Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding

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Have you tried chia pudding? It’s delicious, full of healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, and it’s easy to make. You can make chia pudding raw and vegan without difficulty, and it’s got a benefit that most desserts lack: Eating chia pudding can actually slow down digestion and help you feel full, which makes it a great way to start your day. Yes, pudding for breakfast might actually be a good thing! A small bowl of chocolate raspberry chia pudding eaten at the right time can help you avoid giving in to cravings and overeating…for me, that’s late afternoon. The only thing more satisfying than rich, dark chocolate pudding full of sweet red raspberries is enjoying that pudding knowing that you’re getting protein, fiber and calcium instead of empty carbs and a sugar rush.

Chia pudding has a texture very similar to tapioca pudding, and is so easy to make! You don’t need eggs, starch or flour to thicken it…chia seeds naturally swell and cause liquid to thicken, so all you need for the base of chia pudding are chia seeds and milk. You can use coconut milk or dairy milk, both will make a delicious and creamy pudding. On the stovetop, it cooks up in five minutes! Or, make it raw by letting the pudding sit in the fridge for several  hours (or overnight). As far as convenience goes, it’s far easier to make a batch of healthy chia pudding than it is to make a box of store bought instant pudding!

All you need is milk, chia seed, raspberries and a bar of good quality, organic fair trade dark chocolate. You can also make it with cocoa powder and maple syrup, depending on what you have on hand! It couldn’t be more simple: Just stir together the seeds and milk over medium heat, until the mixture starts to thicken. Then, add an ounce of chopped dark chocolate and stir until it’s dissolved! Add the raspberries, and you’re ready to serve it. Less than ten minutes, start to finish! Or, mix together the milk and chia with some cocoa powder and syrup or honey, then stir in the berries and pop it in the fridge overnight. No heating needed…which is perfect for protecting the nutrients in raw milk. You’ll be hooked when you try this! My kids are already asking me to make it again, they love the tapioca texture and the combination of dark, smooth chocolate and flavorful ripe raspberries. Delicious!

Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding
Yields 4
This pudding is thick and rich, with the texture of tapioca. So easy to make, and so good for you! Easily make this recipe vegan and raw.
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups milk (dairy, coconut, or almond all work well)
  2. 1/3 cup chia seeds
  3. 1 ounce chopped dark chocolate (or, 3 Tbs. maple syrup or honey and 2 Tbs. cocoa powder)
  4. 1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, combine the milk and chia seeds. Over medium heat, stir until the pudding begins to thicken.
  2. Add the chopped chocolate and continue to stir until the chocolate has melted and the pudding is thick.
  3. Add the raspberries and stir well to combine. Serve warm, or chill if you'd like.
  4. To make the pudding raw, just combine the milk and chia seeds. Instead of chopped dark chocolate, stir in the cocoa powder and honey or syrup. Add the berries, and let the pudding sit in the fridge several hours or overnight.
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Paleo Icelandic Date Cake

My friend from Iceland is an amazing cook! I look forward to parties at her house, where there’s sure to be a variety of exotic and delicious desserts. This recipe is a favorite, and comes from a holiday baking magazine that comes out once a year in Iceland. Happily, it happens to be naturally Paleo….and very delicious! The cake is made of egg whites, dates, almonds and dark chocolate. Topped with whipped coconut cream and fresh berries, it has a wonderful and unique texture that makes for the perfect light but satisfying dessert.

The recipe is written in Icelandic (a complicated language if every there was one) and needed to be translated both in terms of language and measurements. I played around a bit with it, and it’s flexible enough that fudging a little with the original didn’t make a big difference with the final product. You start by chopping dates, almonds, and dark chocolate. You can play around a bit with this, I chopped mine more coarsely than she usually chops hers…both ways are good, it’s really up to you as to how “chewy” you want your cake to be. Once you’ve got the chopping finished, whip three egg whites with a bit of coconut sugar until stiff peaks form. Then, just fold the chopped nuts, dates and chocolate into the egg whites. Bake the cake in a spring form pan for 40 minutes.

You can top the cake with whipped cream (if you’re OK with dairy) or whipped coconut cream. The cake itself is sweet enough that you really don’t need to add any sweetener to the topping! Slather on the cream, sprinkle some fresh berries on top, and it’s ready to serve. Elegant, unusual and delicious!

