Satisfy your sweet tooth the healthy way. This chia seed pudding is the perfect healthy dessert or early morning breakfast. I was happy to be able to partner with Cuckoo Kitchen and create this delicious, clean recipe from scratch. Add to your weekly meal prep and make a batch for your friends on the weekend!

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Makes about 3 servings.

Ingredients:
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 1/2 cups almond milk (non-dairy milk of choice)
1/2 cup hazelnuts- toasted
2 TBS Raw Cacao Powder
2 TBS Maple
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven too 375 F – place hazelnuts on baking sheet topped with foil and bake 5 minutes, remove and roll nuts around and put back into oven for additional 3-5 minutes. You want nuts golden, not burnt!
2. Let nuts cool and then rub skins off the best you can.
3. Place milk,1/4 cup hazelnuts, maple, vanilla and salt- into high powered blender or food processor. Blend on high until all ingredients are liquified. (Takes about 30 seconds on Blendtec)
4. Add Cacao powder and blend for about 15 seconds until combined, can be at a slightly lower setting.
5. Add chia, and blend on lowest speed for about 10 seconds.
6. Divide evenly into jars, cover and place in fridge overnight.
7. Add fruit/topping of choice and remaining 1/4 cup nuts to top of pudding. I broke my nuts up into smaller pieces.

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What’s the best part of this recipe? It contains chia seeds – a superfood that has numerous benefits. A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains (1, 2):

Fiber: 11 grams.
Protein: 4 grams.
Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

(Fact Source)

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Full of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, chai seeds are a high quality protein that you should definitely incorporate into your diet!

Amanda
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