Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding - Pure Bliss

When I bought my package of chia seeds, I had no idea that they would be the basis for my new favorite recipe to make. I thought that I would buy them, use them, enjoy them, and then maybe buy them again once in a blue moon. Now, I don’t know how I ever lived without them! I enjoyed the peanut butter & banana chia pudding I made for my first foray, though my heavy-handedness with the rum extract may have detracted a little from my potential satisfaction. I also happily make my Omelet of Champions a few times each month. But what truly stole my heart and crossed me over to the wonderful world of chia seed infatuation was this recipe for Chocolate Chia Pudding.

If you are looking for a healthy, nutrient-packed way to satisfy your chocolate cravings, this is it. It’s not low-fat, so much like an avocado chocolate pudding it’s healthier but not necessarily lower calorie than its traditional, non-chia version. But seriously, this is not one of those healthy “chocolate” recipes that kind of leaves you satisfied, but a little part of you is still saying, “that wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for,” either. No, this is all that and a bag of (chocolate covered) chips. I throw in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter to make a full on meal of it (350calories), but if you’re looking for a dessert or a snack, feel free to reduce or eliminate the peanut butter (but if you’re a peanut butter fan, I really have to urge you to try it with the peanut butter just once, because it’s truly nothing short of heaven). 1 tablespoon of peanut butter will put the recipe at around 260 calories, and eliminating it completely will actually knock it down to 170 – how’s that for a little bowl of chocolate bliss to curb your cravings without sparking any guilt? It’s rich with just the perfect amount of sweetness to counter it, creamy with the occasional crunch from the seed…this recipe is a winner, that’s all there is to it.

Chocolate (Peanut Butter) Chia Pudding, adapted from Eat-Spin-Run-Repeat
Yield: 1 serving

The Ingredients
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 packet stevia
½ teaspoon vanilla
1-2 tablespoons peanut butter (optional)
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk

The Method
Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl or dish (preferably one with a lid). Be sure to stir well so that all of the ingredients are blended and no chia seeds are stuck to the bottom of the bowl. Place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Your pudding is ready when it has thickened up and is pretty much the consistency of regular pudding!

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