Chocolate Chia Pudding⎢Gluten-free & Dairy-free

Chia seeds are my favorite superfood. They are a great source of protein and fiber, and have done wonders for my digestion! They are anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants, phytonutrients and trace minerals. Just 2 tablespoons provides about 18% RDA of calcium and 30% RDA of magnesium. Chia has also been shown to reduce blood pressure and LDL cholesterol.

This chia pudding is simple to prepare, gluten-free and dairy-free. It makes a powerhouse breakfast, and you can even call it dessert. I love it, and so does my little girl!


  • One can organic coconut milk
  • 1 c filtered water
  • 3 Tb pure maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 c chia seeds


Add all ingredients except chia seeds to a 1 qt mason jar and shake vigorously to combine. Then add chia seeds and shake again. Refrigerate and give it another good shake in a half hour or so to make sure the chia is evenly distributed (This is a critical step – otherwise it will gel). Refrigerate overnight or for at least 2 hours.

Enjoy plain or top with toasted coconut, nuts, shaved dark chocolate or fresh berries.

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About Dr. Maren

Christine Maren D.O., IFMCP is a board-certified physician and the founder of a virtual functional medicine practice in Colorado, Michigan, and Texas. She is also the co-founder of Hey Mami, a platform dedicated to helping women navigate a healthy and happy motherhood. She is best know for her work in thyroid, gut and reproductive/ preconception health. Dr. Maren is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). Read more

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