Did you know chocolate contains powerful heart healthy antioxidants; as well as selenium, calcium, and magnesium; and an array of B-vitamins? Studies show that eating small amounts of dark chocolate may reduce risk of stroke, heart disease, and high cholesterol due to cocoa’s high flavanoid content. And you probably don’t need a study to tell you about chocolate’s mood boosting properties, although it has been shown to improve anxiety and depression, helping you to feel more calm and content.
Here is a decadent recipe that is sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings. This dark chocolate pudding is paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, and free of refined sugars. It also contains chia seed, an amazing source of fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids.
- 1 cup Coconut Cream (coconut milk is also fine here)
- 1 ripe Banana
- 1 tsp pure Vanilla extract
- 1 Tbs raw Honey
- 3 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
In a blender, combine all ingredients except the chia seeds and blend on medium speed until smooth. Pour into a medium sized container and mix in the chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Serve chilled.