Double Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

20 Feb

I resisted the chia seed thing for a long time. Seeds as a category are usually dubious as a paleo-appropriate food (we eschew seed oils for a reason), the chia kombucha at Whole Foods looks exactly like bottled salamander egg masses, and I’m generally inclined to roll my eyes at the term “superfood.” The only “superfood” I eat is lots and lots of liver. But one day recently I decided to give drinking a mix of water, electrolyte powder, and chia seeds before running a try, and I found to my consternation that this actually helped me feel a lot better on my run, and had the interesting side effect of causing me to not be hungry for a few hours afterwards. If you are thinking of starting to practice intermittent fasting as part of your paleo / primal lifestyle, chia seeds might be a good gateway to that.

So anyway, I have these chia seeds, and I went looking for other ways to use them. If you’re somehow not familiar with chia seeds, they absorb a ton of liquid and form a thick gel, so they are used a lot as a thickener. One popular use for them is to make pudding. I’ve tried a couple of different chia pudding recipes and this is my favorite so far:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (store bought or homemade)
  • 2 T unsweetened high-quality cocoa powder
  • 1 T cacoa nibs, either raw or roasted
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • Sweetener of choice, to taste (I’ve successfully used 1 fresh date added to the almond milk and blended [i.e., with a blender] and 1 T maple syrup, but there are plenty more options)

Put all ingredients into a container with a lid and shake vigorously. Put in refrigerator. After about 15 minutes, shake again. Let sit another 15 or so minutes and shake a third time. Let stand several hours until very thick.

I find the chia seeds and the cacao nibs give this a genuinely pleasant crunch. It’s like tapioca pudding, but better, mostly because it doesn’t make me feel awful.

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2 Responses to “Double Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding”

  1. Sharon Rose February 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM #

    I need to get some nibs!

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