Healthy Desserts: Decadent Chia Chocolate Pudding
Posted October 4th, 2012 by noelle |
Last week my husband and I were in Southern Italy celebrating our anniversary. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a more delicious Tiramisu. The dark chocolate truffles there were also quite yummy! . And a few Italian truffles were inspiration for this healthy chocolate dessert made with a good-for-you cacao (a raw chocolate) and dash of chia seeds.
Are you all familiar with chia seeds? They look very similar to poppy seeds but are rich in fiber and Omega-3s which support beautiful hair and skin. They are extremely versatile and make fabulous puddings. They also fold beautifully into just about anything including a great salad dressing or your favorite baked treat.
Decadent Chia Chocolate Pudding
Serving Size: 2 (~290 calories)
I would definitely suggest enjoying this pudding warm. Once it cools to room temperature it’s hardly worth eating.
2 squares very good semi-sweet chocolate (or try cacao! Learn more here.)
1/2 cup almond milk (Store-bought or make your own!)
3 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon slivered almonds
Learn more about the better-for-you ingredients in this recipe:
- Chia Seeds – Chia seeds are rich in fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to support healthy and beautiful hair and skin. In addition, Omega-3s are valued for their ability to fight heart disease, support a healthy immune system and help protect against abnormal blood clotting. Chia seeds are also believed to be useful in the fight against depression.
Assemble a makeshift double boiler by placing a mixing bowl on top of a pan of simmering water. All you need to make a double boiler is a mixing bowl (preferably glass) and a saucepan that the bowl will fit on top of. The bowl does not touch the water, but creates a seal with the bottom pan to trap the steam produced by the simmering water.
Place chocolate squares into the glass bowl, and slowly stir the chocolate until it is melted. Stir in almond milk and cream. Sprinkle in chia seeds and continue stirring for ~1-2 minutes to avoid clumps and allow chia seed pudding to thicken. Sprinkle with a few slivered almonds. Enjoy immediately!
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Welcome! I’m Noelle. Green Lemonade is my inspiration board where I collect thoughts for a more simple and natural life. Over the last year, since the arrival of my son, Halston, I’ve found that I’ve had to switch up my routine a bit. Today, I do my best to eat more fresh foods and embrace simplicity in my life. When I do, I generally feel better, I have more energy (for morning marathons in the living room), my skin looks better (even with my daily 5am wakeups) and I’m happier too.