I realize this may not be true for everyone, but for me, one of the gifts of switching to a balanced, plant-based diet has been no longer worrying too much about my weight. That said, I was pretty stoked to learn that for those times when I do overindulge (travel, eating out too much, etc.), chia seeds consumed as a powder—as in this Skinny Chocolate Mint Chia Powder Pudding—have been shown to help with weight loss!
You’re probably thinking, Yeah right, like a hundred other ‘miracle foods’ that promise to melt away my belly-fat! I don’t blame you, I never believe this stuff either. So I put a link to the research study from NutritionFacts.org at the bottom of this post. 🙂
Besides, this is dessert, people! What better way to get your chia on than a creamy, chocolate mint chia pudding?
What makes this skinny chocolate mint chia powder recipe SO yummy and healthy? It’s FULL of fiber, plus it’s made with good-for-you ingredients, like fresh mint leaves (extract? bleh!), cocoa powder (with more fiber in a single tablespoon than an entire bowl of oatmeal!), Medjool dates (for natural sweetness) and of course—chia powder.
Even if you’re not watching your weight, this is one of the easiest desserts, EVER. It has just five ingredients (plus salt), and you can whip up a quick batch with a few spare minutes and a blender. Ideally, your pudding should then set for a few hours in the fridge, though I’ve been known to eat it sooner. Like after 20 minutes. Which I don’t necessarily recommend, but I’m just saying. It can be done.
You can buy chia powder or make your own by grinding it in a blender. (A food processor, spice grinder or coffee mill would probably work, too.) If you’re like me and always have chia seeds on hand, it’s simple to throw a handful in the blender when you want the benefits of chia, without their seedy/gel-ly texture.
Looking for a legit excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast? This is it!
Check out the NutritionFacts.org video Do chia seeds help with belly fat?
Skinny Chocolate Mint Chia Powder Pudding is a easy dessert, made with healthy ingredients--that might even help you lose weight.
- 1 1/2 cups plain non-dairy milk (use sweetened/vanilla for a sweeter pudding)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 5 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped (use 1-2 more dates for a sweeter pudding, see notes below)
- 1/4 cup loosely packed, chopped fresh mint leaves
- 1/3 cup chia powder
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Add non-dairy milk, cocoa powder, dates, mint leaves, chia powder and salt to a Vitamix or other high speed blender, and process until smooth (when you can no longer see pieces of mint leaves or dates).
Pour the pudding into a container (or divide into 4 serving dishes), and refrigerate overnight or for at least 5 hours.
Hemant and I are engaged in "the great date debate"! He likes his desserts sweet. To me, desserts are almost always too sweet. Use five dates if you're like me, or six to seven dates if you're like Hemant.