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Chocolate Chia Pudding

Posted on Jan 14, 2013

Chocolate Chia Pudding

 

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If you’re like many of us, you did the New Year resolution thing (again) with the goal of eating healthier.

Hmm…why is it we so often start out fired up, then about a month into it, have settled back into our old habits?  Maybe it’s because there aren’t enough treats to satisfy that raging sweet tooth – ones that you actually want to eat?  Well, friends, I’m here to help you.  Never mind I haven’t begun my own resolution just yet, gonna’ start any day now…do as I say, not as I do…

This 5 minute wonder (yep, it takes all of 5 minutes to throw it together) is like a luscious chocolate tapioca pudding.  Those itty-bitty  chia seeds swell up when they hang out in liquid, and become these marvelous creamy pearls –  the secret to the amazing rich and silky texture of this pudding.  And… you won’t be hungry an hour later ’cause this stuff is jam-packed with fiber, keeping you full and happy for hours.

Eat Little Eat Big  is my assigned blog for January’s SRC (Secret Recipe Club).   Susie’s blog is delightful – and she hails from Hawaii!  As soon as I saw the photo of her vanilla chia pudding, it was love at first sight!  Finally,  healthy and delish all rolled into one!

My love of addiction to chocolate is no secret, so I added a bit of Dutch process cocoa to her recipe, and swapped 1% milk for the soy milk (you can use soy milk, almond milk, or any other type of milk you like).

And if you’d like to try a ch-ch-ch-chia shake, see my recipe for peppermint mocha chia frappe.  Another healthy indulgence to help you stay on track!

 

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Dutch process cocoa
  • 2/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons (or to taste) sweetener of choice (I used honey, but agave, maple syrup, vanilla simple syrup or stevia would work just fine too)
  1. Pour the milk into a large mason jar.
  2. Add the cocoa and stir.
  3. Heat the milk mixture in the microwave on high for 2 minutes, then remove it and stir or whisk the mixture until it is smooth.
  4. To the chocolate mixture, add the chia seeds, vanilla and sweetener.
  5. Place the lid on the jar, and give it a few vigorous shakes to make sure everything is well mixed.
  6. Place pudding in the refrigerator at least 2 hours, or overnight if you like it thicker.
  7. Shake the jar occasionally to ensure everything stays mixed while it "cooks."
  8. Pour into serving dishes, and add your fruit of choice, and any other toppings you like, such as nuts, coconut, or dark chocolate shavings, and perhaps a dollop of fat-free whipped cream. Enjoy!
  9. **If you prefer, you can give the whole mixture a whirl in the blender, which will grind the seeds up a little and result in a smoother pudding.
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