Chocolate pudding was one of my favorite comfort foods. My mom used to make homemade stove-top pudding from scratch. Milk, sugar, egg yolks, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and a whole bunch of stirring. I used to love it when it was warm, but slightly cooled so that a film formed on the top. Put a dollop of cool whip on top, and hunker down to watch a movie. When I was really little, these “movie and pudding” nights consisted of my siblings and I filling laundry baskets with pillows and blankets to sit in. Oh how I wish I could sit in a laundry basket again while watching movies!
My baby cousin looooves chia pudding. She is absolutely crazy about it! Whenever she sees it coming she starts flapping her arms, and her eyes get really wide. She’ll grab the spoon and stuff it in her mouth, but only after the chia is evenly distributed on her nose, hands, cheeks, and pretty much anywhere else she can throw it. Pretty soon, she will start sprouting into a chia pet!
- 1/2 cup prunes
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- pinch salt
- 2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (substitute part of the almond milk for coconut milk for a creamier pudding)
- Soak the prunes in the water for 15 minutes, or until soft.
- Then add the prunes, soaking water, cocoa powder, and milk to a blender and blend until smooth (no chunks).
- Whisk the chia into the chocolate milk mix and let sit in the refrigerator for a couple hours (or overnight). The chia will puff up and make the pudding thick.
~Dairy-free, No-bake, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-free, Corn-free, vegan, paleo, and sugar-free
- Chia:Chia seeds can absorb up to 12 times it’s weight in water, so it is also a great hydrator. Chia seed is also a great source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. It can also help balance blood-sugar levels, so it is great for diabetics. It helps blood sugar levels by slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. Read more here.
- Chocolate: Click HERE for a post I wrote earlier about the health benefits of chocolate.
- Prunes: A laxative food with a high-fiber content, so it can help those suffering from constipation. They are digested quite easily and are great for when you need quick energy. They are also very high in potassium, vitamin K, and antioxidants.
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
Do you have any memories of your favorite foods from childhood?