I discovered chia pudding soon after starting to follow the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) lifestyle. I’ve always liked tapioca pudding, so I liked the way the chia seeds turned into similar “pearls.” Some people like to blend their chia pudding so that it has a smooth consistency, so if you aren’t a fan of tapioca, don’t give up on this treat!
Unfortunately most of the chia pudding recipes I tried had some kind of problem. Some were too liquidy. Others fell short when it came to their flavors.
I could see the promise in the idea of chia pudding. It was time to create my own recipes.
One of my favorite treats pre-THM was Nutella. Even though it wasn’t good for me, I loved that chocolate-hazelnut flavor! So why not scratch that itch with a chocolate hazelnut chia pudding?
I experimented with proportions and flavor combinations and discovered that I like a 3:1 ratio of liquid to chia seeds. It gives me a pudding that is thick enough to not drip off my spoon (ewww). And it doesn’t require any other thickening ingredients.
This recipe is SO EASY! I love to whip it up just before that time of the month. You know the time, right? The one where I can not get enough chocolate into my body. Sometimes I think a chocolate IV-drip would be the way to go…
The pudding will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days, but I have a hard time making it last that long. Ready to give it a try?
How to Make Chocolate Hazelnut Chia Pudding
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (This one is my favorite! It has the BEST flavor of any I’ve ever tasted)
- 3 Tablespoons of granulated Pyure (or your preferred low carb sweetener, to taste)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon hazelnut extract
- pinch of mineral salt
To make it, just dump everything into a medium mixing bowl and stir it up until it’s combined. Then cover it and pop it in the refrigerator overnight.
When you’re ready to serve it, you can
eat it straight from the bowl scoop it into a serving dish as is. OR, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t like tapioca pearls, then pop the mixture into a blender and blend it until it’s smooth.
This stuff is so good that you can serve it as a dessert, but it is so healthy that you can have some with any meal.
Let me know what you think of it once you try it!