Cha Cha Cha Chia Seed Pudding!

I love pudding but my days of instant Jello mixes are far behind me.  So, obviously, I was stoked to find these two variations on Chia seed based pudding from the site Deliciously Organic.  Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and contain alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) and linoleic acid (LA), ladies, these all come in really handy if you experience PMS.  Yes, this chia based chocolate pudding is medicinal! Chia seeds also contain protein, fiber and some antioxidants. Chia seeds don’t need to be ground up like flax seeds in order for the body to absorb their nutrients.

Some really good lookin' nutrition information!

Some really good lookin’ nutrition information!

Ingredients:

  • 1  3/4 cups or one can coconut milk (Deliciously Organic recommends organic canned coconut milk from Native Forest. The can isn’t lined with BPA and it’s a nice thick milk)
  • 1  3/4 cups almond milk (just refill the empty coconut milk can no need to use a measuring cup!)
  • a few drops of stevia (or for non Candida diets: 4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional but recommended!)
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds

Procedure:

In a wide mouth quart mason jar add the coconut milk and almond milk, extracts and stevia.  If the coconut milk is cold you will need to use a whisk to work out any lumps.  Or, put the lid on and shake vigorously!  Then add the chia seeds, put the lid on and shake well to combine.  Let it sit at room temperature for a few hours until the chia seeds are fully expanded.

If you’d like to make the pudding ahead of time, shake well and then keep it in the refrigerator until you want a health snack or dessert.

This recipe makes an excellent take along snack or addition to your picnic.  You can easily make 1/2 a recipe in a smaller mason jar if you prefer.  For a thicker pudding, add another tablespoon or two of chia seeds, for a thinner drink, similar to tapioca bubble tea, use a tablespoon or 2 fewer chia seeds.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

As above, just whisk 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder in with the coconut milk.

Top with a sprinkling of cacao nibs if you like.

Chocolate Pecan Bark

Ingredients: chocolate, chocolate, pecans and cacao nibs.

This recipe is super easy; all you need are some chocolate chunks and your choice of nuts and seasoning. I used two-thirds Scharffen Berger semi sweet chocolate and one-third unsweetened chocolate.  I melted the chocolate in a double boiler, then mixed in a few cacao nibs and lots of pecans.  I think the next kind I’m making will be chocolate cayenne almond bark!

Make them any shape/size you like

Drop the melted chocolate and nut mixture onto parchment paper and let them cool completely.  Done and ready for gifting, sharing and eating!

Homemade chocolate!

Raw Bars with Cacao Nibs

These no bake, high-protein, high-fiber bars are based upon Melissa Diane Smith’s recipe for Amaretto Protein Bars in her book ‘Going Against the Grain’ and are easy to make.  Roasted cacao nibs add extra chocolately flavor without the sugar. These make a great snack, a healthy dessert or a breakfast on the go!

Ingredients:

2 cups raw almonds

1/2 cup flax meal (flax seeds ground in coffee/spice grinder)

1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup unsalted almond butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup coconut oil

stevia to taste

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup cacao nibs

 Procedure:

Place almonds, flax meal, shredded coconut, almond butter and salt in a food processor and pulse to combine.  No need to pulverize everything, some big almond pieces add texture and crunch!

In a small sauce pan, melt the coconut oil over very low heat.

Remove the liquid coconut oil from stove and stir stevia, and vanilla into the oil.

Add the coconut oil mixture to the food processor and pulse until the ingredients form a coarse paste.

Press the mixture into an 8 x 8 glass baking dish

Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, until mixture hardens.

Remove from refrigerator, cut into bars and serve or store.  These keep well in the freezer or refrigerator.