Overnight Chocolate Coffee Chia Breakfast Pudding

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Break ups are the worst. They make us question why we even decided to get in another relationship. And make us wonder what we could have changed to make it work. But sometimes we just have to face the fact, the relationship didn’t work and we are back on our own. I love relationships. I love loving someone and having them love me back. But I guess sometimes love isn’t enough. It still never seems to get easier.

While I tried not to completely drown in my relationship sorrows, Sergio helped me drown myself in chocolate peanut butter swirl frozen yogurt topped with chocolate sauce and chocolate sprinkles. Yeah, I got chocolate wasted. Thankfully it didn’t make me sick. But I thought chocolate wasted would be better than alcohol wasted. Alcohol leads to depression. Depression leads to text messages. Nothing good comes from texting, I know that for a fact.

In another effort to keep from constantly crying, I took on a mom roll. Meaning babysitting a couple dogs. Children aren’t that fun. Dogs are. And small dogs are pretty great, other than their love for barking. At anything. Parked cars. Grass. Fences. Really anything they can find to bark at. What they don’t seem to love to do is poop outdoors. Instead they felt the need to leave their tootsie rolls for me to step on. Twice. But they made up for it by cuddling with me constantly. I understand while people like small dogs, it’s like your own grown up style teddy bear. A socially acceptable one. I haven’t had a teddy bear in years, but having a fluffy little bear-dog sleep right next to me is even better than I remember. I kind of want a dog. I need a cuddle buddy.

Are you suddenly grossed out by tootsie rolls now? I sure am.

I pretty much took the long weekend to think about things. My last break up was covered up with alcohol and trips to sketchy dance clubs to keep from thinking about it. They didn’t seem sketchy to me at the time, but when I go downtown now, I always wonder what I was thinking when I actually liked going to those bars. Laura and I spent one night downtown, not drinking since we had to get back to our pups, and I wondered why anyone liked to spend their nights down there. Sure, you get whistled at by guys who can’t even spell their own name, but the bars are too loud to have a conversation with anyone. And conversations are usually dull. Am I just getting to that age where hiking up my skirt shorter than it falls in order to appeal to the opposite sex sounds like an awful night out? Or is it that I just like having sober conversations? I really don’t know. What I do know is that I got a parking ticket. All signs are pointing towards Juli staying out of downtown. I’m listening to the signs. And getting chocolate wasted.

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Overnight Chocolate Coffee Chia Breakfast Pudding

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  1. Blend brewed coffee, coconut milk, almond butter, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and cocoa powder in a blender.
  2. Place the blended mixture into a resealable large jar (or 2 smaller jars) then add chia seeds. Seal jar and shake.
  3. Place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 3+ hours.
  4. Eat up. Breakfast is served.

 

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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194 thoughts on “Overnight Chocolate Coffee Chia Breakfast Pudding”

  1. Interesting coincidence. I just got dumped last night and this was the first thing that popped into my Tumblr feed this morning. I’m new to Paleo and will try it out.

    Spinster/Old Maid, 38
    Washington, D.C.

  2. Juli, I’m so sorry things didn’t work out with the dude. Getting my dog was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done. I’d rather “have” to come home to take care of him than feel like I have to be out and making myself available to guys who can’t spell their own names (totally spit my eggs out when I read that). You’re super amazingly awesome and you brighten my day when I read your funny posts and have success with your recipes (I’m not much of a cook). Watch out for the tootsie rolls (especially the male, human version) and keep on keepin’ on with friends like Sergio. XO

  3. Hey Juli,

    I just went through a break up myself… they suck. But it sounds like you’re handing it pretty well. I went the opposite route and have spent a good bit of time talking to guys who can’t spell my name or theirs. It’s been…fun? Good luck with everything. It’ll get better.

  4. Clean Eating -- It's a Lifestyle

    Sorry about the breakup. They really suck. But something tells me this recipe won’t! Thanks…. and life does definitely go on!

    1. Just wanted to say I started following your blog Danielle. I LOVE your post about becoming whole. I love every post I’ve read so far actually, thank you for sharing!!!

      1. Simone, thank you so much for sharing that with me! I am so excited that what I’m sharing is connecting with people :).

