This recipe wears many hats – but they’re all rich, delicious, creamy, and filling.
We like this chocolate chia pudding for its all-star list of ingredients: peanut butter and chocolate (probably the best flavor combo ever invented), bananas, maple-kissed chia seeds, and chocolaty granola.
But we love it for its nutrition: it packs 30 grams of filling protein into one serving and contains plenty of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber.
A Good-For-You Treat
You don’t think about parfaits containing fiber, but this one does. That’s important because fiber offers your digestive system many health benefits.
Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water, but creates bulk which passes through your system to keep it working smoothly. High fiber foods also have fewer calories per volume than other foods and generally take longer to eat, attributing to weight maintenance or loss.
The chia seeds in this yummy parfait are full of omega-3 fatty acids, which lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduces cortisol levels and helps improve brain function.
Chia seeds also offer energy-boosting properties, and were once used to give ancient Mayans sustained energy on long treks.
Chia parfaits and puddings make great healthy snacks because they form a gel when ingested, slowing the breakdown of carbohydrates and allowing the digestive system to process sugar in a more gradual manner.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
Toss this together for an after-dinner treat or any time you need to keep hunger pangs at bay.
If you’re looking for a more exotic chia parfait, you’ll want to try this Tropical Chia Pudding Parfait. Likewise, if you love the chocolate flavor but want to cut back on the crunch, this Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding will fit the bill.
Absolutely. If you’ve got a peanut allergy, swap in almond butter. Or sunbutter (made with sunflower seeds) tastes great in this smoothie.
How far ahead can I make this recipe?
Because of the banana in this recipe, I reccomend making it and enjoying it in the same day. Unless, of course, you don’t mind mushy bananas. In which case, aim to enjoy it within 48 hours.
I’m concerned about the fat content in coconut milk, or don’t like coconut milk. What can I use instead?
Almond milk, cashew milk or flax milk work nicely as a swap. The consistency may be a little thinner, but not enough to make the chia pudding and chocolate mousse inedible. Go ahead and sub out the coconut milk for any of your favorite dairy-free milks, instead.
Healthy Tastes Amazing
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