Chocolate Chia Pudding

I received so much feedback from my photo post on Instagram that I felt obligated to post this recipe.  Also, it’s simple and delicious, which also makes it a must share…IMG_3897

What you will need:

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 cup of your favorite non-dairy milk

1 tablespoon raw cacao powder

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A squirt of raw honey (adjust to suit your sweet tooth)

A sprinkle of sea salt

Place all ingredients in a sealed jar and shake.  Leave in the fridge for 10-15 minutes (or up to 3 days) and enjoy.

Chia seeds are loaded with omega-3 oils, antioxidants and fiber.  The outer layer on these seeds, which creates the pudding consistency, works wonders for keeping your digestive system running smooth, and also keeps your fuller for a longer period of time which makes these seeds a great addition to anyone trying to reach their ideal weight.

Raw Cacao.  Who doesn’t love chocolate, right?  Well now you can love it without all of that awful guilt.  Cacao powder is loaded with antioxidants, trace minerals, vitamins and nutrients.  The best part?  It contains an element called phenylethylamine, which is the same chemical our bodies produce when we fall in love!!  Probably why chocolate holds such a strong place in most of our hearts.

Cinnamon is a wonder herb that helps to normalize blood sugar levels, and also supports digestion, circulation, skin health, and helps to fight off illness and headaches.  I suggest sprinkling cinnamon in anything you see fit.

Some other fun additions include:

Fruit

Maca powder

Unsweetened coconut

Hemp seeds

Nuts

Oatmeal

Get creative…

 

with love and pudding,

Amanda

Guilt-free Chocolate Pudding

What an amazing dessert this is!  It is easy to make, stores great in the fridge, and doesn’t contain any of the harmful chemicals, sugars, or preservatives that store bought chocolate pudding contains.  And as an added bonus, it is actually HEALTHY for you!

Chocolate pudding topped with fresh blueberries and hemp seeds. Yum!

What you will need:

1 ripe avocado

3 tablespoons raw cacao powder

5 mejool dates, pitted and soaked (if they need to be softened)

1 teaspoon of 100% organic maple syrup

¾ cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.  You may need to scrape the sides during the blending process to ensure everything is mixed evenly.

Place the pudding in a bowl and store in the fridge for a few hours so it can chill and set.

Top the pudding with your favorite ingredients, such as:

Berries

Hemp seeds

Unsweetened coconut flakes

Chopped nuts

Fresh mint

Sliced banana

Cinnamon

Maca Powder

Carob chips

Raw Cacao is jam-packed with antioxidants, and is one of the worlds best sources of magnesium and iron, which play a critical role in healthy blood, heart health, brain power and strong bones.  This superfood also contains Phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the chemical that our bodies produce when we fall in love! (Probably why we all love chocolate so much).  Its scientific name, Theobroma cacao translates to “cacao, food of the gods”.  I mean, are you in love with this stuff yet?? I know I am!!  And remember, this is dessert!

I hope that you enjoy this pudding as much as I do; actually, I know that you will.

with love and chocolate,

Amanda

Maca Cacao Smoothie

I just finished reading Brendan Brazier’s book Thrive and I’m currently reading David Wolfe’s book Superfoods — both of these books have something in common: MACA. The reason Maca comes up in these books is because it’s loaded with macro and micro nutrients making it a superfood and superherb; the stuff is basically magical. 🙂

Maca has been used medicinally for centuries in South America and for good reason. Maca is an adaptogen, meaning it helps you adapt to stress; stresses such as life stress, physical stress (the reason many athletes take it), mental stress, and environmental stress. It is known to improve the following conditions; anemia, chronic fatigue, depression, infertility, malnutrition, menopausal symptoms, stomach cancer and more. It’s also said to have aphrodisiac properties, don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😉

Since the flavor of Maca (slightly butterscotch-ish) is known to combine well with Cacao, I decided to try a smoothie for my first Maca recipe and it rocked:

Maca Cacao Smoothie
Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of raw hemp seeds
3/4 cup of water
1 tbsp of Raw Cacao powder
1 tsp of Maca powder
1 tbsp of nut butter (I used sunflower butter)
1 banana
a few ice cubes

Place hemp seeds and water in blender; blend until the seeds are dissolved and you’re left with hemp milk.
Then add the cacao, maca, nut butter, banana and ice; blend until smooth.

This makes a particularly nice and rich dessert smoothie — enjoy!!

love and greens,
Jackie