A smooth chocolate pudding with a hint of cinnamon made with healthy ingredients like cocoa powder, almond milk, chia seeds and sweetened with Canadian maple syrup and some dates.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
Ingredients Makes: 4 servings
6 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
couple shakes of sea salt
3 cups unsweetened almond milk *see our almond milk recipe below
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
9 dates blended
In a small bowl, sift together cocoa, cinnamon and sea salt, then set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, combine only 1/2 cup of the almond milk and 1/3 cup of the maple syrup. When the maple syrup and the almond milk are well mixed, then slowly whisk in the sifted dry ingredients. When the dry ingredients are evenly whisked in, whisk in the remaining almond milk until well combined. Stir in the vanilla extract into mixed ingredients and then stir in the chia seeds.
Place pudding mixture in the refrigerator covered, for about 3 hours or until the chia seeds turn jelly-like and the mixture thickens. Stir ingredients periodically.
In a food processor or blender add the dates and blend until they break down and form a ball. Scrape down sides of processor and re-mix if needed until dates are well blended. Break apart dates with hands into smaller pieces in the processor.
When chocolate chia mixture has achieved a pudding-like consistency, transfer pudding to food processor or blender with the dates. Blend mixture until completely smooth, scraping sides down of sticky dates if needed. Taste-test pudding and add additional sweetener if desired.
Transfer pudding to a sealable container and refrigerate for an hour before serving. Serve pudding chilled with desired toppings such as fruit, granola or whipped cream. Pudding keeps well in the fridge for a few days. Enjoy.
Recipe shared by: J. Marshall
*Try our How-To-Make Almond Milk recipe here!
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