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CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY CHIA PUDDING 4 WAYS


Chia seeds have become very popular in the recent years because they are very nutritious and super versatile. They can be used as an egg substitute, added to smoothies and energy drinks, and used to thicken soups and sauces. But the most popular way to prepare chia seeds is to make chia pudding.

A low-sugar chia pudding makes a great healthy snack and can also be eaten for breakfast. And if you sweeten it with some natural sweetener, you can create drool-worthy desserts that are not only healthy and delicious but also look like they were prepared in a fine restaurant.

In this post, I am showing you how to make four different chia desserts using the same five ingredients.

CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY CHIA DESSERT – 4 WAYS
The classic flavor combination of chocolate and raspberries is often used to create traditional desserts, cakes, and ice cream. It’s also one of my favorite flavor combinations. So, a few years ago I decided to try and make a chia pudding with chocolate and raspberries. It worked really well, and I published the original recipe for the Chocolate and Raspberry Chia Pudding (#4) in December of 2013 here on the blog.

As the time went by, I had come up with three more ways to make this dessert using the same ingredients. So in May of 2017, I updated this post to include Chocolate Chia Pudding with Raspberries (#1), Raspberry Chia Pudding with Chocolate Chunks (#2), and Chocolate Chia Pudding with Raspberry Sauce (#3).

I also improved the original recipe by adjusting the ratio of the chocolate pudding and adding a small amount of maple syrup (the original recipe didn’t include any sweetener, and many people commented that the dessert wasn’t sweet enough).

THE INGREDIENTS
These four chia desserts are made by combining the same ingredients in a slightly different way.

No cooking is required (well, apart from melting the chocolate). All you have to do is a little bit of stirring and soaking the chia seeds, and you’ll have some healthy Instagram-worthy desserts to treat your guests or enjoy on your own.

Here are the ingredients you will need to prepare these chia desserts:

chia seeds;
- dairy or non-dairy milk (most people prefer almond milk but choose what works best for you);
- good quality 70% dark chocolate;
- fresh or frozen raspberries;
- maple syrup or coconut sugar (no sweetener is need for the Chocolate Pudding with Raspberries).

CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING WITH RASPBERRIES
This chia dessert is made by simply combining the chocolate chia pudding with raspberries. Although you can use fresh or frozen raspberries to make this dessert, fresh raspberries are preferred because they hold their shape better and don’t contain extra moisture.

RASPBERRY CHIA PUDDING WITH CHOCOLATE CHUNKS
This chia dessert is made by combining raspberry chia pudding with chocolate chunks. You can use fresh or frozen raspberries for this chia pudding. Make sure to use a good quality 70% dark chocolate and make chocolate chunks yourself by simply chopping the chocolate with a knife. Decorate this chia dessert with a few raspberries to add some color.

 CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING WITH RASPBERRY SAUCE
This chia dessert is made by combining the chocolate chia pudding with raspberry sauce. You can make the sauce smoother if you push it through a strainer to remove the tiny raspberry seeds. A step-by-step tutorial can be found here.

CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY CHIA PUDDING
This is the original recipe that was first published in December of 2013. This chia dessert is made by combining the chocolate chia pudding with raspberry chia pudding and garnishing it with some chocolate chunks and raspberries. The chocolate chia pudding is heavier than raspberry chia pudding, so it’s better to put it on the bottom layer.

CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY CHIA PUDDING 4 WAYS

Transform a plain chocolate and raspberry chia pudding into the Instagram-worthy desserts. Only five ingredients. Very easy to make, healthy, and delicious.

Author: Maria Ushakova
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 2 servings
Category: Dessert

INGREDIENTS
1. FOR CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING WITH RASPBERRIES (MAKES ABOUT 3 TO 4 SMALL OR 2 LARGE CHIA DESSERTS):
2 oz/ 60g dark 70% chocolate
1 1/4 cup milk of your choice
3 Tbsp chia seeds
6 oz/170 g raspberries (fresh raspberries are better but frozen will work too)

2. FOR RASPBERRY CHIA PUDDING WITH CHOCOLATE CHUNKS (MAKES 2 CHIA DESSERTS):
1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries + a few raspberries to decorate
1 cup milk of your choice
2 tsp maple syrup
3 Tbsp chia seeds
0.5 oz/ 30 g dark 70% chocolate, chopped

