Humans by nature have a sweet tooth. Sweet meant “safe to eat” when we were hunter/gatherers. However, when we were more caveman-like, we did not have the kind of sweetness and variety of man-made sweeteners (mostly toxic) that we have in the 21st century. We are usually consuming the sweetest variety of fruits & vegetables, and artificial sweeteners are often in the range of 10,000 – 20,000 times sweeter than traditional sugar!
Sweetness used to strictly be fruits & vegetables, berries, and sometimes roots, honey, and sap. We didn’t add a tablespoon of Splenda to our coffee, or drink aspartame-loaded soda pop. Modern day living has brainwashed up into consuming copious amounts of simple, carcinogenic sugars such as Saccharine, Aspartame, Neotame, Sucralose and countless others. The names are just trade-marks, so as soon as you wise up to the dangers of, say, Aspartame, they just change then name to something you have yet to hear to trick you. Our bodies need sugar, aka glucose, as that is the only “food” our brains eat. To put it simply…
Sugar = Energy & Braining.
Anyways… let’s get to the fun, healthy treat you came looking for! We could get super complex about sugar & the body (and we will), but not in this post. Right now, you want to make Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding!
There are lots of recipes out there, and we used this recipe as our “guide” from Free People. Make it with any flavour(s) you like! Here is what you need to know to make this healthy pudding!
* makes 2-3 small servings in little jars/ramekins/cups
> 1 1/4 cup Organic “milk” (Almond, Coconut, Hemp, Rice, Oat… just make sure it’s unsweetened… avoiding extra sugars after all)
> 1/4 cup Organic Chia seeds
> 3 TBS Organic Baking Cocoa
> Any flavourings you desire (we added a few goji berries and some pure maple extract) Other ideas are: vanilla extract, smashed raspberries, a pinch of ground coffee/espresso, candied ginger or orange… Whatever floats your boat. Get creative!
> Pinch of Himalayan salt
> 1 TBS Organic maple syrup or raw honey
> Garnish (coconut, goji berries, cinnamon, nuts/seeds, chocolate shavings, dehydrated maple crumbs etc)
1) In a very straightforward fashion, add all the ingredients (except your garnish… a garnish is what you place “on top” as a display/finishing touch to the completed recipe in case you were wondering) into a container with a lid. Use glass please (plastic is toxic). Maybe a glass tupperware, maybe a mason jar. We used a medium-ish mason jar.
2) SHAKE IT for a solid 10 seconds. Get a lil workout in while you’re at it 🙂
3) Now it’s all mixed up. Give it a sample to make sure the flavour is to your liking.
4) HARD PART. Chia seeds form a gelatinous coating when they get “wet”. They absorb some of the moisture, and plump up. This is what gives you that thick, pudding like consistency. The more seeds you add, the thicker it will be. This is NOT an instant process however. It needs to set. For pudding, overnight, (or a few hours at least) is best. And the worst. Because you want to eat it now. Too bad for you.
5) Plump Chia seeds are similar in texture to tapioca, or super mini bubble tea bubbles. If you don’t like this texture, you can grind up your Chia seeds. This also just happens to “set” the pudding faster.
6) You survived the night somehow. Check your pudding and make sure it has set. Taste again for any adjustments. Don’t ignore the Salt in the ingredients. Salt brings out flavours. Use high quality salt – salt is not created equal. Much of the salt consumed today is “denatured“. That means “LACKING IN NUTRITION“. Pink Himalayan Sea Salt still has all it minerals and trace elements, and offers an amazing taste profile. Just add a pinch. You won’t regret it.
7) Pudding is Set. Tastes great. Now use a spoon/spatula and transfer that goodness into 2 little ramekins/cups. We used 2 small asian-style tea cups (although similar in style, ours are Royal Copenhagen Tea Cups). Lick the spatula (obviously).
8) Add your garnish! We used dehydrated maple crumbs, goji berries and some shaved coconut! Keep them in the fridge until you are ready to indulge!
ENJOY this tasty, yet not too sweet treat. Preferably outside and with a loved one. Ours was shared with two friends after we made a birthday brunch. Yes, we had dessert after brunch. It was a celebration, and almost all of the ingredients are nourishing you in some way! The key to enjoying a treat is moderation. Don’t punish yourself. This serving size is perfect. Not too much, not too little, sugar in a more natural form (you better have used honey or maple syrup!), Protein and Omega-3 ALA (and so much more) from the Chia, Anti-Oxidants from the Cocoa etc! If you don’t stray from the proposed ingredients, this is truly a healthy recipe!
* sorry for the lack of photos. plum forgot! hope it’s not “pudding” you off!