Layered Rich Chocolate Chia Dessert
Everybody needs a Naturopath like Naomi Judge, especially if she’s gonna be creating desserts like this! Naomi guest blogs on the site today…over to you Naomi….
I love experimenting with making tasty desserts and snacks but without adding too much sugar. Sometimes it works really well, such as my pumpkin pie recipe, and other times it is a complete fail! This time I nailed it. The creaminess of the coconut, mixed with the strong flavor of cacao balanced up with vanilla works a treat. This dessert isn’t for the faint hearted though, you also need to love raw cocoa and coconut, which isn’t hard to do in my books.
I love using vanilla, not only because it creates a beautiful warm sweet flavor, but because it has so many medicinal qualities. Vanilla is particularly good for the brain; it contains vanilloids, which are the constituents, and which give vanilla its brain and mood boosting abilities. Vanilla has been used for centuries as a calmative and nervous system soother.
You can’t use your bog standard vanilla drops in glycerin though, you’ll need to invest in vanilla beans, powder or pure essential oil to get the real benefits, and trust me, you’ll taste the difference too!
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 tablespoons raw cacoa powder
- 2-3 teaspoons raw honey or maple syrup
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla powder, bean or oil
- 40gm cacao butter
- pinch sea salt
- Blend the avocado with a tablespoon of cocoa powder, ½ teaspoon vanilla and a teaspoon of honey. Blend until creamy.
- Next, divide the mix into 4 and pop in the bottom of 4 glasses.
- For the chia layer, place chia seeds in a bowl; mix in 1 ½ cups of coconut milk, 2 cups water and ½ teaspoon vanilla . Leave for 15 minutes to allow the chia seeds to expand and absorb the liquid.
- Split the chia mix equally into 4 serves and place on top of the avocado layer.
- Next make the chocolate topping. Heat the remaining coconut milk in a pan (1 cup), when steam begins to rise add in cacao butter, a tablespoon of cacao powder, teaspoon of vanilla powder and 1-2 teaspoons of honey plus a pinch of salt. On the lowest heat setting, keep stirring so that the cacao butter melts down. The longer you stir, the thicker and creamier the mix gets.
- Remove the chocolate mix from the heat, allow to cool down for a few minutes, spoon chocolate mix onto the chia layer. The mix should just reach the top of the glass.
- Finally add coconut flakes as the final layer. Place desserts in the fridge; leave them to sit over night to set.
- Other toppings could include cacao nibs, frozen berries or a fruit puree. You may also experiment with other flavours, cinnamon, chilli, salt and caramel.
- When you are ready to serve, remove them from the fridge and enjoy
A big thank you to Naomi for sharing her beautiful recipe. And check out her Facebook page which is full of lots of great information on women’s health and general wellbeing.