If you are like me, the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Chia seed anything is the jingle “Ch Ch Ch Chia”! Remember the Chia Pets that sprouted fake hair which was just sprouted chia seeds? You soaked the clay figures overnight and within a week or so, they would be completely covered with green hair or fur of sorts. Well, who knew? Apparently, Chia seed covered everything is still all the rage and, I’m not kidding, you can even order a Chia pet of your favorite presidential candidate from Amazon. Just water and watch them grow! I’m sorry, I’m an equal opportunity offender! I just couldn’t help myself….
But back to this yummy, healthy, and best of all no-cook, Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding. I’m a little late to the Chia Seed Pudding scene, but the internet is flooded with recipes that use the sacred Aztec seed. Chia seeds are higher in antioxidants than blueberries; a single serving has 4g of dietary fiber and 2.4g of Omega-3. Despite their tiny size, Chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods we have. In fact, there are numerous claims on the Internet that they can even help you lose weight, but alas, WebMD cautions us to just “enjoy chia seeds for their nutty flavor and to boost the fiber, protein, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s in our diet. But don’t expect a big weight loss boost.”
Chia seeds look a little like Poppy seeds but act like and have the consistency of tapioca, swelling up and turning gelatinous when you soak it. And, like Flax seeds, you can toss them in pretty much any dish to add a little crunch and a nutrition boost. While it’s simple to toss them in smoothies or on top of salads, I like to add them to pudding recipes that taste like dessert (but are secretly super healthy) like this Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding. PS: Sometimes I even eat it for a quick breakfast!
If I’ve convinced you that this yummy no-cook Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is something you would like to try, let’s get started! All you will need for Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is cocoa powder, chia seeds, maple syrup or agave syrup, unsweetened almond milk, and a pinch of sea salt. That’s it!
Think you might like to try vanilla pudding? Reduce the milk to 1 cup, add 1 cup of plain greek yogurt and a teaspoon of vanilla extract, mix everything together, let it sit and maybe top it with some fresh strawberries or blueberries. How easy is that?
To prepare the pudding, place all ingredients in a medium size bowl and whisk until the cocoa powder is dissolved.
Pour into individual dishes, cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight until the chia seeds turn jelly-like and the pudding thickens. Stir a few times to make sure all the seeds don’t go to the bottom.
If desired, top with fresh raspberries and serve! Will keep in the refrigerator covered for several days.
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