3. FOR CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING WITH RASPBERRY SAUCE (MAKES 2 CHIA DESSERTS):
2 oz/ 60g dark 70% chocolate
1 1/4 cup milk of your choice
3 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
2 tsp maple syrup

4. FOR CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY CHIA PUDDING (MAKES ABOUT 3 TO 4 SMALL OR 2 LARGE CHIA DESSERTS):
2 oz/ 60g dark 70% chocolate + a few chocolate shavings to decorate
1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries + a few raspberries to decorate
2 1/4 cup milk of your choice, divided
2 tsp maple syrup
6 Tbsp chia seeds

INSTRUCTIONS
CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING (YIELDS ABOUT 1 1/4 CUP):
1.Place the chocolate in a small pot and add 1 cup of milk. Start melting the chocolate by warming it up over medium heat. Make sure the mixture doesn’t become too hot. Stir until the chocolate is melted and combined with milk.
2.When the chocolate is melted, take the pot off the heat and add remaining 1/4 cup of milk. Mix and let it cool to the room temperature.
3.Once the chocolate milk is cool, pour it into a jar or glass container and add 3 tablespoons of the chia seeds. Mix well until all the chia seeds are covered with the liquid. Let it stand for about 10 minutes then stir one more time. Cover the container with a tight lid and place in the refrigerator.
4.Keep the chocolate chia seeds in the fridge overnight or for at least 8 hours.
5.Once ready to prepare the dessert, stir the chia pudding with a fork to loosen it up.

RASPBERRY CHIA PUDDING (YIELDS ABOUT 1 1/4 CUP):
1.Puree 1/2 cup of raspberries in a food processor or blender. Add 1 cup of milk and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup and pulse a few times to combine.
2.Pour the mixture into a jar or a glass container and add 3 tablespoons of chia seeds. Mix well until all the chia seeds are covered with the liquid. Let it stand for about 10 minutes then stir one more time. Cover the container with a tight lid and place in the refrigerator.
3.Keep the raspberry chia seeds in the fridge overnight or for at least 8 hours.
4.Once ready to prepare the dessert, stir the chia pudding with a fork to loosen it up.

#1. CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING WITH RASPBERRIES:
1.Prepare the chocolate chia pudding following the above instructions.
2.Once the pudding is ready, arrange it in dessert glasses or bowls by layering the pudding and raspberries.

#2. RASPBERRY CHIA PUDDING WITH CHOCOLATE CHUNKS:
1.Prepare the raspberry chia pudding following the above instructions.
2.Once the pudding is ready, arrange it in dessert glasses or bowls.
3.Sprinkle with the chocolate chunks and decorate with raspberries.

#3. CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING WITH RASPBERRY SAUCE
1.Prepare the chocolate chia pudding following the above instructions.
2.To prepare the raspberry sauce, place the raspberries into a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Add 2 teaspoons of maple syrup and pulse a few times to combine. You can also push the sauce through a mesh strainer to remove the seeds. Check out this post for more info.
3.Once the pudding is ready, arrange it in dessert glasses or bowls and top it up with the raspberry sauce.

# 4. CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY CHIA PUDDING:
1.Prepare the chocolate chia pudding and the raspberry chia puddings following the instructions above.
2.Once the puddings are ready, arrange them in glasses or dessert bowls. Place the chocolate chia pudding on the bottom and the raspberry chia pudding on top.
3.To decorate the chia pudding, add about 2 tablespoons of the shaved chocolate and a few raspberries to each dessert glass.

NOTES
Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 2 servings calculated for the original Chocolate and Raspberry Chia Pudding recipe (#4) made with almond milk.

NUTRITION
Serving Size: 1/2 of recipeCalories: 386Sugar: 21gSodium: 201.7mgFat: 22.8gSaturated Fat: 7.2gUnsaturated Fat: 23.4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCarbohydrates: 43.5gFiber: 19.4gProtein: 9.2gCholesterol: 0g

source : https://www.mariaushakova.com/2013/12/chocolate-and-raspberry-chia-pudding/

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