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Cacao Chia Pudding

Cacao Chia Pudding 4.000

Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post

Weeknight Vegetarian Jul 17, 2017

This intensely flavored pudding is based on chia seeds (which thicken it as they absorb the liquid), cashews and cocoa powder.

If the dates are hard, soak them in hot water for an hour to soften, then drain before chopping.

Make Ahead: The pudding needs to be chilled for 2 hours before serving, and can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.


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Tested size: 4 servings; makes about 3 cups

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 5 soft dates (preferably Medjool), pitted and chopped (see headnote)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder (may substitute regular unsweetened natural cocoa powder)
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds (white or black)
  • Maple syrup (optional)
  • Cacao nibs, for garnish (optional)
  • Chocolate wafers, for serving (optional)


Combine the water, cashews, dates, vanilla extract, salt, cacao powder and chia seeds in a food processor or high-powdered blender (such as a Vitamix); puree until very smooth. Taste, and add maple syrup, 1 tablespoon at a time, until your desired sweetness level is reached.

Divide the pudding among individual cups or transfer to a large container, cover and refrigerate until cold and set, about 2 hours.

Garnish with cacao nibs and serve with chocolate wafers, if desired.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from "Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood," by Wayne Coates (Sterling, 2012).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 420

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 22g 34%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 150mg 6%

Total Carbohydrates: 48g 16%

Dietary Fiber: 13g 52%

Sugar: 23g

Protein: 13g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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