Nothing says Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion more than a chocolate covered strawberry. I’ve put my own healthy spin on this classic treat with this Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chia Pudding! Get the recipe below.
Chocolate covered strawberries are quite possibly the most versatile sweet treat around. Have you noticed that they are everywhere? You can usually find these decadent gems on any given party platter, and they can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. I’m talkin’ anything from a Super Bowl party (hello, mini footballs!) to even a wedding (tuxedo strawberries, anyone?).
To me, nothing screams Valentine’s Day more than chocolate covered strawberries. The sweetness from the strawberry and the crunch from the rich chocolaty exterior makes every bite even dreamier than the last.
Although chocolate covered strawberries aren’t necessarily considered unhealthy, especially if you choose dark chocolate and snack wisely, the calories can add up if you find yourself reaching for one after another. Pretty soon, you will have consumed the equivalent of a whole bar of chocolate – whoops!
Because I love chocolate covered strawberries, but know that I would be tempted to grab one too many, I’ve decided to put my own healthier twist on this classic treat!
This chocolate covered strawberry chia pudding is the perfect (healthy) treat to serve on any special occasion or to have around when you’re feeling a little extra inspired in the kitchen.
The chia seeds and cacao powder in this recipe amps up the nutrient profile of this healthy treat and unleashes its superfood powers.
Never heard of cacao powder? Think of it as the superfood cousin to cocoa powder. It is a minimally processed form of raw chocolate that is chock full of antioxidants, specifically, flavonoids. This type of antioxidant promotes general health and might lower your risk of several diseases, such as heart disease and cancer! Cacao powder is also an excellent source of magnesium, which is one of the most deficient minerals in the average human.
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In this recipe for chocolate covered strawberry chia pudding, it’s all about the layers. The chocolate chia pudding brings out the richness, the sliced almonds add the crunch normally found in the solid chocolate coating, and the strawberries add a touch of sweetness.
Whether it’s a special occasion or an ordinary day that needs a little pick me up, this chocolate covered strawberry chia seed pudding is sure to have you savoring every last bite!Print
- 1 cup almond milk
- 4 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 2–3 Tablespoons cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder*
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of pink Himalayan salt
- Strawberry filling:
- 3/4 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Combine all of the chia seed pudding ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Pour into a sealed container and place in the fridge overnight, or for at least 3-5 hours until the mixture has thickened to a pudding-like texture.
- At the same time, slice the strawberries and toss with the coconut sugar to coat. Cover with saran wrap and place in the fridge to macerate (aka get the juices flowing!). Strawberries can be left in the refrigerator until the chia seed pudding is ready to serve.
- To assemble: lightly mash the strawberries to resemble a jam-like texture. Pour half of the mashed strawberries in the bottom of 2 serving bowls or jars. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and top with half of the chia seed pudding, distributing evenly. Distribute the remaining mashed strawberries among the 2 jars and top with the remaining sliced almonds and chia seed pudding. Garnish with extra sliced strawberries and almonds. Grab a spoon and enjoy!
*some cacao and cocoa powders are stronger than others. I used Navitas Naturals cacao powder and went with 2 tablespoons. Adjust to your taste preference. [br]*If you’re not a fan of the tapioca-like texture of this pudding, you can blend to a smooth consistency in the blender or food processor once the chia seed pudding has thickened, just before serving!
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