Black forest gateau was one of my favourite desserts as a child. I was never a big fan of most fruit and chocolate combinations, but cherries and chocolate just seem to work beautifully don’t they?
This manuka honey sweetened chia chocolate pudding makes for a brilliant alternative to super sugary chocolate gateau. It’s easy to make and you can pop it in the fridge overnight for an indulgent but guilt free weekend brunch the following day.
INGREDIENTS (makes 1 large jar)
1 tin of coconut milk (be careful to ensure it’s just milk and water ~ no chemical nasties)
Tablespoon cacao powder
Half a teaspoon of vanilla paste
3 tablespoons of manuka honey
5 tablespoons of chia seeds
10 fresh cherries
Flaked almonds ~ grated 100% chocolate < to decorate
Why this pud is so good
Super foods are just that – foods that contain significantly higher quantities of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other health-boosting, anti-ageing, disease-fighting properties.
Normal cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols. Cacao however refers to the Theobroma Cacao tree from which Cocoa is derived, and is used when referring to unprocessed versions of the cacao bean. Here are just a few reasons why it’s so amazing;
- Cacao has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries
- Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron around 7.3mg per 100g
- Raw organic cacao has more calcium than cow’s milk 160mg per 100g
- Cacao is a great source of scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin & dopamine
Chia seeds are another gem. These tiny black seeds come from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which grows natively in South America. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day. Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, only recently did chia seeds become recognised as a modern day superfood. Here are some awesome facts;
- Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories
- Chia Seeds Are Loaded With Antioxidants
- Chia Seeds Are High in Quality Protein
- Chia seeds contain more Omega-3s than salmon
Manuka honey has a ton of health benefits which includes an anti-inflammatory action that can quickly reduce pain and inflammation.
With all these wonderful ingredients combined, you can see why this super food pudding is a super healthy version of a regular black forest gateau.
Warm half a tin of coconut milk gently in a pan. Add half a teaspoon of vanilla paste and a tablespoon and a half of manuka honey. Warm gently for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want to ensure the milk has absorbed that delicious vanilla flavour. Place in the fridge to cool.
Warm the second half of the coconut milk adding cacao powder and a tablespoon and a half of manuka honey. Ensure the cacao is fully stirred in. Again place in the fridge to cool.
Once both milk mixtures are cold, stir 2 and a half tablespoons of chia seeds into each and leave on the side. The chia seeds will gently expand, forming a jelly like consistency. This happens over the course of an hour or two. You can stir the chia mixture every now and again to ensure they expand evenly. Without putting you off, it’s almost like frog spawn!!
Gently spoon a layer of vanilla chia into the bottom of a jar, add a layer of chopped fresh cherries, then a layer of chocolate chia. I decorated my pudding with more fresh cherries, flaked almonds and a few 100% dark chocolate shavings.
Place back in the fridge until ready to serve. Super delicious black forest gateau ~ done!