Chia seeds are so hot right now. The black seeds have been around for quite a bit, but have really worked their way into the spotlight these last few years. Why you ask? Well let me tell you.
Chia seeds have this super cool ability to absorb the liquid they are soaked in and form a thick gel or pudding. They have antioxidants, fiber, protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and omega 3 fatty acids. However, some research suggests that you can't get all these nutrients because they stay trapped in the seed... unless however you blend them up like in this recipe!
Perfect as a post workout or game day snack! Kids will love it just as much as adults. It's sweetened with fruit, no white sugar or maple syrup needed! I only used 2 dates and added some more sweetness from bananas, but you could skip the banana and add another date if that's what you're into. Make ahead, set in the fridge, and grab when you need it most.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
- 3/4 cup milk (regular, almond, or coconut)
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 dates
- 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter (optional)*
- 1/4 of a banana (optional)*
What to do:
Add all ingredients except sweetener to a mixing bowl or right into a medium sized mason jar. Whisk vigorously to combine. Let rest covered in the refrigerator overnight or at least 3-4 hours (it should have a pudding-like consistency)
Remove from fridge, and add to a blender. Blend until completely smooth & creamy, scraping down sides as needed. Add in dates, blend again, and taste to adjust sweetness. Return to mason jar & top with whatever your heart desires (fruit, granola, nuts, etc.)
Keep any leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
- recipe from Minimalist Baker