or as long as I can remember, I have had an endless struggle with weight. Losing it, maintaining it, balancing it. So when I finally shed all the extra pounds (thanks to weight training) I decided to make healthy eating choices, so as to keep the pounds off.
Let me be honest, it was a pain trying and testing different recipes at first, and finding out what food combos worked best to boost my metabolism.
But once I sat down and did some research, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there were so many options to choose from!
Since, I have a sweet tooth and cannot, for the life of me, survive without dessert in my life, finding something low in calories that would satiate my sugar cravings was hard, needless to say. But I hit the jackpot once I stumbled upon the beautiful beautiful world of chia seeds.
There are so many variations that you can try – from fruity to chocolatey, the combinations are endless. And you can always switch the ratios of the ingredients to change the texture of the pudding. Creamy, seriously pudding-like, naturally sweetened, high on nutrients, and above all – super easy to make; what more could you want from a dessert? Make it the night before for a decadent early morning breakfast, or simply enjoy as an end-of-the-meal dessert to help unwind from the day.
One of the main reasons I love chia seeds, is that they barely have a flavor of their own, and they hide/blend well in just about everything. Each seed is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, magnesium, antioxidants – in short; these tiny seeds are power-houses that work wonders for your body.
Today, I am sharing my favourite pudding recipe that I recently tried and then devoured within 30minutes. The ingredients are already in your pantry. Get your pudding on now! Here is what you need.
Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding
- 1 large banana, very ripe
- ½ chopped banana for topping
- ½ cup chia seeds
- 2 cups milk
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- Chopped almonds for topping
- 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
In a small bowl (with a lid) add banana and chia seeds. Mash well with a fork. Add milk, cocoa powder, vanilla essence, whisk until smooth. Add honey and mix in chocolate chips. Cover with the lid and refrigerate for atleast 4 hours. Serve with chopped bananas, almonds and a bit of maple syrup drizzled on top! For extra pizzazz, dust some cocoa powder on top. Bon appetite!