You won’t be able to stop at one slice once you taste this chocolate chia pudding pie! A thick, creamy, chocolate filling made with plump chia seeds and honey sits atop a grain-free pie crust. You’ve got to try this grain-free, guilt-free, delicious chocolate pie!
*Please note* this post was originally published in 2019. I’ve redone the text but the recipe remains the same.
Don’t you just love when things work out so perfectly without even trying!? For instance, it just so happens to be NATIONAL PI DAY! And guess what I planned to post today? PIE! I promise, it’s pure coincidence.
I actually made this pie almost a month ago but it took me this long to edit the photos and post it. As most of you know, I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of grain-free alternatives. I just posted my new favorite grain-free granola on Monday! You MUST try it. I actually prefer it to regular granola these days!
When I first made this pie, I sweetened it with Swerve sweetener, to make it keto-friendly so we could share with family! I made it a second time using honey, and I have to say, I prefer the honey; however, if you’re following a keto or paleo diet, you will still get wonderful results with your favorite sweetener!
Who doesn’t love pie!? Even those on a restricted diet deserve a slice once in a while…and this one, well, it’s easy as pie! (Couldn’t resist) 😉
But first, we need to talk about a few things.
Is this a grain-free crust?
First of all, this crust! It’s made with almond flour, and it’s completely paleo-friendly and grain-free. I used the recipe from Elana’s Pantry. It’s a fabulous recipe! The crust is easy to make, and presses easily into a 9″ pie plate. It holds together after baking and serving, and tastes wonderful!
Even if you’re not following a grain-free diet, you will love this crust.
Second of all, chia pudding!
What is a chia pudding pie?
I have also been experimenting with chia pudding lately, and if you have tried chia pudding before, you’ll understand when I say the texture is not quite the same as regular pudding. It’s a bit goopier! If you aren’t a fan of the texture, you need not fear this pie.
The combined ingredients of this chocolate chia pudding pie, including cornstarch, makes for a nice, thick creamy filling. No goopiness! You can actually hardly even notice the chia seeds, except for the little bit of texture they provide. So basically a chia pudding pie is chia pudding, with a few other things, all poured into a pie crust.
So why use chia seeds at all? Well, other than that great little texture I just mentioned, chia seeds are also FULL of protein, fiber and healthy fats. They also plump up a lot when mixed with milk, reducing the need for a ton of cornstarch and adding stability to the pie.
Can you substitute any of the ingredients in this recipe?
You can tweak this recipe as you see fit, whether it’s swapping the coconut milk for almond milk, or swapping the honey for maple syrup or sweetener, as I’ve mentioned earlier. You can even use your favorite pie crust if grain-free isn’t your thing.
However you “slice” it (haha) this chia pudding pie is SO good. And so good for you! It has very little added sugar, and it makes for the perfect sweet treat after dinner. Give it a go!
Happy PI Day!
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Grain-Free Chocolate Chia Pudding Pie
- Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
- Yield: 1 pie 1x
- Diet: Gluten Free
You won’t be able to stop at one slice once you taste this chocolate chia pudding pie! A thick, creamy, chocolate filling made with plump chia seeds and honey sits atop a grain-free, almond flour pie crust. You’ve got to try this grain-free, guilt-free, delicious chocolate pie!
Almond Flour Pie Crust
- 2 cups almond flour
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted, or salted butter, cold
- 1 large egg
- 3 cups coconut milk* (light or full fat)
- 1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 cup honey**
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 oz chopped dark chocolate (I used 90%)
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup coconut whipped cream, or regular dairy whipped cream, for topping
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and lightly butter or grease a 9″ pie plate. Add the flour and salt to a food processor and pulse lightly. Add the coconut oil (or butter) and egg and continue to lightly pulse until a “ball” of dough is formed. Spread the dough out, using your hands into the pie plate. Use a fork to prick the edges for a prettier crust. Bake the pie crust for about 10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. Allow the crust to cool while you prepare the filling.
