For a while I had a chocolate pudding obsession. The ‘Snack Packs’ were the death of me, especially during my college days. After discovering that one tiny cup contained 17 grams of sugar, amongst other ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce, I decided to cut myself off of chocolate pudding until quite recently.
After stumbling upon Minimalist Baker’s Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding recipe, I realized that my love for chocolate pudding could be rekindled…in a much healthier manner. The best part about this recipe is that it is incredibly simple to make, tastes yummy, and is healthy! The chia seeds are loaded with fiber, Omega 3’s, and more. The unsweetened cocoa powder is a good source of antioxidants (same stuff found in berries). Not to mention that you can top this pudding off with more berries or fruits that are full of tasty vitamins. Pass me the spoon already!
This recipe will make about 4 servings.
- 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao
- 2-5 Tbsp of Agave or honey (the original recipe from Minimalist Baker calls for maple syrup or dates)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional: But did you know that cinnamon could lower blood sugar levels?)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Combine all ingredients except for the Agave sweetener into a bowl and whisk them together. (Another option is to toss them all into a blender and blend them together)
- Add Agave or preferred sweetener to taste (I preferred 2 Tbsp, but I like mine darker and more bitter).
- Scoop into serving cups, cover, and let rest in the fridge overnight or for at least 3-5 hours. This is so that it reaches the desired pudding-like consistency.
- Serve chilled with toppings of your choice. I preferred raspberries, but any fruit or granola will also go well with it.
This pudding is perfect for a mid-day snack, dessert, or even…dare I say it…breakfast. It will keep well in the fridge for a few days, but I’ll be honest with you, it won’t last long in there. Enjoy!