Scrumptious Chocolate Chia Pudding

A dear friend of mine introduced me to chia pudding nearly 2 years ago and it has been a particular favorite of mine ever since.  I recommend it to all of my clients.  It's easy to make, requires no fancy cooking equipment, not even a stove.  Just mix and refrigerate.  Voilà, super easy. Besides being easy, it's good for everyone and can be used as an "on the run" breakfast option, an after workout snack or a delicious yet healthy dessert.  I've previously written about chia seeds' health benefits in the chia power donut post, but just to refresh your memory, they are high in fiber, have anti-inflammatory benefits and are super filling (they soak in up to 10 times their weight in fluids).

Ingredients:

2 cups non-dairy milk of choice (I prefer almond milk) 

1/2 cup chia seeds

1 Tablespoon honey

1 Tablespoon coco powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

Directions: 

1. Mix chia seeds, cinnamon and coco powder together in a medium size bowl. 

2. In a separate bowl, thoroughly mix milk and honey.

3. Slowly poor liquids into the chia seed mix and stir continuously until all dry ingredients are mixed with wet.

4. Cover the bowl with foil and place in the refrigerator overnight.  (check after an hour to make sure ingredients have not separated.)

My favorite way to serve: place a 1/4 cup of pudding in a bowl.  Top with a heaping tablespoon of almond butter, slice 1/2 banana, sprinkling of sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries and dark chocolate chips.  Add coconut shavings, raspberries or strawberries or any mixture of seeds and fruits you like.