Hot Cocoa & Raw Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

How are you doing today?  It’s Halloween!!!  (unless you’re reading this still Friday night).  It’s time to go devour a bag or two of candy!  Just kidding, but a piece or two would probably hit the spot!  What’s going on later today?  Are you going out?   Staying in to pass out candy?  Give me the scoop!

From my last post, I’m glad you enjoyed the Sundried Tomatoes

And Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad recipes.  My homemade slaw dressing is easy to make, so tasty, and alot healthier than the store-bought stuff!  Heather even got in on this action.  Way to go HEABs!

But for today I have a couple easy, chocolaty recipes for you.  Because I don’t know about you, but for me Halloween Day is just crying out for Chocolate Love.  So here you go….

First, I’ve been seeing hot cocoa cropping up everywhere Mama Alison got inspired from reading some ED & BV, the Pure Twins kept their version raw & delish, but I decided to make the quick-n-easy version.  This is all I did:

Averie’s Vegan Guiltless & Fast Hot Cocoa
In a mug combine:
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (Or 2 Tbsp if you’re like me & want it extra chocolaty)

5-6 oz water (or nut/seed milk of your choice; I didn’t have any open and didn’t feel like cracking a container just for this and water worked perfectly fine)
Stevia or Agave to Taste (I used both agave and liquid cocoa bean stevia but I like things really sweet)
Stir well or Whisk
Microwave for 60 seconds and Voila…

Why do I say guiltless?  Because at probably under 50 calories I feel like I am really indulging in a decadent, warm, soothing treat without any regret.  Whatsoever.  In fact, I loved it so much I made a second cup!  And I have been using the Hershey’s Dark cocoa powder and yeah, it’s really good.  Thanks Katie for telling me I needed to get on that, stat.

Moving onto my next chocolate creation….

Averie’s Raw Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1/2 c Nut or Seed Milk (I use TJ’s lowfat vanilla)
2 Tbsp Agave and/or  Stevia to taste (I also used a few drops of my NuNaturals Cocoa Bean Extract Liquid Stevia)

1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder 
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Combine all the ingredients

Stir all the ingredients together and leave on countertop for 20 minutes.  Use a whisk if necessary & it may seem like all that chocolate will never dissolve, but it will.  And the results will be so worth it.

Come back to it 20 minutes later and stir again.  Either devour now…

…Or pop in the fridge for a few hours.  Know that the pudding will continue to thicken for the next 4-6 hours.  What I like to do is put it in the freezer after it’s thickened in the fridge to create an almost ice-creamy like treat with frozen chocolate chia pudding.

This is after 4 hours in the fridge.  Whatever you do with it, it’ll be chocolaty & yummy, plus you’re getting all the great health benefits of chia seeds like extra Omega 3’s, yay for the little chia seeds!

And by the next morning it had thickened to near fudge-like proportions…

What I love about this pudding is that it’s a snap to make but the taste is really decadent, rich, fudgey, just luscious.  And as chocolate desserts go, healthy, too.

And now for the Fun Facts I promised….
A couple weeks ago, I was given this Over the Top Award by all these awesome ladies: Heather Janetha, Amanda and Erin Michele also gave me a similar award.  So needless to say, it’s ummm wayyyy overdue that I accept the award and post my responses.  Thanks Girls, you are all awesome and I love you all!!!!!!!  muah!!!!!!

I am so honored! As part of the award, the blogger is supposed to answer this series of questions with one-word answers. This was tough! Hope you enjoy…
1. Where is your cell phone? desk
2. Your hair? blond
3. Your mother? distant
4. Your father? intelligent
5. Your favorite food? chocolate
6. Your dream last night? none
7. Your favorite drink? water
8. Your dream/goal? happiness
9. What room are you in? bedroom
10. Your hobby? blogging
11. Your fear? loneliness
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? here
13. Where were you last night?  home
14. Something you aren’t? sloppy
15. Muffins?  gluten-free
16. Wish list item? diamonds
17. Where did you grow up? Minnesota
18. Last thing you did? bathed
19. What are you wearing? hoodie
20. Your TV?big
21. Your pets? none
22. Your friends? few
23. Your life? blessed
24. Your mood? content
25. Missing someone? friends
26. Vehicle? Mercedes
27. Something you’re not wearing? socks
28. Your favorite store? Nordstrom
29. Your favorite color? pink
30. When was the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? Wednesday
32. Your best friend? Scott
33. One place that I go over and over? computer
34. One person who emails me regularly? Scott
35. Favorite place to eat? home

