I don't crave sweets all that much anymore once I began to drastically cut out the amount of sugar in my diet, but there are always those days when your meal doesn't feel complete unless you've had a little bite (or few) of something sweet and chocolatey. So, when I do indulge, I want it to be completely satisfying, sweet, yet still healthy and nourishing for my body.
Which leaves me with this creamy chocolate chia pudding. I have to admit, when I first tried chia puddings, I hated them! The texture was completely foreign to me but I am so glad I gave them another shot. I quickly discovered how easy it was to mix a big batch of chia puddings with all different flavors and add-ins for the week. They are a lifesavor for one of those grab & go type of mornings!
This pudding is rich tasting without being too sweet. I used cacao powder, which has zero grams of sugar and contains many minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron. It has a deep chocolate flavor and it's really rich in antioxidants too, so it's good for you! The best part about the chocolate chia pudding is, it's energizing and a total mood booster (from the cacao). I decided to use unsweetened almond milk and a very small amount of maple syrup which resulted a taste similar to dark chocolate. If you have more of a sweet tooth, I would suggest using regular almond milk or increasing the amount of maple syrup! Either way it'll be delicious!
It truly is perfect breakfast, afternoon pick me up, or late night treat. In the morning I love to add a little almond butter, granola, or sliced banana and at night I tend to jazz it up with shaved chocolate chips or unsweetened coconut flakes!
Breakfast / Snack
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 0
Total: 5 minutes
2 cups almond milk
1/4 - 1/2 cup chia seeds
2 tbsp. cocao powder
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tbsp. coconut oil (optional)
Unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tbsp. dairy free chocolate chips
In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together. Whisk vigorously until the clumps are gone. I like to add all of the ingredients at once to a mason jar, place the top back on, and shake until well incorporated. I find that the easiest way. Place the chocolate chia pudding in the fridge and let it set for at least 2 hours or overnight!
In the morning or after you have given the pudding to set add more milk depending on the consistency you prefer. Taste test & add chopped chocolate chips or desired toppings; such as more maple syrup, fruit, shredded unsweetened coconut flakes, or coconut sugar.