Paleo Icelandic Date Cake
A delightful meringue cake made with dates, almonds, and dark chocolate. Elegant and delicious!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup chopped dates
  2. 1 cup chopped blanched almonds
  3. 1 cup chopped dark chocolate
  4. 3 egg whites
  5. 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  6. Whipped cream or whipped coconut cream (for the topping)
  7. Fresh berries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 320 degrees.
  2. Chop the dates, almonds, and dark chocolate. You'll want to chop these finely, although you can adjust this depending on what you'd like the texture of the cake to be.
  3. Whip the egg whites with the coconut sugar until stiff peaks form.
  4. Fold the chopped dates, almonds and chocolate into the egg whites, stirring until they are evenly distributed.
  5. Grease the sides of a spring-form pan with coconut oil. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Spread the batter into the pan, and bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Let the cake cool completely. Use a knife to loosen the cake from the sides of the pan before removing the sides.
  7. Spread or pipe the whipped cream or coconut cream over the top of the cake, and sprinkle with fresh berries.
Adapted from a recipe by Nói and Siríus, in the 2002 holiday recipe magazine.
Adapted from a recipe by Nói and Siríus, in the 2002 holiday recipe magazine.
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No-Bake Pecan Pie Bars (Raw, Paleo and Vegan)

Pecan pie was a staple in my grandmother’s kitchen. She kept bags of shelled pecans in her freezer, pecans that had been picked right off the trees and carefully put away for pies and cookies all year long. My grandmother could whip up a delicious pecan pie in no time, and it tasted so good! When a friend of mine made these no-bake pecan pie bars for me, it took me right back to childhood. These bars are grain free, raw, paleo and vegan but they still have that great pecan pie taste! They get their sweet flavor from healthy dates, coconut and a touch of maple syrup instead of from white sugar and corn syrup. It’s so fun to be able to enjoy a treat like this and feel good about what you’re putting in your body!

My friend found the recipe for no-bake pecan pie bars at the Detoxinista blog. They have a crust made of dates, coconut, pecans and coconut oil. Over the crust goes a whipped filling, and then the bars are topped with crushed pecans and a drizzle of dark chocolate (the chocolate is optional). Chewy and sweet, they are such a satisfying dessert! You can make these in a square pan and serve them as bars, or if you’re feeling nostalgic try making them in a glass pie dish and serve thin wedges like at grandmother’s house. Now if I just had a few pecan trees…

No-Bake Pecan Pie Bars
These no-bake pecan pie bars are vegan, raw, paleo...and delicious! Sweetened with dates and a touch of maple syrup, these treats are nutritious and satisfying.
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Prep Time
45 min
Prep Time
45 min
For the crust
  1. 1 cup pitted medjool dates
  2. 1 cup raw pecans
  3. 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  4. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
For the filling
  1. 1 cup pitted madjool dates
  2. 2 tablespoons pure grade B maple syrup
  3. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  4. 1 cup raw pecans
  5. 1/4 cup water (you may need more)
For the topping
  1. 1 cup pecans
  2. 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 square baking dish (or pie plate) with plastic wrap to keep the bars from sticking.
  2. In a food processor, combine the ingredients for the crust and blend until you have a sticky dough. Press the dough into the bottom of the dish or pie plate. If you'd like, melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips and spread the melted chocolate over the crust.
  3. Put the crust in the freezer while you prepare the filling.
  4. Prepare the filling by putting all the ingredients in the food processor and blending well. You may need to stop and scrape the sides down from time to time. If the mixture is too thick, add a little extra water.
  5. Spread the filling over the crust (and chocolate, if you're using it). Smooth it with a spatula, then gently press in the cup of pecans for the topping. If you're using chocolate, drizzle 1/2 cup of melted dark chocolate over the pecans.
  6. Put the pecan bars in the freezer for 6 hours to overnight, then cut and serve.
Adapted from Megan Gilmore's recipe at Detoxinista
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20 Out of This World Paleo Dessert Recipes

If I have one weakness (and let’s face it I most definitely have more then one) it would be my sweet tooth. I love all sweets from candies to baked goods – bring it on. Sadly with most of these sweets you buy at the store or make from a neighbors recipe they are filled with refined sugars and horrible ingredients… Well if you are like me and love the sweets you no longer have to fill your body with bad food. Take a look at these 20 out of this world Paleo dessert recipes. 

1. Paleo Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Sometimes you just need something chocolately and gooey… this paleo chocolate molten lava cake fits the bill perfectly. So moist and delicious! Find the recipe here.

