Healthy Chocolate Chia Pudding
This chocolate chia pudding is fantastic not only for breakfast, but also as a snack meal. Always depending though on what you’ve previously consumed.
The main ingredient is chia seed, which is rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. This ancient gluten-free grain stabilizes blood sugar, manages the effects of diabetes, improves insulin sensitivity, and aids symptoms related to metabolic syndrome, including imbalances in cholesterol, higher blood pressure, and extreme rises in blood sugar levels after meals. Shortly, this meal is ideal for diabetics as well.
Often most of us are not comfortable with the texture of the actual seeds in the pudding, so this version of the recipe provides a rather softer and creamy texture. Credits go to one of my favorite health food bloggers LILSIPPER (the basic recipe is hers)
- Use a good quality bitter cocoa powder.
- Use normal or alternative milk if you are taking this pudding with you on your daily activity and will consume it later that day.
- The amount of milk used on this recipe is up to you.
- You can add a pinch of cinnamon if you want a nice twist.
- If you want your pudding to be sweet, use honey or maple syrup.
- If you are diabetic and you want this recipe to be sweet, replace honey with stevia (make sure it’s original).
- Another practical solution is to use different fresh or frozen fruits such as bananas, mangos, forest fruits etc. to sweet the pudding.
Using a blender or food processor grind the chia seeds to powder.
In a normal sized bowl sift cocoa powder and add milk.
Stir well making sure there are no cocoa lumps and add honey, maple syrup or stevia (if you’re using any sweetener) and combine.
Add chia powder and mix.
Leave the mixture on the fridge for at least 10 minutes.
If you want to have a creamier pudding, blend few times in a blender or food processor.
Add more milk if you want it less thick.
Serve as it is or with different fresh or frozen fruits.
Photography by Eranda Janku