I borrowed this recipe from nutritionist Catherine Jeans. It’s just one of many easy sugar-free hacks available from her 30 Day Sugar Detox Course, which I’ve now almost completed. As a chocoholic, these little puds have been a life-saver for a chocolatey hit that doesn’t contain any sugar.
They’re great for an after dinner treat, to take into work with you as a snack and also for a super-quick pre-breakfast. I recycled these little glass yoghurt jars from Aldi which have a black rubber lid.
My little girl likes making these with me, they’re super quick to make and just need to be left in the fridge for a few hours to set. The recipe makes 2 – 3 pots, which can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.
This is the basic recipe – and you can add to it and adjust seasoning as you wish: a handful of oats and some coconut cream or yoghurt; for kids a sprinkle of xylitol and blend it all together in a Nutribullet, so it’s supersmooth.
If hungrier, add a tablespoon of yoghurt in the morning or swap some of the milk for coconut milk. Some cocoa nibs or coconut is nice sprinkled on top too (as pictured here), or some flaked almonds, for a bit of crunch. Or try grated apple, banana or some berries is also really nice.
Chia Seeds are the secret nutritional ingredient, they’re a good source of dietary fibre, protein, omega 3, high in minerals (calcium, potassium and magnesium) and high in antioxidants. And recently I learned that cacao powder is actually a source of protein.
Little one photo-bombed my shoot and I couldn’t resist including her little tootsies in this shot:
Sugar-Free and Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Puds
4 tablespoons of good quality chia seeds (or 3 chia, 1 flax)
125ml unsweetened almond/coconut milk (I like Rude Health)
1 tablespoon of raw cocoa powder
1⁄2 teaspoon of cinnamon
4 drops of vanilla extract
- Place your chia seeds in a bowl or glass, and stir in the milk, cocoa powder, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
- Leave for at least 4 hours – you should get a fairly loose, gloopy consistency. If you like it runnier, add some more milk. If you like it thicker, add less milk.
I’ll be blogging about my 30 Day Detox in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned to find out more or go to http://www.thefamilynutritionexpert.com