Recipe: Chocolate Chia Pudding is a Decadent Dessert that is Healthy Too
Adding cacao to your chia pudding turns this simple recipe into a delicious and healthy dessert.
Chocolate chia pudding really works great as a satisfying dessert. And, yes, you can have it for breakfast too!
If you use raw organic cacao powder (instead of cocoa powder), you will also be tapping into the healing properties of cacao.
Gabriel Cousens, MD shares just how powerful raw cacao can be:
There are over 300 studies showing that cacao can prevent and reverse heart disease. The broader truth is that cacao is very useful for preventing heart disease, dementia, skin cancer, and diabetes, as well as chronic fatigue. The unique quality in cacao is the cacao flavonoids, which are very powerful, anti-inflammatory antioxidant compounds. 
Of course, nuts and seeds provide real nutritional value and contribute to disease protection, weight loss and longevity.
I found an interesting article on the benefits of chia seeds from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health:
“Chia seeds in are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids that cannot be made by the body.” 
Here is a simple, yet delicious recipe for Chocolate Chia Pudding.
Like most of my recipes, feel free to mix it up with your choice of nutrient-dense, low glycemic toppings.
- 1 cup of unsweetened non-dairy milk like almond, hemp or soy
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp no alcohol vanilla extract
- optional: a few drops of pure, organic stevia
Your Choice of Toppings
- Handful of berries
- 1 TBS of chopped nuts
- 1 TBS of shredded coconut
- A sprinkle of cinnamon
- 1 TBS cacao nibs
- Put everything into a bowl, except the toppings, and mix
- Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes in the refrigerator, or make it the night before
- When thickened, sprinkle with your favorite low-glycemic toppings
Makes 2 servings