Cacao Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

February 11, 2015

Cacao Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

I read an interesting article recently about the amazing health benefits of chia seeds. These wonderful seeds, traditionally consumed in Mexico and the south western United States, are becoming increasingly popular as we begin to understand their health benefits. Chia seeds contain dietary fibre and protein, and are a rich source of calcium and omega-3.

I started out adding chia seeds to my non-dairy smoothies in the morning, as I wanted to boost my calcium intake each day. Now I have progressed to making delicious and very satisfying chia seed puddings and, so far, this Cacao Coconut Chia Seed Pudding is my favourite. In fact, I’ve gone a bit gaga for this recipe lately – it’s that good! To top it off, this recipe is made using all natural and organic ingredients. It is raw, vegan, gluten free, grain free, sugar free, dairy free and paleo friendly.

This recipe is so easy to make. You only need a handful of ingredients to make a really satisfying breakfast or snack with the humble chia seed. I think it’s always nice to mix things up with something a little different. On busy days, I love taking my Cacao Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with me in a sealed glass jar, ready for when I’m feeling peckish. I put the ingredients in the glass jar, give it a stir, then pop the lid on and take it with me. So simple!

You can make your Cacao Coconut Chia Seed Pudding the night before. Just add all of the ingredients to a jar, shake or stir it up, and pop it in the fridge overnight. You will need to add more coconut milk in the morning to thin out the mixture, as the chia seeds and coconut milk will solidify in the fridge overnight.

To serve, I top my Cacao Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with cacao nibs, goji berries and raw nuts. Alternatively, this pudding is beautiful with sliced banana and fresh berries. You can also drizzle it with some maple syrup or organic raw honey for a little extra sweetness and add a dollop of nut butter for added protein. The fun part is experimenting with toppings to find what you like best.

Cacao Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Serves One

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of organic chia seeds (black or white)
  • ½ cup of organic full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of raw organic cacao powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of organic vanilla powder
  • 1 ripe organic banana, mashed

For the topping

  • 1 teaspoon of cacao nibs
  • 1 tablespoon of goji berries
  • A small handful of raw macadamia nuts (or any raw nuts of your choice)

Method

  1. Add the chia seeds, coconut milk, cacao powder and vanilla powder to a small mixing bowl or cup. Stir until all of the ingredients are combined. Let the chia seed mixture sit on the bench for 30 minutes (or for up to 60 minutes if you have the time) so the chia seeds can soak up the coconut milk and form a gel. Stir the mixture occasionally.
  2. Add your mashed banana to the chia seed mixture and mix well to combine. Transfer the chia seed pudding to your serving bowl or jar.
  3. Top your Cacao Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with cacao nibs, goji berries and macadamia nuts. Bon appétit!

 




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