Chocolate Chia Pudding

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There are many conflicting viewpoints on eating close to bedtime. Personally, I need to eat something an hour or two before bed, otherwise I wake up ravenous in the morning or even in the middle of the night. When it comes to exercise, I like to get up and get to it first thing when I wake up, and I’ve found that having a balanced snack in the evening gives me the energy I need to do that.

IMG_2516I don’t usually make “fancy” desserts, but while I was having coffee at Le Pain Quotidien with a friend last week, their cute little chia pudding parfaits caught my eye.  I’d totally forgotten how much I like chia pudding. Nothing like getting reacquainted with an old favorite. Especially an…easy and satisfying old favorite?

Why does my head always go to sleazy dating metaphors? I don’t actually have any old favorites left—that’s what 2011 & 12 were for. I have to stop joking that I’m going to die alone with hypoallergenic cats because the universe might hear me. Anyway, may as well enjoy the ride (and the ridiculous, smack-your-forehead “dating in NYC” stories that make me wonder wtf is wrong with the male of the species) and eat some delicious food that happens to be conducive to a long and healthy life, hypoallergenic cats or no.


  • 6 oz milk of choice (I used unsweetened soy milk because that’s what I had—I’m sure coconut milk would taste especially wonderful)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cinnamon (optional)
  • stevia or other sweetener to taste


  1. Whisk together ingredients.
  2. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours.
  3. When ready to eat, heat or enjoy cold. Top with desired toppings.

I added a few chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and blackberries, but this would be great plain or with additions like nuts or whipped cream. This whipped coconut cream sounds particularly amazing.

Just a heads up, depending on the milk and toppings you use, this dessert packs around 10 grams of fiber. If you are like me and have the stomach of a goat or  follow a plant-based diet and are, like, “10 grams of fiber, nbd,” then full speed ahead. However, I just want to put that out there for people whose digestive systems aren’t used to eating that much fiber in one sitting. Drink plenty of water with this and maybe avoid eating after a really high-fiber meal. Or you know, wing and it maybe be pleasantly surprised that you can enjoy almost half your daily fiber needs in one delicious go.

What’s your favorite “fancy” dessert to make? Do you like to eat before bed? Do you know wtf is wrong with men? 


15 thoughts on “Chocolate Chia Pudding

    Steph said:
    June 9, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I have chia seeds at home but usually only put them in my tea– thanks, I’ll try this new use!

      Jess responded:
      June 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Enjoy 🙂

    jenn sutkowski said:
    June 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I don’t make any fancy desserts but I definitely want to try this! I do like to eat before bed (though I should keep it on the small snackier side) – and last night I meant to but didn’t and am ravenous now. And no, I don’t know wtf is wrong w men but that’s a discussion I would love to have w you! We can share insights over a pudding, perhaps? Love this entry!

      Jess responded:
      June 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Haha yes, it’s a date : )

    raechel said:
    June 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Yay chia pudding! I haven’t made it in a while, but you re-inspired me.

    And I think I said this in a comment to you once before, but *do* enjoy those face-palm dating moments….Because although finding steady love is wonderful, a small part of you will miss the adventures of the single life. (I’m guessing this will be especially true for you as a writer/artist….for me, it was like, “Wtf am I supposed to write songs about now that I’m happy and in love?!”) Love will come. But enjoy the stories until then. : )

      Jess responded:
      June 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Haha yes, thank you again for the reminder! I could do without dudes who eat chicken mcnuggets in my bed when I’m trying to sleep but you’re right—good stories. And why is that always the case with love songs? I have a friend who’s in a very happy relationship and he writes these awesome love poems about being happy. I have no idea how he does it!

    Emily said:
    June 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I specifically bought a bag of chia seeds just to make chia pudding and have yet to do so.. thanks for the reminder 😉

      Jess responded:
      June 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Haha anytime : )

    Kaitlin said:
    June 9, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Oh my gosh it’s been ages since I had chia pudding. This is totally happening. As for men, a species of their own and I still can’t figure it out. Might of helped if I grew up with a brother but that didn’t happen.

      Jess responded:
      June 10, 2013 at 12:40 am

      Haha I totally hear you! I have a sister but that’s it! We’re equally baffled.

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