Valentine's Day. It's not really something we celebrate or pay much attention to in our house. One of the reasons is that the anniversary of our first date is February 17 so if we celebrated both then that would be a bit overkill. That seems to be more special and sentimental to us but I would be silly to let the holiday pass by without some sort of chocolate treat in it's honor. That's what we really look forward to on this holiday, right?
Honestly, I know it's one of those days we typically call a "Hallmark Holiday" but there was definitely something special every year growing up waking up on Valentine's day to a little heart filled with chocolates that my dad left for us girls. I feel like simple thoughtful gestures are the thing about this day that makes even a little bit of Hallmark okay.
So what do we think of first when it comes to this holiday? Chocolate? Strawberries? Yes and yes! I make a simple chocolate dipped strawberry by combining equal parts cacao powder and melted coconut oil with a touch of vanilla, pure maple syrup and sea salt. There is nothing like it. But it's time to take chocolate dipped strawberries to another level, don't you think? Recently I discovered something about chia pudding. If you are a texture person, you will enjoy this. You can actually make chia pudding smooth and creamy! I was surprised to see a chia pudding recipe on Pinterest recently without any trace of the actual seeds in the picture. The trick? Blending the mixture before letting it set in the fridge. This. Changed. Everything. Definitely a game changer as I would never be able to get my husband to eat this before but if there's no sign of the chia then he will never know the difference, right?
So this Dark Chocolate Strawberry Chia Pudding is the first of these thick, creamy smooth treats that are also good enough to eat for breakfast! More varieties are coming your way soon! I only tried making this in my Vitamix so I am not sure how it will work in a food processor but I will give it a try soon to see how it works out. I used a dark Dutch cocoa in this recipe but really any version of cacao or cocoa powder will work just fine. The amount of maple you add is really based on your sweetness preference.
So if you are looking for a good treat for Valentine's Day, think no more. Chocolate and strawberries are easily served up in this rich chocolatey dessert but with the added goodness of protein of the chia seeds. Your favorite Valentines will be happy you made it for them!
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup milk of choice I used unsweetened almond milk
- 1 1/2 cup strawberries fresh or frozen will work
- 3 T cacao
- 2-3 T pure maple syrup
- 1-2 T dark chocolate chips optional
- dash of sea salt
- Combine all ingredients into a high powered blender. (If using frozen strawberries, allow to thaw first)
- Blend on high until smooth and creamy. If mixture seems too thick, add a little extra milk.
- Transfer to a bowl and chill for about 30 minutes before serving.