I love dessert and really don’t need to find a reason to eat it for every meal!
Chia puddings in the morning are a great way to provide your body with a nutritious meal and still feel like you’re eating something decadent. The chia seeds expand in your stomach to help keep you feeling fuller longer, and the dates provide sweetness without adding any sugar. For this recipe I added cacao powder because let’s be honest, above being a dessert addict, I’m really just a chocolate addict. But feel free to omit it and add a splash of vanilla extract to make this a vanilla chia pudding. Or add 1/2 a banana to the blender to make a banana chia pudding. Chia pudding possibilities are endless!
I used Califiafarms Toasted Coconut Almond Milk which gave the chia pudding a great toasted flavor, and again, it is unsweetened so there is no added sugar. And Califiafarms is now carrageenean free. Carrageenan is an additive to many products to give products more shelf life and as a thickening agent. Many people report negative reactions to carrageenan such as bloating, rashes, migraines and overall inflammation in the body. I personally avoid it since having done my first Whole30 over 3 years ago.
I also used Cacao Powder versus cocoa powder. Cacao powder is raw cocoa beans that have not been roasted at high heat. Cacao powder is rich in antioxidants, can protect the body against free radicals, can lower the risk for stroke and heart disease and can boost your mood! On the other hand, Cocoa Powder is raw cocoa beans that have been roasted under high heat; the heat changes the structure of the bean and it loses its nutritional benefits.
Chia pudding is not only great for breakfast, but it makes a delicious dessert. Top with fresh fruit, granola, nuts, or cacao nibs and the easiest recipe becomes a decadent meal! Be sure to also check out my Chia Pudding Parfait recipe and I promise to have some more variations posted soon. It’s just so fun, simple, delicious and nutritious!
So before you think you need to have another breakfast with eggs or the same boring breakfast every morning in order to avoid anything sweet so you don’t spike your blood sugar levels, try this chocolate chia pudding and I promise you’ll be feeling great while at the same time balancing blood sugar levels, balancing your hormones and not feeling starving a few hours later because the chia seeds are keeping you full all morning!
10 minPrep Time
2 hrCook Time
2 hr, 10 Total Time
- 3/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (coconut milk, almond milk or water)
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
- 4 medjool dates, pitted
- Combine all of the ingredients in a high speed blender and continue to blend until the pudding is smooth and everything is well combined.
- Pour the pudding into a mason jar (or a bowl) and cover.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight.
- Divide the pudding into 2 bowls.
- Optional: top with fresh fruit, more chia seeds, cacao nibs, nuts, coconut milk cream, goji berries, or grain free granola.