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Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

Chocolate cherry chia pudding is an easy, delicious way to use those summer cherries! This vegan breakfast recipe also works great as a snack or dessert. Add whipped cream if you’d like!

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I’ve had this vegan cherry chia seed pudding recipe made and photographed for weeks and I’m finally happy to be sharing it with you.

There’s no denying that we all need a go-to chia pudding recipe and this chocolate coconut chia pudding is my top recommendation.

When I meet with clients, I’m often sharing easy recipes for them when they feel stuck.

mugs on granite countertop with chocolate cherry chia pudding

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 chocolate chia pudding. 

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, especially in cherry chia pudding or cherry overnight oats.

And they pair perfectly with chocolate and whipped cream in this vegan chia pudding recipe! Doesn’t everything though?

cherry chocolate chia seed pudding in mug with fresh cherries

In terms of nutritional content, sweet cherries have a similar profile 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 vegan protein bites and cherry chocolate chip baked oatmeal cups.

It was time for me to experiment with fresh cherries, and mixed in with this chocolate cherry chia pudding seemed perfect.

Ingredients for Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

This chocolate chia pudding is SO SIMPLE.

  • Coconut milk – If you don’t have coconut milk, you can substitute with another milk. To keep this as vegan chia pudding, opt for a coconut milk chia pudding or almond milk chia pudding. 
  • Chia seeds – The secret ingredient. Chia seeds offer antioxidants, protein, iron, calcium, omega 3-fatty acids and more.  
  • Cocoa powder or cacao powder – Full of health-promoting antioxidants! 
  • Quality maple syrup (I love this one) – For natural sweetness
  • Cherries – Cherries are full of phytonutrients and antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory (especially if you find some tart cherries). 
  • Whipped cream – Optional, but highly recommend. You could make coconut milk whipped cream or purchase vegan whipped cream
  • Optional Add Ins – Collagen powder or protein powder can help increase the protein content! Also, adding flax seeds or hemp seeds can boost the nutrition content as well.
Chocolate Coconut Chia Seed Pudding on spoonful |

Chia seeds are one of my favorite foods for kids, as discussed in these recipes on chia seeds for kids.

Cherries are one of my favorite foods for endurance runners! If you’re not a cherry fan, you could also substitute with another fruit.

Use fresh, frozen or dried fruit in this overnight chia recipe. 

Another note about the ingredients – this cherry chia pudding can be made with either canned coconut milk or carton coconut milk. 

blue mixing bowl with cocoa powder, chia seeds and cherries to make cherry chia pudding

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

How to Make Cherry Chia Pudding

To keep this chia pudding recipe vegan, stick with coconut milk, almond milk or even soy milk.

Here are the main steps for making this basic cherry chia pudding.

Cherry chia pudding with chocolate powder gelling up
  • Gather your ingredients and mix them in a mug or small bowl. 
  • Let the ingredients gel and “firm up.” 

Usually, I recommend 4-5 hours for the chia seeds to soak up the liquid and “firm up,”, but it’s easiest to make overnight chia pudding so you can enjoy it in the morning. 

Then, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy. 

cherry chia pudding topped with cherries and whipped cream

I hope this chocolate coconut chia pudding shows you how versatile chia seeds can be.

Some other ways to use chia seeds are in banana chia bread or cranberry strawberry chia jam, which makes a tasty topping for toast!

I also love adding them to lemon blueberry overnight oats and homemade yogurt pouches for extra nutrition!

What is the Best 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!

Another reason I really love this chocolate chia pudding is because it’s extra hydrating.

Overhead shot of mugs with cherry chia pudding

Since chia seeds soak up water, they help to hydrate the body, in addition to balancing blood sugar. 

Chia seeds are great for hydration because they absorb water, making chia seeds for running a great option!

So if you’re training in the summer heat, utilize them as part of your summer hydration plan


Can you make this into a chia seed parfait?

Definitely – that’s actually my favorite way to enjoy it. I prefer to mix in some more yogurt with fruit because chia pudding with yogurt becomes more of a protein chia pudding. Stick to a soy or plant-based yogurt to keep this vegan chocolate chia pudding plant-based if necessary. 

How long does chia pudding last?

This basic chia pudding will last 3-5 days properly stored in the refrigerator. 

Cup with chocolate chia pudding and cherries on white countertop
Yield: 2 servings

Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding is a great way to use those summer cherries. Great as a breakfast, snack or dessert, this chocolate cherry pudding recipe with cherries and chocolate is an easy vegan dessert.



  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:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 382Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 7gSugar: 40gProtein: 10g

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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!

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