2. The Best Flourless Brownies Ever!

I’ve tried my fair share of brownies, Paleo and otherwise… these are on top of my list. I love to add a little peppermint extract to them to make them peppermin brownies! So good! Find the recipe here.

3. Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipe

Need the perfect chocolate cake for a loved ones birthday? Just take a look at this beauty! Perfect for any group regardless if they eat Paleo or not. Find the recipe here.

Paleo Chocolate Pie - Primalhub.com
Photo credit: My Natural Family

4. Coconut, Salted Caramel, and Chocolate Popsicles

Popsicles are a great treat to make a bunch of and then store in the freezer for when you are having a sweet craving. These are delicious and even my kids love them! Find the recipe here.

5. Paleo Apple Dumplings

Something about baked goods with fresh apples is so comforting and delicious… these Paleo apple dumplings make me feel cozy and warm and so happy from deliciousness. Find the recipe here.

6. Paleo Apple Spice Cake

Just one look at this recipe had me hook… the glaze alone will have you coming back for more! Love this Paleo apple spice cake. Find the recipe here.

Paleo Apple Spice Cake - Primal Hub
Photo credit: Paleo Newbie

 7. 5-Minute Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake

Baking things in mugs is getting pretty popular these days… it’s easy, quick, and usually super yummy. Need a quick go-to healthy dessert!? You’ll love this 5 minute healthy chocolate mug cake. Find the recipe here.

 8. Snickers Layer Bars

I don’t feel like I need to say much more then “Snickers Layer Bars” to explain how amazing these are. Seriously. Try them. Thank me later. Find the recipe here.

9. Chocolate Pie – Paleo and Vegan

My family loves chocolate pie – sadly most the time chocolate pies are filled with a lot of refined sugar and who knows what else. Not the case with the Paleo and vegan chocolate pie recipe! Find the recipe here.

Chocolate Pie Paleo and Vegan - Primal Hub
Photo credit: Healy Eats Real

10. Raw Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake and chocolate chips? Sign me up! These are pretty easy to make and so so good. Find the recipe here.

11. Lemon Meringue Tart Recipe

I love lemon meringue pie. I also love making things in minerature form. These lemon meringue tarts are perfect – so tangy, refreshing, and delicious you’ll keep coming back for one more. Find the recipe here.

12. Pina Colada Bars

My husband loves just about anything Pina Colada. He wasn’t so sure about a Paleo dessert recipe for Pina Colada bars, but once he tried them he was hooked. Find the recipe here.

Pina Colada Bars - Primal Hub
Photo credit: Delicious Obsessions

13. Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookies

I remember the first time I heard someone talk about using avocados in chocolate cookies… I thought they were crazy. Until I tried the cookies. Then I thought I was crazy for not thinking of it sooner. Find the recipe here.

14. Paleo Mini Pecan Pies

Again – a combination of one of my favorite pies in miniature form! These are a great dessert for a big group… so delicious. Find the recipe here.

15. Paleo Raw Cheesecake

Just look at that beauty. Whether you eat Paleo or not you will love this beautiful and delicious raw cheesecake recipe. Find the recipe here.

Raw Paleo Cheesecake Recipe - Primal Hub
Photo credit: Honey Ghee and Me

16. Paleo Mint Creme Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

My kids love icecream sandwiches… these are a great option for when they are having a craving. Healthy, delicious, easy to store. Yum! Find the recipe here.

17. Lemon Pie Bars

Lemon is one of those flavors that almost everyone loves. It’s tangy and delicious and these Lemon Pie bars are bound to be a favorite recipe for you. Find the recipe here.

18. Rosemary Pear Sorbet

Sometimes you just need a lighter flavor profile for a dessert… that’s when this delicious rosemary pear sorbet comes into play. So light and refreshing – it’s like heaven in  your mouth. Find the recipe here.

Rosemary Pear Sorbet (Paleo) - Primal Hub
Photo credit: Empowered Sustenance

19. Paleo Apple Crisp Recipe

I’m a sucker for just about any type of fruit crisp… and Apple is definitely on top of that list. Eating this Paleo apple crisp will make you feel like your are home again – even if you are no where close. Find the recipe here.

20. Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

Doughnuts! Who doesn’t love doughnuts!? Add in some pumpkin and the fact that they are Paleo! Sign me up! Find the recipe here.