Summer heat is no joke, and who wants to bake anything in this weather?!
Cue fresh Ontario strawberries and chocolate chia pudding to the dessert rescue!
Chia pudding has been popular for a few years now, and it’s no wonder why people love it. It’s delicious and so easy to prepare with just about any type of milk or plant-based milk alternate that you enjoy.
If you haven’t tried it before, it’s quite similar to a tapioca pudding but boasts some superior nutritional qualities from the small but mighty chia seeds! Chia seeds provide heart healthy omega-3 fats, fibre, and other nutrients like magnesium, iron, and calcium.
Enjoy this pudding topped with fresh strawberries (or whatever seasonal fruit you most enjoy!).
Chocolate Chia Pudding with Fresh Strawberries
Makes about 4 servings (1 cup each)
½ cup chia seeds
1.5 cups milk or milk alternative (I like to use unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk)
3 Tbsp maple syrup
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp cinnamon
Mix the chia seeds, maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla and cinnamon in a bowl.
Slowly add the milk as you whisk ingredients together.
Once mixed, cover, and put in fridge overnight (or at least 4-5 hours).
Once it has reached pudding consistency (the following day), portion into individual bowls and top with fresh, chopped strawberries.
Take it one bite at a time,