Chocolate Chia Pudding paleo recipe

Chocolate Chia Pudding

A couple of years ago my mother-in-law (MIL) asked my to make her a healthy chocolate chia pudding recipe. Although it took some time, I now have one. My MIL loves that my recipes are the easiest out there, and this Chocolate Chia Pudding has only six ingredients –chia seeds, cacao powder, coconut milk, vanilla stevia, water, and salt.

I use stevia rather than maple syrup or honey as I am eating a lower-carb diet these days which has helped quite a bit in restoring my health. If you are not a fan of stevia feel free to use maple syrup or honey instead to sweeten this healthy dessert. I haven’t tried it myself so I’m not exactly sure how much sweetener you would need in place of the stevia. It would also depend on how sweet you like your desserts to be –I would guess a tablespoon or two would suffice.

Chocolate Chia Pudding
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine blended coconut milk, water, and chia seeds in a jar and shake well
  2. Add cacao powder, stevia, and salt and shake well
  3. Refrigerate overnight to let chia seeds soften and absorb liquid
  4. Serve

For this recipe, it is important to blend the coconut milk prior to combining it with the other ingredients. This way you will have a smooth and creamy pudding, rather than one with little lumps of coconut milk in it.

If you’re not a chocolate lover try my regular chia pudding recipe.

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Cherry Berry Syrup

If you’re wondering how to make pancake syrup from scratch, I’ve got you covered. This healthy pancake syrup recipe is made with blueberries and cherries, and sweetened with apple juice and stevia. If you don’t care for stevia, use a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup and it will be just as delicious.

Growing up I loved blueberry pancake syrup. Of course, in the old days the stuff we ate was packed with sugar and preservatives, hardly a real food. This homemade pancake syrup is made with real fruit and is especially healthy because it contains super food blueberries. Blueberries are not only delicious, they’re low on the glycemic index, contain loads of fiber, and are packed with plant phenols and antioxidants.

You can pepare this berry syrup in advance, so that it has time to thicken, and then serve it with my Paleo Pancakes or with Paleo Crepes.

Cherry Berry Syrup
Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen cherries
  • 1 (8-ounce) bag frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon stevia
  • 1 tablespoon
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the cherries, blueberries, apple juice, and stevia to a boil
  2. Lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until fruit is soft
  3. In a small bowl, dissolve arrowroot powder in water, stirring until thoroughly combined
  4. Raise heat to high, add arrowroot mixture to fruit, and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens and becomes glossy, about 1 minute
  5. Let sauce cool and thicken for 10 minutes before serving
  6. Use right away or store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days

This Cherry Berry Pancake Syrup is another wonderfully satisfying recipe that I am sharing from my third book, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry. My boys gobble up this Paleo pancake syrup recipe on top of my Paleo Pancakes and sometimes I simply serve it for dessert with a heaping dollop of fresh homemade whipped cream. I also like to serve this syrup over my paleo crepe recipe along with a nice helping of Coconut Whipped Cream. This combination makes for a fantastic Paleo Christmas brunch, or a wonderful Paleo Easter brunch!

I am particularly fond of this pancake syrup recipe because it replaces high glycemic pancake syrup with a lower-carb, healthier version full of fruit and good fiber! The best part? No compromise on taste, and of course, it’s quick and easy to make.

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