Sweet Tooth: Chocolate Chia Pudding
Happy Happy Joy Joy! It's the weekend! What have you got planned? The weather is going to be summery around here, so tomorrow we're heading to Westport, CT for a day of shopping, hitting up the Whole Foods, and enjoying a picnic in the sun!
I've got some choccie and a bit of vanilla for you this weekend. Both goodies are easy, light, yet packed with nutritious ingredients that will keep you going for ages.
Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! I love chia for its versatility (it's non-taste allows for sweet and savory uses), and high nutrient profile. This power seed was originally consumed by Aztec warriors, who used it as their fuel source for long expeditions. They had the right idea! Chia sure keeps me going for hours too.
Here are a few facts about the wonder seed. Chia is:
-Rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids
-A complete source of dietary protein, providing all essential amino acids.
-High in calcium, enzymes, and minerals.
-Absorbs more than 9 times its volume in water, which means that a small amount keeps a person feeling full and satisfied for a long time.
-Super high fiber content acts as an intestinal broom (you know what that means! wink wink;)
-Easily digested and absorbed for energy.
-Contains no taste = it takes on any flavors that are added to it.
-Doesn't go rancid and can easily be stored.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
This pudding is chocolatey, thick, delicious... and has a nice frostiness from the ice! I like to top it (and most of my puddings) with cacao nibs and coconut flakes.
2 tablespoons chia seed
1 cup water
1 cup ice cubes
2- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
1 1/2 tablespoon lucuma powder
1 teaspoon mesquite powder
Vanilla Stevia (or other sweetener), to taste
Shake the chia and water together in a glass jar or plastic container, and then set aside for at least 30 minutes, allowing the chia to swell.
Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
Tip: Let the chia soak in the water overnight and then whip it up in a jiffy for breakfast!
A quick reminder about The Ultimate Ice Cream Cake Challenge ! I had so much fun making my 2 cakes - I hope you're creating an amazing cake of your own for the contest!!! Remember, I have a free book giveaway for the first cake entry... one of Philip's ebooks, of your choice.
Have a great weekend. I hope it's bright and sunny in your town!