I was experimented this weekend with different recipes and this one came up. After tweeking it slightly I had it for breakfast this morning and it was absolutely delicious. Imagine, high fiber, high protein, lots of essential fatty acids, antioxidants and great taste all in one bowl.
Raw chocolate straight from the cacao bean - a superfood known by the Aztecs as "Food of the Gods". It packs up to 10x more antioxidants than blueberries, green tea or red wine. Cacao has been said to help lower cardiovascular disease and lower stress.
Chocolate in commercial foods is mixed with sugar, milk and lots of additives. Some wonder if there is really any true cacao in them. Think of all that Halloween candy, is it healthy like raw cacao, NOT.
Antioxidants increase neurotransmitters in the brain that promote rejuvenation, elevate our moods and give us a positive outlook. Due to this, eendorphins may be released that can help reduce depression, increase mental clarity and make you feel terrific. Isn't it fabulous that raw cacao is packed full of these antioxidants in a delicious treat.
Raw cacao is packed full of magnesium ( and we wonder why pre-menstrual women and women during their monthly cycle crave chocolate?) Magnesium helps balance our brains chemistry, stop spasms, balance our hormones and create strong bones.
Cacao is filled with Theobromine. Theobromine is a mild non-addictive stimulant thought to relieve depression in addition to protectting teeth from decay better than fluoride
When raw cacao stays raw it has increased levels of anti-oxidants. When it is cooked into a dark chocolate bar it still has antioxidants but not any where near the quanitity in the raw product.
Why not get these benefits in a tasty food.
Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and protein. This tiny seed packs amazing nutrition. It has virtually no taste and blends well with many fluids.
Recently in the news you may have seen a young man that ate chia seeds without soaking them first and they became jammed in his esophagus. What chia seeds do is they expand to 10 times their size when put in fluid. I believe that when this young man ate the seeds they expanded using his own body fluids. Therefore, I so recommend that you soak them first and then you’ll have no problem.
Chia is very rich in antioxidants and unlike flax they do not need to be ground to make their nutrients available. They are packed with fiber, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and other minerals that enrich our bodies.
You may see chia seeds in power drinks in your health food store, I took some images of them, they are basically filled with sugar juices. You can easily make your own chia drinks. I find that just adding a tablespoon to my water is an easy way to get the chia in my body. In Mexico they make a drink called chia fresca. They take water, chia seeds, lemon juice and some sweetner.
Recipe for Chia, Cacao Pudding
1 ¼ cup almond or coconut milk (I prefer it with almond milk)
3 tablespoons raw cacao
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey, you can use stevia if you choose – I loved it with maple syrup
Mix it all together, either in a covered jar that you shake very vigorously or I prefer to use a magic bullet or vitamix. Put in the refrigerator for a few hours and then enjoy. I make mine in the evening and had it for breakfast. It was absolutely divine.
Try it, leave a comment below letting me know how you like it.
I finally got all ingredients MS is not a very HEALTHY State…. We went on the Veterans ride in TN 2 weeks ago, I drivo my car day before to spend time with my babies. And stayed extra 8 days to have fun with some of the VRCC girls from TN and to be able to go to Trader Joe’s, Whole food and the Farmers Market needles to say my car wads packed with lots of veggies, and fruits, chia bags,herbs, and of course the raw cacao I have been tring to find her e in MS but NOOOOOOOO, it was not easy to find in Nashville but finnaly found ittttt./ Made it and love itttt…. Allan did to he calls me his witchy witchy of the kitchen he never knows what I am going to make him next, Thank GOD he likes it, I don’t fallow recipe that well I start adding or deleting stuff,. BUT your Chocolate Chia Pudding was very very good the only thing that I added in one of the jars was Frozen Berries from Trader Joe’s delicious, next I am trying your Lentil Soup, being latin we manly make the green lentil and I never put dried tomatoes sound good will let you know. Sorry for the delay in posting no ingredients but now I have back-up LOL Be well my friend, Hope tpo see you soon Love your site, lots of cool thing, wish I was closer so I can take your classes like the pickle on on Dec.3rd , I also want to make the Almond Snack Ball….. hugs and Lovingsssss Jackie