Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding

 

Ingredients:

½ cup chia seeds

1 ½ cups your favorite milk (coconut, cow’s, almond, etc.)

2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

garnish: sliced bananas, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, pomegranate seeds, sliced strawberries, etc.

 

Directions:

Place all the ingredients except for the garnish into a mixing bowl. Using a whisk mix everything together really well until all the powder is dissolved- it may take a minute. Then divide your pudding between 4 or 5 individual serving cups. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 12 hours. Garnish with your favorite toppings!

 

Blending option: If you prefer a smoother pudding, place all of your ingredients into a high speed commercial blender and blend! Then pour into your serving cups for refrigeration. 

 

Note: Chia pudding is very high in fiber! If you are giving to children or someone with a very sensitive GI system try smaller portion sizes till you know it doesn’t cause disruption to them. Too much fiber can create constipation or bloating.

 

Plan Ahead:

This recipe needs to be made about 12 hours before you want to enjoy it because the pudding needs to set in the refrigerator. Although I have been known to cheat and sneak some early but it is pretty liquid like.