Friday, August 2, 2013

Chocolate Chia Pudding

I have a wicked sweet tooth - have I ever mentioned that? It can get me into trouble sometimes despite mostly having figured out how to keep myself in check. With this natural need that requires suppressing, I've been on the lookout for some honestly tasty treats that could possibly not even count as a treat. One day, I came across a recipe for a chocolate chia pudding (that I immediately tried and turned out sub par) - it still had an underlying hint of dirt flavor to it which required extra goodies to make it enjoyable. In fact, after my last serving I figured that I didn't need to make chia pudding again. Then, I started having a sweet tooth craving and decided to have another go at it and today it turned out marvelous! Sweet enough, rich enough, thick enough and healthy enough - a perfect afternoon snack. The chia resembles a tapioca texture which I love and such a great source of those omega fatty acids!

Chocolate Chia Pudding
1 1/4 Cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1/4 Cup Coconut Milk (Canned) or a little less (a healthy fat and gives it a little creaminess)
1 T Superfood Cacao Powder
1 1/2 T Cocoa Powder (I used NOW's Cocoa Powder)
1/2 Scoop Sun Warrior Protein Powder
1 T Pure Maple Syrup
5 Drops Vanilla Crème Stevia
1/8-1/4 tsp Almond Extract
1/4 Cup Chia Seeds

Here's the secret - put all ingredients in a blender with the exception of the chia seeds. Blend up real good so there are no clumps of powder. Add the chia seeds and stir those babies in. Refrigerate for 4 hours or more. You may need to stir once or twice to separate the chia seeds and give them space to blossom. The almond extract was AWESOME and just for a hint of extra texture and indulgence, I throw in a few semi-sweet chocolate chips. This really is a power snack and treat rolled into one. I'm going to have start buying chia seeds in bulk now that I've perfected this snack!

Makes 2 nice-sized servings.

Photography Disclaimer - I'm not a photographer. I'm a mom with crazy kids and I choose not to take the time to do big photo shoots of my food. I'd rather eat it and get on with the circus that is my life. All I'm saying is, I know this picture is lacking. I'm okay with that.