My yoga classes are usually at night, after work. And by the time I get home, it's usually already 9.30 pm, and although I stay away from food at least 2-3 hours before bed time, sometimes hunger just screams, especially after a gruelling work out drill. At this point it becomes really easy to start on the junk. So enter this magical wonder - the chocolate chia seed pudding.
What the hell are chia seeds anyway? The first time I tried it I gagged because it tasted like frog eggs/spawn (ok I've never eaten frog spawn, but chia seed certainly looks like them). Chia seeds are actually edible seeds that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids (like the one in salmon!), fiber, iron and calcium. Now, don't they sound better than that caramel pudding you're about to pound on?
After a few tries/errors, I now present to you a chia seed dessert that is so delicious and will NOT remind you of amphibian eggs.
And if you're feeling vegan, substitute the milk with coconut milk.
This recipe makes one portion of pudding.
What You Need:
3-4 tbsp chia seeds
fresh milk, 4x the amount of chia seeds you're using
1 tsp of date syrup
1 tbsp 100% cocoa powder
Fruits of your choice (I recommend blueberries, strawberries or bananas)
What You Do:
1. Combine everything except for the fruits in a bowl. Use a whisk to make sure everything is incorporated.
2. Relocate into a glass, cover with clingfilm.
3. It needs to sit for at least 4 hours. You know it's ready when it's firm but not dry (if it does seem dry, add a splash of milk/water)
4. Top with fruits, and some dark chocolate shavings.
5. Best enjoyed when it's cold, and you've just finished a yoga class.