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Spicey Banana Chocolate Chia Pudding

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Hmm, Spicey Banana Chocolate Chia Pudding would make amazing in a smoothie as well! This recipe can easily just be a nice afternoon snack but I also got to thinking that it would be double yummy in a smoothie.  See below…take 1/4 of this recipe and mix well with your favorite nut milk and you have a perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up!  You could simply make this recipe up, store it in a mason jar in the fridge and take out a Tbsp or 2 to add to your smoothies for a chocolaty boost as well!  So far I am more of a cacao fan than a carob one so in this recipe I used some of both.  I had to test them both out for myself.  My body doesn’t handle cacao very well, except for my taste buds,  so I used more carob.

Ingredients: yields 3 cups

Preparation:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl combine the water and chia seeds.  Allow them to “gel” anywhere from 10-30+ minutes.  Be sure to stir out any lumps.  Chia seeds soak up 9x their size in water.  Add the remaining ingredients and chia seeds into the blender and mix really well.
  2. Another option: You could just mix everything together and let it sit for 10-30 minutes.  In order to get all of the ingredients to blend in you either have to do it afterward in a blender or prior and then just leave the seeds whole. Either way is wonderful.
  3. Garnish.  EAT!
  4. You can store this in a glass container in the fridge for a week.

Nutritional Value for complete recipe:

Spicy Banana Chocolate Chia Smoothie!!

Carob vrs. Cacao – the controversy

I am not going to take sides right now on this topic, Carob vrs. Cacao.   I am just going to stir the pot and ask you to research which you feel is the best choice.  Many are strong believers in the health benefits of cacao, others are not.  You decide for yourself.  But don’t stop here and make up your mind. GOOGLE! See what others believe and have experienced.  I pulled the carob info off of lovingraw.com where Phillip is for carob and not so much for cacao.  Down below I pulled info from LiveSuperFoods.com which lists strong points about cacao.  David Wolfe who is well-known in the raw industry is a huge user of raw cacao.   It will take much more research to be able to compare apples to apples here.

Carob:

 

Why not Chocolate?

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Cacao:

Cacao powder is simply the cacao bean, that through a cold-pressing process, has had the fat (cacao butter) removed. With the fat removed, cacao powder becomes hydroscopic, so it dissolves easily in liquids.

Antioxidants: Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea. Health benefits of these antioxidants include:

Neurotransmitters: By increasing the levels of specific neurotransmitters in our brains, cacao promotes positive outlook, facilitates rejuvenation and simply helps us feel good.

Essential Minerals: Cacao beans are rich in a number of essential minerals, including magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese.

Essential fats: There is a misperception that chocolate is fattening. In truth, the fats in cocoa butter are healthy fats. Cacao contains oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, also found in olive oil, that may raise good cholesterol. Also, substances found in cacao are known to help reduce appetite.

Important note- To fully benefit from chocolate’s wide array of nutrients, eat chocolate that is as close to its natural state as possible. Whole cacao beans and nibs are best. You lose many of the health benefits when you eat commercially produced chocolate.

 

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7 thoughts on “Spicey Banana Chocolate Chia Pudding

  1. Chris says:

    Can you leave out the banana?

  2. Chris says:

    Thanks! The avocado is a good idea. You may even be able to replace it with Irish Moss paste; what do you think? Coconut is another idea :)

    • amie-sue says:

      All are great subs Chris! Even a combo of them; 1/2 Irish moss and 1/2 coconut meat or avocado…

      • Chris says:

        I tried this with the irish moss paste because I had some and it was awesome. I also replaced the cinnamon with a drop of Young Living Peppermint Oil and added a few drops of stevia. It was out of this world and satisfied my longing for Girl Scount Thin Mint cookies!!!!!!

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