Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding To Celebrate The Women in My Life

Creamy and decadent yet good for you, this Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding is a sweet way to celebrate at breakfast, brunch, or dessert!

Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding //

The Food: Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding

Blending is the key to achieving a mousse-like texture in this deceptively indulgent Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding. Topped with whipped coconut cream and garnished with extra chocolate and dried roses, this simple recipe feels special and celebratory.

A Galentine's Brunch //

The Brunch Menu

Cornmeal Spelt Waffles with Roasted Beets
Fresh Fruit, Nuts & Syrup (for waffles)
Bright Citrus Salad
Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding
Chocolate-Covered Almonds… just because!


A Galentine's Brunch //

The Personal: For the Love of My Female Friends

If I could go back and offer my younger self some loving advice, it’d be not to compete with other women. Mid-20’s Quelcy was quintessentially competitive, in all the ways society has shaped women to be. If a woman was pretty, I assumed she wasn’t smart. If God forbid, she was both pretty and smart, I immediately wanted to hate her. I thought I needed other women to fail in order for me to succeed.

It was a mindset rooted in comparison and scarcity. Worse yet, it was a mindset that dimmed my light, but with great care, intention, and guidance, my hard edges continue to soften. Reflecting on the last five-plus years, I am so grateful for the deeper friendships with the strong females in my life. As we’ve entered our thirties, there has been such a beautiful opening and vulnerability, a desire to truly see and hear each other.

A Galentine's Brunch //

This rosy brunch, a precursor to the COVID crisis, was a celebration of a few of the female bonds in my life. It was a celebration of what makes each of us unique and a celebration of what we share. It was my effort to look at my calendar, and my photos, and my posts to see if my values matched my life. Was I defining myself with work, or was I making time to foster relationships? Was I taking action, or was I falsely relying on “someday” and “sometime?”

The whole world changed after we gathered at this table, but these moments still serve as compass-like reminders. Is my arrow pointing toward the friendships and relationships I value? Am I listening? Am I supporting and encouraging? Am I seeking the support I need from the people I trust? Or, am I succumbing to the narrative that I must work to prove my worth?

There is more than enough to go around. May we trust that, may we celebrate that, and may we remember to share.

A Galentine's Brunch //

Chocolate Chia Pudding //

Chocolate Chia Pudding //

Chocolate Chia Pudding //

Chocolate Chia Pudding //

A Galentine's Brunch //

The Fluff / Julep’s Corner:

Possibly my favorite female of all…

A Galentine's Brunch //

You Might Also Like: Chocolate-Quinoa Cruncher Parfaits

Were you allowed to eat sugary cereal as a kid? If so, this recipe from my book, The Gluten-Free Grains Cookbook is a way to harken back to those sugar-fueled cartoon mornings without the sugary crash. You start by cooking quinoa with raw cacao, then baking the quinoa for a bit of a crunch.

The resulting texture is similar to granola but not quite as crunchy. This milder crunch works best as a parfait, which you can conveniently prepare ahead of time to take some of the stress out of brunch. You can also pair it with a dairy-free yogurt if planning a vegan menu.

Chocolate-Quinoa Cruncher Parfaits from "The Gluten-Free Grains Cookbook" //

Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding

Creamy and decadent yet good for you, this Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding is a sweet way to celebrate at breakfast, brunch, or dessert!
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
Yield: 6 servings


Chocolate Pudding:

  • 3/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 1/4 cups nut milk
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon flakey sea salt

Whipped Topping

  • 14 oz (1 can) unsweetened coconut cream, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Garnishes (optional)

  • dried food-grade rose petals
  • cacao nibs or chocolate curls
  • Strawberries


To Make The Pudding:

  • In a bowl, whisk together the chia seeds, milk, cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Cover and place in the fridge for 2 hours, or ideally overnight.
  • Transfer the chilled chia seed mix to a blender and blend on high power until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides once or twice while blending. Taste and add more maple if a sweeter pudding is desired. Cover and chill, ideally for at least 2 hours, until ready to serve.
  • To Make The Whipped Topping:
  • Scoop the thick coconut cream from the can, and set the liquid aside (it’s a great addition to smoothies or curries, so don’t pitch it). In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the coconut cream, maple syrup, and vanilla until combined and soft peaks form.
  • To Serve:
  • Divide the pudding between six small glasses or bowls. Top each with a dollop of coconut cream, and if desired, garnish with dried rose petals, cacao nibs, and a fresh strawberry.


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