A chocolate chia pudding blended with peanut butter, a healthy Snickers fix, is a protein-rich layered snack that is velvety smooth and rich in nutrients, perfect for firing up your afternoon energy.
Snickers Chocolate Chia Pudding
This chocolate chia pudding is such a chocolate-y nutty flavored creamy pudding. Chocolate chia pudding is already a yummy treat, but this recipe takes that one step further and nutty-i-fies it. Is that a word? Nut or seed butter make this pudding a Snickers dream.
You'll Love This Nut Butter Chocolate Chia Pudding
You'll love this recipe because it's flavor is basically chocolatey and nutty. You'll love the taste of nut butter in this creamy layered pudding. Studies show that the combination of chocolate and a nutty flavor triggers a strong reaction in most taste-buds.
Not only will you love the flavors here, you'll also love the texture of this pudding. Chia pudding in general has a textured texture, but not my chia pudding. That's because I blend it into a velvety cream.
And then I top that layer with a cool creamy peanut butter golden cream, made with just nut butter and milk.
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Okay, so is this peanut buttery chocolate chia pudding good for you?...
How Healthy Is This Chocolate Chia Pudding?
Very healthy, thanks to the nutritious ingredients, especially chia seeds and nut butter which both contribute potent and energizing fiber, protein, and essential nutrients.
And the healthy ingredient list is short! Read on to see what goes into this Chocolate Chia Pudding.
Ingredients in This Chocolate Chia Pudding
The ingredient list here is simple for both layers.
Chia Seeds. Chia seeds are a seed, and enjoy a lot of adulation in the past decade. Pretty much deserved. These tiny wonders (don't drop them on the kitchen floor, you'll never find them all. I speak from experience) are full of fiber, antioxidants, calcium and show support for reducing coronary heart disease.[NIH source]
Milk. I used a creamy almond milk but you can use cashew milk, even full fat coconut milk. Just beaware of how sweetened it is and adjust accordingly the amount of sweetener you add.
Maple Syrup. My sweetener, a low GI golden liquid with essential nutrients such as iron.
Vanilla. I love vanilla. To me, it can make or break a recipe. I use whatever I have on hand. I love when I have vanilla paste because that is like fresh vanilla beans. I have never had the pleasure of buying quality vanilla pods and scraping them, but that is on my bucket list for sure.
Nut or Butter. I make this often using natural peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter or any other nut or even sunflower seed butter. Most are low in calories, high in fiber and protein, and rich in nutrients sometimes hard to find, such as vitamin E, zinc, and selenium which supports the brain. Just be sure to choose a healthy butter, only nuts or seeds, no other ingredients especially sugar.
How Healthy Are Chocolate Chia Seeds?
Aside from tasting delicious, chia seed pudding has so many nutritional benefits. Here are some notable ones:
1. Chia Seeds are full of quality protein, more than most plant-based foods.
2. Chia Seeds have quality plant-based fats, omega 3 fatty acids, that are beneficial to many body functions, including the brain.
3. Chia seeds are super high in fiber. And that makes them terrific at weight loss. Because chia seeds alone swell nearly 10 times their size in the tummy, you feel FULL for a very long time. And it's a good full because of all the nutrition that came with.
4. Finally, chia seeds are terrific immunity boosters because they are so strong in zinc. And zinc is most easily absorbed via food, so eating chia seeds when you want to boost your immune system is an awesome idea.
How to Make Snickers Chocolate Chia Pudding
Okay, so to make this two layered pudding, let's get started.
First, gather all ingredients, and put them in a bowl. Whip them up with a spoon or wisk or even a hand mixer on a low speed. I say low speed because you don't want to destroy the chia seeds, you want them whole so they can soak up the chocolate sunbutter milk.
Once mixed up, refrigerate the pudding for 30 minutes, stir it up, and refrigerate again for another three hours at least. You can spoon this pudding into four bowls right away and go straight to make the golden cream top. But that would mean your chia pudding texture is bumpy. I prefer a velvety smooth texture, so I pour my soaked mixture into a blender, and blend until smooth.
Then I poured about half a cup into each cup, and went on to mix up the topping. Spooned the topping on and sprinkled some salt and chocolate curls and refrigerate until ready to eat.
How Long Does Chia Pudding Keep?
This pudding actually can be frozen long term. I'd suggest freeze the chia pudding in a sealed container and make the golden ganache when you are ready to serve. Frozen, chia pudding keeps about one month before the flavor will wane.
How Else Can You Eat Chocolate Chia Pudding?
Use it as a dip for fruit.
Dollop it on your morning yogurt, granola, favorite cereal.
Pair with ice cream, or freeze as popsicles.
The uses of the nutritious delicious snack are endless.
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Snickers Chocolate Chia Pudding
Chocolate Chia Pudding
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter or your favorite nut or seed butter - no sugar added, just the nut or seed in ingredients.
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup peanut butter or your favorite nut or seed butter - no sugar added, just the nut or seed in ingredients.
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 tbsp coconut milk (or your choice milk)
- Mix up all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Set the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Stir again, and refrigerate for 4 hours.
- Blend the mixture, pour between 4 small glasses. Refrigerate while you make the cream.
Make the Cream
- Add the nut butter, maple syrup and milk to a pot and warm and stir until combined. Or add mixture to a pyrex measuring cup and microwave in 15 second intervals.
- Spoon the mixture evenly on top of the 4 glasses full of chocolate chia pudding.
- Store the jars in the refrigerator for 24 hours. If you want to freeze, them do so in a sealed container for 1 month.