I’ve had a love affair with chia seeds for a long time. I like the weird, chewy texture and love the nutritional benefits. They’re loaded with nutrients that your body craves. Don’t know what they are? Chia seeds are tiny seeds from the South American plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to mint. Back in the day, Aztecs and Mayans ate them for fuel. Fun fact: “chia” is the Mayan word for “strength.”
A 1 ounce (~2 tbsp.) serving of chia seeds contains:
- 11 g of fiber
- 4g of protein
- 9g of fat (5 of which are Omega-3s)
- 18% of the RDA of Calcium
- 30% of the RDA of Manganese
- 30% of the RDA of Magnesium
- 27% of the RDA of Phosphorous
- Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin B2
These tiny things pack a punch and they’re pretty versatile too. You can toss them on top of salads, Greek yogurt, and oatmeal, or use in smoothies, juices, and even soups. Or you can use the for a healthy dessert like I did. So let’s have some pudding. Because we deserve it.
Dark Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
- ½ cup coconut water
- 2 tbsp. unsweetened, reduced-fat coconut flakes, plus more for topping
- 2 tbsp. dark cocoa
- 2 packets of stevia (optional)
- In a bowl, whisk together the almond milk, coconut water, coconut flakes, cocoa, and sweetener.
- Stir in the chia seeds until blended. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Stir mixture again. You’ll notice the chia seeds have begun to gel.
- Cover bowl and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- The next day, spoon into bowls and top with extra coconut. Makes 2 servings.
Because this recipe is super healthy, you can have it for breakfast or dessert! The texture becomes very similar to pudding without being the typical regular sugar-laden dessert. Instead, you’ve got a healthy, antioxidant packed treat with no regrets.
Do you use chia seeds? How do you incorporate them into your diet?
Do you think Bill Cosby would approve of this recipe?