Chocolate Chia Pudding
This is so tasty you won’t be feeling guilty!! And when you use real raw cacao – it has nutritional benefits – not that that gives you the excuse to eat it all the time or tons of it. To think that healthy, nutritional things can actually be really tasty and easy to make – well makes life more fun I think!! 🙂 This is raw and vegan – but you wouldn’t know it!!
Chia has been around for a very long time – it was used for centuries by the Aztecs of Mexico and the Indians of the Southwest of America, these tiny seeds formed part of their staple diet. Aztec warriors were said to use Chia to as a high energy ‘supplement’ on their conquest.
Google Chia as there are many stories on it since it’s been around for so long and it has many health benefits – especially again a good source of protein and omega-3 oils, a lot of nutrients, antioxidants and fiber. Not bad for a tiny little thing!!
Due to their antioxidant qualities, chia seeds don’t go rancid as quickly as flaxseeds do. Store Chia in a glass jar or in a sealed container to help keep it longer. Ground chia seeds should be placed in a container with a tight-fitting lid, and may also keep a month or more.
You can add Chia to many things but when you add it to a liquid remember it will become gelatenous – therefore can make good puddings or thickener!!
– 2 tbsp Chia seed in 1 cup water and let soak for at least an hour – the longer the better as the softer the seed becomes but it will work with an hour. It will become gelatenous and I did add a little more water to mine as it got a bit too thick, add up to 1/2 cup more of water if it is too thick
– 3 tbsp raw Cacao Powder
– 4 tbsp Agave (or Honey or Brown Rice syrup)
– 1 Avocado (or you can also use 2 Bananas or 1 peeled Mango)
the fruit will make it a little more sweet than the Avocado so you can always cut the sweetener back a tbsp
– 1 tsp Vanilla
Once the Chia has soaked for at least an hour, throw all ingredients into a Vitamix or Blender and blend until smooth.
If you are going to serve it right away, throw in 2-3 ice cubes to make it cooler.
Yes that is the Cashew Whip added on top and that is tasty!!
What I had for breakfast today was the pudding with the Cashew Whip and a cut up Banana, Blueberries and Strawberries
Yummy – what a great way to start the day!!!
Hope you enjoy it and please feel free to share this!!