Many of us aim to balance our nutritional requirements with our occasional cravings. But as hard as we may try, it’s always a challenge. If you’re in the same boat, try this chocolate flaxseed pudding! Whether you have it for breakfast or enjoy it as a snack (or even use it to spruce up your dessert tray), this versatile dish will serve you good. Keep reading for a chocolate flaxseed pudding that your body — and taste buds — will thank you for!
Chia Seed Pudding vs. Flaxseed Pudding
Chia seed pudding or flaxseed pudding: What’s the better option? While both are great for health, there are a few differences to consider before deciding which suits your needs best.
Chia and flaxseeds absorb liquids to create a thick, pudding-like texture without the need for cooking or additives. A little resting time will do the magic. They also have a similar nutrient profile, but flaxseeds offer higher protein than chia. Chia seeds create a smoother consistency, while flaxseeds give the pudding a tapioca-like texture. Finally, flaxseeds are much more affordable than chia seeds and can be sourced easily from any local grocery store.
Ingredients For This Flaxseed Pudding
First things first. Tick off the ingredient checklist for the chia and flaxseed pudding.
- Ground flaxseeds (not whole seeds)
- Plant milk
- Sweetener (like maple syrup or agave)
- Walnut pieces
- Cacao nibs
- Raw cacao powder
How To Make Flaxseed Pudding
The flaxseed pudding recipe is easy to make, regardless of whether you’re a professional chef or a rookie.
- Grind the seeds (if you’re not using already ground flax).
- Combine the ingredients. Add the seeds and plant milk to a large bowl. Mix in the cacao powder, cacao nibs and walnut pieces. Also, add the sweetener and cinnamon.
Tip: You can taste-test the mixture to adjust the sweetness to your liking.
- Allow the ingredients to rest. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap layer and put it in the refrigerator. Allow the pudding to settle and thicken for 60 minutes (if you have enough time, it is recommended to let it sit overnight). The pudding will be ready to consume in as little as half an hour, but waiting a little longer gives it a better texture.
- Sprinkle over some walnuts and cacao nibs as a topping. You can get extra with fruits like fresh banana slices, raspberries and blueberries. You may also consider unsweetened coconut or perhaps some honey.
- Serve your delicious flaxseed pudding immediately. Yum!
Frequently Answered Questions
What makes the chocolate flaxseed pudding recipe so special? Read on to find out.
Can you mix flaxseed with milk?
Yes, flaxseeds can be mixed with milk. When combined with milk, flaxseeds become more palatable and retain their freshness for longer. What’s more, both ingredients are full of minerals and vitamins, such as potassium, calcium, vitamin D, protein, and fiber, making the combo an amazing nutrient boost.
Mixing flaxseed with milk also aids in weight loss, as the high fiber content of flaxseeds will control hunger. The mixture also helps improve digestion and proves beneficial for people with diabetes.
What are the benefits of chia and flaxseed pudding?
The chia and flaxseed pudding is a good option for a healthy diet — but beyond that, this incredible recipe has tons of other benefits to offer.
- Low-carb, gluten-free, and vegan.
- Rich in fiber to maintain bowel health and control blood sugar levels.
- Packed with omega-3 to improve the function of the body cells and reduce inflammation.
- Made with natural sweeteners that contain extra minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.
- Excellent source of calcium to improve bone and heart health.
Ground Flax vs. Flax Meal vs. Whole Seeds
Flaxseeds come in different types, and ground flax is the variety that fits perfectly into the flaxseed pudding recipe. But why?
Whole flaxseeds are the whole seeds. When ground, whole flaxseeds become flax meal or ground flax. When viewing the nutritional benefits, ground flaxseeds offer more nutrition, as they are easier to digest and absorbed into the bloodstream. Ground or meal flax is also easier to dissolve in a recipe.
So, using flax meal or ground flax is your best bet to ensure the flaxseeds create the right consistency for your pudding bowl and aren’t restricted by their insoluble fiber shells during digestion.
Health Benefits of Ground Flaxseed
The main ingredient in the flaxseed pudding that makes it oh-so-nutritious is ground flaxseed. Refer below for its health benefits!
- Lignan- Protects against breast cancer and colon cancer. Lower the risk of heart disease.
- Omega-3 – Improves cardiovascular health. Maintains cholesterol levels. Reduces inflammation.
- Fiber- Supports gut health.
- ALA – Reduces inflammation. Prevents plaque build-up in arteries.
Storage And Substitutions
What’s better than a recipe that can be customized to save you from an extra grocery store run to grab the ingredients not available in your pantry? Some creative ways to play around with this recipe are:
- Use coconut milk instead of plant-based milk, and top it with shredded coconut and chopped pineapple. This will make it a tropical flax pudding instead of chocolate flaxseed pudding.
- Replace the maple syrup with a mashed banana or softened, blended Mejdool dates to make the recipe Whole30 friendly.
- Add a layer of coconut yogurt on the bottom of the flaxseed pudding bowl for a kick of extra flavor.
- If chocolate pudding is too sour for your liking, you can replace cacao with vanilla bean paste.
- Add a tablespoon of coconut cream for an extra smooth texture.
A healthy diet doesn’t have to be a list of boring greens and ordinary vegetables. The delicious chocolate flaxseed pudding can give your clean eating lifestyle a heavenly treat that you’re taste buds will immediately fall in love with. Its natural nutty flavor, enhanced with cacao and balanced with the subtle sweetness of maple syrup, makes the experience you’ll find yourself craving for everyday.
Chocolate flaxseed pudding
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
- 1/2 cup plant milk
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or agave
- 2 tbsp chopped walnut pieces
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp raw cacao powder
- Add all ingredients to an airtight container or between two jars. Mix well, cover with plastic wrap or a lid and let it sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Top with more walnuts and cacao nibs before serving.