  5. Laura (another one)

    Oooh Juli I am so sorry… I woke up this morning and wondered how the hell you are because I haven’t been following you as much lately. I can only say each subsequent relationship comes with more confidence and wisdom, in my experience. Love You and trust You 🙂 Thanks for sharing your life with us and for the chocolate recipes… Without you I’d still be eating coconut butter mixed with cocoa with a spoon lol. Love you girl !

  6. So very sorry about the breakup, darlin’. Cuddling the pups and enjoying a bit of chocolate is exactly what you need to take the edge off.

  7. Balls. That’s a bummer. Sorry for the heart hurt, Juli! Chocolate definitely helps though. And puppies. They solve everything.

  8. When it comes to men, do not compromise. Wait for the right guy, it matters (Take this advice from a happily remarried divorced lady–it sucks that I had to make all the mistakes with the first one, but it rocks that I got it right with the second!).

    Regarding this recipe, I wasn’t thrilled about trying it until I got to coffee. Then you had me. The next ingredient could have been “Tootsie Roll” and I still would have been game for trying it. My coconut milk order arrives on Wednesday, I’ll be having this for breakfast on Thursday.

    And I agree with your friends, a dog (especially a small, cute one with loads of personality) is a MUST!

    Keep looking, don’t settle, and thanks for sharing your experiences with the masses. We love you (Although our love cannot keep you warm at night, so I get why a man would be nice!). 🙂

  9. My two favorite things – chocolate and coffee! Sounds delish!
    Break-ups definitely suck 🙁 So sorry! Each day gets a little bit easier though. Hang in there <3

  10. This looks fantastic but a warning…stick to the serving size or your gut will hate you! I learned that the hard way by chowing down on the Urban Poser’s version of horchata pudding! Chias are delicious in moderation 🙂

  11. I love pretty much ALL of your recipes, but I once had a chia seed smoothie and thought it was disgusting. But I’m still a little curious about this! Sorry about the break up 🙁 They suck. And they don’t get easier the older you get, which is also depressing. I’m pretty sure I’d have gone crazy without ny cat when my ex and I broke up. She kept me company and half the time, I just wanted to go home and hang out with her. And I felt the same way about the bars. I used sex and alcohol to get over my big break ups in my early 20s, but my last big break up at 25 and I was just like, I don’t want to have meaningless sex AND these bars are just too ridiculous to even go to. I guess that’s what happens when you get old. You like your skirts longer and your shirts higher and getting drunk doesn’t solve any problems. Getting old sucks.

  12. Sorry to hear about your breakup. 🙁 that’s tough…

    I made this for breakfast and everything sans the chia seeds makes for a delicious mocha!

  13. As someone who is going through the same thought process and feelings right now, totally know how sucky those feelings are. **hugs** to you.

    Can’t wait to try this!

  14. Juli, I’m addicted to chia pudding and coffee. This recipe is my kindred!!! Thank you! Please know that while we (your blog followers and lovers) aren’t the same as having a man in your life, we love you for all you do. Take your time and cry really hard bc it will help…. But then pick up the corners of your mouth a and turn that frown upside down because you have so much to be happy for. We love you!! Keep up the awesome work <3

  15. Also, don’t forget to fully indulge in your Modcloth habit, because if I’ve learned one thing about breakups, it’s that not having a man means more money to spend on yourself. And you totally deserve it.

  16. I’m sorry about the breakup, Juli 🙁 It might not help to hear now, but I’d like to take this moment to remind you how awesome you are. Seriously. You’re like a comic-genius-paleo-rock-star. And that’s just what I know from the internet. I can only imagine how cool you are in the real world. Whoever he is, you don’t need him and it’s his loss.

  17. Love your blog and love this recipe, going to try tomorrow! Sorry to hear about the sad heart- keep friends on call and even better, road trip if you can! oh, and if you want a great way to vent- read out loud Thug Kitchen recipes at the top of your lungs. Kinda like shock therapy 😉

  18. I went through a break up recently and it was awful. I mean, our break up was amicable but I had some serious issues with my friends still hanging out with him (so at least you don’t have THAT problem). Anyway, I’m rooting for you Juli. I think the best thing to do is spend time with the people that you love and care about. Do things that you enjoy as well (I rocked my very first half marathon, though I know you hate running). Also, try something new (I did stand up) and make sure that you call your mom and bff lots and lots.

  19. I don’t know you, but I still find this place humorous.

    Virtual hugs during your time of transition. These periods of forced growth are painful, but I see that you already realize their place in your life.

