Thursday, 14 August 2014

Banana & Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

I'm majorly into eating right and staying healthy, so it’s about time I put up a recipe! I have a massive sweet tooth so I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to make sugar/gluten-free deserts that’s a lot healthier than just cracking open a tub of Ben & Jerry’s. One of the main ingredients in this are chia seeds – they’re pretty high in protein, fibre and omega 3 which is what makes this desert actually quite nutritious and relatively guilt-free. This is my own recipe that I concocted myself and I assure you it tastes delicious!

You will need the following (for 1 portion):
3 tablespoons of chia seeds
½ a cup of almond/hazelnut/coconut milk (whichever you prefer)
1 whole ripe banana
3 teaspoons of 100% organic cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (aka the good stuff – don’t use vanilla essence)
2 teaspoons of Stevia or honey

1)  Mash up ½ a banana in a bowl to form a paste. Chop the other half of the banana into slices and put in the fridge for later.
2) To the mashed banana add Stevia/honey, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and chia seeds and mix.
3) Finally add ½ a cup of milk and mix well before pouring the mixture into your serving bowl and leave in the fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight! The chia seeds will expand in that time and the texture will turn into more of a pudding consistency. FYI if you’re using almond or hazelnut milk the pudding will require more time to set than for coconut milk.

4) When you’re ready to serve, take it out from the fridge and garnish with the ½ banana we sliced earlier and some cocoa powder.

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