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I love how tasty this Chocolate Protein Chia Pudding recipe came out. It is so rich in chocolate flavor, simple, and packed with protein so you can enjoy it and have absolutely no guilt. Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding

I have a weakness for Chia pudding and I could have this protein version of chocolate chia pudding every day! My kids can’t even tell I added protein powder! 👌 You can enjoy it as a breakfast option, a snack, or even desert. Made with plant-based milk, cocoa powder, chia seeds, maple syrup, and added whey protein powder. The vanilla extract is optional but gives it a nice taste. This recipe is also very customizable so you can easily swap some of the ingredients.

You may also like my other Chocolate Chia pudding recipe that doesn’t have any added protein powder.

Why you will love it

  • Tastes like dessert: Believe me when I tell you that it is so rich you will have your dessert craving fixed when you have this.
  • Easy to make: I love simple and easy recipes and making chia pudding is just so easy and simple
  • Wholesome and filling: This chia pudding with added whey protein does keep me full all morning.
Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding
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Ingredients you will need

  • Cocoa powder: I like using normal cocoa powder instead of dark cocoa powder.
  • Chia seeds: so many options out there, use your favorite brand.
  • Maple syrup: maple syrup is a great option if you want a plant-based option, but you can swap it with honey or agave.
  • Whey Protein, chocolate flavor. Want to use plant-based protein? Go right ahead.
  • Vanilla Extract: adds great flavor but won’t make or break this recipe if you don’;’t have it.
  • Milk: use any on hand like Almond milk, coconut milk, or skim milk
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How to make protein chia pudding

Place the cocoa powder in a bowl and add about 2 tbsp of the milk to mix the cocoa powder in without forming any clumps. Add the remaining almond milk and whisk. Then, add the chia seeds, maple syrup, protein powder, and vanilla. Mix until well combined and cover. Place in the fridge for about 2 hours so the chia absorbs the liquid and form a pudding.

My Pro Tip

Recipe Tips

  • You can use any milk. Keep it plant-based if you are looking for a vegan protein chia pudding.
  • Protein powder: I used whey protein, but you can use a plant-based option.
  • I suggest you mix the chia pudding after it sits for 30 minutes to avoid clumping and the chia settling at the bottom.
  • Let the chia absorb for at least 2-4 hours for best results.
  • If you only have vanilla protein powder, it will also work. You do not have to go out and get a chocolate-flavored protein powder. You can add another teaspoon of cocoa powder instead.
  • You can get creative with your toppings. Use any fruits, top with nuts, granola, or yogurt.
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Frequently asked questions

What does Chia pudding taste like?

Chia seeds have literally no taste to them. So they will taste like whatever liquids you use to make the chia pudding with for example almond milk or coconut milk. Maybe even chocolate milk. You can make it taste like whatever you like it to be. As far as the texture, they are thick and creamy. Similar to tapioca pudding.

How long does Chia pudding last?

Chia pudding after it is mixed and ready to eat should last about 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container. They keep well which is why it is great to make them ahead and place in the fridge for an on-the-go breakfast or snack.

Why is my chia pudding runny?

If your chia pudding is runny, then used too many liquids. Most Chia pudding recipes will call for a 4:1 ratio. It is really something you need to experiment with to see which way you like it best. Some like it runny and some like it very thick. If you prefer your chia pudding more on the thick side, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds to it, mix and give it about 2-3 hours to absorb.

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Storage recommendations

Chia pudding stores well in the fridge for up to 5 days. Place them in a lidded jar or sealed container before storing. You may also freeze chia pudding, but once thawed the consistency changes slightly so I recommend making a smaller amount and just enjoy it for a few days.

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5 from 12 votes

Chocolate Protein Chia Pudding

By: Rena
Servings: 2
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Refrigerate: 2 hours
Total: 10 minutes
Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding in a glass cup topped with a small portion of yogurt, 3 fresh raspberries, and a small mint leaf.
A simple chia pudding recipe made with added whey protein powder, chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, and cocoa powder. So rich and easy to make.


  • ¼ Cup Cocoa powder
  • 1/3 Cup Chia seeds
  • ¼ Cup Maple syrup
  • 1 Scoop Whey Protein, chocolate flavor
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups Almond milk, coconut milk, or skim milk

Optional garnishes:

    coconut whipped cream or Greek yogurt, raspberries, mint sprigs


      • Place cocoa powder in a bowl with a little bit of the almond milk and mix well to allow the cocoa powder to mix well.
      • Then add the remainder of the almond milk and mix again. Add the chia seeds, maple syrup, protein powder, and vanilla.
      • Whisk until the mixture is smooth and cocoa powder has dissolved. Approximately 2-3 minutes.
      • Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until mixture has thickened.
      • Serve, topped with garnishes if desired.


      • Use milk of your choice
      • Vegan option: use plant-based protein, maple syrup, and almond or cashew milk


      Calories: 365kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 18gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 374mgPotassium: 431mgFiber: 14gSugar: 25gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 613mgIron: 4mg

      Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

      Additional Info

      Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
      Cuisine: American
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      1. For us mere UK mortals I do not understand a scoop measure? When I google it seems there are several sizes of scoop, so I am still none the wiser.