    Regarding “kitchen mishaps”, you know the old saying: “Good choices come from experience; experience comes from bad choices.”

  20. He is sooooo unlucky to have lost you! Sometimes the most perfect seeming things don’t happen because something even better or greater is in store. And be ready, because as soon as you really give up, and are disgusted beyond tootsie rolls by men, on comes the flood of ’em. A friend once told me this when I needed to be strong after a breakup: “men build bridges. If they want you, they will find a way to get to you”. It was harsh but it changed my life. Xo thank you for this pudding recipe and sharing in cooking/life school.

  21. Ooh I make a little cold press mocha smoothie very like this…maybe I need to try chia pudding!

    Sorry about the breakup 🙁 hopefully all the comments about how fabulous everyone thinks you are will lift your spirits a titch 🙂 I’ve been over the bar scene for a while…I think you just outgrow it, and learn there are more productive ways to meet people.

    Feel better, sweets…

  22. Why can’t you just date Sergio?!! I think we all need an entire blog post as to why you can’t/won’t.

    1. Hi Juli I’m so sorry about the break up. I love you and have been following your blog for awhile now. But I totally agree we need a post as to why you don’t date Sergio ……he is so sexy?? Ok bye.

  23. It is a little after midnight here (EST) and here I am awake not really feeling tired (cramming episodes of The Shield).

    Then I saw this recipe. Whipped it up and now I simply must go to sleep to pass these 3+ hours.

    Thank you Juli, I now have reason to sleep!

    1. Before I saw your recipe I had sympathy for your breakup. I swear! It escaped me in my excitement for a sweet delicious breakfast.

      Sorry to hear you are feeling anything less than 100%. I wish you the best

  24. I’m sorry lady! Breakups are the worst! You on the otherhand are fabulous as evidenced by how much i love your blog. Tonight I made your chocolate Banana breakfast bars. They’re for breakfast but I had to eat one tonight…so good. And perhaps next week I will be making these. Oddly enough I saw premade little chia puddings at whole foods….bet yours will be better and cheaper. Keep your chin up!
    Ps there needs to be a bat downtown for the “I’m not 23 anymore but I want to go dancing with my girlfriends”…just sayin’

  25. You know something? You are a wonderful, honest, rare, fun writer and an equally rare and fun experimenter of recipes.
    Get that dog you are sensing you need (pick a good one). Take your dog places, do things with it, and you’ll meet someone who has a dog, too, and your dogs will get along, and you’ll get along too, because people who care for animals often care for things that make relationships last.

  26. Eating this will get you through your breakup. Whipped it up last night and eating it now holy deliciousness. My daughter loved it also.

  27. I’m totally with you there – chocolate wasted is the way to go! I’m 3 months post-breakup (that was out of LEFT freakin’ field) and I’m in the same boat – where does one go to meet guys if not downtown to the bars, which I despise? I say we just get some pets and give them all our love.
    PS – I think I need my own Sergio. Cause seriously, none of my friends even suggested getting chocolate wasted. Or alcohol wasted. I need new friends, clearly.

  28. Sorry to hear about your breakup, they are definitely the worst.:-( I’ll skip any platitudes but will say to go with what you are feeling, just don’t let them take over you.

    I love your recipes! This pudding is fab! I am doing the 21 day sugar detox and used 1/2 greenish banana instead of the honey to provide some sweetness. I was licking the bowl before I realized my coworkers were giving me strange looks. ha! Though now I can’t wait until the detox is done so I can try the coco puffs!

  29. Boo on the failed relationship. On a positive note, I just introduced a friend to your website and she is extremely excited (particularly about this recipe because it mixes her two favorite things: coffee and chocolate pudding). Thanks, Juli!! Keep your chin up, and your smile wide.

  30. Dang darlin’ sorry things didn’t work out for you. Keep your chin up cause I think I speak for a good portion of men when I say a gorgeous woman with cooking skills like yours is highly desired and hard to find. That being said I just found your site and after looking through several recipes I can’t wait to try some of the deserts. I haven’t indulged in stuff like that in months as a part of my very strict dieting habits so I’m excited to have something a little sweet and guilt free.
    BTW I tried to give it 5 stars but my phone won’t do it.

  31. They say it’s called a breakup because it’s broken. I’m sorry you’ve had to go through a breakup, but isn’t it better to realise it now, than to go into something that could not be healthy for either of you.
    Thanks for the recipe. I’ve printed it out, and plan on trying it out asap.

