I’ve been a chocolate aficionado for a very long time. It’s definitely one food passion of mine that I refuse to give up. I’ve curbed back and definitely avoid sugar-laden desserts with my cleaner eating over the past 15 months so changes had to be made. I needed to find better options to satisfy my love of chocolate. My kids are the same. They love chocolate. One loves milk the other follows my passion for deep, dark, rich chocolate. I’m not a fan of store-bought puddings filled with tons of sugar and other preservatives. My option: Make my own! I’ve been making chia pudding for several years now. In fact, way before the chia seed popularity took the world by storm. My farmer’s market that I go to year round sells bags of chia for a great price and I began experimenting with it after reading about how nutritionally packed it was – how couldn’t I?
Last year I had the opportunity to travel to New England twice in only a few months and popped by King Arthur’s crazy fabulous store (both times) and my friend Jenny suggested I buy this deep, rich dark cocoa powder because it was the best. I bought several bags and I concur, Jenny, my friend – you were right! It makes this pudding over-the-top delectable. My kids eat it for breakfast with a mashed banana mixed in. It is so good and it curbs all of those chocolate-crazed moments in our lives (and yes, we all have many of them DAILY!).
I’ve also made this pudding with some powdered peanut butter mixed in as well for a peanut butter cup type of pudding. I’ll add that suggestion below.
— Knead to Cook