I’ve been using chia seeds in smoothies and sprinkled on my yogurt for ages now. I’ve added them to oatmeal muffins, and I’ve also made my own little energy drink with just water, lemon and chia seeds. Since I like to keep my diet as healthy as possible, finding ways to make “junk” foods a little less junky is a huge priority.
Enter chocolate chia pudding.
Chia seeds are itty, bitty nutritional powerhouses. There’s only ~90 calories in 2 tbsp of chia seeds, but don’t let that fool you: chia packs a serious punch of fibre, antioxidants, and omega-3s. Nom nom.
Chia pudding is also hella easy to make, you guys. You can puree in your food processor to get rid of the texture of the chia seeds, but if you don’t mind the texture, simply whisking to mix is perfect for you (and takes less time!).
- 1/4 c. cocoa
- 1/3 c. chia seeds
- 1 1/2 c. milk (use almond, soy, coconut or dairy – your choice)
- Honey, maple syrup, agave or other sweetener, to taste
- Cinnamon (optional)
In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa and chia then add your milk, whisking constantly. Once relatively smooth, add sweetener and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until gelled (I like to let it sit overnight). The texture should be similar to tapioca pudding.
Once gelled, either serve immediately or place in small mason jars for grab-and-go lunches, breakfasts or snacks! Top with fruit, shredded coconut, chocolate chips – the options are endless. I like to throw bananas and strawberries on top for added sweetness.
Oh, and enjoy!