I love chia pudding. Apart from being one of the most Instagram-able treats, it also packs a seriously nutritious punch. It is one of my favourite breakfasts as it is low in sugar and high in fibre, protein and good fats. I find it a great way to start the day, keeping me full until lunchtime. It also feels like a nice treat and could easily be eaten as dessert too! The good news is that chia pudding is so easy to make!
Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe
Nutrition: Approximate macros based on the amount provided for in this recipe (or one whole serving size) and the use of Sunwarrior vegan protein powder are; 31g protein, 24g carbs and 21g fat with a total of 405 calories. The recipe contains only 2g sugar and a massive 20g fibre to keep you full and satiated! Macros stated above do not include optional added toppings.
- 50g or approx. 4 dessert spoons whole chia seeds
- 5g or approx 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
- 250ml unsweetened almond milk
- 30g or approx 1 scoop vegan chocolate protein powder (I’m using Sunwarrior vegan protein at the moment*)
*The specific protein powder used may affect absorbency of liquid in this recipe, but not by much. I find that vegan protein thickens the pudding slightly more than whey protein.
Toppings: Optional – I usually choose a couple of options from the following list;
- Berries – blueberry/raspberry/strawberry
- Coconut Yoghurt
- Desiccated coconut
- Shelled Hemp
- Sunflower seeds
- Cacao nibs
- Ground linseed
These toppings will keep your chia pudding low carb while enhancing the amount of plant-based proteins, fats and fibre in the finished meal!
- In a sealable container, add the chia, cacao and protein powder and mix. Next add the unsweetened almond milk and stir before placing the lid on the container and shaking vigorously. It is important that the ingredients are thoroughly mixed so that the chia seeds can evenly absorb the liquid overnight.
- Ensuring all of the seeds have been well mixed in the container, place in the fridge and leave overnight.
- In the morning, stir up and transfer the pudding to a bowl. Add your toppings. (If you intend taking the pudding with you to eat on the go then just add your toppings to the container and reseal until you are ready to eat!)
The Clean Coconut x
P.S. This recipe is very high in fibre (approx 20g before toppings are added!). It is always a good idea to gradually increase your fibre intake if you are not already used to eating a plant-based fibre rich diet ?