Secret Ingredient Chocolate Pudding
September 10, 2014 38 Comments
Do you have people bugging you to try new things? I get many e-mails from readers that tell me that I am missing out.
The latest onslaught of reader demands has been about chia seeds. Have I tried them? No, I haven’t because they remind me of this:
Ch…Ch…Chuh…..Chia!!! Chia pets!
Do I look like I want to eat a chia pet?
Then someone pointed out that one tablespoon of chia seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk, more Omega-3s than Salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries.
Okay, maybe I should give them a try. I decided to go with chocolate pudding because the idea of eating chia seeds was so repugnant. Chia seeds are great as a thickening agent so you don’t have to cook the milk to get the right pudding consistency.
It is rare to find a tasty pudding that is high in calcium, iron, fiber, manganese, magnesium, selenium, and vitamin B6.
Jello can’t touch this.
My husband thought this was a bit grainy – probably because our blender isn’t a Vitamix and didn’t pulverize the seeds enough.
My kids did not like it – but I did! This had a deep chocolate flavor and nice texture. Also, I didn’t need a large serving to feel satisfied as it is quite thick.
Use high quality cocoa powder if you have it.
You can find chia seeds in the natural foods section of your grocery store and they are not cheap - a small bag set me back $7. Any seed product is high in price because they are so hard to harvest. Think about them as an investment in your health.
Have you tried chia seeds? What do you use them in?
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Recipe
Makes 4 – ¼ cup puddings
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup chia seeds
1 cup milk (whatever you like – I used 2% cow’s milk)
Blend cocoa powder, sugar, chia seeds, and milk in a blender for 5 minutes until chia seeds are pulverized. Pour into small ramekins and place in refrigerator.
Chill for 30-60 minutes and enjoy!
94 calories, 4.3 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 14.8 g carbohydrates, 9.4 g sugar, 4.2 g protein, 3.7 g fiber, 31 mg sodium, 3 Points+
Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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