Sophisticated Chocolate Chia Pudding

Sometimes you need something sweet for breakfast.

Produce On Parade - Sophisticated Chocolate Chia Pudding

 

Sweet, but still healthy! I may have made this for breakfast but it's telling me that it would like to be classified as a dessert. Who am I not to grant such a wish? 

This pudding is an omega-3 antioxidant powerhouse, thanks to the chia seeds and the cocoa powder. Chipotle chili powder adds a spicy little bite and a hint of smokiness. Crunchy cacao nibs top it off!

Sophisticated Chocolate Chia Pudding 

Inspired by Our Paleo Life

Serves 1 

  • 1/2 cup of cartoned coconut milk (I like Silk)
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of chipotle chili powder
  • 5 drops of liquid stevia (or sweetener of choice)
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa nibs for topping (optional)

In a small bowl or pyrex measuring cup whisk together all the ingredients except for the chia seeds and cocoa nibs. Be sure to whisk enough to incorporate the cocoa powder into the milk. 

Produce On Parade - Sophisticated Chocolate Chia Pudding

Produce On Parade - Sophisticated Chocolate Chia Pudding Then, transfer to a small serving bowl and stir in the chia seeds. Place in the fridge, covered with saran wrap, for about one hour.

Halfway through, stir carefully to ensure that all the chia seed clumps are broken up. 

Produce On Parade - Sophisticated Chocolate Chia Pudding Once set, stir again and top with cocoa nibs!

Produce On Parade - Sophisticated Chocolate Chia Pudding Produce On Parade - Sophisticated Chocolate Chia Pudding Breakfast, dessert, dinner, lunch or a snack...this pudding has no bias. 

Listening to M83 โ€“ Midnight City

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Green Mocha Banana Smoothie

Oh man, I was the biggest social butterfly this weekend. As you may know...this is not in my nature. Saturday, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Megan, from Allergy Free Alaska. She is such a beautiful person, head on over to her blog to check out more. I also went for a wonderful Fall walk with my best BFF and then on Sunday, Todd and I went for a lovely Fall walk as well. Make sure to like Produce On Parade on Facebook to see all those gorgeous Alaska pictures! I also visited my Dad, gosh, it was just a socially packed weekend for me! Obviously, by the end of Sunday, I was exhausted. My social facilitates are pretty lacking. I'm working on it. What else's a hermit to do!?

I was too tired to cook pretty much all weekend, so come Sunday night I came to the sad realization that I didn't have anything to post. I knew in the morning I was going to make a smoothie so I decided to share that breakfast with you guys. The smoothie I made was my Green Mocha Banana Smoothie. It's the perfect way to start a dreary Monday. I might have used leftover coffee from Sunday...

Produce On Parade - Green Mocha Banana Smoothie

Okay, so you don't have to use leftover coffee for this. I know, I know...coffee lovers all around the world just died upon hearing that I use leftover coffee. Oh the humanity of it all! What? Come on now. It's really not that big of a deal. It's in a smoothie after all! However, if this absolutely repulses you and you feel so inclined, you can make a fresh batch. Just let it chill or get to room temperature before using it. I just can't stand to waste anything so...hurray for this smoothie!

Besides boasting a smooth mocha flavor, this smoothie is free from refined sugar as it is sweetened with dates. Go fiber! It also packs in a nutritional punch with fresh spinach, unsweetened cocoa powder and coffee beans. The frozen bananas lend a creamy consistency. Get your morning in gear with a full cup of coffee!

Oh by the way, super exciting for me and not at all relatable to this post...I got the new gold iPhone 5s! Yes, I am a gangsta. It's my precious. All my apps stopping working on my super dope iPhone 3 so...yea...saaad.

Green Mocha Banana Smoothie

Serves 2

Inspired by my leftover coffee

  • 1 1/2 cups brewed coffee (room-temperature or chilled)
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. whole coffee beans (or 1/2 Tbsp. ground coffee) - optional
  • 2 frozen bananas, chunked
  • 1 large handful of fresh spinach
  • 2 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of nutmeg

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on high for a good minute or two.

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You'll want to make sure that the coffee beans are completely ground. Serve in two tall glasses. A straw if you're like me (metal or glass, please) or sans straw if you're like Todd and slurp away for a great jumpstart on your day and a whallop of nutrition to boot!

Produce On Parade - Green Mocha Banana Smoothie

Dad, you'll probably like this one. I'm listening to The Tallest Man On Earth โ€“ Walk the Line

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