February 3, 2014

Chocolate Chia Orange Pudding

Chocolate Chia Orange Pudding
The chocolate/orange pairing is one that divides public opinion.
Some people don’t like it, others say it’s a small miracle in itself.
Personally, I’m on the fence about it.
At times the orange flavor is overpowering; on other instances, I feel the acidity alters the chocolate aroma (and not in a good way); but I can’t deny that when done right, the silky dark chocolate brightened by citrus fruit can be an outstanding combination. Worthy of any palate.

Chocolate Chia Orange Pudding
Which brings me to this chocolate orange pudding. I’m gonna tell you a secret. Are you ready? *Whispers* I’m a door-to-door salesman, disguised as a triathlete. Bam! My secret is out.
Okay, not really. In fact, if my job was to sell Kirby vacuum cleaners, Tupperwares or Amway products, I would not make a dime.  
But healthy and tasty recipes? I may know a thing or two.
So sit down, relax, and let me tell why you should make this chocolate chia orange pudding.
Chocolate Chia Orange Pudding
"Good morning madam/sir! I am Mike with TheIronYou.com and I am here to make your day!
If you will allow me the opportunity, I shall make you the best tasting chocolate orange pudding you’ve ever tasted!
Chocolate Chia Orange Pudding
Let me add that this pudding is raw, vegan, paleo/primal, and comes together in 5 minutes.
There are a lot of power foods in it for very few calories. What do you say? Are you interested?
Chocolate Chia Orange Pudding
OK, OK, enough goofing off. Time to get serious.
As mentioned, this pudding comes together in 5 minutes. It’s very good for you - there are all the nutrients of cocoa, avocado, chia seeds, honey and - of course - orange.
Chocolate Chia Orange Pudding
It’s thick, creamy, and luscious.
I can affirm without hesitation that this pudding is probably the ultimate, nay, the zenith of the chocolate/orange pairing.
Chocolate Chia Orange Pudding
Are you one of the skeptical ones about the chocolate + orange combination?
It’s time to get on board.

Chocolate Chia Orange Pudding
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Note about the sweetness factor. In my opinion, 2 tablespoons of honey are more than enough; but that’s between you and your sweet tooth.

Ingredients 
Serves 2

¾ cup freshly pressed orange juice
2 to 3 tablespoons raw organic honey (or maple syrup)
1 ripe avocado (I used Hass avocado)
½ cup raw cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground chia seeds 
Orange zest and cocoa nibs for topping

Directions

In a blender (or food processor) combine orange juice, honey, avocado, cocoa and chia seeds. 
Blend until smooth and silky — you may need to stop the blender and mix with a spoon from time to time, to help the blending process. 
Divide pudding among ramekins/cups and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (this allows the chia to thicken). 
Top with orange zest before serving.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 315 calories, 15 grams of fat, 54 grams of carbs and 7 grams of protein.

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26 comments:

  1. I love chia seeds. Can't wait to try this!

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  2. the texture and density of this pudding is fantastic!

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  3. Hi Mike, I need 2 please. LOL This is awesome and hard to say NO. :))
    Great combination and thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Have a great day ahead, regards.

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  4. If you were a door to door saleman pedaling this pudding - I would be an impulse buyer for sure!
    Mike this chocolate - avocado pudding with orange looks and sounds so wonderful - I feel I can smell it! Oh wait - that's a chocolate remnant from breakfast!
    Thanks for sharing this one!

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  5. What would happen if I melted a whole bunch of unsweetened chocolate and mixed it with stevia? Think it'd be a huge mess? LOL! We need to have a kitchen BONANZA together :P!

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    1. Kitchen BONANZA you said? It's on!
      About the melted choc + stevia...there's no way to tell until you try!

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  6. This looks absolutely amazing Mike! I'm with you on the chocolate-orange pairing... sometimes it works, sometimes the orange completely overpowers. But when the ratio is on point, it's absolutely amazing.

    This pudding needs to happen immediately in my house. It sounds SO ridiculously good and I love all the superfoods in it. I'm sold!

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    1. Glad you're on board man, this is super healthy and totally guilt-free!

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  7. I am with you with the orange / chocolate combo, not always sure about it. I can't believe how easy and healthy this recipe is. Can't wait to try it. BTW Great sales pitch :-)

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  8. Looks absolutely delicious! I would so love to try and recreate it. Hopefully I can make it as good as you.

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  9. the power of suggestion: the pictures and recipe add me leaping off the couch to pull out my blender...and justifying eating chocolate pudding for breakfast. Great recipe!

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  10. Orange / Chocolate is my ultimate favorite flavor combo in the whole wide world. Or wait. Is it chocolate / coffee? Nah. Chocolate / Orange takes it. And now, I want this for breakfast. No wait. I want this NOW. Hmpft. This is definitely happening today, I can guarantee. Or not. Shoot. I don't have any oranges Damn you Mike. You keep giving me needs that can't be satisfied. That's it. I'm never visiting this blog again! Well, today, anyway! ;)

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    1. Go get oranges Sonia, and that's an order! ;)

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    2. Well, I ended up making a very similar pudding, only I used orange essential oil, since I didn't have any oranges, I omitted the chia seeds and added date paste and coconut milk. Well, ok, I might have completely changed the recipe after all, but it was damn good! Thanks for the inspiration!

      And by the way, I'm not really here. Either this, or we're not really today. :)

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    3. That's awesome Sonia, but now go fetch some chia seeds and some oranges. You can't call yourself a foodie if you don't have those ingredients in your pantry! ;)

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  11. Looks delicious, I am going to give it a try!

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  12. Chocolate is my oxygen. I'm dying to eat it, a very easy recipe with great photography makes your recipe fantastic. But there is one small problem, we do not get good honey, what should be replacement ?

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