Since arriving in Fila Naranjo, chia seeds have become one of the main staples in my diet. In fact, I might even go as far as to say that they are thee staple of my diet. I put them in my smoothies, my raw carrot cake balls, and whaddaya know even in my pancakes!
Chia seeds are incredible little guys – they’re packed with fiber, high in antioxidants, and rank as a top plant-based source of protein – and, not to mention, pretty cheap, which makes them the perfect food for a broke Peace Corps Volunteer like muaself. No wonder I’m so obsessed.
Just 2 tablespoons have 120 calories, 10 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, and tons of vitamins and minerals including calcium, iron, and potassium. Plus, once you soak them, they expand into a whopping cupful of jelly-like deliciousness! Mamma mia!
Lately, I’ve really been digging on chia pudding. It’s filling, tasty, and super easy and quick to make – a perfect for a meal at work or a lazy PCV that doesn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen (too many fruit flies you know what I’m sayin’).
After soaking overnight, or even just a few hours, the chia seeds turn all gelatinous and, ahem, pudding-like. They are basically flavorless which is the best part because you add anything AN-Y-THANG to flavor your puddin’!
I don’t know why anyone would add anything but chocolate and more chocolate because, let me tell you, chia pudding is the perfect platform for a creating a swirling sea of chocolate-y nutty perfection.
Coming in at 419 calories, this chia bowl has 35g of protein and 16g of fiber and only 4 grams of sugar. Not too bad for a chocolate fix am I right or am I right?
Easy Peezy Chocolate n’ Nut Chia Pudding
- 2 TBSP chia seeds
- ⅔ cup of water
- 1 TBSP cacao powder
- Sweetener of choice (I’m a fan of stevia)
- Chocolate protein powder (I use this brand)
- 1 TBSP coconut flakes
- 2 TBSP mixed nuts (walnuts, almonds, and peanuts are the bomb diggity)
- 1 TBSP dark chocolate flakes/chunks
- Combine 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with ⅔ cup water and place in fridge*
- After chia seeds have turned gelatinous, add 1 tablespoons of cacao powder and sweetener. Stir to mix and taste to your liking of sweetness.
- Add to your chia bowl toppings of your choice. My go-tos include:
- coconut flakes (1 TBSP)
- mixed nuts (1 TBSP)
- shaved dark chocolate (1 TBSP)
- 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I like it on top so I can mix it in as I go)
- In a world where peanut butter doesn’t cost $10 and almond butter is a thing, a spoonful of either one would be just divine.
*This is best when done the night before. During the first 10 minutes make sure you give them a stir here and there so they don’t clump up.