I originally stumbled across this recipe idea here. I tried it out exactly as written, and while it wasn't bad, it wasn't my favorite. It was also too much to eat in one serving. I'd like to work out single serving sized amounts so it can be a quick "grab and go", especially once school starts in the fall.
I know I wouldn't have been able to get my kids to taste it, the way it was made. So I thought I'd rework it and try my own thing, and hopefully get my kids to thinking they're actually eating chocolate pudding for breakfast. Is that wrong?
1/2 c. Chocolate Coconut Milk
1-2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp medium no. 1 maple syrup
First. measure the cocoa, chia seeds, and maple syrup in a jar with a tight lid. I made the first jar with 1 tbsp of cocoa, and the second with 2 tbsp. Next, mix the contents in the jar together until they are well combined, almost a thick paste. Then, add the coconut milk, and keep mixing. All the ingredients should be well mixed to avoid as many lumps as possible.
Put the lids on, stick in the fridge, and enjoy it tomorrow...hopefully. Everytime I walk into the kitchen I grab the jars and give them a shake. The chia tends to float and/or clump, so you want to make sure it's gelling up the right way.
An important thing to know about chia is just how much fibre you ingest when you eat a jar of this pudding- 11 grams! If you are eating this then you also need to be drinking a lot of water to help things...move...shall we say. Alright?
Verdict: The jar with 2 tbsp of cocoa was the one we tried this morning. My first son enjoyed the flavour, but not the texture. Later today, or maybe tomorrow, I'll try using my immersion blender right in the jar to smooth out the consistency. He said, "it tasted more like dark chocolate than chocolate pudding, but tasted good". So there's hope :)
As far as the serving size goes, it was a lot of pudding to eat. If I was to give this to the kids, I'd still divide the jar into 2 servings. It tasted amazing with my raspberries.
And now that I've found this fun way to make pudding, I'm going to try to make some variations, starting with vanilla-chai chia pudding. Doesn't that sound great?
Let me know if you try this, and let me know what you think!
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