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Chocolate+Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding


Better than any packaged pudding cup!

This recipe is the perfect HEALTHY SWAP for the packaged pudding cups they sell at grocery stores. It has no artificial sweeteners, preservatives or flavours. Just good quality REAL INGREDIENTS! You can make this within ten minutes and it serves 2-4 people.

I want to highlight a couple of the ingredients and explain why I love using them over conventional, less healthy options.

  1. Cacao powder over cocoa powder: the PUREST form of chocolate you can have, it’s minimally processed, high in antioxidants & magnesium {has 300 biochemical functions in the body}. It also has more fiber than cocoa and higher amount of minerals.
    **You can purchase Cacao locally at health food stores and I find it at Winners and Bulk Barn**
  2. Chia Seeds: these little seeds are packed full of beneficial nutrients, and are used to thicken and create a gelatinous texture. They contain omega 3 fatty acids{healthy fats}, high in potassium, magnesium and calcium, 37% of RDV of fiber, and protein. They help you feel full and provide lasting energy.
  3. Coconut milk vs cow milk: for anyone who is sensitive to dairy, coconut milk is a great substitute and I love using it for healthy dessert recipes. The reasons it’s beneficial: contains lauric acid{contains antibacterial and antiviral activities}, it’s a medium-chain triglycerides{increase energy & enhance physical performance} and provides a high source of electrolytes and prevents fatigue.

This recipe is packed full of healthy goodness, and can be topped with a lot of different options.
Let’s get to the MINIMAL ingredients and how to.

RECIPE: Tried this recipe from Joyous Health and added some vanilla, almond extract would be delicious too.
Ingredients:

  • 4 medjool dates, pitted and soaked {for a couple hours, then drain}
  • 1 can (14 oz/400mL) full-fat coconut milk {in the can, BPA free if available}
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a high powdered blender, divide into bowls and let set in fridge for approx 4 hours. Serve and enjoy!

TOPPING OPTIONS:

  • coconut flakes{unsweetened}
  • berries
  • chopped nuts
  • mint leaves {for pretty display 🙂 }
  • cacao nibs
  • coconut milk whipped cream & dark chocolate shavings

Pass by the pre-made stuff and make your own, it’s too simple to pass up! I enjoy cutting this recipe in half and having it for my healthy dessert or chocolate craving fix. The kiddies will have no idea that it’s ACTUALLY good for them 🙂
Let me know what toppings you enjoyed in the comments below.

Live well TODAY-Steph

 

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