Dark chocolate lovers will relish dipping their spoons into this healthy chia pudding with fresh strawberries piled on top. (Sponsored by Swanson Health Products.)
It’s 5 Ingredient Friday and this week I’m serving a chia pudding reminiscent of childhood when my mom would serve us tapioca pudding for dessert.
If you aren’t familiar with tapioca, it’s the starch from a cassava root turned into little pearls that thickens recipes like puddings. Chia seeds have the same texture when you add them to liquids.
You’ll find chia seeds added to smoothies, topping salads, and tossed into baked goods because of their healthy nutrition profile. These tiny little bits are loaded with fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and protein. Even better, for all that healthy goodness, they’re lower in calories. This makes them the perfect for a slender dessert like a chia pudding.
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For those of us who should avoid eggs, chia seeds thicken this pudding nicely. Without eggs, there is no need to whip out a pan and cook it on the stove either. Simply add your ingredients to the bowl and allow the seeds to thicken your pudding overnight.
I love dark chocolate in any form, so dark cocoa powder hopped into the bowl along with low-calorie coconut milk and a few packet of stevia for sweetness. A dessert isn’t dessert unless it’s sweet in my never-to-be-humble opinion.
As you can see, my chia pudding is nicely thickened and delicious with sliced strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream. If you like a creamier texture or if it’s a bit too thick (chia seeds soak up liquids like you wouldn’t believe!), you can whip it in a blender with a splash of coconut milk.
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Before I head off to work this 5 Ingredient Friday, I want to leave you with a few suggestions to shake up this healthy chia pudding recipe. There are some folks who don’t care for dark chocolate, so if you have cocoa powder in the pantry it works just fine. If you aren’t a chocolate lover, try adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract, give it a little taste, then add more if necessary.
Thank you for the chia seeds Swansons! You know I’ll be back for more. Have a terrific weekend everyone!
Yields 4 servings
Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding with Strawberries
15 minPrep Time
8 hrCook Time
8 hr, 15 Total Time
- Coconut Milk, purchase the 45 calorie brand from the dairy section
- ½ cup chia seeds
- 4 packages stevia, more if you like sweeter
- ? cup Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Powder
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- Combine coconut milk, chia seeds, stevia, and dark chocolate cocoa powder in a medium bowl and chill overnight.
- Stir well after overnight soak and if necessary add more coconut milk if pudding is too thick.
- Serve with sliced strawberries.
Food energy: 178kcal Weight Watchers Smartpoints 5 Saturated fatty acids: 0.96g Total fat: 8.49g Calories from fat: 76 Cholesterol: -- Carbohydrate, by difference: 19.02g Total dietary fiber: 11.98g Protein: 6.34g Total sugars: 1.86g Potassium: 174mg Sodium: 4mg