Mexican Chocolate Chia Pudding

I’m really enjoying Living Raw Food by Sarma Melngailis.

Many of the recipes are out of scope of my ability, budget and desire, but they are extremely creative and clever.  A few of the more simple recipes are making their way into my recipe book, one of them being her Chocolate Chia Pudding.  I had all the ingredients and the only equipment needed is a spoon, so I had that covered.  I made it today and had the pudding for an afternoon snack.

Chia, a la Chia Pets, is a rock-star ingredient for the Raw Food crowd.  It’s really fun ingredient to use – watching it form a gel takes me back to my Food Science grad school days in Food Ingredients course.  In that course, we were using much different gel-forming ingredients like agar, carageenan and  alginates.  Not exactly ingredients that are as natural or in it’s natural form as a Chia Seed.

My version of the recipe….

Mexican Chocolate Chia Pudding

  • 1 c almond milk
  • 4 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • T Tbsp agave nectar
  • 3 tsp cocoa
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/4 -1/2 tsp vanilla

Add all ingredients and stir until cocoa is dissolved into the mixture.  Chill for 30 min – 1 hour (or longer).

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