Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding



What are chia seeds? Well they are not for growing "Chia Pets". These seeds are a powerhouse of health. They are packed with Omega 3's, protein, fiber and a host of other great things. They have an amazing ability to swell and absorb 7 times their weight in water or liquid.

Per ounce, this super seed has about 130 calories, 4 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber, nearly 200 milligrams of calcium, and 5,000 milligrams of omega 3 fatty acids. (A cooked 3-ounce portion of wild caught salmon has about 2,200 milligrams of omega 3 fatty acids.)
This recipe was fun to try. It would make a nice dessert or even breakfast. 
This recipe was adapted from a sight called "Deliciously Organic" to make it a little more points friendly.

serves 4 ( 4 points +)

  • 2 T. cocoa
  • 4 T. sugar-free maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 c. light coconut milk ( you can also use almond milk)
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract ( optional)
  • 1/3 c. chia seeds
  • berries for garnish


Whisk together first 5 ingredients until smooth. Stir in Chia seeds. Spoon into 4 glasses. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until gelled. Top with berries before serving

4 comments:

  1. Perfect timing! I got a little bag of chia seeds because I keep hearing about how great they are and I needed a recipe. Can't wait to try this tonight!

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  2. I keep hearing about chia seeds. Can you tell me what they taste like and how else to use them? Do they have to be...rehydraited...before use or can they be sprinkled on yogurt or cereal and eaten as-is?

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    1. Chia seeds are can be used in anything. Yes, you can sprinkle them on yogurt, put them in smoothies, bake with them, etc. They will swell some with liquid, but do not need to be rehydrated before use. Here is one article on Chia seeds. Hope it helps.
      http://www.nuts.com/cookingbaking/chia-seeds/premium.html

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  3. Good sharing, for healthy purpose, Chia seeds offer the highest volume of Omega-3, as well as addition fiber (soluble and insoluble) along with vitamins or perhaps minerals you don’t usually get whenever you take sea food oil. Chia seeds giving you long lasting energy during the day moving in deep, restful sleep during the night time. May read this article about Chia seeds at:
    http://kidbuxblog.com/chia-seeds-is-the-most-extremely-versatile-superfood-and-vegetarian-supply-of-omega-3/

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