Two-Ingredient Gluten-Free Chocolate Chia Pudding

My family loves this effortless recipe for Gluten-Free Chocolate Chia Pudding made with chocolate almond milk! It doesn’t get easier than this two-ingredient recipe.

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I’ve never been a super-granola mom. Pre-celiac, my kids have eaten McDonald’s Happy Meals. Cue shock and dismay.

However, in general, I advocate healthful, well-balanced eating, with reasonable portions of treats on special occasions. Read: about a million times a week, since that includes birthday parties, spending time with grandparents, shots at the doctor’s, etc. I am on a never-ending hunt for nutritious (and easy) foods that my kids will enjoy.

Lately, CJ has been asking for chocolate almond milk every time we pass it in the grocery store, so I thought I’d further simplify an already easy recipe on the back of Trader Joe’s chia seeds.  This is so simple that you can barely call it a recipe.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

aqua dry measuring cup filled with chia seeds and glass liquid measuring cup with two cups of chocolate almond milk


  • 2 cups sweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
chia seeds floating/gathering on the top of chocolate almond milk in a glass bowl
Chia seeds initially gather on top. Stir once while chilling.

Combine 2 cups sweetened chocolate almond milk with 1/2 cup chia seeds.

Chill 2-3 hours (I chilled overnight for a thicker pudding. You may want to give it a quick stir anytime after an hour or so, as some of the chia seeds tend to rest on the surface before the pudding thickens.)

Serves 8 (small pudding cup size)

For a fruity, 3-ingredient version of this recipe, try wild blueberry chia pudding.

gluten-free chocolate almond milk chia seed pudding on a spoon
Chocolate pudding with “tapioca” consistency

Nutritional Highlights of Chia Seeds and Chocolate Almond Milk

chocolate chia seed pudding ingredients on a counter: chia seeds in a purple bag and a carton of Blue Diamond Almond Breeze chocolate milk

The 1 TBS chia seeds per serving appear to be a nutritional slam dunk (varies by brand): 6 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and 2.9 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Nutritional observations on chocolate almond milk… I’m not a dietician and, as already noted, I am not a granola momma, but I did a quick check on almond milk and found this interesting article in Time Magazine

Highlights: worth adding to your fridge, but does not offer the calcium of milk nor the protein of actual almonds.  While the box said one cup of chocolate almond milk contains 20g of sugar, the kiddos are only getting 1/4 cup almond milk per serving. 

Many celiacs struggle with temporary lactose intolerance early in their diagnosis, as the intestinal villi need time to heal. Miss E now seems to be tolerating cow’s milk (I always have), so I plan to try this recipe with regular milk next (first blended with strawberries and bananas for sweetness and flavor).

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Two-Ingredient Chocolate Chia Pudding

Easy, 2-ingredient chocolate chia pudding makes a protein-packed, satisfying and delicious dessert.
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Servings 8


  • 2 cups sweetened chocolate almond milk
  • ½ cup chia seeds


  • Combine 2 cups sweetened chocolate almond milk with 1/2 cup chia seeds. Stir.
  • Chill 2-3 hours. Chia seeds initially gather on top. Stir once, after about an hour of chilling.
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