I don’t really have a sweet tooth—-if I’m going to crave anything, it would be something salty, or crunchy or better yet, both!! But chocolate is another story. Chocolate is in a category all by itself. I love a high quality dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt. There it is right there….even my hankering for something sweet includes something salty!
If you follow me on Instagram, it will come as no surprise that I love chocolate chia pudding. Like, I make it ALL THE TIME love it. Like, I don’t even feature it in my insta stories most of the time I make it because it’s already overkill. I don’t eat it just because it’s healthy….but seriously, don’t you just love a dessert that has oodles of health benefits??…..I eat chocolate chia pudding regularly because it’s delicious and satisfying.
Chia seeds are a rich source of nutrients and antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer. They are loaded with Omega 3-Fatty Acids which can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol. Chia seeds are also an excellent source of fiber which has been shown to lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation and regulate bowel function. One of the benefits I like most about chia seeds is that the mixture of protein, fiber and the gelling action contribute to a feeling of feeling full and satisfied.
If chocolate and sweets are one of your weaknesses, make up a batch of this pudding to have in the fridge at the ready. It’s always best to indulge your sweet tooth—–and there’s nothing to feel guilty about with this sweet treat—than try to ignore it. With no added refined sugar—this pudding is naturally sweetened with dates—and a healthy dose of protein, you won’t get a spike in blood glucose levels, so there’s no sugar high to come down off of….just a healthy snack that leaves you satisfied long after the bowl is done.
I like to serve this for dessert with a handful of fresh raspberries, for breakfast as part of a parfait, or as a snack before the gym….maybe with a few shavings of dark chocolate and a sprinkle of maldon finishing salt…just maybe. Let me know in the comments how you prefer to eat your chocolate chia seed pudding.