Feeling the blue. Feeling the tears. Feeling the helpless. Not because of the gloomy weather I suppose. But perhaps about the mass shooting tragedy in San Bernardino, in my very own home state. Grieving for the many many innocent lives who were taken away from this world by the acts of inhumanity. How could we feel safe anymore in this world when it is increasingly scary (especially for our little ones) and dangerous anytime?
Sorry if I made you feeling sad too. Perhaps a bowl of merry cheery chocolate chia pudding will pick us up and divert our heavy thoughts. As Hippocrates once said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
I am a bit late jumping on the chia pudding but better late than never. I could now happily replace my favorite tapioca pudding (which was just high in carbs) with this bowl of wholesome, healthy, and delicious alternative.
Chia seeds is a staple ingredient I now have in my pantry at all times. I don’t see why not when it is a superfood packs with potassium, fiber, omega-3 (more than salmon!). The BEST reason to incorporate these black little gel like seeds into the everyday diet is it helps weight loss by making you feel full and reduces food cravings. Perhaps those stubborn last few pounds that I could never lose could be achieved this way, slow and steady, making chia pudding as my breakfast, snack, dessert and/or dinner.
Oh, try prinkle them all over your Christmas baking goods. An easy way to get them into your little ones diet. If not, the chcocolate chia pudding will do the trick as well (tested on Zara).
I love how this bowl of pudding is so versatile. Basically, any topping could be added to complement its taste. I am excited just thinking about all the possible toppings I could put on my next bowl.
Fruits: mangoes, apples, peach, cherries, figs, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, mulberries, grapes, kiwis, pineapple, cantaloupe, passion fruits, durian, jackfruits, etc.
Dried fruits: goji berries, dried cranberries, raisins, apple rings, banana chips, etc.
Nuts: almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistaschio, chestnut, pine nuts.
Shredded or flaked coconut
Chocolate nibbles are great too.
Sweet sauces (molasses, chcocolate sauce, peanut butter, etc)
Enjoy your bowl of beautiful! May it bring you happiness. And color and hope into this world.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour – overnight
2 cups unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk (or regular milk for non-dairy)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup honey (or vegan, use agave nectar)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup pomegranate kernels
1 banana, sliced
1/2 cup pecans
In a large bowl, mix together milk, cocao powder, and honey.
Add chia seeds and stir to combine
Cover and chill in fridge for an hour or preferrably overnight. Chia seeds will expand, turning the mixture into pudding or gel like texture.
Portion into bowls and serve cold with desired fresh fruits, nuts, chocolate chips, sweet sauces, etc.