This thick, creamy and satisfying healthy brownie batter chia pudding is the perfect snack, dessert or breakfast! Made with wholesome ingredients and with barely any prep, it’s naturally gluten free, paleo, vegan, dairy free, sugar free and packs a protein punch!
This might sound incredibly weird, but one of the benefits of writing a cookbook is that for the first time in a long time, I’ve been having a TON of variety when it comes to meals and snacks. I’m the kind of person who finds something they enjoy and eat it over and over and over and over again until a new phase comes and then THAT gets repeated.
The cake batter oatmeal phase? Close to 3 months.
The gelato every single day phase? Only omitted because my wallet cried.
The 1 Kilogram of potatoes a day phase? Oh, man.
The ‘buying pizza at night to have for breakfast’ phase? Oh, man.
The 3 Ingredient rice crispy treat phase? Forever……for Alexis.
Seriously, when I go down the cereal or health food aisles and see crispy rice cereal, I see Alexis face grinning at me, like a Cheshire cat.
Since fully starting work on the content and recipe creation of it, I can’t remember the last time I had the same meal at the same time. I think I’ve gone through most grains, seeds, fruits, juices, milk (dairy-free and whole) and dairy/non-dairy products available to man and as such, had quite the variety.
What is one phase which is commonplace and not going away anytime soon?
You guys, my addiction to cocoa powder has been insane, ever since enjoying dark cocoa powder consistently every single day. Since being back in Australia for a bit, I’ve literally gone through every single brand of cocoa powder available and while some are better than others, it is consumed every single day. Along with cocoa powder, I’ve also been in quite the chia pudding mood lately, mainly because I found myself with several bags of them (each are 4 lbs….) and am NOT one to waste food.
Ever since sharing this healthy sticky cinnamon roll chia pudding recipe, I’ve been quite smitten with enjoying chia pudding in various forms so of course, had my marry my favorite food group/condiment/addition with the infamous chia seed. With a few different additions and ingredients, I was able to recreate the most amazing texture which in turn resulted in this- A healthy brownie batter chia seed pudding!
This healthy brownie batter chia seed pudding is the perfect satisfying snack, dessert or healthy breakfast to have on hand, which tastes just like brownie batter! It requires barely any prep and keeps you satisfied and happy! It’s creamy, thick and packs a protein punch, with the option to give an even bigger boost with a dash of protein powder (I always use either this vegan protein powder, this paleo protein powder or this casein protein powder). You can either prep the pudding the night before and allow it to thicken up overnight, or several hours before consumption! While this recipe set is made for one, it can easily be doubled, tripled or made into more servings! It’s also naturally gluten free, paleo, vegan, dairy free and sugar free!
HACK! To get the ultimate brownie batter experience, don’t just leave the chocolate chips and chocolate sauce for the top- Drizzle a tablespoon or two WITHIN the batter, along with a tablespoon of the chips. For the chocolate sauce, it’s easy to buy a packaged one, but take the extra minute and make your own, using cocoa powder, coconut oil, and a dash of pure honey (1 T cocoa, 1 T melted coconut oil and 1 T honey). For an even lazier (and sugar free option!), simply mix together cocoa powder, monk fruit sweetener and milk of choice until a sauce is formed.
Make this healthy brownie batter chia seed pudding and let’s praise variety.
…As long as cocoa powder makes an appearance at least
three times once.
- 3 T white or black chia seeds
- 1 T cocoa powder (raw cacao for whole30 option)
- 1 T protein powder of choice (optional)
- 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 1 T granulated sweetener of choice OR liquid sweetener of choice (omit for whole30 option)
- 2 T chocolate chips of choice, divided (sugar free, dairy free or standard)- Omit for whole30 option
- 2 T chocolate sauce of choice, divided (see notes above for sugar free and paleo options)- For whole30, sprinkle with raw cacao powder, coconut shreds and cinnamon.
- 2 T chocolate protein powder
- 1 T granulated sweetener of choice
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- Milk to thin out
- In a small cereal bowl or glass, mix together your chia seeds, cocoa powder, protein powder and add in your milk of choice and sweetener of choice and mix very well until a liquid mixture remains. Stir through one tablespoon of the chocolate chips and chocolate sauce and refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight to form a pudding.
- Once thick, remove from fridge and top with optional glaze, chocolate sauce and chocolate chips.
- Mix all ingredients and add milk until a glaze is formed.
- If chia pudding is too thick, add a dash more milk of choice the next morning.
What is your cocoa powder tolerance?
Do you vary up your meals much? Come over while my cookbook gets done. You will be in variety heaven.