    1. Usually when I find a recipe there would always be one ingredient I don’t have. Not the case with this one. I had all of them, so decided to make this for breakfast this morning.
      Not only was it super easy, I was actually doubtful it was going to set. Yes I know I should have more faith.
      This morning when I opened my container, I was pleasantly surprised. It had set.
      It was moussy and chocolately and it the spot in all the right places. I will definitely be making this for breakfast again, and for dessert for some friends.
      Super easy and delish!

  32. I had this today, finally (forgot to take my jar o’ puddin’ to work with me yesterday!!!), and I loved it! Ate it with cherries. YUM!

  33. Made this last night for this mornings breakfast! I didn’t blend it… I just put it all in a jar and shook it pretty well. It’s SO good Juli! Keep your chin up girl! YOU are amazing!

  34. Just had a breakup myself, neither end of it ever feels good. Cooking always helps me cope.

    FYI I talk about your recipes at the box like we’re best friends, paleo challenge starts this month so I’m looking forward to showcasing your delicious recpies. Thanks for all that you do!

  35. I am new to paleo and tried this today. OMG…..I think I could say goodbye to chocolate bar binges forever. This completely satisfied me until lunch and it satisfied my sugar and chocolate cravings. I think it tastes sort of like a mounds bar – yum!

  36. Juli, getting old doesn’t suck so don’t listen to young people who tell you it does. You know yourself, you know what you want, you get comfortable in your own skin, and you care more about others. Your skirt getting longer, and wanting to hang some place where you can actually have a conversation with someone just means you’re not a silly girl anymore…embrace it!

    xoxo,
    Tracy

  37. I would like to try this BUT HATE coffee, (and tea) what could I substitute it with?

    Also we use whole unprocessed milk at home could I use that in place of coconut milk or would that defeat the whole purpose.

    Finally – he is the loser 🙂 xx

  38. I’ve made this now three times, my husband and I, especially my husband, love it! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    I’m sorry to read of your break-up; relationships can be tough.

  39. This is in my fridge setting up for the morning. I licked my spoon and I’m excited at how good it already tastes but curious about how this turns into pudding? I know nothing about chia seeds, went and got them just to make this recipe, but I’m guessing they plump up or something?? Regardless, i trust you – I made your hummingbird bread today and it was insane, and I have made many other of your meat recipes, my favorite being the breakfast meatza. Sorry about your breakup 🙁 Sounds like you’ve got a healthy perspective on it all, that’s more than SO many can say! Hang in there and THANK YOU for epic recipes and your real, honest, open, fun, funny blog. LOVE IT!

  40. Oh sweet wonderful girl… what a light you are!! Your spark and spunk are contagious… break ups are always the result of being out of integrity with truth… feel the hurt and then rejoice! rejection is simply re-direction… The best is yet to come, and YOU deserve nothing less!! Blessings

  41. Loving your blog currently. I’m fairly new to the paleo diet world, so I’m trying to do my best to stock up on recipes now. Your posts are so personal, well written, and informative! Love them! I’m also loving this recipe- everything I love in one dish (especially coffee).

  42. I made this last night! However, I’m doing the whole life challenge so I couldn’t have maple syrup or honey. So instead I just put 3 packets of stevia in it! I also didn’t have coconut milk so I just used almond milk. It still turned out great! I love it! I put some raisins on top this morning and it’s delicious. Thank you for the recipe!

  43. I am so with you about the sober conversation.The post- break up abyss sucks. There seems to be no quality guys around that aren’t with other people… Just boring, socially awkward single dudes that wear a lot of plaid and stand around and talking to no one. Plus, I’m a single mom that got dumped 5 weeks after giving birth… Luckily, I feel much better 9 months later. Good luck! Keep cooking! You are amazing, and there are millions of guys in this world. They can’t all suck.

