If you are anything like me, the sugar cravings are real! I was inspired to create a quick and easy chocolate dessert that is packed with flavor. This recipe uses awesome super foods (chia seeds and cacao) and provides a good source of calcium and key vitamins.
A little about the ingredients. This recipe has no sugar added, I used zero sugar Silk Oat Milk which is a tasty, creamy dairy alternative. Chia seeds are great for your digestion and also a good source of protein, fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids. I used Navitas Organics Cacao powder which is unsweetened and contains 78 mg of flavanols per serving. Flavanols are a powerful antioxidant which help to reduce inflammation (among other things). Cacao powder is the least processed form of cacao but you can substitute cocoa powder if needed (the nutrition facts will differ slightly).
Notes. I found adding the whipped cream on top with a few chopped macadamia nuts sufficiently satiated my sweet tooth however, everyone is different. You may add some sweetness to this recipe by adding some local maple syrup, honey or sugar, sweeten to taste.
Superfood Chia Pudding
1 cup zero sugar Silk Oat Milk (or other dairy alternative)
4 Tablespoons organic chia seeds
1 Tablespoon organic cacao powder
2 Tablespoons low-fat whipped cream (optional)
1 Tablespoon chopped nuts (optional)
1/4 cup of raspberries or fruit of choice (optional)
In a mixing bowl, whisk the milk, 1 tablespoon of cacao powder and 4 tablespoons chia seeds. This mixture will be soupy at first but I promise you the chia seeds will work their magic and create a delicious thickened pudding.
Pour into a glass container (I used a pint mason jar). Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Stir and then refrigerate for an additional 2 hours. The longer it sits the more it thickens.
Stir and serve. Top with fruit, low-fat whipped cream and nuts if you so choose.
Note: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.