Chia puddings are among some of my favorite treats! I don't think there is a flavor I havent liked yet, and the best part is that they are good for you. These never last in my household, everyone loves them, and theres something about the little crunch that the chia seeds offer that make them unique.
Chia seeds are probably the most nourishing seeds out there. They are considered a superfood because of all the benefits they offer. So if you never tried them, and you are into trying super healthy items, get your hands on a bag and start experimenting with it. They are tasteless, so they pretty much will absorb any flavors that you give them. They work great in smoothies, ice cream, puddings, juices, and can be used as an egg re-placer instead of flax seeds.
The Thai coconut, hemp seeds, and the cacao powder also offer a lot of benefits. They all are in the superfoods category as well. Thai coconuts are full of natural electrolytes. Hemp seeds are very high in protein, and pure cacao (not to mistaken with cocoa, which is the lower quality highly processed version) has the highest antioxidant content found in food.
So indulge in this dessert. You are doing your body good!
COCONUT AND MOCHA CHIA PUDDING
- 1 Thai coconut (meat and water)*
- 1/4 cup of pure cacao powder
- 1/3 cup of coconut nectar (agave nectar would work too)
- 1 /2 tablespoon of pure vanilla essence
- 1 teaspoon of coffee granule
- 1 cup of chia seeds
- 1/2 cup of hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup of cacao nibs for topping (optional)
- In a high speed blender, put the Thai coconut meat and water, the cacao powder, the coconut nectar, the vanilla extract, and the coffee granules.
- Add water so that everything reaches the 4 1/2 cup mark, and blend together until super smooth.
- Transfer to a bowl and add the chia seeds, the hemp seeds, and the coconut flakes.
- Mix with a whisker until all the ingredients are well blended, otherwise the chia seeds will stick together and form clumps.
- Let it set in the refrigerator for one hour.
- Transfer to individual bowls, top with cacao nibs (if using), and serve cold.
This will make 6 servings.
* If your Thai coconut doesn't yield a lot of meat, which happens from time to time, add 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut shreds to the blender to get the right texture and taste.