Chocolate protein chia pudding (gluten-free and vegan)

This chocolate protein chia pudding is the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Simply prep it the night before, and this creamy, chocolate-y gluten-free and vegan pudding will be waiting for ya when you wake up.

Hey friends! How’s the day going? I hope you’re enjoying the morning. I’m so happy you’re excited about the new fitness plans! Make sure to grab your spot now if you’d like to join in the fun.

I had high hopes for this week because I’ve been listening to the The Miracle Morning on Audible. While the book, on the whole, isn’t my very fave (the author is his biggest fan), I love the idea of it: waking up on my own terms and setting myself up for a good day with a positive mindset. You start the day earlier than usual (about an hour earlier) and spend that time meditating, reading, working on affirmations, writing and moving. I could picture myself starting the day energized and centered, instead of a frantic mombie.

Sunday night, I was ready to go. I went to bed way earlier (10:30!) and set out my book to read, a notebook for journaling, my yoga mat towel, and a large bottle of water. 

But then I tossed and turned, knowing I had to wake up early, and then was up with P for 3 hours during the night. I kept checking my phone to see what time it was, which was a huge mistake because it just makes me feel frustrated and slightly bummed about the sleep I’m missing. So I decided to sleep past my alarm and, instead of waking up early, I let my human alarm clocks wake me up. I don’t think that the book accounts for life with small children and also don’t think that less sleep is the right answer. So, I’m going to keep trying, and on a day where they get to bed early and actually sleep through the night, I’m going for it. I’ll definitely report back on my progress (or lack thereof).

After my failed Miracle Morning attempt, I stumbled into the kitchen to start the water for tea and grabbed Liv’s packed lunch from the fridge. Then, I saw it. The chia pudding I’d made the night before. And that, my friends, was a miracle in my morning haha.
 A delicious make-ahead chocolate chia pudding. A perfect healthy breakfast recipe! 

Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding

As the weather warms up, I find myself gravitating back towards cold breakfasts like overnight oats or dairy-free yogurt parfaits. I also live for things like the breakfast cookie, and this protein oatmeal bake and this vegan peach oatmeal bake. When breakfast is waiting, it guarantees that I’ll have something to eat in the morning, because sometimes it’s too busy around here to make the usual egg scramble until after both kiddos are dropped off.

Here’s a chia pudding recipe that I’ve been loving! It’s packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats, so when I pair it with a side of scrambled eggs I’m full and satisfied for hours. You can customize it by adding any fruit or toppings you’d like. My go-to’s are berries, cacao nibs and unsweetened coconut.

Chocolate chia pudding

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!


Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding


  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder (I used Garden of Life vanilla grain-free from Thrive Market)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup – 1 cup almond milk (use less for a thicker pudding)
  • Toppings: granola, berries, coconut, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, gogi berries, etc.


  1. Mix all ingredients in a glass or small bowl.
  2. Cover and set in the fridge overnight.
  3. The next morning, stir well, add your toppings, and go!


  • Serving Size: 1


This chocolate protein chia pudding is the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Simply prep it the night before, and this creamy, chocolate-y gluten-free and vegan pudding will be waiting for ya when you wake up. #chocolatechiapudding #chocolatechiaproteinpudding #makeaheadbreakfast #veganrecipes #veganbreakfast

Hope you have a wonderful morning and I’ll see ya soon.


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  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 17, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Good luck with the morning routine! It takes awhile to get used to getting up early, but eventually it works out. Having a solid night time routine and sticking with it helps.

  2. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on April 17, 2018 at 10:33 am

    The early morning routine is hard with the little kiddos, I am an early riser by nature, and prefer to work out first thing, but I feel like every time I get up super early to do so, one of my little beans also wakes up super early in need of cuddles.

  3. Janice O'Kane on April 17, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I admit, I’ve been afraid of trying chia pudding, because it seems like it will be too tapioca-ish for me. This recipe has just changed my mind and convinced me to give it a try; whipping up this today! Thank you!

  4. Cassie on April 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    What is p doing up for 3 hours? I agree that a lot of productivity, routine advice does not take small kid realities into account. There are a lot of things I’d like to fit into my day but don’t work with my priority (sleep, energy, meaningful parenting) and time constraints. So I remind myself that maybe one day (but I’ll probably just be bummed I’m not at the park climbing up the jungle gym with my little like a fool anymore).

  5. Kirsten on April 17, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    With our nicer (I won’t say warmer because that’s not true yet!) weather I am starting to think more about smoothies for breakfast and moving away from heavier meals like oatmeal, etc. The change of season also makes my choice is wine change too! No longer I am craving heavy reds but am excited about chilled rose and white wines!!

  6. Ashley on April 17, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Have you listened to the podcast “By the Book”? They have an episode about the Miracle Morning that is really funny!

  7. Sana on April 17, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    This looks awesome! I think i am going to make some hardboiled eggs the night before and have one egg with this pudding!

  8. Cynthia Swann on April 18, 2018 at 8:32 am

    What is the nutritional info on this?

  9. Lisa @ Lisa 3D on April 18, 2018 at 9:08 am

    I would really love to start waking up earlier as well, but I have so much trouble sleeping as it is and can never seem to make it work!

  10. Alice on April 18, 2018 at 9:43 am

    This pudding looks very appetizing! A wonderful breakfast for me and for children!

  11. Rebecca Lesser on April 18, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Another healthy Choco option I’ve been digging is adding a tbsp of raw cacao to the chia pudding! And alternating between almond milk & full fat coconut milk.
    Then, I scoop it into a small jar parfait style with fruit, coconut (full fat whipped coconut milk or shreds), cacao nibs, a little local honey, and some slivered almonds. 🙂
    Good luck with the waking up early! It is tough at first and all about getting out of your own way, but once you do it is so worth it! Even if it’s just an extra 10 minutes in the morning for “me time” while watching the sunrise with an apple cider vinegar detox drink.

  12. Colleen on April 18, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    YUM! I’m 27 weeks pregnant and craving chocolate all the time, so this will be a perfect snack to have on hand! I’m wondering if even my picky, choca-holic-daughter will eat it…

    I think I remember in a super old post that you and your hubby were considering goats before you had kiddos. Our little family just created a backyard farm with goats, chickens, and bees. Feel free to check out our new blog! Thanks for all the workouts 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      that is so amazing! yes, we would still love goats eventually. can’t wait to check out your blog 🙂

  13. Olive Jason on April 20, 2018 at 2:48 am

    thankyou this sounds cool

  14. Maria on April 23, 2018 at 12:57 pm


    I tried out the recipe, and ended up needing to add about an extra cup of almond milk for it to be palatable. I am wondering if my protein scoop was much larger than yours (I used a different brand), which caused the pudding to be like a horrible protein powder paste. After watering it down the next day with a bunch of extra almond milk it was better. Still tasted basically like chocolate protein powder, but the gritty texture was lessened.

    Would you be willing to share how much protein powder you use in the recipe using g or tablespoons?

    Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2018 at 9:54 am

      ahhh i’m so sorry to hear about that! 1 scoop of the protein powder i use is 27g

  15. Camilla on September 30, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    This recipe looks super yummy! I need to try it 😛

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