Vanilla Cardamom Chia Bowl
Source: AbcV Cafe, Better Vegan  Category: Vegan Desserts 
Prep Time: 10 min  Setting Time: 1 hr   Total Time: 1 hr 10 min  Serves 1-2
Sugar-free option available (see notes)
About this recipe
Rich and creamy, this pudding is one of my favorites treats. I eat it almost every day (not always with toppings, though) before lunch and dinner, because it is filling, so you won't eat that much, helps keep you regular and burn more body fat.
Chia is a well-known super food. It is a complete protein, an excellent source of antioxidants, increases your energy levels, promotes healthy digestion, stimulates weight loss and has many other health benefits.
Ingredients:

Chia pudding:

1 cup full-fat coconut milk (I use Thai Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk)

2 Tbsp. chia seeds (I use Healthworks Chia Seeds Raw Pesticide-Free)

1/4 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out and hull discarded or used for another purpose (I use Vanilla Products USA 5 Grade A Prime Gourmet Madagascar Vanilla Beans 5~6")

1 pinch ground cardamom

10 drops liquid stevia or to taste (I use NOW Foods BetterStevia Liquid)

Topping:

1 tsp. raw cacao nibs (I use Healthworks Cacao Nibs Organic)

1-2 Tbsp. raw pecans, roughly chopped (I use Nature's Eats Pecan Halves)

2 medium-size dates, pitted and thinly sliced (I use Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Medjool Dates)

1/2 tsp. hemp seeds (I use Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds)

1/3 cup fresh fruit in bit sizes (optional)

Instructions:

1. Prepare the ingredients.

2. Vigorously whisk 1 cup of the homemade coconut milk with the chia seeds, vanilla, and cardamom. Let set for at least 1 hour or overnight. Before using, whisk once more for texture.

3. When ready to eat, place chia pudding in a bowl and evenly distribute nuts, seeds, cacao, dried fruits, and fresh fruit over the top.

Notes:
Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
You can use light coconut milk, but it will make the pudding consistency thinner. If using lighter milk, reduce the amount to 3/4 cup.
You can easily make this bowl sugar-free by omitting the fruit, including dates.
Equipment needed:
Serving suggestion:
You can serve it with any toppings you like.

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