Chocolate Flax Seed Pudding for the win
After praising Golden Flax Seeds to the skies, I promised myself to create a recipe for brown flax seeds too. Like everyone else, they hate to play second fiddle. I wanted something chocolaty because it’s already pretty cold outside, and rainy, and I was craving something sweet – so here is my Chocolate Flax Seed Pudding.
I only started to eat Flax Seed Pudding 2 weeks ago and I am already addicted. Maybe it’s because flax is something very familiar, something I grew up with. And it can be oh so tasty when prepared the right way and combined with your favorite flavors and spices. I decided to go with coconut and cinnamon – best decision ever!
This time I added a few tablespoons of oatmeal to my flax pudding, which created a really nice texture. The white coconut yogurt on top (in the bowl above it’s underneath the flax seeds) forms a stunning contrast.
How do you make something ordinary look really pretty? Ask your neighbor if you can pick her last roses (mine are all gone, unfortunately). I was so darn happy when she invited me to plunder her rosary! Roses are one of the most beautiful edible flowers. They make the simplest food look extraordinary. And they are not only a decoration – just pick the petals and sprinkle them over your breakfast – yum!
This year I seeded strawflowers for the first time and they are still blooming – I just put a few of them in a vase. You can pick them with closed buds and they’ll flourish even without water. I will use them throughout the winter time to color my pictures.
Health benefits of Flax Seeds
But now let’s talk a bit about the health benefits of flax seeds. They are a natural and very powerful remedy for constipation. They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers dissolve in water and turn flax seeds into a gel-like substance, like chia seeds. These fibers are able to bind to cholesterol, thereby reducing cholesterol level. Insoluble fibers stimulate bowel movements. With one serving of flax seed pudding per day, you are doing your gut a big favor and you’ll probably never suffer from constipation again.
Actually, I ate two servings of flax pudding throughout the last week because I worked on this recipe and my stomach flattened visibly. Not the worst side effect! Flax seeds also contain lignans, which are known to lower the risk of developing breast cancer. So there is no reason to not eat flax seeds. Just make sure to drink at least a cup of water or tea after eating flax pudding because flax seeds need a lot of liquid to unlock their full potential.
Chocolate Flax Seed Pudding
Sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan recipe for Chocolate Flax Seed Pudding.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 2 tsp cacao
- 2 tsp erythritol
- 1 tsp raw cane sugar
- 1 dash cinnamon
- 4 tbsp brown flax seeds
- 4 tbsp quick cooking oatmeal
- 4 tbsp coconut yogurt
- 1 banana
- 2 tsp millet sprouts optional
- 2 tbsp raspberries optional
- edible flowers
In a small bowl, mix cacao, erythritol, raw cane sugar and cinnamon.
Bring water and coconut water to the boil and pour over cacao-spice mix. Mix well.
In another bowl, mix brown flax seeds and oatmeal. Add hot cacao and stir well.
Let sit for 10 minutes, stirring every once in a while. Transfer to the fridge and allow to rest for another 45 minutes.
Layer Chocolate Flax Seed Pudding and coconut yogurt in a jar or bowl. Top with banana slices, millet sprouts, raspberries and edible flowers.
You can substitute coconut yogurt with plain coconut flavored soy yogurt.