I'm laughing to myself as I write this, imagining my grandmother's reaction to Chia Pudding. As you know, many of the recipes that I share with you are recipes that either came from my grandmother's collection, or ones that were inspired by the Sicilian tradition. I'm pretty sure that her reaction to Chia Pudding would be one of confusion (Pudding made with seeds?), followed by disbelief (This is edible?), followed by doubt (It's good for you? And tastes good??).
You see, my grandmother was a traditionalist, often suspicious of diet trends and fads. She was usually quite right to be suspicious and, in fact, I tend to have a lot of those same doubts when it comes to the latest, "greatest" health news, experts, products and programs. Spending the last year in nutrition school has introduced me to some new foods and ideas and I like to think of SiciLean as the marriage of my Sicilian background and food traditions with my knowledge of nutritional science.
Chia seeds are one of the super foods that I was turned onto. In addition to being an incredible source of fiber, they contain, ounce for ounce, more Omega 3 fatty acids than a piece of salmon, and they deliver more calcium than a glass of skim milk (source). When soaked, the seeds absorb the liquid and become almost the consistency of tapioca.
This recipe has become a staple "treat" in my house. I've been, practically, making it daily and I've tried several variations: chocolate, cinnamon, banana, etc. This chocolate version is everyone's fave, so far.
Don't be intimidated,if you haven't eaten Chia before. Give it a go and please let me know, in the Comments below, how you like it.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
1c. coconut milk
2 Tbsp. cacao powder
1 dropperful of liquid stevia (or 1/2 tsp of powdered stevia)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 c. Chia seeds
Fresh berries, optional
Place Chia seed sin a medium bowl and set aside. Blend remaining ingredients in a blender. Pour liquid mixture over the chia seeds and stir until well incorporated. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours. After 2 hours, stir well and serve/garnish with berries, if desired.
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