Did you think chia seeds were only for 80’s children’s toys? I did. I had no idea how good they were for you, what good they do for detoxing your system. Not only that, but they tend to make a really great pudding.
I was perusing the crunchy/granola/hippie section of the grocery store, as I often do, and I came across the refirgerated drink section. Guess what I found? A chia seed drink. Totally piqued my interest and just for the sheer novelty of it, I had to try it. The texture took me completely off guard. It was more like a chunky gel than a drink. It was, well, pudding-link, without the creaminess.
I decided to mix some chia seeds with some chocolate almond milk, figuring it would get all gelatinous like the drink. Score! It totally worked! The first time I made it, the kids weren’t too wild about it. Kinda weird and new, I guess. But I didn’t give up, and tried again. Now they beg for it. I love when they love the healthy “junk food”.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
- 1 cup Chocolate Almond Milk, homemade or store bought (see notes)
- 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
- Splash of Vanilla
- Dash of Cinnamon
- Mix everything together in a bowl, cup, tupperware, whatever. Just make sure you have a lid or cover for it.
- Let sit in the refrigerator about 30 minutes, then stir it up, breaking up any chunks.
- Put back in the refrigerator and leave for at least an hour more. Sometimes I forget and leave it overnight. Stir again, breaking up any more blobs.
- Serve with strawberries (totally optional, but really good).
Use coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk to make this Whole30 compliant.
Nutrition InformationYield 2
Amount Per Serving Calories 125Total Fat 8gUnsaturated Fat 0gSodium 93mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 7gProtein 4g
Thursday 19th of July 2018
How long will this last stored in a container with top in the fridge?
Thursday 19th of July 2018
We usually eat all of ours within a week, but it could possibly go up to 2 weeks.
Friday 25th of November 2016
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Thursday 17th of March 2016
This look so good! Love using Chia seeds in recipes!
Wednesday 26th of August 2015
How much cacao powder do you add to make the almond milk chocolate flavor? How much natural sweetener do you use in this as well (I'm thinking maple syrup or honey)?
Friday 1st of September 2017
I think the original recipe is using "already chocolate-ed" almond milk. But, if you're adding cacao powder, for this amount, it could be about a tablespoon...but you're right about having to sweeten it so a banana is likely the best bet. Just blend the banana in with the milk & cocoa powder, then soak the chia in that to make the pudding. If you don't want the banana, but don't want added sugar (of syrup or agave) stevia drops or leaf powder (but you have to blend it) or monk fruit extract might do the trick as well. These are slower-acting sweeteners though, so you might have to let it sit over night to get an even flavor.
Thursday 16th of April 2015
Silk brand Almond milk does not have Carrageenan in it. :)