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Cherry Cocoa Chia Pudding (Dairy and Gluten-Free)

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Eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself, or your loved ones. Here is one of my favorite recipes for a Cherry Cocoa Chia Pudding that is so simple yet tastes decadent! Share with loved one post dinner, use for a quick breakfast for your children, or recover post work out with this dish. You can whip this together in about 3 minutes then set aside until you’re ready to nosh!
What’s the kitchen cure? Chia seeds! They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and provide a lot of fiber.

Further Food Commentary:

This is a very healthy pudding with chia seeds, almond milk and cherries! Chia seeds are high in Omega-3 and rich in B vitamins. The cherries are a good source of vitamin C, high in pectin (a soluble fiber that lowers cholesterol) and low in calories. Almond milk is a excellent alternative to cows milk and for a fact that it is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. This snack may be called a heart healthy one!

By Denine Rogers RDN, LD, FAND

Cherry Cocoa Chia Pudding (Dairy and Gluten-Free)

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  • Prep Time:3 minutes
  • Cook Time:4 hours (in refrigerator)
  • Servings: 1

Ingredients

1 cup of vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup chia seeds, stir into milk to coat seeds
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
8 – 10 whole cherries (chopped if you prefer!)
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder (or to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 cup of dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Starting with the almond milk, add each ingredient to a bowl, and mix with each addition (leaving the chocolate chips for garnish).
  2. Stir everything together until cocoa powder dissolves in mixture. (If you’re using this for a breakfast treat or a post-work out meal, you may want to skip the added sugar).
  3. When it’s mixed well, sprinkle your chocolate chips on top and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. The chia seeds will congeal with the ingredients to create a yummy, but healthy pudding that your family will love.
Starting with the almond milk, add each ingredient to a bowl, and mix with each addition (leaving the chocolate chips for garnish). Stir everything together until cocoa powder dissolves in mixture. (If you’re using this for a breakfast treat or a post-work out meal, you may want to skip the added sugar). When it’s mixed well, sprinkle your chocolate chips on top and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. The chia seeds will congeal with the ingredients to create a yummy, but healthy pudding that your family will love.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 471; Total Fat: 14 g; Saturated Fat: 6 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 2 mg; Sodium: 164 mg; Potassium: 542 mg; Carbohydrate: 94 g;  Fiber: 9 g; Sugar: 78 g; Protein: 4 g
Nutrition Bonus: Calcium: 50%; Iron: 19%; Vitamin C: 16%; Vit A: 12%;
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