Chocolatey chia seed pudding: two ways

You guys, chia seed pudding is legitimately so good. If you’re a skeptic like me, just try one of these recipes and become a believer (they certainly turned me).

If you straight up love chocolate, make this classic chocolate chia seed pudding:

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If you love chocolate but also coffee and bananas, make this banana-mocha chia seed pudding:

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If you just can’t decide, I would recommend you make both 😉

Isn’t the idea of chia seed pudding so crazy?  I mean, how do all those adorable little black seeds turn into pudding?!  You don’t even have to blend them?  How?!  Unfortunately I still don’t have the answer to these important questions, but the evidence of my own eyes tells me its possible: these magical little seeds truly do become “pudding”.  If you want proof, check out my Instagram feed (@mayaavida) and watch me stir some luscious pudding…mmmm.

Chia seeds are expensive, but many grocery stores have them in their bulk section now.  They don’t weigh much and you really don’t need a lot of them – so don’t be intimidated by the price tag!  I think I spent $2-3 on about 1 cup of seeds.

I am not sure how healthy chia seeds actually are for you, but I will say this: both of these puddings were so good that I couldn’t wait to get home from work and eat some.  This is some high level snacking that puts my normal carrots/hummus and apples/peanut butter combos to shame.  My advice is to make this ASAP and prepare to be addicted.

I played it relatively safe with my first two attempts at chia seed pudding, but in the future I want to try and incorporate more fruits and vegetables to up the nutritional ante.  I feel like incorporating some silky avocado into this already creamy pudding would be divine – stay tuned 🙂

Okay, go make them already!  Here’s the recipes.


 

Classic chocolate chia seed pudding

Ingredients

1.5 cups milk (any kind, I used regular 1%)

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 – 4 Tbsp agave nectar (or maple syrup, depends on the level of sweetness desired)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients except sweetener to a medium bowl and whisk to combine.  It will take a while but keep whisking!
  2. Add sweetener to taste.
  3. Let rest covered in the fridge (0vernight is best – I found that the longer I kept mine in the fridge, the thicker and more luscious it became).
  4. Serve chilled with any toppings you have on hand – bananas, berries, nuts, or coconut would all be wonderful.

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Banana-mocha chia seed pudding

Ingredients

1.5 cups milk (any kind, I used regular 1%)

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 – 4 Tbsp agave nectar (or maple syrup, depends on the level of sweetness desired)

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 tsp ground coffee beans

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Blend together all ingredients except chia seeds in a blender or food processor.  You want it to be pretty smooth.  Taste and adjust sweetener if needed.
  2. Add the mixture in the blender to a medium bowl along with the chia seeds.  Stir.
  3. Let rest covered in the fridge (0vernight is best – I found that the longer I kept mine in the fridge, the thicker and more luscious it became).
  4. Serve chilled with any toppings you have on hand – bananas, berries, nuts, or coconut would all be wonderful!

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Enjoy the chia bandwagon!

Maya

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