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

In Breakfasts, Desserts on June 27, 2013 at 4:27 AM

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.

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.

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

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

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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. 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!

    • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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. 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

    • 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. 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. 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!

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

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

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

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