Carob Chia Pudding

by Gena on July 17, 2013

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For days now, I’ve been alluding to a new chia pudding recipe, made with carob. Carob, if you’re not already a fan, is pod native to Mediterranean shores and tropical temperatures. It contains a sweet, edible pulp, which can be dried, roasted, and ground up to make a powder. This powder contains some A and B vitamins, small amounts of calcium, and it has a naturally sweet taste (when I add it to smoothies or almond milk “hot cocoa,” I don’t need to add any sweetener). For those people who love chocolate but are sensitive to caffeine, carob is popular, stimulant-free alternative.

Let’s be honest: there’s no real “alternative” to the delights of chocolate. But I’ve come to appreciate carob in its own right; I love the slightly nutty, sweet, roasted flavor, and I’m particularly fond of it in smoothies. I use carob often, but never thought to add it to chia pudding. Now that I’ve tried it, I have a feeling I’ll be making it often.

Carob can be a little tricky to find; it’s readily available at health food stores, but not always at mainstream supermarkets. I like to stock up on Amazon, since it’s a favorite ingredient. Bob’s Red Mill is a good brand, as is Chatfield’s. I much prefer the taste of toasted carob to raw, but if you want raw, it does exist.¬†Once you have it, you can start to experiment with putting carob in smoothies, baked goods, and granolas. Or, you can start right here, with chia pudding.

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Carob Chia Pudding

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp carob powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Blend the almond milk, carob powder, and cinnamon in a blender till smooth.
  2. Pour the carob mixture over the chia seeds. Stir, and let sit for five minutes. Stir again. Wait another five minutes, stir once more, and then let the pudding sit for at least an hour before serving.
  3. Serves 1.
http://www.choosingraw.com/carob-chia-pudding/

Of course, if cacao is what you’re really craving, then cacao is what you must have. This recipe will work very well with regular chocolate or cacao powder, so don’t be afraid to substitute. I like to serve this pudding with fresh berries (I like to serve everything with fresh berries during the summer).

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So that’s it–another chia recipe to add to your rotation. If you’re looking for more chia seed inspiration, check out all of the chia seed recipes on my recipe tab–there are plenty to choose from!

xo

 

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purelytwins July 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm

looks perfect!! we were just talking the other day about how we need to start making chia puddings again as we love them, and miss them :)

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Lulu July 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Looks fantastic! I’m still a newbie when it comes to chia puddings and cannot get the right consistency :/ I hope this turns out well!

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Ashley July 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Such a good idea! I love carob but haven’t had it in the kitchen for awhile now. Need to pick some more up!

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Ilene July 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm

I’m going to have to try this- I’ve been doing chocolate chia puddings, which I really enjoy, but it takes a fair number of dates to taste good. I had no idea carob was sweet tasting- for some reason I had the impression it was bitter.

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Suzanne @ hello, veggy! July 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I’m not a fan of chocolate in the morning; I find cocoa powder too rich in breaking my fast. That being said, I do love chocolate any other time of the day. I will be investing in some carob and trying this out soon; thanks Gena!

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Gena July 18, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Enjoy it, Suzanne!

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Aline July 18, 2013 at 1:37 am

Looks delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you.

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Janette Emerson July 18, 2013 at 2:24 am

Carob is so interesting. I never tried that ingredient before. I love Chia pudding recipes! I would like to try this recipe. :-)

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Emma July 18, 2013 at 3:25 am

I haven’t used carob (nor made chia pudding!) in a while but I love it. It’s so sweet and fruity in its own right that I can happily eat it unsweetened. This looks fab.

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Sophie July 18, 2013 at 3:25 am

This looks so delicious. I’ve fallen in love with chia puddings. What an amazing food chia seeds are huh! Totally sorted out my vegan breakfasts! I just need to get myself some carob to try now.

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Shadyah July 18, 2013 at 5:34 am

I used carob syrup, which tastes amazing, instead of the powder. Loved it! You can find it in Middle Eastern stores and some health shops. I also use it for baking, instead of chocolate.

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Nat @ the Apple Diaries July 18, 2013 at 6:59 am

Yumm I never get tired of a good chia pudding recipe! Carob is one thing I don’t really eat all that much but you’ve made it sound extremely tempting :) Thanks Gena!

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Jasmin Singer July 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

I love me some carob. I made this this morning and I love the consistency. I think I’m going to go pick up some raw agave to mix in. Though I love the richness of it, I think I personally need it a tad sweeter. In the future, I might throw in a few dates to the first step. I think with a touch of agave mixed in, and some sweet fruit on top (maybe even some banana with the berries), this will be my idea of heaven. Love your recipes, love your banter, love you!

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Jasmin Singer July 18, 2013 at 11:21 am

Update: I just added agave and, yep, I’m in heaven. This might be all that I eat for the rest of my life. Perfect for a hot, summer day. Thanks, Gena!

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Gena July 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Loving you right back. And how tickled am I to see your name in my email? Happy that the sweetened version was a success!!

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Christine (The Raw Project) July 18, 2013 at 9:56 am

Wow, this looks simple and amazing! Lately I’ve just been lazily adding chia seeds to my smoothies, but this looks much better! :-)

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McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped July 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

Gotta love chia seed puddings! So easy and filling. One of my favorite desserts :)

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Andrea July 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I love Chia Pudding! Great recipe, quick and easy! I have made cocoa chia pudding, next time I will definitely try carob instead!

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Kerry July 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I made this pudding for lunch today, and it was delicious! I wanted it a little sweeter, so I added some stevia and topped it with berries and it was perfect. I love the combination of carob and cinnamon in this. I had a bag of carob powder sitting in the cupboard, and now I’m sure it will get used up quickly. I could happily eat this every day!

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Gena July 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! I’m going to add the option to add some sweetener — you’re the second person to note it!

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Kerry July 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I thought I should mention I used store-bought unsweetened almond milk. If I had used the homemade date-sweetened almond milk linked in your recipe, I may not have needed to add any sweetener. Homemade almond milk is on my list of things to try, and I’m sure it would make this pudding even better.

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Jenni July 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Gena! I’m so glad you finally posted this. I’ve been eagerly awaiting it! I love how simple this recipe is. Simple recipes = actually get made, not just pinned. Haha. I love the taste of carob, but I never compare it to chocolate. They’re two totally different flavors in my book. But now I’m intrigued by the idea of “hot cocoa” made with carob instead. Hot carob! Sounds awesome.

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Gena July 18, 2013 at 8:07 pm

:-) Enjoy it, Jenni — I know exactly what you mean about pinnable vs. doable recipes! :-)

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance July 19, 2013 at 1:39 am

YUM! This looks so rich and delicious :)

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bitt July 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I like to mix carob and cocoa together to reduce the stimulant load and also to sweeten it up. :-)

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Meagan August 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

This looks awesome! Definitely will try :)

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