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Chocolate Chia Pudding

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

This week I’m on vacation and let me tell you, it is glorious! I decided to just stay in Edmonton and use the time to relax and catch up on life. It’s my first stay-cation and I’m loving it! There has been a lot of cooking, gardening and yoga so far.

I started the week off by making a batch of healthy chia pudding for breakfasts. Yes, that’s right – a pudding made of the same seeds that brought you the Chia Pet! Chia seeds have some great health benefits. I’m not a nutritionalist by any means but have heard that Chia seeds are high in fibre, protein, Omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, potassium, etc.

They are easy to sneak into your diet by adding to smoothies, sprinkling on oatmeal or adding to juice or water.

Or you can make chia pudding!

When mixed with a liquid, chia seeds expand a lot! They absorb the liquid, swell up and take on a gelatine-like consistency. This quality makes chia pudding possibly the easiest thing to make :)

To make the pudding, you simply combine the chia seeds with the milk of your choice (I used cow milk but almond or soy would work great too), add sweetener and any flavourings you like such as cocoa and vanilla. Stir well and let sit overnight in the fridge to thicken. I like to use a large mason jar so I can shake it up easily. I served my chia pudding with coconut whipped cream which was both as delicious and easy to make as Angela from Oh She Glows promised. If served for dessert, you can sprinkle with chocolate shavings too.

The pudding is chocolatey and will satisfy your sweet tooth while still being incredibly healthy. You can tailor the consistency and sweetness to your own tastes by adding more or less milk and sweetener. However, this pudding will not have the consistency of a typical pudding. Some people love the consistency right away and others find it a bit strange and an acquired taste. Either way, I think it’s definitely worth a try!

Chocolate Chia Pudding

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By Genia Rodnyansky Published: May 20, 2013

  • Yield: makes about 4 cups

Happy Wednesday, everyone! This week I'm on vacation and let me tell you, it is glorious! I decided to just stay in Edmonton and …

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar or other sweetener of your choice
  • 3 cups milk cow, almond or soy
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine chia seeds, coconut sugar and cocoa in a medium bowl and mix together. Use the back of the spoon to blend, making sure there are no cocoa clumps left.
  2. Combine chia seed mixture with milk in a large bowl or mason jar. Add vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
  3. Cover and allow to sit overnight in the fridge to thicken. Serve with whipped coconut cream, chocolate shavings or fresh fruit.

     

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