- 1 cup whole, raw cashews soaked in cold water overnight
- 3 cups plain almond milk, divided
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon – rum to taste
- Place the soaked cashews and 2 cups of the almond milk in a blender. Blend until very smooth. If you are like me and have a pretty crappy blender, you can pass the mixture through some fine cheesecloth at this point to remove any graininess. Or leave it as is if you don’t mind a little texture.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Chill and reblend right before serving.
Nathan Kozuskanich lives in North Bay, Ontario. A mild-mannered history professor by day, by night he fights animal cruelty as the blogger Vegan Dad. vegandad.blogspot.rs
Raw Chocolate Chia Pudding
Today, I am going to teach you how to make a delicious, chocolate pudding that will not only appease your chocolate cravings but is extremely healthy.
How fabulous is that?
Okay, we’re going to get straight into it. It’s really simple. Firstly, grab one avocado or two to three small ones. Remove the stone and scoop out of the skin. Just place it straight into the food processor. Next, we’re going to grab one cup of coconut water. You could use normal water. I just prefer to use coconut water for flavor. So you’re going to chuck that in there as well.
Next we’ve got a quarter cup of raw honey. Choose raw honey. Don’t use the heated stuff. It loses all its nutrients.
All right, while we’re scooping that in there, you could also use agave if you wanted to or Stevia if you can’t use honey. I know with vegan you don’t really want to be using honey, or for lactose intolerance I think you can’t take honey either. So you might choose agave with Stevia or something instead.
Next, I’ve got three tablespoons of raw, organic cacao powder as well as two tablespoons of chia seeds. So in that, you’ve got protein, magnesium, Omega-3s, fiber, a little powerhouse of nutrients.
Lastly, we’ve got half a teaspoon of cinnamon and just a pinch of Himalayan salt if you didn’t want to use the cinnamon, you could use vanilla or you could use a bit of espresso to give it a coffee flavor or fresh mint leaves to give it that beautiful minty flavor.
Start your Food Processor or Blender.
You just want to make sure you can’t see any of the avocado in the mix.
Then all you need to do is pop it in the fridge for about an hour to make it set. It might look a little bit runny now but the chia seeds will absorb some of that, so it will give it more of that pudding consistency.
Lisa Wiedrich is a Holistic Health & Wellness Mentor, Author, Chef, Meditation Instructor and Mother based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Through her business SoulFood Journey, she creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to create health in mind, body and soul as a path to happiness. You can find out more about Lisa and her mentoring programs at www.soulfoodjourney.com.
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