This mint chocolate chia pudding is the perfect dessert or afternoon snack! Packed with Omega-3’s protein and fiber with no added sugar, this pudding will curb all your cravings without derailing your diet! Vegan, gluten free, dairy free, paleo and super simple to make!
So Dave and I started a new company called The Healthy Dish Company here in Charlotte. We have been open for business for about a week and business is great! The Healthy Dish Company provides healthy prepared meals right to the gym! I do the cooking and worry about the nutrition, all you have to do is pick it up and enjoy! So far the members are loving it and I seriously have no words for the amount of support I have felt over the past week or two. I left my corporate job in accounting back in November with a plan to pursue my dreams! Well The Healthy Dish Company, along with personal training at Burn Bootcamp, and I feel more alive, passionate and like I am doing the job I was put on this earth for. My dreams have been met and exceeded! I seriously walk around feeling incredibly blessed!
This mint chocolate chia pudding was on our menu from this past week. And of course there had to be a problem with the equipment at 3am, so I had to rely on a less than high speed blender to make the chia puddings for my clients. Needless to say, I’ll be bringing my own immersion blender and high speed blender going forward to avoid things like this! Sounds like a blast right? Anyone want to come cook with me – I promise I’ll pay you in yummy food! 🙂 It’s actually been super cool to cook in a commercial kitchen, I’ll be sure to share more later this week!
I have a confession to make, it took me like 3 years to try chia pudding. I was used to using chia seeds to make my smoothies thicker, to substitute eggs in baking and even as a base for some pretty awesome crackers, but chia pudding, ummm no. I’m not sure what I was waiting for but now I have to say it’s one of my favorite desserts. And this mint chocolate version is an ode to my favorite cookies – thin mints!
Since i”m no longer in corporate America, I seemed to have avoided the dreaded Girl Scout cookie dilemma this year! You see I was a brownie (mini-girl scout) and I remember selling the cookies. So when moms in the office would announce their daughters were selling cookies, it felt like my duty to buy a box, or 5. And once I start eating Thin Mint cookies, well there is no stopping me. I have no self control around an open box.
So this year I’m getting my fix with this chia pudding. And you can too in under 5 minutes! All you need is cold milk (I used coconut milk), chia seeds, protein powder, cacao and coconut butter (or your favorite nut butter – Chocolate Nutzo is amazing in this too!). Oh and a batch or two of these no bake Samoa cookies!
To transform this pudding from kind of chunky to silky smooth, you will need a high power blender or an immersion blender in order to blend up the chia seeds. This helps keep them from sticking in your teeth too! After a quick whirl, you have pudding, just like that! I like to blend the milk and chia seeds together first then add the protein powder and cacao, to ensure that the chia seeds get broken down successfully. Also, don’t skip adding the coconut butter or nut butter at the end, it makes the chia pudding really thick and delicious, especially if the milk was really cold, it sort of hardens a bit in the blender and really makes the pudding have awesome consistency.
- 2 tbs. chia seeds
- 1¼ cup milk
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Sunwarrior)
- 2 tbs. cacao powder
- ½-1 tbs. coconut butter (or nut butter of choice)
- ⅛ tsp. mint extract
- sprinkle chocolate chips (dairy free)
- Combine the chia seeds and milk. You can let sit for 5 minutes to allow the chia to absorb the milk or blend immediately.
- Blend on a high speed blender or with an immersion blender until thickened.
- Add protein powder, cacao powder and mint extract. Blend until smooth.
- Add nut butter and blend until incorporated.
- Serve chilled, sprinkle with optional chocolate chips
What about you?
- What girl scout cookie has you hooked?
- Have you ever made chia pudding?
- What is one thing you’ve done recently that you are excited about?