Healthy Chocolate Pudding

by Dannii on March 5, 2014

Healthy Chocolate Pudding
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I am sure I have written this a few times here on the blog, but this is one of the best things I have ever made. A healthy chocolate pudding and there is no banana or avocado in it, which I know has put some of you off other healthy desserts in the past. You would never know that this wasn’t made with cream or a ton of butter. I currently have another 2 portions of this in my fridge and I want to eat them all. Now. But I won’t. I had something similar to this in a health food cafe a while back and I have not been able to stop thinking about it since then and I decided to make my own version.

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What makes this healthy chocolate pudding so special is that it uses chia seeds. Don’t look away now if you don’t know what they are, or you think they are a “strange” ingredient, because they really aren’t. It is a seed that actually comes from the mint family, although it doesn’t taste like mint, and has a kind of nutty taste. The great thing about them is that although they look like tiny seeds, when you add liquid to them and leave them for a few hours, they get much, much bigger, making them the perfect ingredient for a healthy dessert.

I really do recommend trying them. You can buy them in health shops, or online (which is usually cheaper), but many supermarkets are starting to sell them too. Here are some reasons why chia seeds are good for you.

 

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Ingredients – Serves 4:

- 480ml/2 cups almond milk (you can use any milk you like, but I think almond milk works really well).

- 80g/Half a cup chia seeds

- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

- 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional, but it does make it nice and sweet)

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

1) Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and put in the fridge for at least 5 hours (overnight is better).

2) Pour the mixture in to a blender and blend until smooth. You can skip this step if you like, but I like the smoother pudding.

Would you like to see more healthy dessert recipes on the blog? Leave a comment below.

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Nutritional Information – per person:

Calories: 124

Fat: 8 (healthy fat from the chia seeds)

Carbs: 4

Protein: 4.5

Fibre: 8.7

 

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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cara

Thanx for the great recipe, Dannii! I especially appreciate this one as I am in third trimester of my pregnancy, really love chocolate pudding, but also trying to restrict extreme weight gain. I can literally eat a 100g chocolate bar every single day. I am trying to replace some of these unhealthy cravings, so guess I am going to need to stock pile on chia seeds!

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2 Jackie Allum

Awwww sounds amazing. Do you know what the calories would be if I used unsweetened soya milk instead?

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3 Dannii

I am not sure. I work out all the calories using My Fitness Pal. If you add in the ingredients, but swap in soya milk, it will tell you :)

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4 julie

I make chia jam almost every week :) Sounds like a good alternative to my nightly yogurt and I’ll be making this!. If you don’t like chocolate, use berries or some other fruit :) I love bananas and peanut butter :)

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5 Dannii

I love chia jam. I just love chia seeds in general.

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6 Danielle

Do you use raw cocoa powder or just regular? And I might use raw honey instead of the maple syrup :)

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7 Dannii

Just regular unsweetened. It works well with maple syrup, honey or agave. Or even a date syrup.

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8 Anna H

Defined going to try for me & my girls!! I use chia in my smoothies but am always looking for something else to put them in!! Thanks!!

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9 Dannii

Let me know if they like it. I am always interested to hear if my recipes go down well with kids too.

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10 Mark

Wow! Healthy chocolate pudding!!

My life is complete!!!

:)

Mark

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11 Dannii

It is pretty life changing. Enjoy!

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12 Diane

Looks delicious!
Ive never heard of chia seeds, a quick google offers up the options of whole or milled seed, which would you recommend please?

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13 Dannii

Milled are what I used.

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14 Tiff

Looks great! I’ve got a ton of chia seeds ineed to use. (Went crazy at the bulk bins!)

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15 Dannii

I don’t blame you. I would go crazy buying them too!

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16 deidre

Sounds delicious. I think I’ll try it this weekend.

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17 Dannii

I hope you enjoy it :)

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18 Nayna Kanabar (@citrusspiceuk)

I have never cook with Chia seeds I think I am going to try and get some.Chocolate pudding looks delicious.

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19 Dannii

They are fairly new to me too, but I love them. Great in smoothies too.

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20 Darla

This looks really, really good. I am a huge pudding fan!

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21 Dannii

Me too.

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22 Annette

Would you be able to post some non-chocolate desserts too please. I love desserts, but not a huge fan of chocolate. Thanks!

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23 Dannii

Yes, I am working on some new vanilla recipes.

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24 Julia

This sounds really interesting. I never knew that they expanded if you left them over time.

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25 Dannii

Yes, it is interesting to put them in the fridge and go back hours later and they have doubled in size.

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26 Katie

Brilliant recipe. I have been meaning to try chia seeds, as I have heard a lot of great things about them. I think this is a great first way to try them.

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27 Dannii

This is the only way to try them first ;)

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28 Lynda

I am so happy that you posted this. I am a chocoholic!

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29 Dannii

My husband is too and he loved this.

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30 Kelsey

I have some chia seeds (I usually use them in my smoothies) and I want to make this tonight, but I don’t have the patience to wait 5 hours until I eat it. Could I just leave it an hour? I guess there is only one way to find out!

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31 Dannii

You could, but you wouldn’t get as much pudding. More pudding = better in my eyes.

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32 Dee

I have just ordered some chia seeds online. I can’t wait till they arrive to make this.

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33 Dannii

I try to order mine online too, it works out much cheaper.

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34 Barb

This looks delicious. The more healthy dessert recipes the better I say!

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35 Dannii

More coming soon!

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36 Denise

I have not heard of chia seeds before, but I will definitely look out for them.

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37 Dannii

They are a superfood.

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38 Besty

I am new to your blog, but I have loved the look of every recipes you have posted so far. Just so you know, I am not that easy to please when it comes to food.

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39 Dannii

I am happy to hear that :)

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40 Robyn

Pleeeeease bring out a recipe book. I would love to have all your recipes together in a book. Plus, I would love to give something back to you for all your hard work making and sharing these recipes.

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41 Dannii

Thank you :) I am currently working on it, so watch this space.

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42 Paula

I am definitely making this at the weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

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43 Dannii

Enjoy!

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44 Liz

Chocolate and strawberries <3

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45 Jenna

I would love some more healthy dessert recipes. I would eat dessert after breakfast, lunch and dinner if I could, but I am really trying to get healthy as my clothes don’t fit as well as they should and I really can’t afford to buy any new clothes lol.

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46 Shaee

I love chia seeds. They are not very well known here in the UK, so a lot of people do thing they are strange. They are great in smoothies.

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47 Kristen

That looks insanely good!

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48 Maria

I think I just fell even more in love with your blog!

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