Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding

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Pudding is one of my children’s favorite snacks.  They would eat it with breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I allowed such a thing.  It is such an easy snack.  It doesn’t matter if I made it from scratch, mix it up from a box, or give it to them in a convenient little snack cup, they love it in all of its forms.

Unfortunately, offering this snack to my children began causing me a little mommy guilt.  Why? you ask.  Two words: sugar and high fructose corn syrup.  I love food and I really love feeding my children, but over the past few years, I have become increasingly convicted about finding better solutions for our favorite foods.  Pudding being one of them.

In this quest, I stumbled on a pudding solution, that completely had my children stumped.  The main ingredient in the new pudding they were gobbling up, was a mystery to them.  They had no clue what it was, but they were quick fans.  The mystery ingredient: Chia Seeds.

So what are Chia Seeds and why would I want my family to gobble them up with sheer delight?  Chia seeds have quickly risen in popularity over the past few years.  They were once consumed by Aztec warriors to give them energy and endurance.  The word Chia essentially means “strength”, which is exactly what it provided to the warriors and what I wanted for my little warriors.

Chia seeds were originally grown in Mexico and are on the “superfood” list.  (Quinoa is also on the “superfood” list.  You can read more about that here.). These little seeds pack a powerful punch!

  • They are easily digested.  One serving can provide the recommended intake of fiber for the day.
  • Chia Seeds are a heart healthy food.  They are high in healthy fats boasting more Omega 3’s than salmon.  They have been known to lower blood pressure and help regulate cholesterol.
  • They boost energy and metabolism.  They can also reduce visceral adipose tissue otherwise known as belly fat.
  • One ounce of Chia Seeds has 18% of the recommended daily amount of calcium needed for your body.  Calcium= Strong bones and healthy teeth.

Pudding cups just can hold up against all of that.  So, if you could offer all of that in a delicious, healthy snack for your kids that takes no time at all to prepare, wouldn’t that be a better alternative.  You bet!

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding offers all of that and is a great snack alternative for the whole family.  In fact, I don’t even feel bad if they want to eat it for breakfast anymore.

**If you have a child with a peanut allergy, or would like to make this for a bring-to- school-snack, the pudding makes just as tasty without the peanut butter, but my little monkey’s love the stuff.  Speaking of monkeys, banana’s take this treat to a whole new level.

There is no need to turn on the stove for this pudding.  To a bowl, add the chia seeds, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla; stir to combine, cover, and let sit in the refrigerator for 3 hours.  When you come back your mixture will be thickened and pudding like.  At this point, we transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor, along with the honey or maple syrup and peanut butter.  Pulse the mixture until smooth and creamy.

That’s it, your pudding is complete.  At this stage, I like to transfer it into 3 oz. containers, making it easy for the kids to grab as snacks on the go.  I hope that your kids enjoy this snack as much as mine do.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding

Prep Time: 5 mins
Resting Time: 3 Hours

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/3 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 4 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. Peanut butter, creamy
  • Pinch of Salt

Directions

  1. Combine milk, chia seeds, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla to a bowl. Stir mixture to combine. Cover and let rest in the refrigerator for 3 hours. (or until the mixture is thickened and has a pudding like consistency)
  2. Once your mixture has rested, transfer it to a food processor or blender along with your choice of honey or maple syrup and peanut butter. Pulse until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Check pudding for sweetness and add more honey or syrup if more is needed.
  3. Store pudding in the refrigerator

Additional Info

Top with bananas for an extra special treat. To make snack time even easier; portion the pudding into 3 oz. containers for quick snacks on the go.

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