Healthy Chocolate Chia Pudding

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Chocolate.

PMS.

Mood swings.

Cravings.

Sore boobs.

Tearing up over random TV shows (example: Redemption Inc).

Chocolate.

Uncontrollable yawning.

Random anger.

Healthier chocolate pudding.

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I am a woman, hear me roar!

This is the pudding I make when I feel like inhaling a bag of chocolate chips.

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It lets me return to my normal self, at least for now…

My chocolate cravings are satisfied and I feel like a million bucks, minus the sore boobs, mood swings, and yawning of course.

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I wouldn’t say that it’s for everyone though; if you aren’t into soaked chia seeds (and their slim-factor) you might not like this pudding. You could try adding rolled oats for a chewier texture and do more of a vegan overnight oats recipe if that floats your boat. I added in a couple tablespoons of oats at the last minute.

Top it with a bit of shaved dark chocolate on top…and it’s pretty much my favourite snack going. I also love it heated up with a spoonful of coconut cream stirred in! Want to thicken it up? Mash in a banana just before serving.

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Healthy Chocolate Chia Pudding

I make this pudding when I want something indulgent tasting, but don’t feel like eating a ton of sugar. It satisfies and energizes me while letting me get on with my day. I love mixing carob powder and cocoa powder for a more complex chocolate flavour. The carob powder also adds a natural sweetness that I love. If you don’t have carob, I suggest using a bit more cocoa powder and sweetener since it will be less sweet without the carob. Serve cold or heated up!

Adapted from Repair and Recover Chia Pudding

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Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/4 cup to 1 & 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, as needed to thin out
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp carob flour/powder (I buy it at Bulk Barn)
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Shaved chocolate for garnish (optional)

 

1. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients (starting with 1 & 1/4 cup almond milk) until the clumps are gone. Place in fridge for 1-2 hours, until thick or overnight. Stir well, add more milk if desired to achieve the thickness you desire, and serve chilled. Alternatively you can heat in the microwave and serve it warm. It’s nice with a spoonful of coconut cream mixed in or a mashed banana too.

Nutritional Info: (per serving, without shaved chocolate): 197 kcals, 12 grams fat (healthy fat from chia/almond), 26 grams carbs, 15 grams fibre, 9 grams sugar, 8 grams protein.

Also try Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding Parfait.

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This morning, I enjoyed heated-up chocolate pudding and a breakfast cookie.

I should be a lot nicer today.

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Shelley January 11, 2012

OMG !!! Just made this recipe and it’s starting to get thick already which is really, really good ’cause this is a really, really BIG PMS emergency !!! Why is it always worse in the winter?
Made my pudding with 2 T cocoa and 2 T maple syrup because I didn’t have any carob and it turned out fine, and like I said before…this is an emergency. I need to be nice today !!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2012

lol ;)

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amanda January 11, 2012

i am right there with you on all the symptoms! i’ll have to make this and maybe i’ll be nicer too! ;)

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Wendy January 11, 2012

Any chance you’ll try a version with peanut (or other nut) butter soon? Can’t wait to try this version later.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2012

great idea :)

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Sheesh January 11, 2012

This looks AWESOME! Def going to make this. Kind of reminds me of a chocolate tapioca pudding, mmmmmmm. Thanks!

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Carolyn @ HealthKitten.com January 11, 2012

I’m just mad I’m not at home right now to make this. My PMS is raging today and I want to eat everything in sight – including as much chocolate as I can get my hands on! Will definitely be making this tonight!

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Mike Lieberman January 11, 2012

I don’t have sore boobs and that looks mad good!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2012

hah that’s probably a good thing!

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Andrea January 11, 2012

I swear I have been PMSing for 2 weeks, Just whipped this up and it is now chilling in the fridge, can’t wait to try it!!!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 11, 2012

I love how utterly thick!! this is. Almost like the density of a piece of really thick cheesecake, with the texture/flavor of chia seeds. But I love thick and dense desserts like dense brownies and your pudding is tempting. I haven’t made chia pudding in like….2 years! but this makes me wanna get those seeds down from the dusty cupboard shelf.

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life January 11, 2012

I have to get used to chia – I tried it in Whole Foods once and it was just too slimy for my liking, but it is something I could probably make myself get used to based on how good it is for me! And if I do then this recipe would be the first thing I’d try – love healthy indulgences!

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Katrina Brush January 11, 2012

Love this recipe. Do you have a favorite brand of cacao powder?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

I don’t have any cocoa powder, but I do ocasionally use Navita’s Naturals Cocoa nibs. I think you can grind those into a powder?

http://www.navitasnaturals.com/products/

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Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious January 11, 2012

Angela. I have been eating coconut chia pudding everyday since my New Year’s Resolutions. I think I have become a bit obsessed with chia in everything. This is a perfect PMS pudding. Great recipe!

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ali janine @ This Ninja Eats Broccoli January 11, 2012

Oh I SO needed this last night…when I was eating chocolate chips in bed lol

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2012

haha that happens to the best of us sometimes!

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Karen January 11, 2012

Loved this narrative :)

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kelly January 11, 2012

Just discovered you:) Love it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2012

thanks kelly :)

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Julia January 11, 2012

I’m going to make this tonight, for dinner? Maybe.

