Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding (+ video!)

July 2, 2015

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Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding. Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding. Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding. Say that three times fast.

But in all seriousness, how decadent is this dessert?

One of my favorite things to do is debunk the myth that healthy food can’t be self-indulgent and sweet. Take my dad for example. He’s juuuuust now getting more into healthy & sustainable eating. I gave him this pudding to try and I’m pretty sure his exact words were, “Micaela, this is really rich. What are you trying to do, kill me?” Mission accomplished. (Not that I wanted to kill my dad. I just wanted to prove healthy food can be extremely rich and satisfying… I know you know what I mean.)

chocolate cherry chia pudding - drifter and the gypsy blog
I made this for my family about 3 nights in a row when I was in the midst of photographing the recipe for the blog. A few canker sores forced us to take a wee break from chocolate and cherries but now we are back and ready to make this recipe again! Gotta take advantage of cherries while they’re in season!

chocolate cherry chia pudding - drifter and the gypsy blog
CHOCOLATE CHERRY CHIA PUDDING

(serves 1-2)

– 1 can full fat coconut milk
– 1 cup frozen cherries
– 1/4 cup chia seeds
– 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
– 2-3 Tablespoons maple syrup
– Pinch of sea salt

chocolate cherry chia pudding - drifter and the gypsy blog
Coconuts are rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
Cherries contain powerful antioxidants and anthocyanins which aids in cancer prevention. Cherries also contain melatonin which helps regulate sleep and wake cycles.
Chia seeds are high in protein, fibre and amino acids, antioxidants and minerals. They are also high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce high cholesterol & inflammation and promote brain function.
Raw cacao powder is full of flavonoids, which act as natural antioxidants. They are also rich in magnesium and helps regulate blood pressure & reduce cholesterol.

Ready to see this recipe in action? One of my goals is to branch out into the realm of video more with this blog. I’ve made a few videos here and there, but I’d really like to make more. It adds a bit of extra oomph and extra oomph is always welcome when it makes something more exciting, don’t you agree? I hope you enjoy the video and please subscribe on YouTube to stay up-to-date with new videos I make!

chocolate cherry chia pudding - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe Giovanna Garcia (A Purified Life)
Words, photography & video Micaela Hoo (Oh My Drifter)

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