Dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, raw goodness.
One of my favourite desserts is the Choc Banana Pudding. It is DIVINE. So I decided to use my mad skills with random kitchen adventures to whip up a clean, divinely healthy and serendipitously simple alternative to the sugar-laden original.
Did you know that you can make chia pudding simply by putting chia seeds in water and letting them sit for 4ish hours! Yep! That simple. I went a bit fancier, but only just! Still easy as pie. Choc-Banana Pie to be exact.
2 tbsp Cacao Butter or Organic Cow Butter if preferred
1 tbsp Maca Powder (optional)
5 tbsp Almond Meal
Dash of Stevia natural sweetener
1 Banana (or preferred fruit!)
4 tbsp Chia Seeds
2 cups Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
For the bottom chocolate biscuit layer: 2 tablespoons of cacao butter melted with a tablespoon of maca powder. Shake in almond meal until it thickens to your desired chunkiness! (I did about 5 tablespoons). Add a dash of stevia if you like it sweet. I describe an alternative below if you don’t have these ingredients – and I liked the alternative even better!
Middle layer: chop up a banana and layer over the biscuit (you can substitute for strawberries or mixed berries).
For the pudding layer: mix a tablespoon of chia seeds into a cup of coconut milk or unsweetened or home-made almond milk (I love almond milk so that’s what I went for today – every time is a new whim). Pour into the jar over the fruit.
Cover and let sit for four hours in the fridge.
Grate organic, dark 70% cocoa chocolate finely across the top as an added (only slightly naughty) antioxidant-filled extra, and sprinkle with coconut.
Alternative vanilla biscuit layer: If you don’t have any maca powder or cacao butter, I would mix up some almond meal with organic butter instead, adding vanilla extract or stevia for sweetness. I did 2 tablespoons of organic butter melted in the microwave, and shook in the almond meal until it was a thick, doughy consistency. The fruit can also be swapped up – blueberries, raspberries and strawberries were yummy too.
My favourite combo was the almond meal and butter biscuit layer with sliced banana and almond milk chia pudding, but I tried all of the different varieties (coconut milk with banana and choc biscuit layer, coconut milk with banana and almond meal vanilla layer, almond milk with both the choc biscuit layer and vanilla biscuit layer and each of the fruits…you get the point!)
It’s the dessert that you wouldn’t feel guilty eating again for breakfast. And so I did, and I smiled the whole time. Nuts and seeds would be a good addition to the top for a scrumptious breakfast.
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Be well, be vibrant, be grateful,