When it comes to keeping your heart healthy, exercise is only one part of equation. No matter how you try to ignore it, “You are what you eat. ” Functional cooking and functional recipes take more than taste into account. It’s where flavorful food meets optimal health and well-being.
That’s exactly what you’ll find in this flaxseed pudding recipe. I also added chocolate because, “Hey, why not?”
The recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan. Even as a fruit and veggie loving carnivore, there are times when I crave a plant based breakfast. If you want to enjoy this flaxseed pudding for breakfast, you can omit the chocolate. Some of my favorite plant based breakfasts are grain-free granola, coconut milk chia pudding, and dairy free smoothies.
Sometimes you just need a little chocolate in your life. And while in the past binging on a king sized Hershey’s milk chocolate bar with almonds…by yourself may have been OK, it’s time to make healthier decisions. This recipe for chocolate flaxseed pudding puts “healthy” and “chocolate” in the same together and it’s exactly what you need.
Some Health Benefits of Flaxseed
Filled with fiber. Promotes optimal digestion.
High in Protein. There’s a whopping 1.9 grams of protein per tablespoon of flaxseed.
Loaded with Omega-3 Fatty Acids. That means it’s great for your heart!
High in Lignans. Lignans are plant components that help reduce the cancer risks.
Aids in Weight Control. The fiber in flaxseed make it great at satiating appetite.
How to Use Flaxseed
When you go to the store, you’ll find that you can buy flaxseed in on of two ways, whole flaxseeds and ground flaxseeds. The body doesn’t do a good job at digesting whole flaxseeds as our intestines were not built to breakdown the outer coating.
To save time, you can buy the flaxseed already ground. Here’s a brand that I use often. Use flaxseed powder in cereal, baked good and flaxseed pudding. I also love adding flaxseed to smoothies for an extra nutritional kick.
How to Store Flaxseed
Flaxseed is highly perishable. To maintain freshness store opened flaxseed in the refrigerator.
Serving Suggestions for Chocolate Flaxseed Pudding
Serve the chocolate flaxseed pudding chilled. Serve the flaxseed pudding with fresh raspberries, strawberries or other fresh fruit of choice.
Tips to Make the Best Flaxseed Pudding
Use your favorite plant milk to make the flaxseed pudding. If you prefer a thinner dairy free pudding, you may want to use almond milk or more coconut milk and mix. In this recipe, I used a combination of heavy coconut cream and coconut milk. You can use any ratio you like. The coconut cream gives this pudding a creamier consistency.
Now for the flaxseed pudding recipe…
This will be one of the easiest recipes that you’ll make. Not just because it only has five ingredients. But, you literally measure, mix and and chill.
Now how easy is that?
To ground flaxseed add cocoa powder, coconut milk, vanilla and maple syrup. (Make sure that coconut milk is mixed well before adding)
Chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Garnish with fresh fruit (like raspberries) and fresh mint.
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