Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
The following story contains references to bodily functions. If you are like me, a mum to 2 boys, then this is the topic of most dinner table conversations so it’s nothing unusual. If you prefer to keep the toilet talk confined to the bathroom scroll down to the recipe.
I was picking 2yo S up from crèche the other day when the teachers pulled me aside with a worried face. They informed me that he had been to the toilet and it was a different… red to be exact. Normally this would send alarm bells off in a mothers heart but in this case it made me giggle. S had beetroot, cherry and berry poo! That weekend we had been fruit picking and the boys had eaten half their body weight in cherries and fresh berries, including the pips (which they decided where easier to eat than pick out). On top of that we have been eating a lot of baked beetroot recently so it was no wonder the poor teachers got a fright.
Our super fruit and veggie fuelled diet has other ‘side effects’ too. 5 yo H tells me has super Carrot vision. It’s his super hero power and allows him to catch robbers at night. 2 yo S has developed big Broccoli biceps which make him ‘super strong’ and able to rescue people from down a hole (all the rescue play in our house ends with someone being stuck in a hole who requires SES assistance – thankfully they are always saved).
Because the boys get loads of good stuff during the day I don’t always put sweet potato in their dessert. Sometimes I like to make a normal-ish dessert like this Chocolate Chia Pudding. I have long been a Chia seed hater, without any good reason. I had been judgemental without cause, but no longer! This Chocolate Chia Pudding is simple to make; blend, chill and serve. I have topped mine with home made Chocolate Chips but it would be equally as tasty with berries or cream. This dessert is also suitable for vegans and chocoholics.
Note: Chia Seeds are available form most supermarkets (usually in the health food aisle), health food and wholefood shops.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Cream the thickened part removed from a can of coconut cream or milk that has been left in the fridge for 24 hours
- 3/4 Cup Milk of choice
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons Cocoa
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Cup Black Chia Seeds
- Optional: Chocolate Chips for garnishing
- Place all the ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) in a blender and mix until smooth. Alternatively this can be done with a hand blender. (If you have neither of these you can use a hand whisk and whisk the ingredients. The resultant pudding will not be as smooth but will still taste delicious).
- Evenly divide between 4 bowls/glasses/ramekins and place in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hrs (overnight is ok).
- Garnish with Chocolate Chips, berries or cream (all optional) and serve.