Fiber Rich Chocolate-Maca Pudding (DF, GF, VG)

Healthy puddings are one of my favourite things to make. They’re so simple and adaptable. I typically start with a chia and/or flax and dairy free milk base. I then add whatever tasty flavours and spices my taste buds desire.

One of my recent favourite pudding flavour combos is chocolate-maca. Have you heard or used maca powder in a recipe before? Let me know if the comment section!

What is maca?

Maca is a Peruvian plant grown in the Andes Mountains. It’s a cruciferous vegetable; related to broccoli, cabbage, and kale.[i] It has an earthy flavor and aroma (reminds me a little of unsweetened butterscotch), and can be ground into powder and added to foods like this pudding recipe!

Health benefits of maca:

Adding maca powder to your day can have various health benefits. Some of the top benefits include:

  • Boosts energy
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves brain function (memory)
  • Increases libido
  • Increases fertility
  • Reduces menopausal symptoms[ii]

Note: due its effects on hormones, individuals with thyroid conditions should consult a physician before consuming maca powder.

Ways to use maca powder:

  • Smoothies
  • Puddings
  • Porridge/oatmeal
  • Cookies and baking

Note: the average consumption is ½ – 1 tsp per adult per day.

Now that you’ve learned a bit about maca, let’s dive right into this tasty recipe!

Why I love this chocolate-maca pudding recipe?

  • Easy to make
  • The flavour combo is super tasty
  • Just sweet enough
  • Has a chocolaty aftertaste
  • Great for snack, breakfast, or desert!

What makes this pudding a healthy option?

  • It uses clean and simple ingredients
  • It’s naturally sweetened with coconut nectar
  • It’s allergen friendly; dairy, gluten, soy, egg free, with a nut free option
  • It’s rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals helping support overall health and strengthening the immune system
  • It’s high in fiber and good fats, supporting overall digestion, blood sugar levels, brain and heart health

Steps to making this chocolate-maca pudding recipe:

  • STEP 1 – Mix all ingredients
  • STEP 2 – Add to jars and refrigerate
  • STEP 3 – Add toppings and enjoy

A few tips when making this recipe:

  • Use organic where possible, in particular with the powders and spices
  • Allow for enough chill time
  • Paired with textured toppings like nuts, seeds, and freshly sliced banana for added flavour

Fiber Rich Chocolate-Maca Pudding Recipe


Chocolate Sundae Chia Pudding

A healthy gluten and dairy free treat, layered with wholesome goodness.
Course Snack
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free, vegan
Keyword Cacao Powder, Chia Pudding, chocolate chia pudding,
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cool 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 3
Author Fay

Equipment

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Small Glass Jars or Bowls (120-160ml)

Ingredients

Pudding

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup dairy free milk (I used coconut) I used coconut milk
  • 1-2 tbsp full fat coconut cream optional but recommended
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp organic raw cacao powder depending on how chocolatey you like it
  • 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • Pinch of pink salt

Toppings

  • Coconut yogurt
  • Organic strawberry jam and/or fresh diced strawberries
  • Drizzle of melted dark chocolate*

Instructions

  • Add all pudding ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Whisk thoroughly until fully combined.**
  • Pour and dived among 3 glass jars or small bowls. Cover and place in the fridge to cool (30-60 minutes, or overnight)
  • When ready to eat, layer toppings into the jars/bowls. Serve and enjoy right away!

Notes

  • *For a tasty chocolate drizzle, melt 1/4 cup dark chocolate with 1 tsp coconut oil in the microwave for 30-40 seconds, mix well with a fork to ensure all chocolate pieces melt.
  • **If you don’t like the texture of chia seeds, you can add all chia pudding ingredients to a small high speed blender for a minute or so until seeds are fully blended. Then add this mixture to the jars and refrigerate. 
  • Coconut cream is optional but I recommend as it adds a nice creamy texture.
 

[i] Kandola, Aaron. “10 Health Benefits of Maca Root.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 18 July 2018, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322511.php.

[ii] Kandola, Aaron. “10 Health Benefits of Maca Root.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 18 July 2018, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322511.php.

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