Chef Stefen Janke’s Chocolate Ginger Chia Pudding is a fun treat and a great way to get the nutritious chia seed into your diet. As Homemade Nut Milk simmers on the stove, it is flavored with cocoa powder, cinnamon, ginger and turmeric, and then sweetened with a couple Medjool dates. These elements infuse the pudding with a rich taste, while chia seeds are stirred in for a little bit of texture. Prepare this dessert ahead of time, as two hours of refrigeration is required before the mixture can be pureed, then poured into serving cups and returned to the fridge to set up. Serve with a sprinkle of chia and your favorite colorful fruit. This recipe is wonderful as an everyday dessert, but by giving it a pretty presentation it can also be perfect for a dinner party as an elegant way to end your meal.
Add unsweetened cocoa powder, ginger, cinnamon stick, turmeric and dates into milk. Bring to a simmer.
Continue to stir until ginger and turmeric are dissolved thoroughly.
Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon stick and allow to cool.
Once cooled, add chia seeds. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
Pour the mixture into a blender and puree until smooth.
At this time, adjust sweetness by adding another 1/2 to 1 date.
Transfer into small glasses and place back in the fridge to set up.
Serve with preferred toppings – e.g. sliced strawberries or bananas.
Chef Stefen Janke
Chef Stefen Janke began his career at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and has worked at prestigious kitchens in San Francisco and Los Angeles, including the Savoy Brassiere, Aqua, the Cypress Club and Patina. In 2000, after the birth of his son, Stefen became a private Chef in Los Angeles, and now brings his culinary talents to Yolo County and the greater Sacramento area. In 2015, after Chef Stefen’s wife Julie was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer, he and his family transitioned to a whole food, plant-based diet. They now share his plant-based recipes as part of their catering company Gourmet Solutionz and at Plant Punk Kitchen dinner parties.