Two-Ingredient Gluten-Free Chocolate Chia Pudding
My family loves this effortless recipe for Gluten-Free Chocolate Chia Pudding made with chocolate almond milk! It doesn’t get easier than this two-ingredient recipe.
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I’ve never been a super-granola mom. Pre-celiac, my kids have eaten McDonald’s Happy Meals. Cue shock and dismay. But, in general, I advocate healthful, well-balanced eating, with reasonable portions of treats on special occasions. Fead: about a million times a week, since that includes birthday parties, spending time with grandparents, shots at the doctor’s, etc. I am on a never-ending hunt for nutritious (and easy) foods that my kids will enjoy.
Lately, CJ has been asking for chocolate almond milk every time we pass it in the grocery store, so I thought I’d further simplify an already easy recipe on the back of Trader Joe’s chia seeds. This is so simple that you can barely call it a recipe.
Please note this walks the line between nutritious and not-quite, as I used the chocolate almond milk already sweetened with cane sugar…
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
- 2 cups sweetened chocolate almond milk
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
Combine 2 cups sweetened chocolate almond milk with 1/2 cup chia seeds.
Chill 2-3 hours (I chilled overnight for a thicker pudding. You may want to give it a quick stir anytime after an hour or so, as some of the chia seeds tend to rest on the surface before the pudding thickens.)
Serves 8 (small pudding cup size)
Nutritional Highlights of Chia Seeds and Chocolate Almond Milk
The 1 TBS chia seeds per serving appear to be a nutritional slam dunk (varies by brand): 6 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and 2.9 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Nutritional observations on chocolate almond milk… I’m not a dietician and, as already noted, I am not a granola momma, but I did a quick check on almond milk and found this interesting article in Time Magazine.
Highlights: worth adding to your fridge, but does not offer the calcium of milk nor the protein of actual almonds. While the box said one cup of chocolate almond milk contains 20g of sugar (yikes!), the kiddos are only getting 1/4 cup almond milk per serving.
Many celiacs struggle with temporary lactose intolerance early in their diagnosis, as the intestinal villi need time to heal. Miss E now seems to be tolerating cow’s milk (I always have), so I plan to try this recipe with regular milk next (first blended with strawberries and bananas for sweetness and flavor).
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