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C & G In the Kitchen: Chia Seed Chocolate Pudding

My friend Valerie of the City Life Eats blog was a guest blogger for me on my other blog last week while I was on vacation.  She shared a recipe using chia seeds. I had honestly never heard of chia seeds until I read the post.

Anyway, I was curious about them and started looking up healthy recipes using this item. Chia seed is actually VERY healthy for you.  It is very high in fiber and has a very large amount of Omega-3

First off, I went to Wegmans and bought myself a package of Bob's Red Mill Chia Seed. If you're local, I found them in the Nature's Marketplace section at our local store for $6.99.

I also found a recipe on another food blog called Food Doodles. The simple and healthy recipe I am going to share below is originally from  Love Veggies and Yoga. I tweaked it a bit for my own taste buds.  Here is what I did:

2 T. chia seeds
1/2 cup Almond Breeze UNSWEETENED Chocolate Almond Milk
2 packets of Stevia in the Raw Zero Calorie All Natural Sweetener (I get a weird aftertaste from liquid Stevia and avoid it. I do not have this issue with Stevia in the Raw.)
1 T. Dutch process cocoa
1/2 t. pure vanilla extract

You combine all these together and let sit out for about 20 minutes. Then you whisk it up or even put it in the blended (my pick), leave it out and repeat the 20 minute wait. Put in the fridge for a few hours and it will thicken up. You can also freeze for a yummy treat on a hot day.

Here is my pudding before it has had time to set. It will thicken up--don't worry!

Top with fresh berries and Voila!

Calories: Cocoa powder (12), Stevia (0), Vanilla Extract (6), chia seed (140), almond milk (22.5)
TOTAL CALORIES: 180.5 for the entire dessert, which is divided into 2 portions of 90 calories each.