This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.
It was the best of times,
We found a house!
We’ll be living in the land of amazing Pinot Noir by July. Huzzah!
it was the worst of times,
I went dumpster diving for Moxie’s poo. #FurMomProblems
Now her trouble tummy has been diagnosed = whipworm.
it was the age of wisdom,
Food reality check. We’ve been taking liberties.
Like, binging on a jar of gelato. Time to reign it in!
it was the age of foolishness….
But…but…I can’t seem to kick this need for an after-dinner TREAT …because…life!
Cutting treats cold turkey ain’t gonna happen.
What to do?!
A Tale Of Two Chia Desserts
Chia seed pudding is, by now, a familiar healthification of DIY treats. It isn’t hard to fancify a standard chia pudding into a relatively decadent dessert. Meanwhile, you get the benefits of chia seeds: lots of nutrients, omega-3’s, etc.
PLUS, making my own desserts vs buying a quart of ice cream allows me to:
- Control how much sweetener/sugar is used
- Add health positive ingredients like nuts, seeds, and fresh fruit
In one fell swoop of the scoop, I whipped up two different chia desserts inspired by two flavors of Blue Diamond Almonds. If you follow this exactly you can make them both at once, or you can read the notes below to make a few servings of just one flavor.
Takes less than 15 minutes.
Makes 2 large servings or 4 totally adequate small servings.
- 2 cups (or 1 can) coconut milk
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup OR to taste
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Half of a banana, sliced
- 1/4 cup of cherries, seeds removed and sliced
- 8 Blue Diamond Dark Chocolate Almonds, crushed
- 8 Blue Diamond Sea Salt Almonds, crushed
Mix coconut milk + chia seeds + maple syrup until well blended. Now you have the base pudding and the chia seeds will start to soak up the liquid.
Split your base pudding in to two separate containers.
Mix the cocoa powder in one container to make chocolate pudding.
Mix the vanilla extract in with the other to enhance the maple pudding.
Set in fridge for 10 minutes or so to let them thicken.
Top chocolate pudding with cherries and Blue Diamond Dark Chocolate Almonds. Top maple pudding with bananas and Blue Diamond Sea Salt Almonds. EAT!
You can easily make four smaller servings by splitting each flavor in to two smaller containers before topping and serving. You can also make an entire batch of just one flavor; for example, Dark Chocolate Cherry; by doubling the unsweetened cocoa powder, cherries, and Dark Chocolate almonds, and omitting the ingredients for the Sea Salt Banana Maple, or vice versa.
Talk to me:
- Do you do chia pudding? How do you like to make it?
- Have you ever tried dark chocolate coated almonds?
- What are go-to healthified treats?