Healthy Chocolate Chia Pudding

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I recently discovered this amazingly nutritious seed called the chia seed. Chia seeds are low calorie, yet high in fiber, protein, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, and a ton of other good-for-you vitamins and such. Chia seeds also contain antioxidants. Chia seeds help fight weight gain, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses. Did I mention they’re reasonably priced (2 lbs. for $9.50 via Amazon)? So, basically, if you chia seeds are not currently part of your diet, they need to be.

Now, you can’t just eat a spoonful of chia seeds everyday or take them like pills because they expand in liquid (aka they’ll get stuck in your throat and there’s a good chance you’ll¬†end up in the ER). So, after purchasing these strange little seeds, I made it my mission to find a healthy and delicious way to prepare chia seeds.

A couple months ago, I attempted to make vanilla chia pudding, and, although it was fine, it was a little soupy and just not as incredible as I was hoping; definitely not the kind of recipe I would put on my blog. Well, about a week ago, I tried making CHOCOLATE chia pudding. The cocoa powder (which, by the way, also has health benefits) made it lighter and fluffier. It was incredible: easy, delicious, and EXTREMELY healthy! What more could one¬†possibly ask for? Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons maple syrup (the real stuff)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder

Directions:

Mix all ingredients with a fork in a tupperware container, bowl, or mason jar (the order really doesn’t matter, just make sure it’s well-mixed). Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Stir and serve (this pudding is great with fruit). Note: this pudding does have a tapioca-like texture, keep this in mind if you’re not a texture person.