We are about to enter the Holiday season, and a lot of comfort food and sweets go along with that. In order to cope with all this unhealthy (but so yummy!) food, I will provide you with a healthy alternative that can be eaten as breakfast, lunch or even a dessert.
Even though it’s healthy, it’s really tasty, especially if you serve it with fresh fruit or berries. I like to add raspberries because they are so fresh and complement the chocolate really well. Banana is also a good alternative, the sweetness cope with the bitter and tart chocolate chia pudding. Don’t get put off by the fact that it’s a little bitter! I love it this way, but just the more reason to add fruit as a topping. A too sweet pudding doesn’t necessarily go well with sweet fruits on top, and that would be sad, wouldn’t it.
You need some sweetness to the pudding too, and that’s done with honey and vanilla. Vanilla makes it taste sweeter without actually adding any form of sugar. Which is great, but you don’t want to go overboard with vanilla either. 1 tsp is enough. Add honey to your taste, I usually go for about 2-3 tbsp. Yes, it’s sugar, but also good for a lot of things. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels (source). It’s high in antioxidants and vitamins and a good source of simple carbohydrates. So we’ll keep it in.
Protein Chocolate Chia Pudding
It can be easy to be healthy too, but there’s some passive time to this. Recipe is adapted from Ancestral Nutrition. The chia seeds need time to expand in the coconut milk in order to make it a pudding-like feel. Mix the chia seeds with the coconut milk, cover and set in the fridge for at least 2 hours. I make it before I go to the gym, and when I get back it’s easy peasy to make the pudding.
Add the chia coconut milk in a blender and add in the rest of the ingredients. Start with 1 tbsp honey, and work your way up to the desired sweetness. Remember that fresh fruit on top of the pudding give sweetness too.
It’s not exactly the consistency of a pudding, more like a pudding-mousse or a very thick smoothie, but because we add the binding chia seeds, I call it a pudding.
Place it in two bowls and serve with your favorite fruit! Or serve one and save the rest for tomorrow. Just cover and place in the fridge, should be good for a couple of days.
Other healthy breakfast or lunch alternatives:
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