Saturday, July 13, 2013

Chocolate Cinnamon Chia Pudding

I'm craving something sweet, but I still want to be abstaining from flour, and unhealthy treats in general if possible, as I'm still supposed to avoid the gym for now *sobs*.   This Chia seed pudding is a healthy treat that I don't need to feel any guilt over, and is also perfect for mega hot summer days, as it doesn't require the heat of the oven!

If you haven't tried Chia seeds yet, or don't know their fantastic health benefits, inform yourself and give them a try!  They are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, calcium, and magnesium, and have tonnes of protein.  Chia seeds also slow down digestion, so for diabetics they're are helpful for prevent blood sugar spikes, as well as blood pressure, and improve overall heart health.  Also, Chia seeds are virtually tasteless, so you can add their nutritional benefits to all sorts of dishes, sweet or savoury, without changing the flavour.

This pudding is super easy to throw together, only requiring 4 ingredients, and is absolutely delicious.  I would compare it to a tapioca pudding, as far as texture is concerned.  Even Mr. health food snob, had a taste and thought it was yummy, even after I told him what was in it!

I took a picture of Soy milk, but text on the measuring cup states Almond milk, whoops! Whatever, you could use whichever, and if you're not dairy-free, you could use chocolate milk!  Totally versatile!  Also in lieu of agave you could add honey, and add more, or less, according to your sweet tooth!

Chocolate Cinnamon Chia Pudding

1 cup almond or soy or dairy chocolate (or vanilla!) milk
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 Tbsp agave syrup or honey
1 tsp cinnamon

Using a well sealing tupperware container, or lidded jar; add all ingredients, and give it a stir to mix everything together, or put on the lid and shake vigorously!  Place in fridge for at least one hour, but it's even better to leave overnight -  for chia seeds to absorb milk and expand!  I usually give the container a good shake everytime I open the fridge door for good measure!


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