A delicious vegan chocolate chia seed breakfast pudding with raw cacao, banana, pumpkin seeds, raisins, cinnamon, almond and orange. Full of plant-protein, fiber and omega fats.
Start your day the right way
Chia seeds are one of my favourite ingredients. A staple ingredient in my breakfasts, appearing in various forms. Chia seeds are one of my main sources of protein. They keep me fuelled and energised throughout the morning and well into the afternoon.
Due to their naturally high fibre content, chia seeds will keep you feeling fuller for longer and therefore, you are a lot less likely to be emergency snacking throughout the day.
Chia seeds support your digestion system and help keep bowl movements more regular.
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is easy to make
Chia seeds are mixed with almond milk, raw cacao, raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, orange juice and soaked overnight. Top it with some fresh banana for an indulgent and satisfying breakfast pudding that will set you up for the day ahead.
Read more about the nutritional content and health benefits of chia seeds in my blog.
The beauty of this recipe is that it just takes 5 minutes to prepare, so no matter how long you decide to snooze for in the morning, you will have a super nutritious breakfast to get you going and sustain you throughout the afternoon.
I add raisins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds to the mix along with a pinch of pink salt and cinnamon. Give it a good mix and leave in the fridge overnight to activate the chia seeds.
In the morning I put it in a bowl, top with fresh banana, pour over a little coconut nectar or honey and sprinkle with some more seeds and dried fruits. And Voila, there you have it, ready to enjoy.
The recipe is very flexible to add whatever nuts, seeds and dried fruits you have to hand.
Lets talk about chocolate
Cacao, indigenous to South American and Africa is one of the most nutritious and sacred plants on earth. Ancient Mayan civilisations drank potions of sacred ceremonial cacao to make significant occasions.
It is scientifically documented that the minerals in cacao stimulate the 'love' and 'feel good' hormones oxytocin and dopamine in our brains... Chocolate is enjoyed all over the world and still brings us much pleasure.
Unfortunately, most of the commercial chocolate has many additives, chemicals and sugars added that are detrimental to our health. When sourcing cacao, look for a raw natural cacao, this will be naturally bitter but you can easily sweeten yourself with some natural sweeteners.
Read more about the health benefits of raw cacao here.
Without further ado I present to you one of my favourite breakfast recipes.. I hope you enjoy, please share your rendition on Instagram and tag me. I love to see my recipes been recreated and shared.
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
- Weighing scales
- Mixing bowl
- Serving bowl
- 50 g Chia seeds
- 300 ml Almond milk
- 30 ml Coconut syrup
- 30 g Cacao powder
- 20 g Raisin
- 20 g Pumpkin seeds
- 20 g Sunflower seeds
- 20 g Almonds - whole
- 200 g Banana sliced
- 10 g Cacao nibs optional
- 1 each Orange juice and zest
- Assemble all ingredients.
- Measure the chia seeds, cacao, syrup, orange juice, zest and almond milk into mixing bowl.
- Whisk for 5 seconds to incorporate the seeds and liquids.
- Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes. Whisk again for 5 seconds.
- Add the raisins, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
- Transfer to the fridge to activate for at least 2 hours or ideally overnight. You can stir the chia seeds a couple of times throughout so they are evenly absorbed by the liquid.
- To serve, give the chia mix a final stir and transfer to serving bowls.
- Garnish with sliced banana, chopped almonds, cacao nibs and some more seeds.
- Sit back and enjoy.
- You may use any plant milk in place of almond.
- Try adding your favourite fruits as a topping.
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