You must be wondering why I have gathered you all here today…
I’ll be the first to admit, I have a chocolate-centred-problem. Transferring into a healthy lifestyle, I obsessively read any article that assured me chocolate was good for me. And I can vouch that chocolate is DEFINITELY good for me. It is food for the soul and, through many, many suffered efforts… It is something I cannot and will not give up.
But, eating healthy, whole foods 12 hours a day while binging on my chocolate allowance at night (and ‘allowance’ I have loosely defined as ‘NO LIMIT’) was tainting my sweet, sweet ambrosia with helpings of guilt.
So I have combed every recipe, and every solution to which I can fulfil my chocoholic alter- ego, without feeling the post-choc shame.
I went vegan and tried vegan chocolate.
I tried chocolate so dark it was practically still a bean, pretending the bitterness was giving me equal satisfaction… but who am I kidding. Yes, from my efforts I am definitely a lot more tolerant to dark chocolate, but happiness needs the naughty sweetness, the velvet similarities you can only find in such forbidden fruit. Other wise I would endeavour to live the rest of my life a lie.
This concoction is super easy and can be ready in minutes, or do what I do and leave it overnight for more intense, rich flavours. I mean, I can’t think of a better way to start the day!
Chia seeds are like magic beans. They are super high in antioxidants which is great for your skin and anti-aging purposes. Heaped with fibre, chia seeds are known to aid weight loss, lower blood pressure and boost your metabolism! Oh, and they can transform into a mean choc-dessert… just saying.
The best part about this recipe is that you don’t have to have all of these ‘special’ ‘super’ ingredients! If you only have one or the other, you can substitute each one. For example, instead of flax seeds, add more chia seeds (and vice versa). Or just use oats instead of seeds altogether!
Think of this as a quick way to tame those cravings, wherever you are.
Trust me, play around with the measurements. Usually I just chuck it all together ad-hoc style, so measuring it out was quite difficult for the purpose of sharing this recipe. If you prefer it runnier, add less seeds/oats. If you prefer it thicker and more pudding like, add more!
And here we have it: Chocolate orange chia pudding. Chocolate for breakfast, chocolate for dessert, a chocolatey midnight snack… (All three? Just me?)
(Approved: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo (I don’t know all the categories but it’s basically completely guilt free)
Chocolate Orange Chia Pudding:
1 heaped tbsp of raw cacao powder
6 tbsp boiling water
Plant based milk (add as much as you like for desired creaminess/ texture of pudding. I added 3 tbsp)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp oats
2 heaped tsp flaxseeds
Juice of 1 orange
Orange zest (as desired)
1 tsp of natural sweetener (I used honey, but agave nectar or maple syrup would be perfect) Updated: Instead of honey or sweetener, i’ve been mashing up half a banana. Adds so much to the overall flavour and texture, thoroughly recommend!
Toppings to make it that bit ‘Extra’!
Raisins & sultanas absorb the liquid and add such a pleasant sweetness to the dish.
Method: (Total Prep time: 5 minutes)
Dissolve the cacao powder into the boiling water (or heat up your milk). This is also the best time to add your sweetener. Pour in your milk (if you haven’t done already) and orange juice.
Add in your seeds, oats, zest, and any other components you wish. Stir and let sit for a few minutes.
Add your toppings, and then place into the fridge. Leave to set for 5 minutes, or until the seeds have time to expand and become a pudding-like texture. I prefer to leave it overnight for optimum results!
I hope you enjoy this delicious chocolate snack as much as I do! I would love to know if this is as satisfying for others as it is for me. Please let me know if you have any other healthy chocolate alternatives I can try. We chocoholics need to stick together! 🙂