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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Pudding (peanut-free version too)

Chia pudding is one of the easiest ways to ensure that you eat a filling breakfast and have something prepped to start the day off.  If you haven’t had chia pudding before, it’s a bit different than normal pudding but still tastes delicious (and is so much healthier).  Chia seeds are high in soluble fiber and thicken liquids when mixed together because they absorb liquid and expand, becoming softer and more plump.  This is good for 2 reasons:

1. Chia seeds naturally create a pudding like texture when mixed with coconut milk, almond milk or other dairy free milk.  This is quite filling and can keep you satiated in the morning.  All without the use of thickeners, starches or flours.

2. The high soluble fiber content of chia seeds is good for your digestive system and helps your body remove toxins and waste properly in the bowel.  You can think of chia seeds as lending a helping hand in soaking up the toxins.

This recipe adds in peanut butter for protein and fat to keep you fueled for longer.  We use cacao powder instead of regular cocoa powder because it is rich in minerals, such as iron and magnesium.  You can add maple syrup to your taste preference.  Or, if you are sugar free, you can actually use some stevia to sweeten this pudding instead.  And, if you can’t eat peanuts than you can replace the peanut butter with almond butter (or any other type of nut/seed butter that you love).

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Pudding

1 1/4 cups coconut beverage (or use almond milk or other non dairy milk)
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 Tbsp organic peanut butter (or almond butter)
2 Tbsp cacao powder
Maple syrup to taste

1. Mix all of the ingredients together until smooth.
2. Store in a mason jar or other container in the fridge overnight.
3. In the morning you can serve in bowls.  Top with berries of choice, some cacao nibs and any other toppings that you like!

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