As if that isn’t a mouthful enough…here is a super easy, rich and healthy dessert. It truly takes 5 minutes to make and just a little longer to ‘set’ but this cocoa coco chia pudding/mousse is sublime!
I know by now you all have a stash of chia seeds on hand. Those tiny beads pack a nutritious punch. They are high in Omega 3s which help our brains, hearts and skin. Plus…just one ounce provides 18% of daily calcium…and 42% of your fiber!! I use them as a ‘booster food’ by adding them to smoothies, granola, salads and steamed veggies. And the bonus is you don’t have to grind them first.
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding – Serves 4
The other beauty of this recipe is its versatility. You can use different types of milk but the coconut makes it really creamy. Other options: a teaspoon of espresso powder and Kahlua; honey instead of syrup; Amaretto in place of vanilla. And…it’s even a great boost at breakfast!
1 ½ cups organic coconut milk (Native Forest) or homemade almond milk
1/3 cup chia seeds
2 TB raw cocoa powder
Approx. 4 TB pure maple syrup or a few drops of liquid stevia
1 TB vanilla
Fresh berries (optional)
Extra coconut milk for whipping (optional)
>>Mix all with a whisk or immersion blender for just a few seconds. (Any more and the pudding becomes rubbery.) Chill for at least two hours but bring to room temp. 15 minutes before serving. For fun, place in martini glasses and garnish with whipped coconut milk and fresh berries.