  44. Made this 3 times already and it is so good! The first two times it was great but the last time the seeds just clumped on the bottom and the liquid was all on top. I followed the directions exactly and I stirred it again in the morning but the seeds were a little clumped and goopy. Still yummy but not sure what happened.
    So sorry about the breakup but in my opinion if you are dating to find the one person you want to marry then a breakup is a successful end because you weren’t going to marry the person. Better to figure it out sooner rather than later. And that can be so hard if you weren’t the one doing the breaking-up. hugs! Hope you feel better soon, those great new boots ought to help. 🙂

    1. that can happen with chia seeds. they just need to be more shaken up. maybe a couple times as they are coming together. i had that the first time i made them because i didn’t add enough liquid

  45. LOVED this! The seperation thing happened to me too, “pudding” on top, chia settled on bottom to a jello-ish clump. I just mega-stirred and ate anyway, but next time I’ll shake again halfway through the setting process. I was impressed; I’ve learned not to expect much from the paleo treat category (excluding baked goods) cuz they rarely hold up to expectations for me, but I can barely detect the coconut milk or almond butter in this so I really feel like I’m indulging — mmmmmnomnomSOgood.

  46. Just tried this today–OMG is right!!
    I was just calculating calories–does around 600 for the whole thing sound right to you? I know they are very good, healthy calories.
    It kept me full from 5:45 am until lunch time, so the full 600 might be worth it, but I’m just trying to make sure I don’t get chocolate-waisted when I’m geting chocolate-wasted! 😉

  47. I have all these ingredients, MINUS the nut butter! 🙁 I do have coconut butter, but I feel as though that will not be a lateral substitution. Any idea on what can be substituted for the nut butter? My roommate has chocolate peanut butter, and I’m only very loosely keeping paleo…

  48. Ugh. I read this when you posted it and felt bad for you. Now I’m going through a breakup myself. Its strange how closely our relationships were timed with starting and ending and me having a friend named Sergio. Fortunately, I also opted to forgo the alcohol and texting. I hope you’re doing a lot better now! I need to catch up on the blog posts, as I’ve been out of town for several days.

  49. Wow just wow. made these yesterday afternoon, put in cute little jars and had for breakfast. Feel so hyper from the sweetness and the coffee! LOL Very tasty thankyou for sharing 🙂

  50. I am ADDICTED to chia pudding!!!!!
    Get a dog…. when I filed for divorce, I kicked his ass to the curb and the kids and I got a lab.Told everyone I got rid of the dog and got a puppy…. loyal, faithful, and he likes me more when I stink after a workout 🙂

  51. I love chocolate pudding for dessert but not the caffeine in the evening so I substituted the coffee for Pero (coffee substitute) and used vanilla stevia for the sweetener! Yummy!!!!

  52. So sorry for the break-up my dear. Things happen for a reason. Time heals all wounds and you will find happiness again before you know it. He’s out there…I’m hopeful for you! (and me)

    Thanks for the recipe! Will try tonight!!

  53. Yep, also went through a breakup this month. Being newly single is certainly better with coffee, chocolate and chia on the side, that’s for sure! Thanks for sharing xoxo and wishing you lots of new love coming your way.

  54. Hey! Made this recipe like 5 or 6 times now, awesome as is, but also a good base recipe that can be switched up
    Love it! thanks 😀

  55. I made this and absolutely loved it! It’s a favorite now! Great to make a double batch, keep at work (in the fridge) and have as a mid-morning snack. Love, Love, LOVE this!!

  56. Juli, just wanted to say I’m so sorry about your heart and men are and will always be half as fabulous as us chicas. Also, as a bit of an uplifter, you’re my absolutely FAVORITE paleo website because you share with us more than just recipes, but your life. And I sincerely appreciate that. I hope your healing process is going well, in the meantime, chocolate, shopping, and girlfriends.

  57. I’m really sorry about the breakup (although it’s weeks later, I am just seeing this now). I don’t know how I missed this post/recipe and I’m going to try it now. I keep forgetting I have chia seeds. I just bought these cool blue mason jars and going to make this pudding in them for brekkie for the week. Yum. You seem very cool and I love your blog because you write exactly what’s on your mind and I like that. I am sure you will meet “that guy” very soon.

  58. I tried to make this last night (with a few half-assed subs because I couldn’t get to the supermarket for maple syrup or coconut milk so used raw sugar and almond milk) and despite leaving my pudding in the fridge for more than 12 hours my chia seeds were still small and crunchy, and not all pluffy (plump fluffy?) like I’ve seen them in pictures.

    Too much liquid? Wrong sort of liquid?! We just don’t know! I used white chia seeds, don’t know if that makes a difference they were all I could find at the supermarket. My flatmate has black ones I might steal to try this with.

