This time of year, instead of reaching for another helping of cookies, hunk of peanut brittle or slice of cheesecake, I’ve been making batch after batch of chia pudding. It still feels indulgent with the creamy texture, fudgy chocolate flavor and fresh fruit, but I don’t feel nearly as bad when I go for seconds!
The trick to this chia pudding? The dates! They give the pudding a bit of natural sweetness to balance out the unsweetened cocoa and coconut milk.
There are two tasty options with this recipe, you can easily blend all the chia seeds with the coconut and cocoa powder for a super smooth pudding. Or, you can stir some of the chia seeds in at the end, like I do to give the pudding a bit of texture. Either way, layered up with the coconut cream and fresh fruit, it’s a rich, chocolatey dessert that you’ll love to love.
Any leftovers will last up to a week in the fridge, but since you can even serve this for breakfast, a quick snack or dessert it probably won’t be around that long. Enjoy!
- Chocolate Chia Pudding
- 1 can (14 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
- 3 to 5 Medjool dates, pitted
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- Fresh pomegranate seeds, raspberries and toasted coconut, if desired
- Coconut Cream
- 1 can (14 ounces) unsweetened coconut cream or full fat coconut milk, chilled
- Sweetener, if desired (powdered sugar, honey or maple syrup)
- In a blender mix coconut milk, dates, cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of the chia seeds, seeds from the vanilla bean, cinnamon and salt. Blend on high until smooth. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons chia seeds, let stand 10 minutes for chia seeds to bloom. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.
- To make the coconut cream, chill the can (overnight if possible). Remove the lid from the can without tipping or shaking. Scoop out the thickened cream from the top and set the liquid part aside for another use. In a chilled bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the cream on high speed for 30 seconds to 1 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add sweetener, if desired and mix until well blended.
- Layer the chia pudding, fruit and coconut cream and serve.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy chia seeds?
Here are a few more ideas to use chia seeds in desserts…
Pistachio Chia Pudding from Autumn Makes and Does
Chia Pudding with Plums from Spoon Fork Bacon
Whipped Double Chocolate Chip Chia Pudding from How Sweet It Is
More breakfast than dessert but still delicious, check out this Banana Almond Chia Pudding…
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