Contributor Kathy Beymer (also from Merriment Design) and I came up with this recipe together the other night. We wanted a treat without too much time investment and chia puddings are such a delicious, nutrient-rich treat that can be whipped up in 10-15 minutes. I didn’t have raspberries to make my Cardamom Cream Pudding and Kathy was craving chocolate so I thought we could make a remix of my Raw Cacao Avocado Pudding, adding some Mexican spices for a fancy Whole Food of the Month version. We were successful! Feel free to leave out the cinnamon and cayenne if you want a simple chocolate version, or leave out the cinnamon and cayenne and add 1 tsp peppermint extract for a chocolate mint version. Top with bananas or shaved chocolate. And yes, you can have this for breakfast. Yum.
Makes: 2-4 servings
Takes: 10 minutes
Medium glass bowl
Chef’s knife (optional)
Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why.
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup cashews, soaked
6 Medjool dates, pitted (here’s how)
1 tsp vanilla extract (use gluten-free if you have a sensitivity)
1 tsp chocolate extract (optional, and use gluten-free if you have a sensitivity)
2 cups pure water
1/4 cup cocoa powder (can use raw cacao powder)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne
2 tbsp coconut aminos (optional, but recommended for depth of flavor—substitute tamari or nama shoyu)
Pinch fine ground sea salt
Vegan and gluten-free dark chocolate bar (optional), shaved or chopped finely
Let’s get started.
Place all ingredients except chocolate bar and chia seeds into the blender and mix until ultra creamy and smooth. While blending, put chia seeds in a medium glass bowl.
Now pour your chocolate mixture into the bowl with chia and stir well.
Wait 5-10 minutes until chia seeds do their thing, turning the mixture into creamy pudding.
Shave or chop some chocolate and sprinkle on your pudding. Enjoy!
Store in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to one week.
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Read more about why chia seeds are our Whole Food of the Month.
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Check out other Whole Food of the Month recipes for chia seeds:
Assorted Oatmeals (with free gifting labels)
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