Cherry Cocoa Chia Pudding is a great way to use those summer cherries. Great as a breakfast, snack or dessert, this decadent combination of cherries, chocolate and whipped cream will satisfy your sweet tooth.
It’s not like me to post two recipes two days in a row. But I’ve had these made and photographed and this week just seems like a great week to share these chia pudding beauties!
I’ve learned that you never know what can happen when you say YES. That’s one of my mottos for 2017, and it’s going okay. It’s getting better and better as I remind myself to keep all doors open. For example, in the same week, I was asked to do a cooking segment on our local news station, a talk at one of the local dietetic meetings, and a talk at Whole Foods.
As it is with life, opportunities seem to come a ‘knockin all at once. It’s flattering and can get stressful. I guess right now, I’m trying to manage all of that while thinking about things that most align with me, my brand, and my future.
In other news, we got to Indy last night. We’re here for a few days for a family wedding before heading to Chicago. And, today I’ve sharing a super duper yummy summer-inspired chia pudding recipe for you.
I feel like I go through chia pudding phases, and right now, is DEFINITELY a phase.
Once you do the legwork (and by legwork, I mean, mix milk, chia seeds and your toppings), you let it gel and it’s ready to go.
And it’s perfect for these warm summer days. I’ve been using it as a snack, but you can doctor it up for breakfast or dessert. This month’s Recipe Redux theme is healthy dessert creations.
My sweet tooth has been on fire lately since the marathon. I haven’t been running much, but my appetite is still just as high, so I’m just going with it. My go to choices have been ice cream, yasso bars, or this chia pudding.
However, what this chia pudding offers that the others don’t is extra hydration! Chia seeds are great for hydration because they absorb water. And, we’re all well aware of the health benefits of cocoa powder, right? Delicious, chock full of antioxidants, and easy to throw in recipes. Plus, chocolateeeee.
And cherries, my golly, aren’t they just so darn tasty? They also provide many phytonutrients and antioxidants, and are anti-inflammatory (especially if you find some tart cherries).
My dad always loved cherries growing up, and I was always kinda “eh” about them. Probably because I compared them to the maraschino cherries in shirley temples (my drink of choice until age 12), and I just wasn’t crazy about those cherries.
But, now I understand how delicious and refreshing the FRESH summer cherries are. And they pair perfectly with chocolate and whipped cream! Doesn’t everything though?
- 1⅓ cup milk
- ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup, depending on sweetness
- ¼ cup cherries, sliced and pitted
- ¼ cup whipped cream or cool whip (optional, but highly recommended)
- Mix all ingredients in bowl and divide into 2 jars or serving cups.
- Cover and refrigerate for 4+ hours or overnight.
- Top with extra cherries and whipped cream!
I think you’ll agree that this combo is both decadent and satisfying.
I hope you give it a try and like it! And if so, please tag me on social media so I can see!