
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
@Amanda - You'll want to pit the dates as I've noted in the ingredient list and then place them to soak in the chia-milk mixture per the recipe instructions. No chopping is necessary. The entire mixture gets blended after soaking. Hope this helps!
January 31, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley
Whoa, this looks fantastic! I've never thought to grind them all up...but then again, I do enjoy the gelatinous texture...heheh
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Produce On Parade
I have never tried make chia seed pudding because I just can't handle the texture. I tend to top my yogurt with fruit, hemp hearts, and chia seeds, and try to eat it just as the chia seeds are starting to gel up. However, I never thought to blend them, and this pudding looks incredible, so I'm definitely going to have to give this recipe a try!
ooooh that is looking so so good :) a healthy pudding indeed. I'm sure i have chia seeds in the back of my fridge somewhere. Gotta go dig those out.
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdervla
I am totally with you on the regular chia pudding! I almost skipped this post because I can't stand it, but I saw PB and chocolate and thought 'how bad could it be?" I am so glad I actually clicked through! I have all the stuff, and can't wait to try it. I bet my 2 year old will love it too!
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterColleen
Oh, this is so clever! Love the idea of this totally decadent (but not!) breakfast.
February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristiana
I'm the same way. The only time I eat chia pudding is after the chia seeds have taken a spin the the vita-mix.
February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAli
YUM! Looking forward to trying this out! Quick question. I haven't been able to find medjool dates, and haven't had much luck with the dates I can find. (Not really all that sweet or tasty.) If I wanted to sub in some liquid sweetener for the dates, how much would you recommend for a similar sweetness level?
February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca
I love that you included different toppjngs. I will jumping on this band wagon for sure
I love using dates as a sweetener! Perfect. I actually don't mind the traditional chia pudding (trust me, I tried it once a few years ago and had to wait a couple years to try it again and actually like it), but blended...well there's no competing with something that looks like a Snack Pack! Yum! Just beautiful, as always
This is a classed up version of my go-to breakfast smoothie of banana, cocoa, yogurt and chia seeds. I'm going to have to try your recipe sometime. And I agree about the chia seed issue--ground up they are so much more appetizing!
February 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFawn @ Cowen Park Kitchen
This is a great tasting homemade chocolate pudding that is also low in fat. You can adjust this recipe to suit your own taste and make it healthier.
February 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWeight loss tea
@Rebecca - No problem at all! I would start with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, honey, or coconut nectar and go from there.
February 4, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley
I made this for today's sweet snack! Delicious! I need to work on my textures.
February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTreLost
Woah this looks like a phenomenal breakfast! I can't wait to try it!
February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEgginon
I don't have dates, so I am going to use agave + stevia and add avocado for the creaminess/thickening factor that some of the dates would have contributed!
February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate
I had to come back here and tell you how OBSESSED I am with this chia pudding! I've already made it twice and round three is currently chilling in the fridge in preparation for blending. I don't like the gooey texture of typical chia pudding either but this blended version is phenomenal. Thank you!!
February 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIrina
Live chia. My question is where do you get the spoons I see them everywhere online but can't find a source??
February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeg
@Irina - Thrilled to hear it!!!

@Meg - They're from Crate + Barrel a few years back. :)
February 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley
After seeing this post, I had been dreaming about this for at least a week. Friday, I prepared all of the ingredients together with the intent on scarfing this down the following day, after a swim workout and 50-mile bike ride. Although my food processor left date segments and some chia seeds intact, it was nothing short of pure nirvana. Holy cow, every spoonful was glorious.
February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeth R.
You are a genius! My son and I are loving this as I type. Brilliant combo
This looks delish! I have to ask what kind of PB you use - it looks so creamy an delicious.
March 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKerianne
@Kerianne - I typically make my own with dry roasted-unsaled peanuts. Pop them in the food processor with salt and in less than 10 minutes you get drippy PB!
March 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley
This is a nearly 400 calorie breakfast without toppings split the full four ways. Wowza! I might have to split it in 6 so I can have some banana with it.
March 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteralice
Total game changer. I have made this pudding at least once a week since I found this recipe a few months ago. The only things I add are a healthy pinch of sea salt and a few drops of liquid stevia. I even layered this with Glenfiddich whipped cream topped with dark chocolate shavings to make an almost healthy pretty fancy desert. Awesome recipe.
May 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergenevieve
@Genevieve - So happy to hear you are enjoying this! Good call on the sea salt + layering with whipped cream...oh my!
May 19, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley

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