Chocolate Cinnamon Chia Pudding

I am in a sort of detox from all the holiday cheer I recently indulged in.  I was somewhat good about my consumption until about two weeks before Christmas and then I lost all of my willpower.  So, now to counteract all the bad stuff I ate, I am vowing to not eat any refined sugar, flour, alcohol or dairy.  Basically I am eating fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, meat, eggs and legumes.  It doesn’t exactly qualify as Paleo, but it is as close as I am willing to get.  Oh, and I have a couple of cheats.  I am allowing diet soda, 2 tbsps of half and half for my morning coffee and cottage cheese.  So, really semi-non-dairy (if there is such a word).  I am also going to calorie count because I did put on three pounds and while that may not seem so bad, I really don’t want them sticking around.

So far everything has been relatively easy except for dessert.  I really got used to having a bit (okay a crap load) of chocolate on a nightly basis.  So, instead of going cold turkey, I decided to try a chocolate cinnamon chia seed pudding out.  You know the same seeds that you once put on the head of a Chia Pet and watched it grow on the clay pot.  They are loaded with Omega-3′s, the gelling action of the seed when introduced to a liquid can help you feel full longer which may help with weight loss.  The fiber can help balance your blood sugar and they are also chocked full of anti-oxidants.

I was a little apprehensive of the gelling part of the chia seed and how the texture would be.  But, honestly it was pretty tasty and it really did resemble the mouth feel of tapioca.  They aren’t exactly the same, but it is close.  The first time I made this, I didn’t put enough monk fruit no calorie sweetener, but I added just one more packet and it was good enough for me.  Really, the sweetness I feel is a personal preference, but it is dessert and desserts are supposed to be sweet.  You can also use stevia or any other non-calorie, non-sugar sweetener…or, if you aren’t in a detox mode, I am sure agave nectar or plain white sugar would work just fine too.

I would have loved to have added some raspberries or strawberries, but I didn’t have any and well they are out of season right now.  I put some banana with mine and it was quite yummy.  I do feel though that you need some type of fruit with it for added sweetness and to make it feel more substantial.

I will give credit where credit is due.  I used the Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe from Fat Free Vegan as my guide and inspiration.  I did my own tweeks (one being cinnamon for its anti-inflammatory properties) but, I didn’t make this up on my own…so, kudos to Susan Voisin.

Chocolate Cinnamon Chia Pudding

 Chocolate Cinnamon Chia Pudding

  • 2 cups unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage (from a box not the milk from a can)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground Tahitian Vanilla Bean (optional and can be found at William Sonoma)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 5 packets of Monk Fruit Sweetener (or any sweetener you choose to taste)
  • 6 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • Fresh Fruit like Bananas, Raspberries or Strawberries (optional)
  1. Combine the coconut milk beverage, vanilla extract, ground vanilla bean, salt, cinnamon, cocoa powder and monk fruit sweetener in a medium mixing bowl.  Either mix it with a whisk or a stick immersion blender.  Mix till combined.
  2. Now pour in the chia seeds and mix with a whisk until combined.
  3. Leave on your counter alone for 15 minutes and then whisk again.  Repeat this step three more times.
  4. Divide pudding mixture into 4 ramekins or bowls evenly.  Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
  5. To serve, uncover the bowl and top with your choice of fruit and enjoy!

This really isn’t the same as digging into a half a dozen Christmas cookies or that slice of flour-less chocolate cake, but it is really healthy and tastes great.  The fact that it helps in the detox process is a bonus and you still get to eat dessert.  Now go and make a family dessert of your own…Clink!

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