Choc-Mint Chia Pudding (VEGAN)

I have to say that this is one of my all time favourite desserts! Its decadent, rich and creamy and also super nutritious! And…who doesn’t love a choc-mint combination? It will satisfy a chocolate craving in a healthy way! The only thing is – you will need to anticipate this as you will need to wait for it to chill and set. Better get cracking in the morning!

Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanics, a member of the mint family. Chia provide a sustainable energy source that are loaded with antioxidants, fibre, quality protein and omega 3 fatty acids, iron, calcium and magnesium – essential for well-being. They can be enjoyed raw, or as a gelatinous texture when soaked & absorbed in liquid – as I have done so in my recipe below.

Raw cacao on the other hand, is made from cacao beans that have not been roasted (like cocoa) and ground to produce a powder. Raw cacao contains antioxidants, which can assist with inflammation, protect the body from ageing and help destroy free radicals in your cells and tissues. They are also rich in magnesium – an energy mineral.

YOU WILL NEED:

Serves 2

1/4 cup chia seeds (white & black)
3 tbsp raw organic cacao powder
1 & 1/4 cup of organic coconut milk
1 & 1/2 tbsp organic maple syrup
1-2 drops of organic peppermint oil
pinch ground vanilla bean powder
small pitch himalayan sea salt
*organic dark vegan chocolate shavings to garnish

I like to make all of my chia pudding variations in a large mason jar so I can seal it up straight away and pop in the fridge, or travel with you if need be.

Add the chia, raw cacao powder, vanilla powder and sea salt to your jar and mix with a small whisk. Add your wet ingredients and mix vigourously. You want to make sure that all of the seeds are mixed well so your end product does not contain hard seeds that haven’t absorbed the coconut milk.

Pop on the lid and pop in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours or until set. It will be a thick, firm consistency.

I have served mine with dark organic chocolate shavings, but alternatively you can serve with fresh banana, berries, nuts or coconut cream. The topping alternatives are abundant.

Bon appetite! xx

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