This rich chocolate chia pudding is packed with nutrition – a great excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast (not that you needed one)!
Generally speaking I like to have a smoothie for breakfast or oatmeal along with a portion of fruit and maybe some veggies if I can squeeze them in. However, I recently read Living the Healthy Life by Jessica Sepel and decided to try to incorporate more fats into my diet (from different sources than just the excessive amount of peanut butter I seem to get though) and to reduce my sugar intake (including fruit sugars) after lunch. This pattern of eating is thought to stabilise blood sugar and give you consistent energy through out the day as well as helping you to sleep better. Cue the chia pudding.
What’s chia pudding?
Chia pudding is chia seeds mixed with a liquid (usually milk of some kind) and left to soak. Chia seeds have a reputation as a health ‘superfood’ because they are high in fats and fibre, with a good level of protein. They also contain minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, which are essential in our diets.
The first time that I tried chia pudding was way back in 2012. I had begun to look into ‘clean eating’ and was trying to swap my normal breakfast cereal for something more wholesome. To be honest I really hated the chia pudding – it had a horrible jelly consistency and tasted of nothing – but forced it down on a few occasions because it was good for me!
Fast forward 5 years and I think chia pudding is going to be one of my new breakfast staples!
So what was I doing wrong back then?
First off, I’m pretty sure that I was soaking the seeds in the worlds most boring unsweetened almond milk, which meant that it was never going to taste nice! Plus, I didn’t add any other flavouring to actually make it tasty- such as cacao powder for a rich chocolate pudding. So if you make this recipe do use your favourite plant-based milk.
In terms of the consistency, I think that it is trial and error. I will also admit that maybe it’s something that you just have to get used to. If you’re not a fan of the texture I’d say that it is worth making it a few times with more or less liquid to see if that changes how much you like the chia pudding. If you really can’t stomach the texture then keep the mixture in your fridge and add a spoon to your morning smoothie or oatmeal.
I really hope that you will like this recipe though!
Chocolate chia pudding recipe
2 of your 5-a-day
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
- 1 cup of your favourite plant-based milk (I used Rude Health Brown Rice Milk)
- 1 tbsp. raisins
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
- 1 tsp maca powder and/or 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder (optional)
- Toppings : 1 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes, 3/4 cup mixed berries.
- Mix together all of the ingredients and leave them to soak. I like to make it after dinner, then give it s stir before I go to bed and eat it in the morning. But you could make it in the morning and leave it to soak for 15 minutes while you get ready and then eat it. Obviously, the longer you leave it to soak the more of the liquid will be absorbed.
Did you know
Apparently chia seeds can absorb 9-12 times their weight in water!! So make sure to drink enough water through out the day when you have eaten chia seeds.
Have you ever tried chia pudding before? What did you think of it?
P.S. If you’re not keen to try this chocolate chia pudding but would still like to eat chocolate for breakfast in a healthier way than attacking a Dairy Milk then check out some of my favourite recipes: