Sweet Friday Lunch: Super Chocolatey Chia Pudding

lunch on 5 Sept 2014: chocolate chia pudding with cereal trail mix and plums

lunch on 5 Sept 2014: chocolate chia pudding with cereal trail mix and plums

It’s the end of the second week of school, so I decided to give the kiddos a special treat for lunch today: super chocolatey chia pudding with crunchy cereal trail mix and sweet green plums. If you want a satisfying, but not too decadent treat, I highly recommend making this chia pudding:

Super Chocolatey Chia Pudding
  • 1  cup milk (I used Trader Joe’s Organic Vanilla Soy Milk, or as the kids call it “sweet milk”)
  • 1 banana, the riper the better
  • 3 dates
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds

Combine all ingredients except chia seeds in a blender. Stir in the chia seeds and refrigerate for several hours—preferably overnight—so that the chia seeds can plump up and thicken the pudding. This recipe makes enough for two kid portions, with some left over for mom. Without the chia seeds, this would be a darn fine weekend smoothie (chocolate smoothies are called “weekend smoothies” in our house). You could also sneak a little spinach into this smoothie/pudding and the kids won’t even be able to taste it.

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