This delicious chocolate pudding is so good that you would never know it was healthy. It is packed full of protein and would make the ideal dessert if you want to keep it light after a heavy main meal. You can even add some other flavours like orange or ginger.
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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.
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.
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.
Nutritional Information – per person:
Fat: 8 (healthy fat from the chia seeds)
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