Monday, December 29, 2014

Hot Product - Extra Super Vega One Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Do you know about Vega One? I got acquainted with it when I was training for a half marathon a couple of years ago. It's an awesome vegan nutritional shake that's a deliciously quick meal-on-the-run... even if you're not athletically inclined. It's perfect on its own, but of course anything can be dressed up a bit.

The nice folks at Vega sent me some samples to play with, and asked for any recipes I might come up with. I started simple, by adding the Vega One powder to my already-very-good chocolate chia seed pudding. The result is a nutritionally-amplified pudding that's more of a real food than a dessert. It's rich and chocolaty, with a texture resembling tapioca. It has no refined sugar - only stevia (in the Vega One) and dates, plus the rich sweetness of a banana. 

Eat this for dessert, or even for breakfast. Give it to your kids, or to elders who need may not feed themselves healthfully all the time. As far as I've experimented, everybody likes this pudding. Enjoy!

Extra Super Vega One Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

1/2 cup raw cashews
6 pitted dates
2 cups water
1 packet (or one scoop) Vega One powder - I used French Vanilla
1 banana
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup chia seeds

Place the cashews, dates and water in a blender and let them soak for about 15 minutes.
Add the banana, cocoa powder, and Vega One, and blend on high speed until smooth.
Pour the mixture into a large bowl and stir in the chia seeds.
Wait 10 minutes and stir again.
Refrigerate for several hours. It will thicken as it cools.