Peach Chia Chocolate Pudding (VG, GF)
Peaches are in season and what better way to enjoy this summer fruit than creating healthy desserts with it!
This pudding recipe easily turned into one of my new favorites. It provides a good amount of vitamin A and C, among other antioxidants, which are essential for immunity, healthy skin and reducing any oxidative stress that might be happening in our bodies. Along with that, this pudding is packed with fiber, which we know is the best friend of a healthy gut flora. Fiber can help reduce cholesterol by binding it in the gut and thus preventing it from absorption into the blood stream, in other words fiber can remove cholesterol from the body. But that's not where the fiber story ends. Fiber is also essential for hormone balance, it improves insulin sensitivity, which is very important for stable blood sugar levels. Fiber has shown to be great for relieving constipation and plays a role in the prevention of colon and breast cancer. Adding maca powder to the recipe is another great way of keeping our sex hormones balanced. Last but not least, this pudding is also a good source of plant protein.
Whether as a dessert or breakfast, you should definitely give this peach chia chocolate pudding a go!
PEACH CHIA CHOCOLATE PUDDING
VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, REFINED SUGAR-FREE
YIELD: makes 2-4 portions
2 tbsp of chia seeds
Around 6 medium peaches (or 870g of pitted peaches)
1/2 of raw cashews
2 tbsp of cacao powder
1 tbsp of maca powder
180ml of water
4 pitted Medjool dates
1/2 tsp of vanilla bean powder
Sprinkle of cinnamon and cacao nibs (optional)
Couple of pieces of dark chocolate (optional)
Start by pitting the peaches, followed by slicing them into medium pieces. Using a high speed blender, blend the peaches into a puree consistency.
Transfer the peach puree to a big enough glass container, add in the chia seeds, stir in well and let the seeds soak overnight.
On the next morning, prepare the chocolate layer by blending together the cashews, cacao powder, dates, vanilla bean powder, maca powder and water. Again, make sure to use a high speed blender. Alternatively, you can soak the cashews in water for a couple of hours prior to blending. This will make them easier to blend. Once a creamy consistency of the chocolate layer is achieved, move on to assembling the pudding.
For 2 serving portions use 500ml jars, for 4 serving portions- 250ml jars. As you can see from the photos, the amount of chocolate layer is much smaller than the amount of the peach puree. We want to celebrate the peaches after all, right? Start with placing 1/4 (for 500ml jars) or 1/8 (for 250ml jars) of the peach puree at the bottom of each jar as a first layer, followed by 1/4 (for 500ml jars) or 1/8 (for 250ml jars) of the chocolate cream as a second layer. Repeat again until you end up having 4 layers. Feel free to distribute the layers as you personally prefer.
On top of the pudding sprinkle some dark chocolate pieces, cacao nibs and cinnamon.
Make sure to mix the peach and chocolate layers when consuming.
Hope you liked this recipe!