Cherry Chocolate Coconut Milk Chia Pudding

  Jun 21, 2017  |  #Breakfast

Cherry Chocolate Coconut Milk Chia Pudding is a great way to use those summer cherries. Great as a breakfast, snack or dessert, this chia seed pudding recipe with cherries and chocolate is an easy vegan dessert. Add whipped cream if you’d like!

 Spoonful of cherry chocolate chia pudding closeup

It’s not like me to post two recipes two days in a row. But I’ve had these chocolate chia pudding babies made and photographed.

When I meet with clients, I’m often sharing easy recipes for them when they feel stuck. I often bring up chia pudding, and the common question is, “what is the ideal chia pudding ratio?”

I’ll share my secret with this coconut milk chia pudding. 

I’ve learned that you never know what can happen when you say YES. That’s one of my mottos for 2017, and it’s going okay.

It’s getting better and better as I remind myself to keep all doors open.

For example, in the same week, I was asked to do a cooking segment on our local news station, a talk at one of the local dietetic meetings, and a talk at Whole Foods.

As it is with life, opportunities seem to come a ‘knockin all at once. It’s flattering and can get stressful.

I guess right now, I’m trying to manage all of that while thinking about things that most align with me, my brand, and my future.


mugs on granite countertop with chocolate chia pudding and cherres

I feel like I go through chia pudding phases, and right now, chia breakfast pudding is DEFINITELY a phase.

My dad always loved cherries growing up, and I was always kinda “eh” about them.

Probably because I compared them to the maraschino cherries in shirley temples (my drink of choice until age 12), and I just wasn’t crazy about those cherries.

But, now I understand how delicious and refreshing the FRESH summer cherries are. And they pair perfectly with chocolate and whipped cream! Doesn’t everything though?

And in terms of cherry nutritional content, it’s very similar to that of tart cherries – great for endurance runners!

I’ve used tart cherry juice in my tart cherry gummies, and dried cherries in my no bake peanut butter cherry trail mix bites, and now we’re using FRESH CHERRIES. 

What Do You Need For Cherry Chocolate Coconut Milk Chia Pudding?

  • Milk (you can use any milk you choose!) To keep this as a vegan chia pudding, opt for a coconut milk chia pudding or almond milk chia pudding. 
  • Chia seeds – These are the secret ingredient!
  • Cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • Quality maple syrup (I love this one)
  • Cherries! I prefer fresh, but you could use frozen or dried

Now that you have your ingredients, let’s talk about how EASY it is to make this chocolate chia pudding recipe.

Cherry Cocoa Chia Pudding, Chia Pudding


How to Make Chia Pudding

  1. It all starts with figuring out the best chia pudding ratio.
  2. Mix everything together (chia seeds, liquid, and any add-ins)
  3. Store in refrigerator for the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and “gel up”


What is the most successful chia pudding ratio?

I’m sure each person will have her own opinion, but I have had the most success with using 1  1/3 cups of milk and 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp of chia seeds. 

And make sure you allow enough time for it all to “gel.” For me, it’s generally 4-5+ hours, or overnight for the safest bet!

chocolate chia pudding with cherries as an easy vegan dessert | Bucket List Tummy


Making Coconut Milk Chia Pudding

Gather your ingredients and mix! 

We’re all well aware of the health benefits of cocoa powder, right? Delicious, chock full of antioxidants, and easy to throw in recipes. Plus, chocolateeeee. Make sure to use quality cocoa – can’t stress that enough. 

And cherries, my golly, aren’t they just so darn tasty?

They also provide many phytonutrients and antioxidants, and are anti-inflammatory (especially if you find some tart cherries).

One of my favorite foods for endurance runners!

Once you do the legwork (and by legwork, I mean, mix milk, chia seeds and your toppings), just let them gel and it’s ready to go.


When Should You Enjoy This Chia Pudding?

Well, I prefer summer when you have fresh cherries! It’s perfect for these warm summer days.

I’ve been using it as a snack, but you can doctor it up for breakfast or dessert. 

My sweet tooth has been on fire lately since the Ogden Marathon. I think it’s my body still trying to catch up on energy,

Even though I haven’t been running much, my appetite is still just as high, so I’m just going with it.

My go-to choices have been ice cream, yasso bars, or this chocolate chia pudding with coconut milk. 

However, what this chia pudding offers that the other desserts don’t is extra hydration!

Chia seeds are great for hydration because they absorb water.

Cherry Cocoa Chia Pudding, chia pudding


Cherry Chocolate Coconut Milk Chia Pudding

Cherry Chocolate Coconut Milk Chia Pudding

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Cherry Chocolate Coconut Milk Chia Pudding is a great way to use those summer cherries. Great as a breakfast, snack or dessert, this chia seed pudding recipe with cherries and chocolate is an easy vegan dessert. Add whipped cream if you'd like!


  • 1 1/3 cup coconut milk (can also another type of milk)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup, depending on sweetness
  • 1/4 cup cherries, sliced and pitted
  • 1/4 cup vegan whipped cream, optional, but highly recommended


  1. Mix all ingredients in bowl and divide into 2 jars or serving cups.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 4+ hours or overnight.
  3. Top with extra cherries and whipped cream!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 382 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 19mg Sodium: 95mg Carbohydrates: 64g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 40g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 10g

An Easy Vegan Dessert

I think you’ll agree that this coconut milk chia pudding is both decadent and satisfying, making it the best vegan dessert option! Or breakfast, or snack. So many options. 

Make it the night before or morning of, and enjoy it as healthy vegan dessert later. 


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Cherry Cocoa Chia Pudding

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I hope you give it a try and like it! And if so, please tag me on social media so I can see!

Are you a chia pudding fan?

23 responses to “Cherry Chocolate Coconut Milk Chia Pudding

  1. I love that you’re just going with your intuitive eating signals and enjoying satisfying that sweet tooth with all the delicious fruity chocolateyness. I hope you have a wonderful time at the wedding this week!

  2. Such a fabulous chia pudding recipe! Whipped cream is definitely a perfect finishing touch 🙂 Would I completely ruin the recipe if I chose to blend it? I hate to be one of those commenters who asks about changing part of a recipe, but I figured it couldn’t hurt too much to ask. Wishing you a wonderful time in Indy!

    1. Do you mean blend if after it gels? If you blended it before it gels, I’m sure it would be pretty liquidy. But it may be okay if you blend it after? You’ll have to let us know if you do! 🙂

  3. OH congrats on all those appearances, definitely good you’re saying ‘Yes’ and taking advantage of the opportunity. And obsessed with cherries lately, I just finished the bag I bought last week 🙁 Guess I’ll just need to buy some more to make this!

  4. I’ve never quite got the proportions of chia/milk/chocolate right. So I’m so excited to try this. Love the antioxidant kick too…fighting a cold in summer. Talk about a bummer!

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