Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding is another great breakfast or dessert alternative that you can prepare in advance. It takes several hours for the chia seeds to "plump up" and become a tapioca-like texture, so if you don't let them soak overnight (the easiest option), be sure to let them sit 3-4 hours.

Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber, but they need to be soaked our ground for your body to absorb the nutrients.

Servings: makes 4 servings (1/2 cup each)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice
  • Handful of walnuts, pecans or flaked coconut for topping, optional
  • Slices of banana or berries for topping, optional

Instructions

  1. To a small mixing bowl add cacao powder, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, salt, and vanilla and whisk to combine. Then add a little milk at a time and whisk until a paste forms. Then add remaining milk and whisk until smooth.
  2. Add chia seeds and protein powder and whisk once more to combine. Pour into mason jars and cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least 3-5 hours (until it's achieved a pudding-like consistency).
  3. Leftovers keep covered in the fridge for 4-5 days
  4. Serve chilled with desired toppings.

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