Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding
These chocolate cherry chia puddings are a breakfast dream but can also help you sleep better. The raw cacao give us essential rich absorption of magnesium, while the cherries contain natural melatonin - both to help with a more natural and restful sleep.
Melatonin is a hormone found in plants, including sweet cherries. It acts as a powerful antioxidant and is produced naturally by the pineal gland in the brain. The most important job of melatonin is regulating our individual sleep cycles.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time Refrigerate overnight
2 cups unsweetened plant milk
1/2 cup chia seeds
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)
2 cups fresh sweet cherries, pitted and de-stemmed
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or more, to taste
3 tablespoons chia seedsOptional Garnishes
fresh cherries, pitted and diced
In a medium-sized container, whisk together the coconut milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, cacao powder, and cacao nibs (if using) until all of the chia seeds are free-floating within the liquid. I shake it up for the first 10 minutes to ensure there are no lumps. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Whisk thoroughly after refrigerating.
In a high-powered blender, combine the fresh cherries and maple syrup. Blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until completely smooth. Pour into an airtight container and whisk in the chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
In 4 small jars or glasses, layer the chia pudding and cherry jam, one after the other. Add desired toppings and serve.
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