Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

The thought of a “healthy” dessert honestly makes me want to gag.  Why would you ever want to make something and sacrifice flavor and all enjoyment just so that it is good for you?  And we have all fallen victim to Pinterest’s yummy looking so called healthy sweets only to make them and realize they taste like, well, garbage.  So when I say I have found a healthy dessert to share, you can be sure it’s pretty amazing for me to advocate. 

This chocolate pudding with Chia seeds is far different than the usual “healthy dessert”.  Eating this chocolatey goodness feels downright sinful! But there is no white sugar, flour, or dairy in this simple 4 ingredient recipe, which makes it a win in my book.  

I happened upon this creation when I ran out of dairy free chocolate and just had to have a fix. We had cocoa powder so I threw it in with a little coconut milk and syrup for a thick chocolate sauce. After eating a cup of pure chocolate sauce, I felt a little guilty (and now embarrassed that I’m telling about it).  I mean, who does that?!  Next time I needed some chocolate, I grabbed the Chia seeds to thicken the sauce.  After a quick stint in the fridge, I had the perfect pudding!  There are so many variations possible here, too.  Add some flavoring, fruit toppings, different types of milk, etc!  

I love that this creamy and decadent dessert not only is healthy but is packed with nutrients.  A serving of Chia seeds boasts benefits such as omega 3 fats, fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.  

So there you have it.  No longer does a healthy dessert have to include mixing mashed up banana with oats and calling it a cookie.  You really can have your cake (I mean pudding) and eat it too! Chia seed pudding, healthy dessert, vegan dessertChia seed pudding, healthy dessert, vegan dessertChia seed pudding, healthy dessert, vegan dessert

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Makes 4 servings

1/3 c Cocoa powder
1/3 c chia seed
2/3 c coconut milk
1/4 c maple syrup

Mix all ingredients together.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  

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