Yoga Today is Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Forward Bend)

Today is the last day of VeganMofo.  I have succeeded by posting vegan, and largely raw vegan, foods & recipes every single day during the month of October.  It’s been awesome!  I would have posted vegan recipes anyway, but ya know, this was a nice thing to keep in mind while blogging.
So for the final time this month, things today were brought to you in VeganMofo spirit.

Tip of the Day: My Dozen ProBars Give Away!  I highly recommend entering yourself to win 12 of these delish bars!  The contest ends Sunday 10/1/09 so get your entries in pronto, bloggies!

Blueberry and Cran-Raspberry

What’s your favorite beverage to drink now that it’s chilly out?  Hot cocoa is such a winter-only type of drink for me, but we’ve had a wicked cold snap here in “always hot” Arizona that it just hit the spot, big time.  What’s your fave thing to drink (or eat) in the cold weather months?

Stay Tuned For A Highlights & Review Post Recapping the Treats of the Week…


  1. sweet giveaway! Just started reading your blog and I love it. I followed you on my twitter. User name: randiliz

  2. i would like some chia seeds! I eat them every day! and people have been asking for them and i'd love to pass them along too.

  3. I would love to try some chia seeds to make some puddings!!!

  4. I've heard a lot about chia seeds lately and would love to try them! :)

  5. I would love to win the chia seeds. I am relatively new to eating living foods … just over a year. You're recipes look very yummy!

    Good luck to everyone :)

    hugs T

  6. I would like to win chia seeds because I don't use them enough, and I have just been informed I need to cut down on my grocery spending and 3lbs of chia seeds would help a lot!!

  7. I now follow your blog!

  8. I now follow you on twitter!

  9. I tweeted the contest on my twitter page! /appifanie

  10. left a comment on the pudding recipe!

  11. I just started researching the vegan and raw food lifestyle, and I would love to try out some of your recipes using chia seeds (specifically, pudding!).

  12. Found you through Raw Food Rehab! Would love to win 3 lbs of chia seeds! Looking forward to reading your blog!

  13. Elizabeth Jarrard Reply

    oooooooooo i just ran out of my chia so i would love to win some!!

  14. Elizabeth Jarrard Reply

    i followed your blog too!

  15. Elizabeth Jarrard Reply

    and i followed you on twitter
    (i'm in love with your recipes!)

  16. Elizabeth Jarrard Reply

    i commented on the 4 chia seed post!

  17. Elizabeth Jarrard Reply

    and that frozen fudge chia looks amazing!

  18. Elizabeth Jarrard Reply

    and i tweeted :)

  19. Hi, what an awesome giveaway. I use Chia every day and love it. I just followed you on twitter and checked out the Chia seeds direct website, they have super amazing prices! Good to know!

  20. I also added you to my blogroll, and can't wait to make your pumpkin pie tomorrow, wow that looks good!

  21. I would love to win these chia seeds so that I can try out all your cool recipes and also to SHARE them with my, ahem, not-so-healthy family.

    Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  22. From the Chia Seeds Direct website I leaned that chia seeds contain six times more iron than spinach!

  23. I already follow you on Twitter :)

  24. I have seen these chia seeds from chia seeds direct posted on lots of blogs, and have been wanting to check them out. I'd love to give them a try!

  25. Oh, and I follow you on Google Reader:)

  26. I'd love to give chia seeds a try! They're a great gluten-free source of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. You make them look delicious in your fudge and chocolate coconut snowball recipes..and of course Chia pudding!!

  27. I am following you on Twitter! :)

  28. I would love to try Chia seeds … and my daughter asked me weeks ago to get some so we could try 'em.

  29. I want to try chia seeds! I want to put them in everything from oatmeal to cookies to…the possibilities seem endless! Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  30. I have added your blog to my google reader…

  31. I am now a google follower!

  32. I would love to win the chia seeds so I can try to make a pudding that I have the recipe for.

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  40. What I’d the calorie content of the pudding?

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