Chia Seed Pudding with Chocolate Date Sauce

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There are so many healthy eating trends out there.  I am overwhelmed by them really. Especially when I open up Pinterest and type in Healthy recipes.  It isn’t bad to have options, though, especially if they are easy to make.  I’ve had chia seed pudding before and it was fine.  But I guess sometimes it takes eating a trendy dish at a place that creates it to be more than a trend, an actual dish, with flavor and originality.

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Last week, or was it already two weeks ago? I was in NYC and my wonderful friend Rebecca took me to Bluestone Lane.  I couldn’t get over their way of making it. Their chia seed pudding has so many yummy things in it.  I am not even sure what all was in it but I was definitely obsessed with the sauce.  I am still not sure what it was, but it definitely tasted like dates and after looking up a recipes I decided to make my own “date sauce”, at least that’s what I am calling it.

If it is possible, I have actually fallen in love with this chocolatey date sauce, it’s creamy, sweet, and it’s possible to make it with no sugar added.  Along with the chia pudding and really whatever else you want to throw in it, it’s a perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert.

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Use any of your favorite chia seed pudding recipes.  I mixed 1/2 cup of chia seeds, 1 and 1/2 cup of almond milk, with a bit of vanilla and honey in a container and let it sit for a few hours in the refrigerator (better if you can leave it overnight).

Chocolate Date Sauce

1 cup of dates

1/2 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips (or for sugar free use 2 to 3 oz of bakers chocolate)

1/2 cup of almond milk (more or less till you get desired consistency)

pinch of salt

Put the dates in a pan of water on med until the dates are warm (not long, you aren’t trying to cook them, just soften them).  Drain the water and place dates in the blender.  Melt the chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of water in a sauce pan then add to the blender.  Finally add your almond milk and salt and blend away till smooth.

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Top your chia seed pudding with a thin layer of the chocolate date sauce and then add any berries or other things that you think would make it delicious.

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