Apr 18

Dirt Cake with Chia Seed Pudding

Ohhhh i made us something.

Dirt Cake with Chia Seed Pudding (7 of 11)

It’s chocolaty-creamy goodness smooshed in a coffee mug. 

Lately, I’ve been posting savory recipe after savory recipe.  So boring.  I mean, that’s okay…if you’re into that kind of thing.  But recently my cooking life has felt like it’s going through a slow phase…like when your favorite tv show isn’t moving forward and it’s getting borderline boring but you hang on because it’s your favorite show and you believe that it will get better.  Except this is my life, which makes the situation slightly more desperate than a tv show. 

The only way out seemed to be with a healthy dose of chocolaty + creamy. 

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If I really sat down and thought about it, which I do quite frequently, dirt cake is probably one of my favorite desserts.  But for some reason, I always forget about it.

Which is sad, because there is all this other junk in my head that could easily be replaced with thoughts of dirt cake.  If I was a therapist, I’d tell my patients to replace all their worrisome thoughts with hopes and dreams of creamy dirt cake.  Just think of the happiness.

Have you had dirt cake?  Please say YAASSSSSSS.

If you haven’t…I tell you, it is good.

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So Wednesday was Andrew’s birthday.  I covered our front door in a billion balloons, we ate tacos, I gave him a present (I had to go in halfsies with my parents for the present…geez, the price one has to pay for the smell of leather) and we ate cupcakes from here

And at one point throughout the evening, we went to Home Depot and bought a new toilet.  This honeymoon phase thing is no joke.  Even toilet shopping is fun when you’re married. 

And something so exciting…if all goes as planned, our family of two should be getting bigger soon.* 

We’re getting something soft and cuddly.  I can’t even.  SOOO EXCITED.

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So since our wedding, I still haven’t gotten my name changed.  It just seems like such a long, boring process that I’m always like meh, I’d rather do anything else.  It doesn’t help that the Social Security Office closes at 3pm.  What’s that about?!!

I’ve made a deal with Andrew that as soon as I get my name changed, we get to go pick out a little bundle of puppy breath. 

But back to the topic of the day…chocolate stuff.  This dirt cake is layer upon layer of chocolate chia seed pudding + crumbly cookies.  I wanna be the spoon in that mug.

*As far as I know, I’m not pregnant.

Dirt Cake with Chia Seed Pudding (11 of 11)

Dirt Cake with Chia Seed Pudding

A grown-up version of dirt cake.

Yield: Serves 2-4 (I only made 2 servings...they were pretty huge)


Chocolate Pudding:
1/3 cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup milk (2%)
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Chocolate Cookies:
1/2 cup oat flour, packed
3 tablespoons cocoa powder, unsweetened
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp sea salt
3 tbsp applesauce
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Creamy Vanilla:
3 tablespoons cream cheese
3 tablespoons vanilla greek yogurt (I used Chobani)


In a bowl, whisk together chia seeds, cocoa powder, milk and maple syrup. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
Prepare your cookies. Preheat oven to 350F. In a bowl, combine oat flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, sea salt, applesauce, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Roll cookies into 6 balls and flatten. Place cookies onto a greased baking sheet bake for 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool.
While cookies are cooling, make your creamy vanilla. In a bowl, use an electric hand mixer to combine cream cheese with vanilla greek yogurt. Mix until smooth.
In a separate bowl, crumble your cookies. Add in 2 tablespoons of the creamy vanilla. Stir (or use your hands) to incorporate the creamy vanilla into the cookie crumbles.
In a high powered blender or food processor (I used a vitamix), blend your chia seed pudding until creamy. Scoop the chocolate pudding into a bowl and stir in the remaining creamy vanilla.
Now grab 2-4 mugs or glasses and layer the ingredients. One layer cookie crumbles, then one layer chocolate chia seed pudding mixture, repeat. Make sure you end with a layer of cookie crumbles. Chill for at last 1 hour before serving. I let mine sit in the fridge for 2 days and they were fine.

I suggest making your chocolate chia seed pudding and chocolate cookies the day before you assemble the recipe. This gives your pudding time to thicken and your cookies time to completely cool.

23 comments on “Dirt Cake with Chia Seed Pudding”

  1. What a GREAT recipe! I love making “healthy” dirt cup pudding with Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, chia seeds, Amazing Grass chocolate flavor and ground flax as a stand-in for graham crackers:) I’ve GOT to try this recipe! It sounds great and your new header looks awesome, by the way:)

  2. OMG!! I would definitely pay to eat this!

  3. Dirt cake just got elevated. This looks fabulous! So excited for your puppy breaths- congrats!!

  4. What a CLEVER idea to use chia pudding to make dirt cake! Love it! This takes me back to my childhood…but healthier :)

  5. As I was reading, I was like “what the heck is dirt cake??” I still have absolutely no idea…but this sure does sound tasty! I’m going to try it this weekend.

  6. Chia pudding is one of those foods I can’t quite warm up to. This, however, might totally revert that situation… Cookie crumbles, vanilla cream – how could this NOT work?!

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  8. Okay, amazing and delicious dirt cake aside…..YOU HAD ME SO EXCITED for a second there. I thought there was a babyimmaeatthat dang it. I like puppies, but not as much as babies.
    I’ll go drown my disappointment in dirt cake.

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  10. This looks awesome! I haven’t ever tried dirt cake- but I will now!

  11. Yum! That dirt cake looks amazing!

  12. Hooolyy crap Kylie I think I just died. This looks SO good and you so brought me back to my dirt cup days with the little sour worms swimming through them… best thing on earth. Cannot wait to make this. Xoxox

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  14. Yum! There was dirt cake at Easter that I desperately wanted to eat, but couldn’t (because it wasn’t gluten-free). I’d totally make this and just sub in some gf cookies. Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!
    Oh, and have fun with the name change! Not fair that us ladies have to deal with that. I definitely think you should get a dog out of the deal!

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  16. I totally fell for the family getting bigger fake out. Puppy breathe-yay!! My dad and I used to make a full-on dirt cake in a terracotta pot with gummy worms, oreos as the dirt, and fake flowers. It was epic and now I want to make it again. I’m a child at heart.

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  23. I made this recipe for my family of 6.  Unfortunately the flavor and texture of the pudding were severely lacking.  The cookies were edible but more akin to a breakfast cookie than a chocolate wafer or Oreo.  Because I had to double the recipe it ended up being basically a waste of time and ingredients.  In the end I threw away the “chia pudding”, bought the traditional Oreos, cool whip, and boxed pudding and we all enjoyed a nice treat using the original recipe for dirt and worms.

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