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Chocolate Chia Goodness Pudding (A Portable, Instant Breakfast, Perfect for Travel)

Posted in Breakfasts, Desserts by Janet M on June 27, 2013

If you can’t tell, I am a planner. You don’t magically become successful. You plan for success.

During one of my trips last year, I discovered a lovely portable breakfast idea: Ruth’s Chia Goodness. Basically it is an instant breakfast featuring chia seeds, nuts and seeds with flavours. Just add water, wait 10 minutes, and voila! Healthy breakfast is served!

Ruth has a few flavours, but I wanted to recreate the Chocolate version for this roadtrip.

The ingredient list: Chia (salvia hispanica L.), buckwheat, hulled hemp seeds, organic cacao, raw organic cacao nibs, dates, almonds, evaporated cane juice, Celtic sea salt.

Familiar with my other breakfast puddings with oats and almond milk (chocolate cherry overnight oats and gingerbread pumpkin overnight oats), I knew I had to get rid of the fresh ingredients and milk. Oats need a long overnight soak, so to make this an instant breakfast, hemp seeds and almonds seemed like a great idea. Buckwheat couldn’t possibly be used raw, though, in its uncooked form. I turned to dehydrated buckwheat, instead. With its crunch, they added the perfect textural foil to the gummy chia seeds. The cocoa nibs and Amazing Grass added the malty chocolate goodness that left me with my morning chocolate fix. Ruth has added sugar in hers, but I felt like this was perfect without it. Sometimes I add fruits to it as well. Apples, mangoes, kiwi.. I don’t know any fruit that don’t pair well with chocolate. ;)

Do you have any great travel-friendly breakfast recipes?

This is my submission to this week’s Healthy Vegan Friday.

Chocolate Chia Goodness Pudding
Inspired by Ruth’s Chocolate Chia Goodness

1.5 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp buckwheaties (see below)
1 tsp hemp seeds
1 tsp slivered almonds, crushed
1 tsp raw cacao nibs
1 scoop Chocolate Amazing Grass powder (or chocolate protein powder, or possibly 1 tbsp cocoa powder)
5-6 tbsp water (or nondairy milk)
+fruit, chopped, if desired (optional)

1. Mix all ingredients together and let sit at least 5 minutes (overnight is good, too). Stir and add more water if needed.

Serves 1.

Buckwheaties
Adapted from Choosing Raw

1 cup raw buckwheat groats, rinsed

1. In a medium-sized bowl, soak rinsed buckwheat in 3-4 cups of water for 12 hours. Drain water and replace with fresh water. Allow to soak another 12 hours.

2. Remove water and rinse buckwheat. They will have become plump but not sprouted (keep rinsing and changing the water if you want to sprout them– but don’t do that here).

3. Place the rinsed buckwheat in a single layer onto a Teflex-lined dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 115F for 6-10 hours, or until dry and crispy. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature.

Makes more than 1 cup.

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  1. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts said, on June 27, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    I’m a planner too, but my planning has never stretched to this pudding, and now I think that is a terrible mistake. I am going to plan to make it soon ;)

  2. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said, on June 27, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    I love amazing grass! Just tried their berry flavor in a green smoothie.

    It was so nice to meet you guys yesterday!!! Hope you’re enjoying a breakfast treat right now. :)

  3. Joanne said, on June 27, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    I love chocolate for breakfast! And I love that this is travel proof…could have used it for the conference I’m at right now!

  4. Kasandra Bracken said, on June 27, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    yum! smart idea for a portable breakfast, these chia seeds breakfasts are soooo easy!! hope you’re enjoying your new city and climate :)

  5. Katrin - therawfoodsisters.com said, on June 27, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Yumm!! Looks delicious. Thank you for sharing!!

  6. Allysia Kerney said, on June 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Yay planning! Also this is a fantastic idea. I totally agree with you on the fruit-chocolate thing – though the best combo is still chocolate-cherry, I think. :) I’ll keep this in mind for when we move cross-country next month!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on July 3, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Hey Allysia, I love chocolate-cherry, too! I just don’t find cherries that often. Good luck with your move. It can be long and tiring but hopefully fun, too. :)

  7. Oh My Veggies (@ohmyveggies) said, on June 27, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    I LOVE chia pudding! It’s one of my favorite snacks, breakfasts, desserts–I could eat it all day, really! :)

    • janet @ the taste space said, on July 3, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      I also love the versatility of chia seeds. Although I have yet to try it in a savoury version.. will need to investigate, methinks.

  8. Kymm said, on June 28, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    What a great idea! I am planning a loooong road trip next month, I will tag this post so I don’t forget it! Thanks!

  9. Donna said, on June 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    LOVE chia and buckwheat…Quick question…could I “do” the buckwheat “wheaties” in a conventional oven (alas…no dehydrator)…or use kasha as a sub?…Thank you for this amazing brekkie!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on June 29, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Hi Donna, you could slowly bake the buckwheat at your lowest oven temp for a few hours. This gives it the crunchy texture. Cooked kasha or buckwheat could work too but it would be more mushy. Different but it would still be good. Please let me know how you like it.

      • Donna said, on June 30, 2013 at 4:24 AM

        The “kasha” I bought at the épicerie “bio” here in France appears to be darker in color and is noted as “roasted”…but it “seems” uncooked?…Might give it a shot…I’ll let you know if it “works” in your wonderful offering…Thank you for the rapid reply and I simply love your blog….all of it….photography…creative yet healthy recipes…readers’ comments….everything. Thank you for sharing your culinary wisdom.

      • janet @ the taste space said, on June 30, 2013 at 4:27 AM

        Donna, you are too kind. I really appreciate your kind words. Please do tell me how it turns out. I have a few kasha recipes here, too, and still working on the best way to cook loose kasha. If you have tips for that, please share. :-)

  10. Johanna GGG said, on June 29, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    portable breakfast – ha ha – mine is usually some bread and a jar of peanut butter and a piece of fruit. This is a brilliant idea for portable breakfast – and compact too as it doesn’t expand til you add the water

    • janet @ the taste space said, on July 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Johanna, yours is totally portable! I just get stuck into the “how can I not eat oatmeal for breakfast” mentality… But this is super friendly for travel, which is good. :)

  11. heathergfc said, on July 2, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Oh what a delicious breakfast. Craving it right now. My kitchen is packed in a storage unit until we find our next home, so this is a perfect recipe for me. All I need is a cup and a spoon! Woo hoo!

  12. Katherine Natalia @ Green Thickies said, on July 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Yes I think you’re right, you have to be organised in some way to stay healthy and what a perfect breakfast which doesn’t take much organisation. It looks gorgeous! I’m a planner too and at the moment I’m planning to become healthy again next week!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on July 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      I like the way you put that, Katherine. Planning to become healthy next week. :) Hope your pregnancy is going well.

  13. kimmythevegan said, on July 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Mmm this sounds great! Seems like a great alternative to curb my sweet tooth while still being tasty and healthy!

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  17. Veggiewitch said, on July 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Reblogged this on veggiewitch and commented:
    OMGoddess! Yummy! ❤

  18. girlseule said, on July 14, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Oh my goodness that looks divine! Looking forward to giving it a go!

  19. Sophie33 said, on July 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    MMMMMMMM,…..This looks truly appetizing & mouthwatering too, dear Denise! Yummy! 😃


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