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Friday, August 17, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding



I needed some chocolate asap, and I also knew I needed to figure out how to get a bit of protein, iron and fiber into my body. I had skipped my daily green smoothie so I knew I was missing some of these key nutrients.  Enter, the chia seed, and hello Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding!


I got this craving at 7:30 in the evening just as the sun was going down. I hurried to gather my ingredients to take advantage of the fading natural light for photos. I'm not kidding when I say this takes just a minute to make. It was so easy! Milk of your choice, cocoa powder, chia seeds, peanut butter & maple syrup. Throw it all into a cup measure and stir!


The hardest part of this recipe is having the patience for the chia seed to do its thing. It takes a few minutes for the chia to swell and absorb the liquid to turn it into a pudding consistency. The top photo was take after 5 minutes of refrigeration. It still was on the runny side, but I was impatient and my light was fading. It thickened up enough to use as a dip for apples in just about 10 more minutes.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
{makes 1 serving}

1/2 cup milk ( I used almond.  Can use dairy or coconut or whatever you desire)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp maple syrup
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Frozen berries (optional)

Throw all into a cup and stir. Refrigerate, stirring every few minutes, until desired consistency...up to 20 minutes. (I ate mine after 10 minutes)



I've talked about chia before.  It is a superstar superfood and I love it.  I bought the above book and devoured it in 2 days. My family had fun teasing me, as I sat and read my book while drinking a bottle of chia kombucha.  

                More about chia from The Wellness Warrior:
1. Chia is gluten free
2. It is super high in dietary fibre, making it great for digestion and healing digestion issues.
3. It contains 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon!
4. It boasts 20% protein
5. The protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids
6. It is high in antioxidants (It has a four times higher ORAC value than blueberries)
7. Chia contains five times more calcium than milk
8. Chia contains seven times more vitamin C than oranges
9. It contains three times more iron than spinach
10. It contains twice the potassium content of banana
11. It is food for healthy skin, hair and nails
12. It has a positive impact balancing blood glucose levels (making it awesome for diabetics)
13. Chia makes a great egg replacement. Just combine with water to form a gel, and add it to recipes that call for egg.





3 comments:

  1. I have started seeing this seeds everywhere... was wondering what they were all about. Thanks for posting this... saved me a google search ;) Going to have to incorporate them into our diet.

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  2. Do! They are wonderful little seeds that are full of goodness. I love food like this where just a little bit gives such a return health-wise! Thanks for commenting!

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  3. I dont like the slimy feeling they leave but I have just taken a tablespoon of them :)

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