Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fiber & Protein Rich Chocolate Breakfast Pudding - gluten & dairy free

I just love this colorful breakfast! 

My daughter sent me this picture of her breakfast a few weeks ago. Wow! Not only was it a great photo, but it looked absolutely delicious! 

Since my husband and I had already had breakfast, I decided to make it for dessert that night.

Chia pudding has become quite popular.  It's a nice break from the regular breakfast routine, providing some protein, fiber, and healthy fats...this is nutritious. Top it with some fresh fruit...even better!

This recipe provides 10-11 grams of protein when divided into 4 servings, and 7 grams when divided into 6 servings. It also provides 16-18 grams of fiber when divided into 4 servings, and 10-12 grams when divided into 6 servings.  Raw cacao powder has more antioxidants and your pudding will have  stronger chocolate flavor as well.

If you prefer to use regular unsweetened cocoa, which is absolutely fine. (so do I in many recipes)  The fiber and protein grams will be a little less, but guess what...so will the fat grams. Each 2 Tbsp serving of unsweetened cocoa powder actually has 3 grams less fat than raw cacao powder. Unsweetened cocoa powder will give you a pudding with a milder chocolate flavor, which you probably already guessed.

Choose what is best for you... use whatever you have on hand and give this pudding a try!

Fiber & Protein Rich Chocolate Breakfast Pudding                  Serves 4-6
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 1/2 cups unsweetened non-dairy substitute, I used half rice milk and half coconut milk
1/2 cup raw cacao powder, unsweetened cocoa is fine but you will have less grams of protein & fiber.
1 frozen banana, sliced
6 oz of pitted dates, remove pits before weighing
2 Tbsp natural peanut butter, or other nut butter of your choice
unsweetened coconut to sprinkle on top
blueberries, strawberries, or other fruit of your choice
Chopped nuts to sprinkle on top

In a heavy duty blender combine all ingredients except coconut, fruit, chopped nuts. Purée until completely blended. Dates and frozen bananas may take a little longer to incorporate. Stir once or twice or as needed until mixture is nicely blended.

Spoon into small custard dishes or similar type dish. Let chill for about an hour to overnight, or enjoy right away. This mixture thickens so quickly a long chilling time isn't necessary, but I think it enhances the rich chocolate flavor. Top with chopped nuts, fresh fruit, and unsweetened coconut.

If you like a pudding that is a bit less thick, feel free to mix in a couple more tablespoons to one fourth cup more of the non-dairy milk product.

My husband had never had chia pudding before and wanted to know everything that was in it.
He also said he would eat another dish full tomorrow!


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