Silken Cocoa Chia Pudding

Silken Cocoa Chia Pudding

Silken Cocoa Chia Pudding
Silken Cocoa Chia Pudding

The Cleveland Clinic recently published an article, 6 Foods That Boost Your Beauty. Three of those foods were tofu, chia seeds and cocoa. Tofu contains isoflavones that can help our skin’s collagen to avoid wrinkles! (I may start sleeping with tofu under my eyes!) Chia seeds, the newest superfood, are a great plant source of omega-3’s and are wonderful for your overall health and the health of your hair and skin. Chia seeds absorb moisture and get things nice and thick. They are flavorless and make a perfect addition to this pudding. Cocoa is full of flavonoids that have antioxidant properties and cocoa contains epicatechin (say that five times fast!) which increases blood flow and oxygen to our skin. Just another reason to never feel guilty about eating chocolate!

OK, enough of the scientific terminology. This just tastes really good. Isn’t that the bottom line? This dessert will fool anyone with a sweet tooth or a love of chocolate. I know. I’ve fooled my father-in-law with a similar dessert that partly inspired this one. Alton Brown has a delicious Moo-Less Chocolate Pie made with silken tofu. My father-in-law does not like to experiment when it comes to food! So, one Thanksgiving, I decided to make Alton’s pie to take to my in-laws. I knew my father-in-law couldn’t resist a chocolate pie! I did’t say a word about the tofu. He ate it. He loved it! Then, I sprung it on him! I think he was a little shocked. I’m not usually one to pull a prank! We still joke about that pie, but if I made it today, I know he’d have a slice. So watch out Pop-Pop…I may show up to the next family dinner with Silken Cocoa Chia Pudding!

 

Silken Cocoa Chia Pudding

1 lb. silken tofu, drained if needed
3 T. honey
3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder (see Notes)
2 T. your favorite liqueur or 1 t. vanilla extract (see Notes)
3 T. chia seeds
grated chocolate for garnish

In a blender, combine the tofu, honey, cocoa and liqueur or vanilla. Run the blender on high speed just until the ingredients are incorporated.

In a small bowl, pour the contents of the blender and add the chia seeds. Stir to combine.

Pour the pudding into serving dishes, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. Before serving, garnish with some grated chocolate!

Makes 4 servings.

 

Notes:

  • Using a good quality cocoa makes a big difference. But, keep in mind, there are two different types of cocoa powder: Dutch processed and natural. Dutch processed cocoa has been treated with alkali to neutralize the natural bitterness. Lindt and Droste make good quality Dutch processed cocoa. Natural cocoa has a deep chocolate flavor, but it is also quite bitter. Ghirardelli natural cocoa is readily available and a good quality cocoa in US grocery stores.  Use the cocoa you like best. If you don’t mind some added sugar and really don’t like the bitterness of cocoa, look for Ghirardelli’s Ground Chocolate and Cocoa or  a “drinking chocolate.” This is made with chocolate mixed with cocoa as opposed to  pure cocoa.
  • Some liqueur ideas: coffee, almond or orange flavored liqueur.
  • When you open up the package of tofu, there will usually be a bit of liquid in it. Drain that off before adding the tofu to the blender.
Silken Cocoa Chia Pudding
Silken Cocoa Chia Pudding
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8 thoughts on “Silken Cocoa Chia Pudding

  1. ashley

    Thank you for this recipe! I have never thought about incorporating chia in a dessert! I do have to ask, however, if there is anything that substitute the silken tofu?? I am highly sensitive to soy; almost as much as I am to dairy! Please let me know if you can. I would love to try something dessert-like with chia and chocolate.

    Take care!

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    1. Caroline

      Ashley, I’m so glad you’re interested in using chia. I think you’ll love it this way! You can most definitely make this using almond milk to avoid any dairy. I would change the proportions to 2 C. almond milk in place of the 1 lb. of silken tofu and I’d increase the chia seeds to 1/3 C. instead of 3 T. I hope you love it! Let me know! Thanks so much!

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  2. Eva | Adventures in Cooking

    I completely agree on the Ghirardelli. I always use them for baking, even for the chocolate chips in cookies! It just makes such a huge difference, much better than nestle or hershey. And using chia seeds in a pudding is a wonderful idea! I have some chia seeds in my cabinet but I wasn’t ever sure what to do with them besides put them in oatmeal, I’ll have to give this a try :)

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    1. Caroline

      Thanks so much Eva. I updated to explain the difference between the cocoa powders. I love Ghiardelli too, but if anyone has a preference for a sweeter, less bitter chocolate, they would probably enjoy it with the Dutch processed cocoa. The chia is great this way. They plump up and give the pudding a great consistency. Thanks for stopping in! I appreciate your comments! :D

      Reply

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