Chocolate Chip Chia Pudding
Makes about 3/4 quart
- 1/4 cup unroasted, unsalted whole cashews (Obviously Harena will skip this ingredient & double the almonds instead)
- 1/4 cup raw whole almonds
- 6 large Medjool dates, pits removed and torn into small pieces
- 1 3/4 cup water (use 2 cups for a thinner pudding)
- Pinch sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons raw chia seeds
- 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped cacao nibs
1. In a glass or plastic mixing bowl combine the cashews, almonds, dates and water. Set aside to soak for 2 hours, then pour into a Blendtec/Vitamix or blender and pulse until very smooth; it should resemble a thick milkshake without any chunks.
2. Pour the nut-date mixture into a 1 quart glass or plastic container, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of chia and use a fork and vigorously whisk the seeds into the mixture; make sure they are free of clumps and completely coated. 1 tablespoon at a time, thoroughly whisk in the remaining seeds. Make sure to break up any clumps. Tightly cover the container and chill for 3 hours or until cold and very thick. Stir in the cacao nibs, or alternatively stir the pudding, distribute into serving cups and sprinkle with nibs. Chill leftover pudding and eat within 3 days.
Other toppings to stir into individual servings:
-Thawed frozen organic blueberries, raspberries or blackberries
-A spoonful of organic jam
-Shave the edge of a dark chocolate or raw chocolate bar with a veggie peeler for chocolate shards
-Diced seasonal fruit: peaches, plums, strawberries, melons, apples or tropical banana or pineapple
-Gently warm and sprinkle with more cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup
Credit to: Vegan Latina!