Today I have a guest post by Sarah Gat, a passionate raw foodie who lives in my hometown of Guelph Ontario. I was always enamoured by photos she would post of her new creations, so I'm pleased she is sharing one with Jessica Manning Personal Training.Sarah has a food blog of culinary curiosities: Get Fat With Gat

Chocolate Chia Pudding - Sarah Gat

I love making desserts that not only taste good- but are good for my body as well. This rich, creamy pudding is dairy free and full of nutritional benefits. I have seen quite a few chia pudding recipes online that usually resemble a tapioca pudding. I decided to try blending the mixture instead- and I love the results!

Just a few facts about the main ingredients in this dessert.

Chia Seeds- • Full of soluble and insoluble fiber (7grams per 2 tablespoons!) • Adds healthy omega 3 oils to your diet. • Chia is a complete protein. • Full of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Raw Chocolate- • Also a good source of fiber and protein (7 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per ounce!) • Anti-oxidant rich! • Cacao is rich in magnesium (a mineral that many of us are deficient in). Magnesium is stress- relieving and builds strong bones and teeth. • The list really goes on and on when it comes to the benefits of RAW cacao. Just google it!

Recipe : ¼ cup of white chia seeds 1 ½ cups of fresh almond milk (see my blog for the recipe) 2 rounded tablespoons of raw cacao powder ¼ tsp of cinnamon ½ tsp of maca powder 2-3 tablespoons of honey, or to taste fresh berries

-Mix the chia seeds and the almond milk in a bowl and leave in the fridge for about 4 hours. -When you take the mixture out of the fridge you will notice that it has thickened and the seeds have expanded. Mix the two together and then pour into a good blender. -Add the cacao, cinnamon, maca and honey and blend well. -Place in the fridge to cool before serving with fresh berries. -I placed a bit in the freezer to see if it’s yummy frozen as well.

I hope you enjoy this healthy chocolate pudding!