    The taste was awesome though, so I will keep battling until I succeed and have awesome pluffy chia pudding!

    1. hey tara! i have no idea why they wouldn’t have plumped up. i haven’t worked with white chia seeds, but I wouldn’t see that changing anything. that is so so weird, i wish i had an answer! maybe google it?

  59. Sorry for your break-up. I always using your recipes but this is the first time leaving a comment. I decided to use your recipe since i bought chia seeds and it was my first time using them. I decided to eliminate the cocoa and coffee and instead added Chai tea. The tea has a subtle taste to the pudding but it was tasty. I served it to a non-paleo friend and he really loved it. Thank you for sharing this recipe, plus………..MASON JARS ROCK!!!!

  60. Hi Juli!
    Longtime fan of your sweet potato brownie recipe, so I’ve started exploring others!
    So sorry about your breakup, but in better news, this pudding is fantastic! I made it last night and just shared it with half my office this morning. Everyone is raving about it, so kudos to you!
    Chin up girl, it will get better!

  61. Love this. Has become a comfort food. It reminds me of tapioca pudding. I am going to experiment with a different flavor, or use decaf coffee. Needing comfort food seems to happen at night!

  62. Hi! Just made this recipe for the first time last night. I tried to sift through the other comments to answer my question… but there’s so many! How long does this mixture last? I wasn’t able to eat it all this morning… in fact, it would probably take me several days! Let me know if I should throw it out before then.

    Thanks!

    Lindsay

  63. I am not a fan of nuts. Could I get away with leaving the nut butter out completely, or should I replace it with something else?
    Thanks so much!

  64. I just made this and it was so good! I used powdered carob and dropped the coffee because I can’t do caffeine. I used one tablespoon of maple sugar instead and it was still sweet. Anyone have ideas on stevia to use because the sugar is hard on my stomach.

  65. Maybe I’m dense, but this came out terrible. It’s all gummy and a terrible consistency and mouthfeel… should I whip it up before eating? I really want this to work but even heating it up with extra coffee to thin it out a bit makes it worse.

    Help!

  66. Just tried these for the first today. They were amazing!!! And so simple! I added pumpkin to mine because I am obsessed with pumpkin this time of year. Thanks for the awesome recipes!

  67. Greetings Juli,
    I’m sorry to hear about your break-up – Chocolate works wonders! I have a friend who rescues small dogs like Yorkies and she finds caring loving people to adopt them. Her email address is bamills@me.com, she loves the dogs and they are wonderful companions. Jesus’ Blessings and Peace

  68. Made it and it’s AMAZING! I’ll use less maple syrup next time as it was a little on the sweet side for me and the family. The closest pudding-like consistency i’ve seen in chia-stuff. The “chia pudding” at whole foods is NOTHING compared to this! The packaged pudding is “jello” like and this is creamy and wonderful!

  69. You may already know this…you can put a bunch of ingredients in a mason jar and attach the bottom of a blender directly to it. Then all you have to clean is the blade and ring that holds the blade in place. My husband does this all the time to make salad dressing. When he is done he just pops a lid on top of the mason jar and is good to go. I was ridiculously excited when I learned this so thought I would pass it on. I just used this method for your chia pudding recipe. 🙂

  70. I had never tried chia seeds before, and this looked too yummy to pass up. Unfortunately, I learned that I REALLY don’t like the gelatinous goo that chia seeds become. SO, instead of calling it a loss, I blended it with a frozen banana and a handful of ice, adding a little more coconut milk. It is a SUPER delicious morning smoothie, highly recommend it for anyone, and you don’t taste the chia seeds at all! Thanks for the recipe Juli, you are the BEST!

  71. OMG is right. This is delicious! I made it the first time today and plan to make more and (maybe) share it. 😉

  72. dear god this was good. i enjoyed chewing on the little gummy chia seeds in a way that made me feel like some sort of weird cartoon monster. i’m a not morning person who has to be at work by 7 am. dont judge me. 🙂 anyway, it was really filling, and tasted just downright delicious. and then i texted the recipe to everyone i know using more exclamation points than probably is strictly necessary. but exciting when you get to have chocolate for breakfast.

  73. Hi Juli !
    I hope you’re feeling much better. I guess your last projects helped a bit.
    I’ve just tried your recipe and loved it.
    It’s really good, it was my first attempt with chia seeds and will surely try this again. It’s so easy to do. Thanks !

