06 January 2012

Chia Cookie "Doh!" Pudding

La Befana should have brought me some decisiveness today. Hmph.
Although, she did leave some pretty nice weather, and I didn't find any coal in my shoes.

Since she didn't drop off any of that aforementioned and much-needed decisiveness, I'm still wavering on whether or not to post a recent dessert recipe.  I'm really bad in that respect, and it puts a bit of a damper on any prolificacy. However, I'm pretty good at multi-tasking, if I do say so myself.1 So, while I'm wavering on that one, I will post this other, which is just as delicious but more nutrient-dense and much less involved2 to prepare.

Hmmm.... seems like my indecisiveness is working out pretty well.

(another) Breakfast that eats like dessert.
Much like the Mexican "Hot" Chocolate Pudding, this is so, so, SO easy to prepare. It's raw, vegan, gluten, soy & nut free, and LOADED with fiber and healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Could it get better? Oh yeah, it also tastes like cookie dough.

I gave my pudding a boost with half of a scoop of raw protein powder, but it's not necessary. Also, while the pudding is really quite delicious as is, you can make it a little more decadent (and more cookie dough-ish) by adding a bit of coconut oil; if you tolerate nuts, you could also try adding a tablespoon or two of raw cashew butter or soaked raw cashews.

Chia Cookie-Dough Pudding
(makes one serving)
  • 1 Cup (8 fl. oz) Homemade Raw Flax Milk (OR your favorite raw nut/coconut milk)
  • 3 scant Tbsp (28g) Chia Seeds
  • 2-3 Pitted Medjool Dates (best if they're soft and gooey; mmmmm...)
  • generous pinch of Sea Salt (don't omit, it really brings out the cookie dough flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla or seeds from 1/4 of a vanilla pod
  • 1-2 tsp Raw Cacao Nibs
  • (Optional) 1/2 Scoop Raw Protein Powder (I like Garden of Life®)
  • (Optional) 1/2 tsp Virgin Coconut Oil

Combine nut milk, dates, salt and vanilla (if you're using raw protein and/or coconut oil, add those as well) in a blender, and blend until smooth.

Pour the mixture into a separate bowl or glass, and stir in the chia seeds. Keep mixing until the seeds begin to stay suspended in the mixture.

Allow the mixture to sit for a minimum of 15-20 minutes (or overnight, if you prefer); the chia seeds will do their thing and thicken the pudding. Once your pudding is pudding-like, stir in the cacao nibs. That's it! Easy? You betcha.

I don't know that I wanted to find her
lurking over my shoes anyway.

Image Source: Google Images
If desired, garnish with an extra pinch of cacao nibs, and serve.3


Create a Fa-befana-lous Day!




1. I think the ADD actually helps in a weird way. Go figure.
2. Super Easy/Simple/Uncomplicated 
3. In a bowl.. I know today is La Befana and all, but this is probably not a treat you'd want to find in your shoe. Yes; much better served in a bowl.

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