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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding for a Breakfast Dessert!

This healthy, chocolate chia seed pudding is a chocolate or vanilla version and a perfect breakfast for those on the run. It is also Paleo-friendly!

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Everyone is jumping on the healthy eating bandwagon these days.  Or shall I say the gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, Paleo, Whole30 chocolate chia seed speed train?  I know I am!  

After completing my Paleo Challenge, I was loving the ride so much I decorated my own train car and sported it all over town!  And by train I mean I can’t stop talking about it.  My husband is also on the train and he’s packing 40 pounds less luggage!

I took a break while on vacation in Arizona because I wanted to eat as many different things as I wanted to and not feel guilty about it.  I can certainly tell a difference between eating snacks and grains again.  I thought it would be fun to eat those things again, not that my life wasn’t as fun without them, but the truth is my body feels awful.  Sluggish, tired, and unable to get moving.

The kids started school this morning and I believe a post-vacation cleanse is in order.  There’s no better way to kick off my return to Paleo than with a filling, tasty, protein-packed breakfast. How else can I prepare when the kid’s schedule overwhelms me and I get behind in the laundry and the cleaning? 

A great way to get that protein in would be chia seeds.  Did I mention I picked up a couple of pounds of them while on vacation?  Airport security gave me a funny look when they went through the x-ray machine complete with an extra pat down…

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There are numerous chia seed pudding recipes out there but I think the addition of the coconut sugar adds a depth of flavor than just the honey or agave alone.

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This healthy, chocolate chia seed pudding is a chocolate or vanilla version and is a perfect breakfast for those on the run. Can be made Paleo-friendly!

Ingredients

  • 1 can full-fat unsweetened coconut milk (I use Thai Kitchen brand)
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey (agave or coconut sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped (feel free to use 1 teaspoon of alcohol-free extract)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients and divide into 4 cups.
  2. Refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  3. Garnish with nuts and fresh fruits when ready to eat.

Notes

*For vanilla pudding, just omit the cacao powder and add 1/2 cups total chia seeds.

*If you like this recipe,  leave me a comment and rate it with some stars.  Thank you!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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I get about 4- 1/2 cup servings out of this recipe which is generous serving considering the fat and protein in the milk and the fiber in the chia seeds.  Let chill for at least 4 hours.  I make these the night before and they are ready for breakfast and afternoon, post-workout snacks.

You can also add some toasted nuts to the top for crunch.  This is a great Paleo recipe and you can omit the honey/coconut sugar to make it Whole30 compliant.  Feel free to add all different kinds of fruit or whatever is in season.  My friend Chrissy puts a banana in hers and the girls will probably add Nutella!

Note* I tried using “bobo” brand coconut milk and it didn’t set up like I wanted it to and I had to compensate with more chia seeds.  “Bobo” brand is my friend Heidi’s name for generic store brands but that’s a story for another post.  Even though “bobo” brands are cheaper, having to increase the number of my expensive chia seeds does not seem worth it.  A Taste of Thai brand is also good.

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Andrea

Saturday 18th of August 2018

Love the health benefit of Chia seeds. This chocolate pudding recipe is new and inventive. Definitely will try it.

Valerie

Sunday 29th of March 2015

I am always looking for ways to eat Chia seeds!v I know they are so good for you but I just don't like them. I never considered disguising them in a dessert, great idea!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Sunday 29th of March 2015

Sometimes people don't like the texture but I think it's awesome!

Alisa @ Go Dairy Free

Sunday 29th of March 2015

Wow, congrats to you and your husband for finding a way of eating that is working so well for you! This chia pudding definitely looks like a rewarding way to start off a cleanse!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Sunday 29th of March 2015

Thanks Alisa! It definitely helps me when I am craving something sweet!

cristina

Saturday 28th of March 2015

I've been seeing a lot of recipes using chia seeds, but have yet to try it. I like here what you've done with it using it in this pudding with the cacao powder. Bookmarking it for a "must try" - thanks for sharing. :)

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Sunday 29th of March 2015

Thanks Cristina! I love that it tastes good but still has some healthy benefits! Let me know how you like it when you get a chance to make it.

Revathi Palani

Saturday 28th of March 2015

Sound like an interesting twist on a pudding.. Love it...

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Sunday 29th of March 2015

Thanks! It definitely calms my craving for chocolate pudding and I don't feel guilty eating it!