  74. OMG just tried this recipe!! So I was afraid of the whole chia “gel” stuff. I’m a texture weirdo & thought no way would I like it. But breakfasts are THE hardest meal for me to eat well. So last night I went out and bought a bag of chia seeds and made this. DELISH! Another winner! Thank you!!

  75. My friend had a leftover 1/2 full can of “light” coconut milk, and handed it over to me in the hopes that I would use it. That’s all I have on hand – do you think it would work? It doesn’t seem to be creaming at the top like most coconut milk does (probably because it’s just watered down), so I’m not sure what the effect on the pudding might be…

    Also, I stole my seeds from the university cafeteria so have a baggy of mixed flax and chia seeds. Do you think I could use that instead? Or add a little more to ensure that there’s enough chia?

    Sorry for all of the questions! I’ve never made chia pudding before

    1. I used light coconut milk and it was fine. Not sure about the flax, but it probably won’t hurt anything. The chia is what makes a gel consistency, so you may need to use more than 1/4 cup since it is “diluted” with flax or your pudding may turn out a but runny. I would maybe add an extra Tbsp? Just a guess. But it will still probably taste good either way. I say just give it a whirl. The worst that happens is it doesn’t work and you throw it out.

  76. First of all, this is f*cking delicious. Maybe I’m paranoid, but I sometimes think I get headaches from maple syrup.

    Do you think a banana would work well as a substitute? Half a banana? Maybe I would then add a pinch more coffee or something.

    Thanks Juli!

  77. Oh My Goodness. I just made this last night and had it for breakfast today. I am completely in LOVE!! This is absolutely delicious and by far the best chia gel/pudding I have ever had. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  78. Gotta say, this breakfast just about sums it all up in one. The way to get over a bad break-up is to nourish yourself, mind, body and soul. Looks like your body is covered with this recipe so now you just have to find chocolate for the mind and soul 😉

  79. Juli, I’ve been dabbling with paleo for a few years but recently made the commitment to make it a lifestyle. I love CF and I love what they both do for my body.

    I’ve struggled with finding variety in my diet and fought having to cook so much. But, I’ve been following you, cooking up your recipes, and I am enjoying myself, the process, and the finished eats 😀

    Just made the chia breakfast pudding for tomorrow morning. I licked the cover of the coconut milk, the spoon I used to measure the almond butter, the syrup off the spoon, and then the spatula I used to scrap every last morsel out of the food processor (I chuckle as I write this because I’m sure you’ll find it just as funny). I’d say that if it tastes as good in the morning as it did going into the jar this evening, it won’t make it to the kitchen table in the A.M.

    Keep’em coming!

  80. HI Juli,

    This recipe is incredible! I made a little too much though to get rid of all the coconut milk I had (quadruple the recipe oops) – how long will this keep in the fridge?

    Thanks!

  81. I’m sure this would work, but i thought i might ask also, can i add protein? I just made the pumpkin recipe with protein and it’s awesome…could i even ad 2 scoops or would it dry it out?? thanks!

  82. Hey Juli!

    Finally gave this a try… and it was delicious! Had to make a substitution, tho, as I have a nut allergy, and figured I’d pass it along to you and your readers (didn’t see it mentioned in the comments): a 1/4 of a medium avocado is a great substitute for the scoop of nut butter.

    Keep up the great work!

  83. This is awesome. I made up a batch last week and nibbled on it all by myself over about 3 days. I was surprised at how it filled me up & conquered my cravings at the same time. Yum!

  84. This is, how you say, amazeballs! So good and quick. Definitely will be putting this into the regular b-fast rotation!

  85. Julie LaMagna

    Second time making this! I added a bit of mint extract this time, can’t wait to taste it tomorrow morning!

  86. Was looking for something different for breakfast, and this was wonderful. Thank you for the recipe. When I was ready to eat, I cut up a small banana and mixed, and it was heavenly.

  87. I finally got some chia seeds (on sale at Costco) JUST to make this pudding. But, oops, I gave my husband the rest of the cold coffee. Instead I used Harmless Harvest pure coconut water. I also used half almond butter and half coconut butter. Mixed it up in my magic bullet, shook it up for a couple minutes while I put my ingredients away, and three hours later tasted it and all I can say is O.M.G.!, it was AMAZING! Already planning the next time ill make this.

