Sometimes, I just want a really indulgent dessert. Here’s the thing though: indulgent desserts almost always include the word “Chocolate”. Chocolate is great and when you’re eating the right kind of chocolate (at least 70% cocoa, no soya/soya lecithin etc..), it can give you some truly awesome nutritious benefits but..
What happens when you just don’t feel like chocolate today? How about some other kind of dessert that is creamy, melts in your mouth and satisfies your cravings, all at the same time? I think I’ve found one of those desserts that ticks all three: Chia Seed Pudding.
Chia seeds are an exceptional super food. They are high in anti-oxidants, which if you didn’t know are the things that bind to free radicals in your body, preventing them from further binding to living cells and eventually damaging them (something along those lines). This is thought to prevent cancer and even slow down the aging process.
They contain essential vitamins such as A, B, E & D and a host of minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Iron etc. Chia seeds are also a wonderful source of protein and Omega 3 fats (which a lot of people on the Standard American Diet are highly deficient in).
Honestly, Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse and are a great addition to the Paleo lifestyle. They have so many uses but using them in this pudding has to be my favourite.
This is another one of those desserts that can be made exactly to your liking. All you need is a milky base, chia seeds and it’s your world. This is my favourite Chia seed recipe; I use Coconut Milk, Chia Seeds and top it all off with some luscious berries.
Berries are my favourite fruit just because I know that even if they do have “the healthy kind of sugar”, I won’t really overdo it if I have too many. It makes this dessert perfect for indulging in and you probably wouldn’t even mind having more than one serving ha!
- 1/4 cup of Chia Seeds
- 2 cups of Coconut Milk (Unsweetened Almond milk or any of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract (3-4 grinds of a vanilla pod)
- As much berries as you like!
In a glass jar (or a bowl), add your chia seeds, milk, honey and vanilla.
Either shake the glass jar (if it has a lid) or if you’re like me and you’ve lost the lid, get a spoon and mix the pudding well (goes for a bowl too). Chia seeds must be well incorporated and not sticking together in clumps (or on the jar/bowl).
Leave in your fridge for 30 minutes to an hour until set. You can leave this overnight too, the longer you leave it in, the thicker the pudding will become. This recipe should last as long as your milk is good.
Serve with the berries of your choice. If you want to be a little fancy, you can layer it like me or you can just top the pudding with the berries.