Pudding for breakfast! Who doesn’t love the sound of that? Healthy chocolate pudding.. sign me up! Chia seeds are truly amazing. They have numerous health benefits (which I am too lazy to add in) and can be consumed in a variety of ways. Pudding is definitely my favorite! As I was eating this I was brought to tapioca pudding. Tapioca is one of my favorite desserts of all time so I was definitely in my happy place. Some people have a hard time with the texture of chia seeds but this is no issue for me. Especially if you let them gel up overnight. They have a mild crunch with each bite and if you make your pudding thick it’s really quite delicious.
I’ve only made a few batches of chia pudding in the past but recently have been exploring different foods discovering what works best with my body. Chia foods is on the positive list. I’m definitely on a food journey right now and I’m gearing up to share it all in a post sometime soon. This explains my absence recently, I’m all over the place in my head trying to figure out where I want to ‘land’.
But anyway, this past weekend we all went to a newish restaurant in Boulder, Zeal. It’s food for enthusiasts all about fresh ingredients and simple combinations. The concept is pretty great but the food did not deliver. I had the special and found the sauce served with the dish to be just awful. It was made from the pulp of their juices and it tasted like something that would come out of a garbage disposal. I ate most of it just because but it was definitely tough. Josh had the macro bowl which was also subpar. He had more steamed cauliflower than anything else in his bowl. Macro bowls are basic but they need some flare. He was able to choose two sauces from their list to go with his meal and both he ordered were pretty awful too. Neither of us had a good meal. As for Cia I ordered her a smoothie which was delicious and also a bowl of chia pudding. She was beyond her hungry stage and I needed something easy and simple for her. She had the best meal by far! But why would I go out and order chia pudding when I can easily make my own at home? So that night Josh asked me to make us a batch..
There’s really nothing to it. Milk and chia seeds, mix, refrigerate, eat. Of course it’s more exciting to spice it up a little so I did. I used unsweetened almond coconut milk for the milk and added in cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla creme stevia, raw cacao powder, and shredded coconut. YUM! As for toppings I chopped up some turkish apricots, sprinkled on come cacao nibs, walnut halves, and a little more shredded coconut. What a delicious breakfast. This is going to be in the weekly rotation for sure. Cia enjoyed a nice big bowl too.
- 5 oz bag of chia seeds
- 1 quart unsweetened almond coconut milk (Almond Breeze refrigerated)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 4 drops vanilla creme steva (SweetLeaf)
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- Place all in a large tupperware container or glass bowl. Mix well to combine.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Whisk well before serving.
- Eat as is or top with whatever suits your mood..
- chopped turkish apricots or any other dried/fresh fruit
- shredded coconuts
- walnuts or any other nut
- cacao nibs