Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

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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.

What you will need:
2 Tbs Chia Seeds.
2 Tbs Raw Cacao.
1/4 Tsp Cinnamon.
1 1/2 Cups Unsweetened Coconut Milk (or Almond Mik).
Stevia or Honey to taste.
Sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes.

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a mason jar and seal the lid on the jar tightly. Shake shake shake until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Place in the fridge and wait ten minutes, shake the jar again to avoid any clumping of the chia seeds. Leave in the fridge overnight and wake up to an amazing surprise!

I topped my chia pudding with a sprinkle of coconut flakes but you can top yours with just about anything (banana slices also sounds yummy to me)
This will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days and the recipe technically makes 2 servings but… I typically eat the whole thing.

The Perfect Vegetable Spring Roll

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I love any recipe that allows me throw in whatever extra vegetables I have laying around and still produces an amazing meal.  Vegetable spring rolls do just that.  The first time I made these babies it was a disaster, but once you learn how to handle the rice paper you can throw them together quickly and easily and they will soon become a go-to meal in your arsenal!

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First, slice the vegetables that you would like as your filling in roughly the same size as I have done pictured above.  For this batch I have included yellow bell peppers, carrots, snow peas, green onion, cilantro, and arugula.  Here is a list of possible filling choices, but get creative, there really is nothing off limits here!

  • Cilantro (a must!)
  • Lettuce (romaine, spinach, arugula, anything!)
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Bell peppers
  • Jalapeno
  • Green onions
  • Avocado
  • Red cabbage
  • Jicama

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Next, get out your rice paper sheets and set up your work station.  I have pictured the rice paper that you will likely find at your local grocer.  It is made out of white rice.  I have ordered the brown rice sheets off of Amazon, but they are quite pricey.  Either will do (obviously the brown rice sheets are preferable). Let me know if any of you know of a more reasonably priced brown rice sheet out there!

You want to set up a plate with cold water and a clean dish towel (I have found it easier to roll the rice paper on top of the dish towel.

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Now submerge the rice paper in the cold water and place it flat on top of the dish towel. Place your desired fillings on top of the rice paper and now roll the rice paper around the fillings like a burrito!

VOILA!!

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XOXOXOXO – Alyssa