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together the coconut milk, cocoa powder, cornstarch and sea salt until combined. Allow the mixture to come to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened. Add the honey (or sweetener), vanilla and chocolate and whisk to combine. Remove the saucepan from heat, add the chia seeds and stir to combine. Allow the filling to sit for 5 minutes before scraping it into the cooled pie crust. Smooth it out with the back of a spoon and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours (the longer the better).
- Once the pie has cooled, spread the whipped cream over the top and serve.
Make ahead: Prepare the pie crust ahead of time and freeze (covered in saran wrap) and let thaw overnight in the fridge before preparing the filling.
Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for 3-4 days.
* Substitute regular milk or your favorite dairy-free milk
** Substitute agave syrup, maple syrup, or your favorite artificial sweetener
Pie crust recipe adapted from Elana’s Pantry
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: pie
- Method: oven bkae
- Cuisine: american
Keywords: chocolate chia pudding pie // delicious chocolate pie! // grain-free pie // chia seed recipes
Try my gorgeous grain-free granola next!
Pie for Pi day! How freakin’ convenient is that?! Love that you used chia seeds which not only thickens, but adds a nice dose of goodness too…which equates to me eating another piece 😀 That crust sounds lovely too!
So convenient! I was so excited to see that it was going to line up perfectly. Thanks Dawn – I’m thinking it’s so GOOD for you that I might as well make another for dessert this weekend 😉 Cheers, Dawn!
Making a cream pie with chia seeds is brilliant Katherine! Seriously, what a great idea. I love that this is grain free and dairy free. I’d love a big slice to celebrate Pi Day!
Thanks Marcie! I think it’s going to be a great go-to when serving desserts for some people with diet restrictions!
My cup of tea ! Love chia and your idea is great ! Spreading the news 🙂
Yay! Thanks so much! Happy weekend 🙂
That’s such a funny coincidence that you’d planned to post a pie on pi day!!
This treat is so clever and looks delicious! I love it guilt free but tasty desserts!
Isn’t it a great coincidence?! I was pretty happy when I realized! Thanks Marissa 🙂
This sounds amazing! I’d use honey! That just sounds so delicious
The honey is my preferred way to make it too. Thanks Patrick!
I have never used chia seeds in my baking before but this looks delicious! I love that this is an allergy-friendly pie for those out there that can’t have certain types of foods/ingredients (like me!!!). And you can never go wrong with CHOCOLATE!!
You’ve got to try it, Kelly! They add so much protein and texture to things 🙂 This is definitely a great allergy-friendly pie – you’d love it!!
Wow Katherine,this pudding pie looks absolutely delicious and your pictures are gorgeous. This makes such an impressive dessert..this I have got to try. Thank you for sharing…have a great week ☺️
Thank you dear Ashika! It’s really good – and SO easy. I hope you give it a try some time!! Cheers, my friend!
I don’t follow a paleo diet but I’m all about paleo desserts–I love using natural sweeteners! I’ll have to make this next time I visit my mom, because she doesn’t do refined sugar anymore; she still loves dessert though :). This looks delicious, Katherine! Have a great week!
I love using natural sweeteners where I can, too! I bet she’d love this one if she’s still a dessert fan. Thanks Kelsie!!
I’ve been making a lot of grain-free dishes too lately, and this pie crust looks fantastic. I’m also a fan of chia, so that chia pudding pie filling is just calling my name!
Leanne, it is seriously the EASIEST pie crust and so good! You’ve got to give this a try! Thanks pal!
Oh my gosh! This chia pudding looks delicious and irresistible. It is almost impossible to not drool over this. I love everything about this recipe but most importantly the fact that is healthy and guilt free indulgence which suits my diet perfectly.
Thank you so much! It is VERY guilt-free which is awesome, because it tastes SO good!! I think you’d love it!
very nice cake recipe its looking so good and yummy very nice topping for cake thank you for shearing keep it up.
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You have this recipe marked as ‘grain free’ except it has CORNstarch in it. Corn is a grain; a grass grain, to be specific. Those on a medically grain free diet cannot eat cornstarch. You may want to adjust your recipe to be truly grain free, utilizing a different starch, like potato or arrowroot.
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