Spoon licking, slow eating smiley face

Some of us truly think that dessert is the best part of a meal. We might really enjoy the steak or the oven baked salmon, and wow – that veggie side dish with garlic was delicious! But dessert…that is where we kind of lean back and eat in silence. Spoon by spoon, slowly, almost licking the plate afterwards – with a smile on our face.

OK – maybe that’s just me, but I think you know what I mean…

So what happens when we decide to go healthy? Or when you find out a family member has food intolerances like gluten or lactose? Or – oh, no – even both! How do you finish off a lovely family meal when you have to leave out the three holy corner stones of cakes? (Sugar, gluten and lactose anyone?) And don’t tell me to have an apple – although, I do love apples!

Anyway – back to that vision of spoon licking, slow eating smiley face.  Recently I found a recipe on one of the blogs I read. Vanessa writes about living a healthy lifestyle on her blog www.healthylivinghowto.com and every now and then she has a recipe that I am tempted to give a go. This time it was a chocolate pudding that is so amazing, that I just have to share it with you. I have adjusted her American approach and tweaked the amounts to fit the products we can get here in Luxembourg – and in most parts of Europe.  This has become a regular in my family and is much loved by us all, old and young!

chocolate pudding

Very easy to do – just follow these steps:

For 4 portions

  • 600 ml coconut milk (do you want to know how to simply make your own coconut milk and save a bunch of money? Check my post “Coconut milk, the cheaper and healthier homemade version”
  • 100 ml cacao powder (that sounds like a lot, and it is, but believe me that is the amount. The cacao-plant’s botanical name is Theobroma – meaning “food of the gods”.  Need I say more?)
  • 2 tbsp’s honey (or if you are careful with your blood sugar, substitute with 1.5 – 2 teaspoons of Goviosid, an erythrithol based natural stevia sweetener, sold by Naturata
  • And if you are feeling luxurious (one should always feel luxurious) you can add ½ teaspoon of vanilla powder – or the inside of a vanilla bean.

Now – place these ingredients in a container with an airtight lid, and “shake it like a Polaroid picture” (eh, or maybe even a bit more actually).

  •  Then add 100 ml chia seeds, and shake again. Like really, really properly shaking!

If you have not yet discovered chia seeds, it’s time you do. These little healthy seeds from South America are full of omega 3 and dietary fiber. Chia is the new “it-food” of 2013. Naturata carries them, but – just between you and me – you can also find them at better prices through amazon.de or amazon.co.uk.

OK, after about 5 minutes go shake the container again really well, and then again after another five minutes. The chia seeds will suck up the fluid and swell up to give this dessert a pudding feeling. Either you leave the pudding in the container in your fridge for another 50 minutes (making it a total of 1 hour soak time) or – and this is the nicer option if you ask me – you divide the pudding into 4 glasses or bowls, and place them in the fridge for the remaining 50 minutes.

Serve with a few slices of banana, or some raspberries and if you can handle lactose and feel like a real treat – top off with some whipped cream.

There you go!  An amazingly tasty and healthy dessert that you can enjoy totally guilt free!

Text and photos by Lisa Fuchs, April 2013

Lisa Fuchs normally writes about healthy and creative baking, under the name Liesel on her blog: lieselathome.com. You will never find sugar or gluten in any of her recipes and most of them are also lactose free.

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