There must be something in the air- this is my second “chocolate-covered” recipe since the year began!
But just because it’s chocolate-covered, does not mean it’s not healthy and doesn’t mean it can’t help you with your healthy eating goals!
That’s because this recipe is packed full of fiber and anti-oxidants, includes 2 superfoods, some fruit and is very low in overall sugar!
Yes my friends, it’s a chocolate-covered strawberry chia seed pudding. BAM.
I don’t know about all of you, but I fondly remember chocolate-covered strawberries as a special treat when I was younger. They were great because they tasted absolutely decadent, but hey, you were eating fruit so it had to be healthy! While I m totally in agreement that as far as desserts go, chocolate-covered strawberries are not the worst thing you could eat. BUT the chocolate that is often used will contain refined sugar and depending on the chocolate, might contain loads of preservatives and other chemicals, especially if it’s a chocolate sauce.
So I decided to try and healthify this dessert. And of course I turned to one of my most favourite ingredients- chia seeds. By turning this into a chia seed pudding, I packed it full of fiber and healthy omega-3 fats meaning it will keep you feeling full and will help decrease inflammation in the body!
That’s not the only superfood found in there though! Cacao powder is a superstar- full of powerful anti-oxidants to help combat all the toxins we face on a daily basis. Plus it’s packed full of important minerals like magnesium, which is super important for energy, sulfur which helps promote healthy, glowing skin and others like calcium, manganese, potassium and iron! And let’s not forget it’s mood enhancing properties- it helps to boost serotonin in your body making us feel great!
Strawberries also offer some wicked nutrition- loaded with vitamin C, manganese, fiber and folate to name a few.
It also tastes amazing! It actually tastes exactly like biting into a chocolate-covered strawberry! I love when healthy, delicious and decadent are all found in the same dish :)
I can’t believe there was a time when I disliked chia puddings…
Delicious, healthful and decadent, this makes a great breakfast, dessert or snack! This really is a multi-tasking treat!
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Raw)
Ingredients (1 bowl)
- 1/2 cup nondairy milk (homemade for raw)
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1/2 tbsp coconut nectar (or maple syrup, but won't be truly raw)
- 4 hulled ripe strawberries
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
Blend the first 4 ingredients until smooth. Move to a bowl and stir in the chia seeds. Let sit for at least 20 minutes or overnight in the fridge to allow the chia seeds to gel and create a pudding like consistency.
I hope you enjoy this delicious treat! See you all on Friday!