Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Every morning as soon as I wake up I crave chocolate or sugar! I try being healthy, but how can I when there’s a chocolate bar within my reach and when I don’t have any patience to make breakfast? I would’ve been eating that chocolate bar every time I got sugar cravings if I hadn’t found a healthier and much less time-consuming alternative: 4 ingredient chocolate chia seed pudding. 

Before shooting the idea down, you have to try it. Trust me, you won’t regret it. Chia seed pudding tastes like creamy tapioca pudding but has the perfect crunch because of the seed’s core. There are so many different flavors and toppings that make it unique and a perfect snack or breakfast for anyone!

How to Make it

Different people like their pudding to have various consistencies. Some like it runny and some like it a little harder. For me personally, I like it smooth and thick. After much trial and error, I found the perfect ratio of chia seeds to milk is 1:3. 

First in a bowl mix together the chia seeds and cocoa powder. (although I strongly believe that chocolate gives the pudding so much flavor, if you want regular chia seed pudding you can leave out the chocolate and use the other topping ideas I have listed below the recipe. )

When mixing the dry ingredients, try and get rid of all the lumps so that you’ll have a smooth pudding and don’t have bitter chocolate lumps as shown below. To not have lumps in your pudding, its better to sift out the chocolate.

Add in any type of milk and maple syrup into the bowl and stir. Make sure that there are no lumps of chia seeds clumped together because that will completely change the texture of your pudding. That’s why this step is critical, most people don’t stir thoroughly and get a watery soup instead of a pudding-like gel. 

Let it sit in the fridge overnight or at least 4-5 hours before eating. 

Benefits of Chia Seed Pudding

  • 1 tablespoon of chia seed pudding contains 2 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. This makes the perfect snack or breakfast because of how filling it is. 
  • Chia seed pudding will help weight loss for 2 reasons: it has many antioxidants and other nutrients that aid the body and it’s very filling, hence you won’t have many cravings. 
  • It also contains many important nutrients to strengthen the bones like calcium, phosphorus, and iron. 
  • Chia seed pudding is also gluten free and vegan!

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Course: Breakfast or Snack    Cuisine: American   Prep Time: 5 min    Total Time: 5 min Serving: 2    Calories: 305
Ingredients:
⅓ cup chia seeds
2-3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup milk (any type)
3-5 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:
Mix together chia seeds and cocoa powder.
Add in the wet ingredients and blend thoroughly
Store in the fridge in an airtight container
Let it set overnight or a couple of hours
Enjoy plain or with fruits, nuts, etc

Tips: 
Substitute maple syrup for honey or any other sweetener
Store in fridge for around 3-6 days
Nutrition Facts for 2 bowls:  Carbohydrates: 32g  Protein: 8h  Fat: 8g  Sodium: 332mg   Potassium: 194mg  Fiber: 16g   Sugar: 10g   
Calcium: 602mg   Iron: 3.8mg

Topping Ideas

Very Berry Pudding: Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, flax seeds

Coconut Pudding: Coconut milk, shredded coconut

Chocolate/ Peanut Butter: Cocoa powder, peanut butter, dates

Apple Pie Pudding: Cinnamon, apple, coconut 

Pumpkin Spice Pudding: coffee, pumpkin puree and spices

Banana & Nut Butter: Banana sauteed in maple syrup, flax seeds, nut butter

Cake Batter Pudding: Dates, chocolate, oats, almond butter, whipped cream

Berry Chocolate Pudding: Berries, grated chocolate, cocoa powder, whipped cream, coconut 

These toppings are just some examples. Try experimenting to find out what topping you like best. My personal favorite is the berry chocolate pudding. Bon Appetit! 

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