To kick off this week of super healthy chocolate recipes I decided to turn to the "Queen of Raw and Healthy Desserts" - Hail Merry! This recipe doesn't just contain 1 source of Real Super Food, it contains 4!!!! From chia seeds to chocolate and from coconuts to cinnamon this recipe is jam packed with heart healthy, blood sugar stabilizing, antioxidant rich and fiber filled ingredients that will have your entire body agreeing with your taste buds!
During this 100 Days of Fun With Real Food journey I have encouraged you to cut out or dramatically reduce your intake of sugars - even the good ones because of the inflammation they create. So, I made 2 small changes to this recipe that actually increases the antioxidants and dramatically reduces the sugars.
I used antioxidant rich ionized water and started with a pinch of whole leaf stevia and then added only a teaspoon of raw honey. This one small change will dramatically reduce the inflammatory response from the honey while adding 1 more Super Food to this already nutrient dense recipe! I always use Thai Kitchen's organic coconut milk for the best taste and results in all of my recipes.
And here it is in all its rich and decadently healthy glory . . .
Raw Vegan Dessert Recipes: Chocolate Chia Pudding
Here is one of my favorite chocolate vegan and gluten-free dessert recipes containing 1/2 tablespoon of organic raw coconut oil per serving. This Chocolate Chia pudding dessert recipe is a nutritional powerhouse delivering antioxidants, fiber, calcium and iron from the cocoa and chia seeds, and plenty of energy from the medium chain fatty acids in the coconut. Enjoy this delicious raw , vegan and gluten-free chocolate pudding as a dessert or pre-work out fuel.
This recipe is strangely addicting! It takes less than 5 minutes to assemble. The ancient Aztec chia seed is one of the richest natural whole food sources of Omega 3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. Two tablespoons deliver 5 grams of omega-3s- (well above the recommended daily amount of 3 grams) for reducing: inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis; evaluated triglycerides levels; and high blood pressure. Click here to learn more.
And talk about fat as fuel – every serving contains 10 grams carbohydrates (as fiber), 6 grams of protein, and 9 grams of fat (all omega 3 fatty acids and medium chain fatty acids which are quickly absorbed into the blood and used as energy). Don’t be afraid of fat- I have been eating this pudding all week and have not experienced any weight gain! In fact, this pudding is just what my body craves before a key athletic training session or game of tennis after a long day at work. Other times, it is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up and make-me-feel-good with a cup of green tea. Enjoy and feed your body royally!
- 2 cups unsweetened organic coconut milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons raw coconut oil
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder or organic unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a container; whisk well and cover tightly. Place covered container in fridge 2-3 hours or overnight. Chia seeds will plump up. Serve with fresh seasonal fruit (such as berries, diced peaches, sliced bananas, or pomegranate seeds).
You can stretch this to 5-6 servings by layering, parfait style in a placing a pretty stemmed glass, with raspberries, sliced fresh strawberries or bananas and then top with my Coconut Whipped Topping and a sprig of mint or a berry. That adds another serving of fresh fruit with a decadent twist!
Hope you enjoy this one - who knew Real Food could taste this good and be so much fun to experiment with?
Many thanks to Hail Merry and Dr. Pillow for sharing this recipe!!!