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Chocolate and peanut butter, there really is no better combination of flavors. From peanut butter cups to peanut butter cup inspired oatmeal to a spoonful of peanut butter with a square of chocolate… YUM!   And now there’s another way to enjoy this delicious combo –

peanut butter cup chia seed pudding!!

Chia pudding is great as a breakfast, snack or even dessert. (I’d could definitely enjoy this for dessert and be perfectly happy with life.) Chia seeds might be tiny, but they pack a ton of nutrition! In a one ounce serving, you get 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and lots of calcium and other vitamins. 

Chia seed pudding is like overnight oatmeal – you prep it the night before and breakfast is ready for you in the morning. Just layer your pudding and then top with a few dark chocolate pieces, walnuts and sliced or chopped banana if you’d like (because the only thing better than peanut butter and chocolate is peanut butter and chocolate + banana!)

If you can’t have peanuts due to allergies or if you just prefer another nut butter, feel free to use your favorite! You also have some options when it comes to the texture. You can enjoy it as is, or you can blend it in a blender to get it super smooth and creamy. This might be better for people who don’t like the somewhat gelatinous texture of whole chia seeds.

Looking for more chia recipes? Find them here: http://bigskyfitness.com/cha-cha-cha-chia/

Peanut_butter_cup_chia_seed_pudding_7Peanut Butter Cup Chia Seed Pudding

1/2 cup chia seeds, divided

2 cups almond milk (amount of liquid can be adjusted to give you your desired consistency. 2 cups will yield a slightly thicker pudding)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon salt, divided

2 tablespoons natural peanut butter

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

In a medium bowl, add 5 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds, 1 1/3 cups milk, cocoa powder, 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Whisk until all ingredients are combined.Peanut_butter_cup_chia_seed_pudding_3

In a small bowl, add 2 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds, 2/3 cup milk, peanut butter, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and cinnamon. Whisk until all ingredients are combined.

Place both bowls in the fridge. Let them sit overnight, or at least 3 hours.

To arrange, scoop desired amount of chocolate chia seed pudding into a cup or bowl, top with a scoop of peanut butter chia seed pudding, then another chocolate layer. Top with whatever you’d like!

Enjoy!

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