Chocolate Chia Pudding (Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free)

Today’s post is from my dear friend, Celeste Santiago, who I met in a birthing class back when I was pregnant with my son Griffin. She’s a mother of 2 children who have different food allergies (some minor, some more severe), so she’s become a master at creative culinary magic! Her children are thriving thanks to her dedication to nutrition. ENJOY!

Chocolate… Chia Seeds… Avocado… SUPERFOODS! By the way, if you love Chia Seeds, be sure to check out Genevieve’s recipe for her DIY Chia Seed Drink. It will save you a ton of money and it’s delicious!

Why eat chia seeds?

Well, they have more omega 3’s than salmon, more potassium than bananas, more calcium than milk, and are loaded with antioxidants. They’re a complete protein and, unlike flaxseeds, they are very shelf stable and not prone to rancidity.

Enter Chocolate Chia Pudding!

So, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate chia seeds into my kids’ diets. This nutrient-dense pudding is a lovely treat and great for those with food allergies. It’s nut, dairy, egg, and coconut free!

This smooth and creamy version is not overly sweet so feel free to add more honey if desired 🙂

chia seed chocolate avocado pudding

Ready for this easy recipe?


  • 1 just-ripe avocado
  • 3 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder (where to buy)
  • 1/4 cup honey (where to buy)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (where to buy)
  • 3/4-1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Put all of your ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Using a high powered blender, blend all ingredients together.
  3. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes (at least) or freezer for 10 minutes before serving.
  4. Enjoy!

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 75,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.


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  1. Yummy I’ll try it

  2. Just happened to see your recipe when looking for something to satisfy my chocolate craving. I gave it a try and really liked it! Thanks for sharing.

  3. So I’m stuck at vanilla….Vanilla extract?

    • Yep, vanilla extract. Just updated the post, thanks!

  4. Try it with a banana or dates. I didn’t need honey.

  5. I think it would be much better with yogurt instead of water but no longer dairy free.

  6. What are your thoughts on cadmium and lead exposure? I would love to try this but, after doing some research I am hesitant to give to my children. Would it be better to use melted dark chocolate instead which has less of these levels?

  7. I just made this and it’s not good 🙁 it’s like bitter? What did I do wrong?

  8. Hi, this recipe looks great! I can’t wait to try it out! I was wondering if I could use it on a blog post I am writing about healthy peanut-free snacks. I would only be using a photo and will link back to this post for the recipe.

  9. I, unfortunately, found this not to be the best. I absolutely love avocado, but thought the flavor in with the cacao just didn’t work for me. I did use almond milk instead of water so I don’t know if that made the difference. I was very disappointed because it looks very good and I make chia pudding a lot but wanted to try this little twist of a recipe. Maybe a vitamix makes the chia seeds completely pulverized but I used a strong hand held blender and had seeds. It didn’t bother me, but it looked very different from the picture.

    • I made this before and instead of water, I used orange juice. It also called for honey, and I believe mini dairy free chocolate chips. It was amazing. Maybe try again?

  10. I just made this in about 5 minutes. (Love that) I altered the recipe a little. I did not use honey but added a banana and a little bit of maple syrup. Just enough to add a little sweetness. I ended up using 1 cup of water. WOW! This is delicious. My daughter just said “Daddy, why are you eating all of it because I want some more!” She is 3. SCORE! Thanks for the recipe. Love that Wilma can get some good fat in her diet.

  11. This looks great! Any idea how many servings it makes? : )

  12. I made this a few days ago and…. It’s delicious! I added half a cup of honey to make it sweeter. It’s the creamiest delicious dessert ever!

  13. Kelli-no need to grind the chia seeds beforehand. Just throw them in and they will grind and mix into the pudding perfectly.

    Illtakeboth-I wouldn’t make too big of a batch as it does not keep well. I did once make too much and put the pudding in a storage bowl and covered with plastic wrap (directly on the pudding as to prevent a slimy film from forming). We did eat the rest the next day and while not horrible the taste was not as good.

  14. Any idea how this “keeps”? It looks really good so I’d love to keep a big batch handy if it will last in the fridge.

  15. Now I know what to do with that half pound of chia seeds I bought from Bulk Herbal.

  16. Do you ground your chia seeds before mixing them with everything else to make the pudding smooth?

  17. I have made Cacoa Chia Seed Pudding before but never with avocado – I am going to try this as Miss Two will not eat avocado 🙂

  18. This came out really good! I’ve been trying to cut out sweets but I needed something tonight and just a few bites of this hit the spot. I used just a splash more then 3/4 of a cup of water and that was perfect. I think 1 cup would be too much (IMO !)

    • You can also use carob instead of cocoa if you want to keep kids away from the “caffeine” in chocolate.

  19. OMG wow.. that looks and sounds so good.

  20. I haven’t tried chia seeds yet, but have been wanting to. This looks like the perfect recipe to test them out! Yummy

  21. Could you do some sort of sweetener besides honey? Stevia?

    • You could try stevia. Usually it’s 10-15 drops per tablespoon of honey. You could also do maple syrup, coconut nectar, etc.

  22. What can you use to replace the cacao powder? I’ve tried to keep my soon away from sweets and he doesn’t really know what a chocolate chip cookie really means :)… So, I was wondering if there’s a variation to the recipe ;). Thanks and you are looking so beautiful and healthy every week. Definitely, you have that pregnancy glow 🙂

    • You can try unsweetened, non-dutched cocoa powder. I use Chatfield’s. It’s what I use to make our hot chocolate in the winter.

      • Thank you. I will give it a try 😉

    • Cacao is not sweet. So replace the honey… stevia (as per below), a few dates or a banana instead…

    • you could try carob powder instead… :)…

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