Chia pudding has been all over teh interwebz for a while now.
I’ve seen lots of recipes, tried a few, but never felt compelled to post about it. Now, I do. I have found my ultimate chia pudding.
(Granted, a large part of this delay is due to the fact that I finally bought the Blendtec. Smooth pudding, in my opinion, is much preferable to pudding with whole chia seeds, because I get them stuck in my teeth. The way my teeth are shaped and spaced means I get just about everything stuck in my teeth. But I digress. Already.)
This pudding contains a couple of my favorite ingredients.
- Chia seeds. Despite the stuck in my teeth problem, there are lots of things to love about chia. I did a video blog post about chia seeds which you can find here. Chia is also an ingredient in my DIY energy gel recipe that I’m working on for it’s massive fluid retaining properties, which can be very helpful in endurance sports. (By the way, if you missed my post on fueling for the gluten free endurance athlete you can find it here.)
- Coconut, specifically coconut milk for the pudding. Coconut is pretty awesome. Kelli at Apex Nutrition explains a bit about the benefits of coconut oil here, and this general information applies to all pure coconut products, although at varying amounts depending upon which product is used.
- Cocoa powder. Because it’s chocolate. There’s also some antioxidants, but let’s be honest. It tastes yummy.
Enough with my rambling. On to the recipe!
- 1 can of coconut milk (I used 365 brand light because that’s what I had on hand.)
- 1/4 cup of NOW foods Organic Cocoa Powder
- 1 scoop of Chocolate NOW Foods Whey Protein Isolate
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 heaping TBSP Chia Seeds
- Stevia to taste, I used about 3/4 dropperful of Vanilla Creme Flavored Liquid Stevia
- This part is easy. Stick everything in the blender and blend the ever loving life out of it. If you have a high powered blender, it will go pretty quick, it was 2 cycles through with the Blendtec and it was silky smooth. Stick it in the fridge for a couple hours or as long as you can stand to stare at it.
If you need some more info for generally eating a healthier gluten free menu, check out Gluten Free and Fit 101 for lots of articles to get you started. This post is also shared on Simply Sugar and Gluten Free’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesday. Lots more goodies there too!