I have been seeing “Chia Pudding” popping up all over the place recently. I have not had much of a desire to try the concoction until a great friend of mine recently sent me a recipe for a tropical chia pudding. In honor of her I wanted to come up with a new and different recipe to add to her arsenal.
First of all, lets go into what “Chia Pudding” consists of. Chia seeds are a small round seed that have been touted all over the place as a new superfood. The truth of the matter is that Chia has been a superfood for a very very long time. The Aztecs and the Mayans used the chia plant as an energy booster. Chia is rich in antioxidants and omega 3s! There have been studies regarding the seeds ability to act as an appetite suppressant, however, these studies are inconclusive and let’s be honest, there is no magical weight loss pill or fix just good nutrition and a lot of moving that body! Regardless, chia is nutritious and a good addition to your arsenal and this recipe is the perfect way to begin incorporating it into your diet.
It is no secret that I love chocolate. Raw cacao is one of the most antioxidant rich foods you can find! Check out my recipe for health chocolate for more information on the benefits of raw cacao. So, when coming up with a recipe for chia pudding I decided my best bet was to combine these two antioxidant powerhouses into a chocolate coconut chia pudding that will absolutely knock your socks off.
The trick to chia pudding is to make it the night before and leave it in the fridge in a sealed container (I use a mason jar) overnight. Chia seeds posses the ability to absorb almost 10x the liquid of their original size! When left in liquid overnight the liquid takes on a gelatinous consistency similar to a pudding that is delightful.