We are guaranteed that one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthier. Often, people think that healthy eating = no flavour. This week we’ll prove that you can easily eat healthily without skimping on indulgence and deliciousness. You’ll feel full, energised and completely satisfied with our quick and simple recipes. Use our featured dishes to get in front of the pre-Carnival prep!
CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING
A decadent dessert pudding that’s also healthy is completely possible with the help of full-fat coconut milk and chia seeds. Chia seeds gel to naturally thicken the pudding while coconut milk adds all the indulgence of dairy cream.
We blend the chia seeds to get a more ‘mousse-like’ texture and because it feels less like a ‘healthy’ dessert and more like a naughty after-dinner delight. Use any non-dairy milk that you like (cashew milk would be great!) and any sweetener that you have on hand—agave or honey would be delicious.
1 ½ cups full-fat coconut milk
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
5 tablespoons chia seeds
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon instant coffee
Cocoa nibs, for garnish
1 In a medium bowl, add chia seeds and milk. Leave for 20 minutes for chia seeds to become plump and gel-like.
2 Add gelled chia seed-milk mixture to a blender. Then, add the rest of the ingredients except for cocoa nibs.
3 Blend on high until mixture is smooth, about 1 minute.
4 Pour the mixture into 4 ramekins and let chill for at least 45 minutes.
5 Top with cocoa nibs and serve cold.