Chocolate Hazelnut Chia Pudding {Vegan, Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly}

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Oh you guys I am so sorry for skipping out on you last week!

Technology has not been my friend.

First my camera died, next my server crashed and then my laptop decided to stop working?!

Arrrggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Want.

To.

Scream!!!!!!

It has literally been just one annoying little issue after another and I am sooooo done with it!

Total first world problem I know, but seriously annoying!

Ugh, anyway . . .

Thankfully, at least for the time being, things appear to be resolved, up, running and functioning as they should.

Phew, what a nightmare that was!

Anyway, I really am sorry for skipping out on you.

Can you forgive me?!

I come bearing chocolate . . .

Not only do I come bearing chocolate but, I come bearing chocolate pudding!!!

I mean if that doesn’t say real love then I don’t know what does?!

Because, who doesn’t like pudding?!

But, this chocolate pudding I have for you is not just any ol’ chocolate pudding, oh no – not for you, you, my friend get the best of the best  . . .

Chocolate Hazelnut Chia Pudding!

You guys, this pudding  . . . insert all of the loved up, heart eyes, happy dancing emojis here   👉🏻😍❤️👏🏻❣️🎉💃🏻🎊🎈👈🏻

Seriously, this chocolate hazelnut chia pudding is so, SO good!

It’s decadent, rich, thick, creamy, light, fluffy, velvety smooth, subtly sweet and intensely chocolaty with a delicate hum of hazelnut.

Chocolate + hazelnut = a match made in heaven!

And this pudding . . . it also happens to be secretly healthy and seriously good for you!

Deliciously winning on so many levels!

It’s all natural made with no refined flours or sugars using just a handful of ingredients that I bet you have on hand already!

It’s rich in antioxidants, packed with protein, high in calcium, fiber, magnesium and those all important omega 3’s!

And, it also happens to be vegan, gluten free, dairy free and paleo friendly!

But most importantly it tastes like an absolute dream.

It’s the perfect little treat for any time of day.

Those of you who have been following along for a while now may remember I have some weird texture issues with straight up chia pudding. Same goes for porridge/oatmeal.  As much as I want to and try as I might I just can’t do it which is why I always end up blending it. That way it gets silky smooth, thick, creamy and all kinds of delicious! Texture issues be gone baby!

So, if you don’t have the same texture issues that I do you can go ahead and skip the blending stage. It’s totally up to you, 100% your call. Blending it doesn’t change the flavor of the pudding at all, it tastes the same blended or not, so go ahead and do what you feel, just promise me you’ll make it, OK?!

I mean would you just look at it?!

Yum!

You could serve it as a secretly healthy, deliciously indulgent, decadent dessert that would be perfect for you to share with your love (or keep all to yourself, no judgement) this Valentines day but, it also happens to be light enough to enjoy for breakfast!

Especially if you serve it with a some fresh strawberries and and a generous sprinkling of this quick and easy, paleo friendly, coconut “muesli” (and a big ol’ vat of coffee of course).

Chocolate pudding for breakfast, sign me up!

All natural, decadent, rich, thick, creamy, light, fluffy, velvety smooth, subtly sweet, intensely chocolaty chia pudding with a delicate hum of hazelnut;

Make it. Eat it. Love, love, love it.

Chocolate Hazelnut Chia Pudding
{Vegan, Dairy Free & Paleo Friendly
Makes approx 2 serves of all natural, thick and creamy, decadent, rich, velvety smooth, secretly healthy, seriously chocolately, deliciosuly nutty chia pudding

Ingredients –

1/4 cup of coconut yogurt (or Greek style yogurt)

1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)

3 Tablespoons of  chia seeds

1 Tablespoon of cacao

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

8-10 drops of hazelnut stevia (or 1 teaspoon of hazelnut extract)

1/2 teaspoon of espresso – optional

A pinch of salt

Optional but recommended for serving;

1 teaspoon of dark chocolate chips (or cacao nibs) , roughly chopped

1-2 hazelnuts, roughly chopped

A pinch of chia seeds

Method –

1 – Place all pudding ingredients into a small bowl or jug and stir to combine.

2 – Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, (overnight is best). Make sure you go and give it a little stir every now and again to remove any lumps and just to make sure those cheeky little chia seeds haven’t settled at the bottom of the bowl.

3 – Once your pudding is nice and thick, place the mixture into your food processor or blender and process until smooth and creamy.

Taste and adjust sweetness if necessary, you could add a little maple syrup or honey if you like your pudding on the sweeter side – but also keep in mind if your adding the chocolate chips for serving they will bring a touch of extra sweetness too.

4 – Pour your pudding mixture into cute little cups or bowls and place it back in the fridge for at least 30 minutes chill and re-set before serving (it gets a little warm and the consistency thins out with the friction created while blending).

6 – To serve, sprinkle with chocolate chips (or cacao nibs), crushed hazelnuts and some extra cheeky chia seeds if desired.

Enjoy xoxo

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Question of the day –

Are you a fellow chia pudding lover? What’s your favorite flavor combination?

Feel free to share recipes, or links to your fave recipes in the comments below or on the Facebook page and please for the love of all that is good in this world when you do make your pesto (or any of the recipes you find on this blog of mine) go ahead and snap a pic and share it either on the Facebook page, or tag me on twitter or Instagram. Sharing is caring remember.

Do it, do it You know you want to 🙂

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