  88. Just made this as I had a little left over almond butter from making some last week for another recipe. I just threw the chia seeds in the blender with everything else. It was already ‘pudding’ by the time I finished blending. Excited to try this for breakfast. I only used 1TBS of honey, next time will up it a little or try maple. I ate what I couldn’t get in the jar. It was RICH!! Oh and I used SO Delicious coconut milk (beverage) as its labeled. Thanks for thinking of this…coffee is my FAVORITE!!

  89. I made this last night because I’ve had chia seeds in the fridge for a while and figured I should use them. I used cow’s milk since it’s all I had on hand and totally forgot about the vanilla, but otherwise made it as written. I used sunbutter for the nut butter due to allergies in the house. I blended everything up in my Vitamix, added the chia seeds and split it into two glass jars. Shook them & put them in the fridge. I shook them again about 15 minutes later and then one more time maybe a half hour after that, then they sat all night.

    I was a little hesitant to try it. After the first bite, I thought, “Not bad. Interesting…” It wasn’t very sweet since I think I used less honey than called for (I just squeezed some in). Then had another bite, and another… Then I couldn’t stop eating it – LOL! It mostly tasted of chocolate rather than coffee (either way is fine with me) and it’s healthy! I ate most of one jar at breakfast and then finished it up with lunch. Trying hard to save the second for tomorrow…. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  90. I know this is a super old post but I think I am dumb when it comes to chia pudding. I have tried making a version of this 3 times with failure. I used just coconut water instead of milk first and thought that was my problem but NO! What is happening is after I shake it the seeds distribute weird and I get a lot at the very top and at the very bottom. In the middle everything stays liquid. Why is this happening?

    1. try shaking the container a couple times. let it sit for an hour, shake, sit for another hour, shake, and once more. that has helped me

    2. Like Juli said, let it sit for a while. When I first made the recipe I made it in the morning then stuck it in the fridge. After I got home from work I had some of it for a snack and it had significantly thickened up. You can also make it in the evening and then let it sit in the fridge overnight. I hope this helps!

  91. Boy…really sucks right now to be allergic to eggs, almonds, and milk. Hard to be paleo…especially at breakfast time. I feel like I can’t eat anything…

  92. YUM!

    I was out of vanilla extract, so I used 1/2 tsp almond extract; subbed unsweetened vanilla almond milk for the coconut milk (on an elimination period with it at the moment); and used sunbutter instead of almond butter.

  93. I can’t tell you how much I love this recipe!! Make it all the time! BUT was wondering if you could make some variations… like choc raspberry overnight… tiramisu overnight… banana overnight … pina colada overnight breakfast pudding?? PS I use PB2 in it!

  94. Juli,
    This recipe is fantastic! I’ve been eating this or the PB & J Chia pudding for breakfast for well over a week now. Looooove me some chia pudding!! Thank you!!

  95. Hi Juli, this recipe looks really good. I realize this post is quite a few years old and you’re probably past the heartache of the breakup. However, I just wanted to mention that Jesus Christ is always there for us when we turn to Him. He won’t ever disappoint,unlike dogs(although my dog is one of my best friends..), and people. I’d encourage you to get to know what He’s all about:) I’ll have to try this recipe soon!

  96. This recipe was absolutely delicious Juli! I love your podcast and this is the first recipe of yours I have tried and my mom, who barely tries most my recipes, said she would totally eat this again if I made it for her! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.
    PS after reading through your comments I know what you mean when you talk about people wanting to switch ingredients and then complaining about their outcome! Thanks for being so honest and not giving a crap about other people opinions of you–I’m trying to be more like that!

  97. Hi, I tried this using Stevia instead of maple syrup but the pudding didn’t thicken. It was still tasty (Well, as iced cocoa with chia seeds) but the seeds were more or less the same size as before – and I left it in overnight, and stirred it up halfway. Could it be the Stevia?

  98. Juli, sorry if this is a stupid question but when you say full fat coconut milk do you cream the water in the can together then measure your 1/2 cup or do you just use 1/2 cup of the cream off the top??
    I used the cream off the top so I guess I’ll see in the morning how it turned out. The liquid mix tasted amazing though so can’t wait till morning to try!

    1. i cream it together then measure. but i’m sure it was just as good with only the cream off the top! i’m sure it made for an extra creamy pudding, which is never a bad thing. i hope it turned out delicious!

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