Do you hate missing out?
Are you a chocolate fan but for whatever reason not able to eat chocolate or chocolate desserts anymore?
Do you find it hard when people around you seem to be able to eat whatever deserts they want and not seem to have any repercussions?
When I found out that I was lactose intolerant over a decade over, it took me years to give up desserts containing dairy. Chocolate and chocolate desserts were my absolute favourites and if I was at a party or we had a work morning tea on and they were on offer, I would have some and ignore the fact that I was going to be in a lot pain later on. Why should i have missed out?
Over time, I got used to saying no to most desserts, even though I was secretly spewing about it. (for my overseas readers, that is an Australian figure of speech).
These days, life looks a little bit different as I have learned to adapt many of my favourite desserts (that I could no longer eat) into healthier, gluten and dairy free alternatives. I have adapted Coconut Rough, Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate Caramels, Bounty Bites and Nutella Slice.
Today's recipe, Chocolate Chia Pudding Cups, can now be added to the collection. Chocolate pudding was one of the desserts that I used to enjoy, especially when I went out for dinner. The more traditional versions typically contain milk or cream or custard, none of which I can eat. My version is gluten, dairy and sugar free and quite simple to put together.
I hope you like my healthified version - you don't need to miss out any more!
PS It does make for a pretty yummy breakfast also.
Chocolate Chia Pudding Cups
- 1/4 chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk (or your preferred milk)
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon rice malt syrup (or maple syrup)
Place the chia seeds in a small bowl. Add the almond milk, cacao powder and rice malt syrup and mix really well. Cover and place in the refrigerator to thicken, approximately 3 hours.
Remove from the refrigerator and check that the chia seeds have gelled. Spoon into cups (or ramekins) and serve.
Vanessa Vickery (or Ness as she is also known) is a qualified nutritionist and a mother of two energetic toddlers. She created Becomingness, a health and wellness website, to help women achieve their health and wellness goals by providing accurate, accessible information, as well as offering valuable products and services that promote motivation, empowerment, self-belief and happiness. Come say hello and follow Ness on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest.