Monday, February 8, 2010

Ch-ch-ch-CHIA pudding!


Good evening! Can you believe it is supposed to snow AGAIN? (Not that I can complain..NY really missed the last storm...) Maybe it will be a snow day??? I finally have gotten a chance to sit down and have a snack of a little bit of chia pudding and a not that small piece of a brownie.  After dinner Danny wanted to make those amazing chocolate chip cookies, so I helped him do that before I sat down.  For dinner I made a really good chicken corn chowder that had a pretty big kick to it. I will have to share that recipe some time this week. 

Anyway...before I share my recipe for chia pudding...I was thinking of the fact I was eating chia pudding and I realized the following...

Before July of last year I really had no idea about the world of blogging. I had read a couple of blogs, but had no idea what it would do for me. In these past 6 months I have learned so much from all of my favorite blogs, including (but not limited to) many different foods and recipes. I have definitely broadened my horizons and without the blog world I would still be eating processed foods. Now, I never was one to eat many processed foods, but I did enjoy things like sugary granola bars and many "sugar free" foods.  After ridding processed foods from my life and welcoming new foods into it (the most recent PURE bars and chia seeds) I have been eating some fun new foods.

Chia seeds are very versatile. I have been putting it into my greek yogurt in the morning, but wanted to do something different with it. I was craving some chocolate, so I decided to go with it.  I googled a recipe and ended up at a Raw Foods blog. I used the recipe as a base and made up the rest as I went.
I made 2 servings yesterday, so I ate half and ate the rest for dessert tonight.

Now this definitely takes some getting used to. It was a gel-y consistency that freaked me out at first, but as I kept eating it, it really was good. I have to perfect this, because it could have used more flavor. If you need starting point this is a good one. I found myself sitting with the stevia packet and just adding more as I ate. (Is that bad?)

For 2 servings I used:
1/4 cup chia seeds (70 calories and goodness in one serving)
1/2 tsp vanilla
a sprinkle of cinnamon
1 cup water
cacao nibs
70% cacao dark chocolate chips
agave nectar
Hershey's dark cocoa powder

I mixed the chia seeds and water together. I let it sit for 3 or 4 minutes and then went back and stirred it again. I let it sit again for another 4 minutes and went back and stirred it. At this point it gets the gel consistency. I mixed in a little bit of each ingredient and kept tasting it as I went along until I achieved a sweet flavor. You can tell I really wanted this chocolate-y. :) I put it in the fridge for 15 minutes and then ate half of it. It was a very filling, tasty snack and worth a try if you want something healthy, filling and unprocessed!

Like I said I needed to get used to the consistency but once I did it really was good! It is much better than Jello and it taste "real" (unlike sugar free Jello, in my opinion). I saw the the Fitnessista had some recipes for chia pudding so I will have to check it out. If you try it let me know what you think! 

Have a great night! I'm off to watch How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory. Did anyone call Barney Stenson's voicemail? 


George said...

The chia pudding looks sort of like caviar. I have all the ingredients except the chia seeds, unfortunately. nice blog.

Simply Life said...

wow so creative! nice work!

pegasuslegend said...

wow this is a great idea and looks so elegant/nice job!

Trix said...

I've never had chia seeds, I'm intrigued. I like just about anything in Greek yogurt, so that sounds like a good starting point!

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