The Doulas of Los Angeles Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

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Food is intrinsically connected to our emotions. We associate certain foods with holiday celebrations, with our memories, with our relationships, with life phases.

In fact, food is so essential to a woman’s postpartum recovery that without proper nutrition she can suffer a whole host of health challenges from insufficient milk production & anemia to postpartum mood disorders. And let’s not forget the other family members who still need to eat.

An army marches on its stomach.” – Napoleon Bonaparte*

But with all of the demands on new mothers and recently postpartum families, who has time to cook? Postpartum Doulas do. Our job is to nurture your mind, body and spirit; and food is one of the ways we do that. Here’s the secret behind one of our favorite protein packed dishes to treat families to, and one that you can also whip up yourself, for a quick cool summer snack or a chilled breakfast.

The Doulas of Los Angeles Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-5 Tbsp honey
  • pinch ground cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except honey to a mixing bowl and mix on high for 2 minutes.
  • Fold in honey.
  • Spoon into serving dishes.
  • Let rest covered in the fridge overnight or at least 3-5 hours.

 

Keep leftovers covered in the fridge for 2-3 days, though it’s best when fresh. Serve chilled, with tasty toppings such as fruit, granola or shredded coconut. Enjoy!

*Although this oft quoted observation is generally attributed to Napoleon, some scholars dispute that his less than eloquent words were “gussied up” by a creative messenger.