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Amber K January 11, 2012

I don’t know how I’d feel about the slimy chia seeds, but a whole bowl of chocolate seems perfect to me!

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Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles January 11, 2012

I probably would inhale this, and THEN a bag of chocolate chips, but at least I could say I tried my best to resist. And also got some nutrition in first! =)

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Heidi @ Food Doodles January 11, 2012

I love chocolate chia pudding, but it usually just looks like goo, you make it look beautiful :D I love that you use some carob in it – I’m going to have to try that next time.

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Jess January 11, 2012

Thank you for this recipe! My hormones are doing a number on me today—I totally just made a batch and put it in the fridge to have for a snack later.

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hannah alehandra January 11, 2012

I’d love to try this! Havn’t had soaked chia seeds before, but it looks delicious. I usually have no issue with slimey foods haha. Your recipes are just the best, Angela :) Much love, from your English follower.

http://hannahalehandra.blogspot.com/

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Beth January 11, 2012

That looks like a much healthier alternative to the bag of dairy-free chocolate chips I DID inhale last week….. That and the vegan peppermint-dark chocolate bars I found on sale at Whole Foods. What is it about chocolate and PMS?!

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Antonia January 11, 2012

It’s amazing how you can turn soaked chia seeds into a pudding I know I couldn’t resist. To bad I don’t have any chia seeds at the moment, I’d love to try the pudding immediately.

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Lauren January 11, 2012

I would not be a fan of this due to the chia seeds, but boy oh boy, do I understand pms! I was pmsing soooo bad on saturday. My Mom asked what was wrong and I mumbled something through half-tears. She said, “what” and I said, “IF I HAVE TO F%@&IN REPEAT MYSELF…” Yaaa, I have never said that in front of my parents before. And then I just started sobbing…for no reason. And my Mom just came and hugged me. Ha. PMS really, really sucks.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 11, 2012

I need this right now!! Hahah seriously looks amazing :D

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sarah January 11, 2012

Oh man, you made me yawn as I read your post! So crazy, the power of suggestion. This recipe may keep me from eating through a mason jar full of PC choco chips (did you know they are vegan and my favorite chocolate chip?)!
I’m sure many a husband will be thanking you today!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

I hope not because it was boring! lol ;)

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eatingRD January 11, 2012

I always want to have a little piece of dark chocolate after dinner and this would fit the bill quite nicely. Looks lovely. Is there anything that could sub for the carob flour? Yum!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

You could just leave it out and then adjust the cocoa powder and sweetener to taste :)

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Katrina January 11, 2012

This sounds lovely! Healthy pudding makes me happy!

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 11, 2012

I must give this a try!

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva January 11, 2012

This looks like the PERFECT chocolate treat. It’s healthy, and a generous portion too. Can’t wait to try this :)

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LizAshlee January 11, 2012

Chia seed puddings are the best..I am currently on a pumpkin pie pudding kick with added pumpkin, stevia, cinnamon and almond milk…so tasty! Definitely will try this one…soon…it’s approaching! :)

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Alex @ Raw Recovery January 11, 2012

I love chia seeds and I’m always looking for new recipes incorporating them!

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Clare @ SweetnSimple January 11, 2012

Yum!! This looks absolutely incredible.. oh I could make this right now :)

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Taji January 11, 2012

I have been using chia seeds and i like them. But when i have them in a recipe and i save some to eat later( a salad or smoothie)—-i guess the way they swell up w/ water gives me indigestion. This doesn’t happen when i eat it immediately–only when i eat it later. Does this happen to anyone else?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

I’m sorry to hear that! Maybe it has to do with all the water they absorb?

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Alyssa January 11, 2012

2 of my favorite things… chia seeds and chocolate! I’ve made a chocolate pudding with chia seeds before and it was good, but not excellent. However, this one looks fantastic, I will give it a go. Thanks!

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Zestful Lou January 11, 2012

The first 10 lines of this post define me EXACTLY right now. Tears, sore boobs, chocolate, cravings, chocolate, more chocolate, and wanting to eat everything in sight.

Thank you, Thank you for chia chocolate pudding. Tear.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

I love the tear at the end :)

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Emily (Edible Psychology) January 11, 2012

Haha, I could definitely use some of this chia pudding today!

Hope the hormones settle down soon – for both of us. I can’t stop crying about everything. :-)

~Emily~

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

There’s no crying in baseball!!!

Sorry I couldn’t help myself with that quote.

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 11, 2012

A big thank you from someone who needs a chocolate fix right now!

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Marleena @ The Flex Foodie January 11, 2012

Just made this tonight, and I have to say I never would have thought that vegan chocolate pudding would be so great! Thanks for the recipe!

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Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 11, 2012

I love chia puddings! My favorite is with pumpkin!

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TeenyLittleSuperChef January 11, 2012

Oh yeah, love me some chocolate chia pudding. Thanks for the great recipe Angela. I’m feeling a craving coming on and I don’t even have cramps or sore boobies. I just really really like chocolate. I’ll eat it in honor of your female issues, though, okay? Hmm, that probably sounded weirder than it was meant to. Sorry bout that :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

haha!

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