For the most part, pregnancy has left me eating pretty healthy. I’d say my biggest cravings so far, have been for fresh fruit and crisp salads. But still, sometimes after I’ve finished my nightly workout, I find myself craving something a little more indulgent.
I feel like it’s so hard sometimes to find a healthy balance between foods that really satisfy you, and foods that are really good for you. But lately I’ve been doing everything in my power to not sacrifice one for the other.
I’ve been doing really well this year as far as nutrition is concerned, and the last thing I’ve wanted is to hop off the wagon. But damn have I had a sweet tooth! So, I decided to give something a go, and hooray, it was absolutely delicious! Everything my inner fatty craved and hardly any guilt!
Salted Chocolate Chia Pudding
Seriously, this is by far the tastiest healthy treat I’ve had the pleasure of indulging in lately without all the extra crap. Not to mention it’s also:
- Rich in antioxidants
- Incredibly filling
- Low in calories, and
- Incredibly easy to make
1 Cup Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1/4 Cup Organic Chia Seeds
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder OR 1 Packet of Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
1 Pinch of Salt
Your Choice of Topping- I like heavy coconut cream, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, raspberries, or cocoa almonds (yum!)
1. Combine in a small container: coconut milk, cocoa powder, (or Shakeology,) chia seeds, and salt.
2. Mix thoroughly. I find it helps to use a lidded container, so when all is combined you can shake the ingredients to better mix them.
3. Refrigerate overnight, or at minimum two hours (I find that the texture is best after an overnight chill, but if you just can’t wait, two hours will suffice.)
4. Finish it off with your favorite topping and enjoy! It’s that easy!
Together the expanded chia seeds and the coconut milk form the perfect pudding texture, packed with the chocolatey punch of cocoa powder! The finishing dash of salt makes for a delicious combo of sweet and bitter!
I played around a lot with this recipe to get the texture just right. I found that a lot of recipes don’t make for quite the taste I liked. I’m fond of a thicker pudding. Coconut milk really helps the mixture further solidify, which I really love. My husband approves (which is seriously a feat when it comes to healthy eating) and my pregnancy sweet tooth does too.
There are so many variations of this recipe you could make and I’m really stoked to come up with some more flavor combinations. So far, I’m thinking:
- Maple & Vanilla
- Toasted Coconut
- Matcha; and (Mikey’s personal favorite idea)
- Spicy Chocolate Chili
Spam me with all of your chia pudding ideas, and if you give this recipe a go, let me know what you think! I’m all ears!