Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Thursday, April 28, 2016
 Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia-Chia.....remember that from the 70's? I never had a Chia Pet even though I always wanted one. But no worries, sprouts probably would have grossed me out back then. Not today though. I love to eat sprouts and I love chia seeds. I also love chocolate so why not put chocolate and chia seeds together! Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding!

I've come across a lot of chia seed recipes and they are pretty much all basically the same. You don't have to add cocoa, but like I said, I love chocolate. I also love to eat something totally yummy AND it be good for me! This is good for breakfast with fruit, nuts and seeds as a topping or served as a delicious dessert.

A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds is about 2 tablespoons. Look what's in that....

·        Dietary fiber (11g – 42% recommended daily value)
·        Protein (4.4g – 9% RDV)
·        Omega-3 fatty acids (4915 mg)
·        Omega-6 fatty acids (1620 mg)
·        Calcium (77 mg – 18% RDV)
·        Copper (0.1 mg – 3% RDV)
·        Phosphorus (265 mg – 27% RDV)
·        Potassium (44.8 mg – 1% RDV)
·        Zinc (1.0 mg – 7% RDV)

Chia seeds also...

·        Build Muscle and help with Weight Loss
·        Boost Your Energy and Metabolism
·        Loaded With Antioxidants
·        High In Quality Protein
·        Loaded With Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids

·        They can absorb up to 10x their own weight in water. They can prolong hydration and improve nutrient absorption of electrolytes. This helps to slow digestion and keeps you feeling fuller longer and can help reduce sugar cravings.

Chia seeds also contain essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including sulphur, iron, iodine,  magnesium, manganese, niacin, and thiamine.
This is chocked full of wonderful chia seeds. If you like a more creamy pudding then you would put all the ingredients into your high powered blender and blend away. I make a creamy avocado pudding (I'll post that soon), so for this one I don't blend the chia seeds, I just whisk everything together.

2 cups almond milk (Homemade Almond Milk)
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbs pure maple syrup (or other sweetener)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup cocoa
dash sea salt

Put all ingredients into a bowl and whisk together. Pour into serving dishes and chill for at least four hours or overnight. Top with fruit.
*if you want a smooth pudding, put all ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth.

my Dash of Wisdom....start adding these tiny power house seeds into your diet. Add them to pudding, smoothies, salads, oatmeal, just about anything!