Sometimes in life, you just need some chocolate. Maybe work has you stressed, the kids have tracked mud through your house (again) or you simply need a moment to escape. When those moments occur, make sure you have this Chocolate Chia Pudding waiting for you. Honestly, the chocolate chia pudding recipe is an easy one and you can even try it out yourself.
Chia seeds are a nutrient powerhouse, stuffed to the brim with omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber and minerals such as calcium. While another tiny powerhouse, the flaxseed, needs to be ground up in order for the body to absorb its nutrients, the benefit of chia seeds is that they don't need to be altered in any way.
Great blended into smoothies, sprinkled on top of oatmeal, yogurt or salads, chia seeds can be used in many ways. Often used in vegan baking, chia seeds can be used as an egg substitute due to how it turns gelatinous when combined with liquid. Using chia seeds in place of eggs helps to lower the cholesterol level in the dish as well as increase the overall nutrient density.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
- Loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, chia seeds are one of the richest plant sources of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA
Chia seeds help fight inflammation and lower cholesterol
- In only two tablespoons, chia seeds contain 10 grams of fiber, one third of the daily recommended intake
- Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants that protect the body from dangerous free radicals, helping to ward off the effects of aging and cancer
The combination of protein, fiber and the gelling action of chia seeds when mixed with liquids helps to ward off hunger
- Chia seeds expand more than 10 times their weight when added to liquid, helping the stomach to feel full and satisfied
- Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 18 percent of the daily recommended intake for calcium, 35 percent for phosphorus, 24 percent for magnesium and about 50 percent for manganese
If you are wondering about the texture that chia seeds give, think of this pudding as a close relative to rice pudding. The texture is very similar and depending on what milk you use, can be just as creamy. While this pudding is meant to be enjoyed as a dessert, it would also make a nutritious breakfast or the perfect snack.
Chocolate Chia Pudding Options:
- The cacao and carob powder are easily interchanged. Switch to all cacao or all carob powder depending on your taste preference.
- Choose maple syrup instead of honey for the sweetener.
- Switch to coconut milk, cashew milk, or regular dairy milk for a different taste and texture.
- Add different extracts for a fun new twist, such as peppermint or orange.
This pudding was specially made by Jenny Traven!
Feel free to visit her blog at superfoodliving.
Also check out her related recipe via Coconut-fudge-coconut-oil-recipe.