This deep chocolatey, rich treat (good for an every once in a while occasion…not daily, right?!) is so easy to make. A couple months back, I posted a very similar recipe with gelatin and some folks wrote in requesting other options for thickeners. I reworked the ingredients just slightly and the result was equally tasty and simple but gelatin-, egg- and dairy-free! I served it in small dessert cups for just the perfect little bite. Tiny spoons are fun, too.
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Now back to the recipe!
- 1-14 oz (400 ml) can of coconut milk
- 2 oz (~50 g) of your favorite dark chocolate (85% or higher), chopped
- 1 Tablespoon good quality cocoa powder
- 5-6 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Sprinkle with cinnamon or cardamom!
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the coconut milk, chopped dark chocolate and cocoa powder.
- Warm the milk until the chocolate is completely melted. Turn off the heat and stir in the chia seeds and vanilla extract. [Hint: add the chia seeds while stirring continuously or else they will stick to the bottom of the pan in one big gelatinous lump. Not cool.]
- Stir thoroughly until the chia seeds begin to thicken the mixture a bit.
- Pour into small serving cups and refrigerate for at least an hour until the mixture is very thick.
- Top with shaved dark chocolate or coconut whipped cream.
Have you ever used chia seeds as a thickener?