February 19, 2016

Warm Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding

The Perfect Cozy Breakfast

Paleo lovers, unite! I have found the most comforting breakfast food ever… and it’s grain-free! I’ve been making chia pudding (the chilly version) for a while now, but sometimes I forget to soak the chia seeds the night before or I don’t have the patience to wait for them to soak 20 minutes in the morning.

Consider this Warm Chocolate Chia Pudding a little bit like oatmeal, but minus the grain. PS – I don’t adhere to a strict Paleo diet, but I do like to follow this rule of thumb: Don’t eat today what you ate yesterday. I don’t mean that literally (yes, I eat leftovers), but what I mean is… it’s good to mix up your diet, play with variety, try new foods, and never let your body get used to eating the same thing over and over again. It’s like working out; if you did the exact same workout every single day, you would eventually hit a plateau and stop seeing results.

So back to being grain-free. I eat grains every once in a while, but not every day. The problem with grains is that they can cause inflammation, inconsistent energy levels, digestive ailments, skin issues, allergies, etc. If you want to read more about that, you can visit the Whole 30 site and their viewpoints here.

Warm Chocolate Chia Pudding

This recipe is so tasty! It’s also gluten-free and dairy-free, which is a bonus if you have food sensitivities or digestive issues. And lastly, because I’m usually pressed for time, it only takes several minutes to make!

The secret ingredient is Califia Farms Chocolate Coconut AlmondMilk. It’s only 90 calories per glass and is loaded with sustainably-sourced cocoa powder and almonds (non-GMO). You can find Califia Farms products at almost any grocery store! I’ve personally shopped Califia at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Smith’s, and Vons.

Chocolate Coconut Milk Chia Seed Pudding

Paleo Note: Because the chocolate flavor utilizes pure cane sugar, I would recommend substituting Califia Farms Toasted Coconut AlmondMilk if you’re on a Whole 30 or Paleo diet. You can always mix in Paleo Pro Protein, too!

Ingredients

Califia Farms Chocolate Coconut Almond Milk, 1 cup
Chia Seeds, 3 tbsp.
Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter, 1 tbsp.

 

Optional Mix-Ins
Vanilla or Chocolate Protein Powder, 1 scoop
Agave, 1 tbsp.

 

Toppings
Fresh Berries
Nuts

Recipe

  1. Stir together coconut milk, chia seeds, and almond butter in a small pot and bring to a boil on high heat (this will take approximately 5 minutes; stir frequently).
  2. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer an additional 2 minutes, uncovered.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in any desired mix-ins. Top with fresh berries and nuts and serve warm.
  4. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

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xoxo,

Raquel

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