17 Jul Ch-ch-chocolate Banana Hemp Pudding Recipe
Chocolate Chia Pudding
Again a handful of my fave ingredients found their way in to my blender to satisfy a recent chocolate craving. Oh how I love the simplicity of blending quality ingredients into something delicious & nutritious.
Do you remember the days of Ch-ch-chia? Or am I dating myself by remembering the chia pets that kept on growing as you added water? You don’t have to answer that question. My point is that chia seeds act very much the same way that the infamous chia pet worked. Chia seeds absorb water easily. You can use chia for a variety of functions, other than growing green hair on a terracotta animal including great taste and substantial nutrients. I love them because of their versatility & nutrient density.
Chia seeds are packed with protein, iron, fiber and EFA’s. They retain electrolytes, are easy to digest and are stocked with calcium & potassium. It’s no wonder they are used for heart health, balancing blood sugar and removing toxins.
For me, today they were used for their versatility and swelling effect to create a delectable heart healthy chocolate pudding. This pudding is ch-ch-chalked full of nutrients and incredible flavours. To replicate it:
What you need:
1/4 c Chia seeds
1/4 c Hemp
1/4 c Raw Cacao
8 Medjool Dates, pitted & soakedseeds1 Vanilla pod, soaked (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
1 Banana (or 1/2 cup of berries)
pinch of Salt
1 1/2 c H20
1/4 c Cacao Nibs or coconut for topping
What you do:
- Soak the chia & hemp seeds in 1 c of water right in your blender (or vitamix) for 10 – 15 minutes
- At the same time soak dates in a separate bowl in warm water to soften. Once soaked for 15 minutes, remove pits (and skin if you like)
- Add remaining ingredients except the nibs along with the remaining 1/2 c of water in blender and process until smooth, adding more water if necessary
- If bananas aren’t your thing, you can always substitute for other flavours that you do love. Strawberries & raspberries would work beautifully.
- Decide between chilling the pudding if you’re needing something cool or get the pudding some what warm by blending for a few minutes to remind you of the times when pudding was made on the stove or eat, I mean serve right out of the blender
- Top with cacao nibs or unsweetened organic coconut flakes for maximum pleasure and nutrient content
Enjoy every last lick of the spoon. Just be careful, this pudding is quite filling.