Friday, 29 July 2011

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Power Puddin'

Who doesn't love a good puddin'?
Really, I'm asking you?!
It's smooth, rich and chocolaty goodness cannot be beat.
Not to mention the super healthy quinoa and chia components that allow you to justify shoveling your face full of the stuff...
Lets recap:
Quinoa and chia are both very high in protein.
Both are also super sources of magnesium, iron and phosphorus.

Not that you onto the puddin'!
Chocolate Chip Quinoa Power Puddin'
1/2 c. quinoa
1 T. chia seeds
1/2 c. water
2 T. organic cane sugar
1/4 c. cocoa powder
2 c. almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1/2 c. chocolate chips, chopped

Rinse the quinoa under cold water and strain it.

In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar and cocoa powder.  Bring to a gentle simmer until it starts to thicken up a little and looks like chocolate sauce.  Add the almond milk, vanilla and salt.

Add the rinsed quinoa and bring mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat.  Let pudding simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally and then add the chia seeds.  Continue to cook over low-medium heat for another 15 minutes until the pudding thickens.
Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.  Then add the chopped chocolate chips!  Stir until the chips are mixed in, then put the puddin' in the fridge. (Its summer, and I like this puddin' cold, but its also mighty fine warmed up - the chocolate gets all melty and creamy!)

Serve with a little almond milk drizzled on top...
And of course a cherry!  Or fresh raspberries, blueberries or strawberries are also delicious!
Really do anything you want to this puddin'!
You can't make it taste bad.

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