Malted Chocolate Chia Pudding

Hello! Hope you’re having a wonderful day 😀

When I woke up this morning, the car bomb cupcakes and frosting were tempting me with their deliciousness.

I withheld from diving in –the fact that they include alcohol and it was 7:30AM helped- and decided to make something equally decadent:

Malted Chocolate Chia Pudding


-1/4 cup chia seeds

-3/4 cup almond milk

-1.5 packs of Stevia

-sprinkle of cinnamon

-1 t raw cacao powder

-1 t maca powder (optional, but gives it a nice malted taste)

-1 t vanilla extract

-pinch of sea salt

Whisk all ingredients thoroughly, so that the dry ingredients are fully absorbed by the almond milk.

Place into the fridge for 10 minutes to allow chia seeds to gelatinize.

Top with whatever you’re feelin’ (I used a sliced banana and a T of almond butter; strawberries, goji berries or orange slices would be lovely, too)

Feast 😀

© 2009 The Fitnessista

It was a glorious bfast that I followed with an even more glorious yoga practice. I heated the yoga room up to 90* with the trusty space heater, and while it got nice and roasty in there, I made some batter for Spicoli burgers (from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan)


I halved the mixture, stuck in the the fridge to harden, then went upstairs to flow my little heart out. Today’s podcast of choice was a 60 minute yoga podcast from Yoga to the People (the one by Greg on 2/10/2009). A few readers had suggested this podcast to me (thank you!!!) and I LOVED it. No mindless chatter, and I was focused, sweating like a monkey and muy contenta when it was over.

Lunch time:


Spicoli Burgers (brown rice, bell pepper, onion, garlic, mustard, ketchup, nama shoyu, oregano, thyme and savory) with a massaged kale salad (Glory, grape tomatoes, lemon juice, sea salt, nama shoyu and Goddess dressing)

When I say “Glory”, I’m being serious:


(They don’t sell organic kale anywhere in Valdosta and I forgot to smuggle some from Florida. So I’m rolling with “Glory” for now)

I ended up losing a burger because it oozed and splattered everywhere, but the three I did have were fan-freaking-tastic. I’m convinced that Eat, Drink and Be Vegan can do no wrong.


I’m gonna take these puppers on a short walk and then head to work, where I’ll be spending the afternoon making orientation phone calls and booking appointments before I hop on the Revolving Apparatus of Death. 😉

Have a great day and I’ll see ya tonight after the romantic dinner I owe the pilot 🙂



Something to think: Greg read this quote at the end of today’s yoga podcast and it really struck a chord with me. Just thought I’d share:

"I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason.

I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me.

Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go.

Reality doesn’t impress me.

I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another.

No more walls."

— Anaïs Nin

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 10, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I love the ‘burgers!’ They looks great, along with the pudding. I can’t find chia seeds anywhere. I guess I need to order them online!

  2. Leslie on November 10, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I love that cookbook! Making the chickpea patties today!

  3. Paige (Running Around Normal) on November 10, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I’m loving that cook book so far! Love! The yoga session sounds lovely.

  4. Gena on November 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Great quotation from the volatile Ms. Nin!

  5. Nikki on November 10, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Hi Gina! you had posted a code to use for free and I couldn’t get it to work.. do you remember if this code was temporary? thanks!!

  6. Teresa on November 10, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    That pudding is malted MADNESS! So freaking good looking! I bet it was a party in your mouth. Seriously you must be one of those people who come up with recipes while you try to fall asleep, or they come to you in your dreams.

    I haven’t had the spicolis in a long time, thanks for the reminder!

  7. Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) on November 10, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    LOVE this pudding recipe.. I just won a bunch of chai seeds from Ms. Averie so I will def have to try this out!! 😉

  8. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on November 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Those burgers look like latkas!!

  9. Katie on November 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    those burgers look so good!! and the pudding!! i need to make them asap! thanks!

  10. Tay on November 10, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    What a delicious looking pudding!! I’m sure it would also be amazing with peppermint extract 🙂

  11. Megan on November 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Ok heres a question I can’t find the answer to. Is chia the stuff that grows through the head of a chia pet?

  12. Jenna on November 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    wow gina, those burgers look fantastic! such a great idea.

  13. Brittany on November 10, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    That bowl of malted chocolate chia pudding looks amazing. I still have to try chia pudding so I need to get on that!

    Hope you’re have a great day lady!

  14. Randi on November 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I took a few Yoga to the People classes at St. Marks in NYC when I was there this summer. That place is so amazing and energizing. I dream about going back! I love how it’s donation based and the instructors are wonderful. Next time you are in NYC… GO THERE! You’ll be blown away. 🙂

  15. Whitney @ Lettuce Love on November 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Yummy looking pudding! I love that quote 🙂

  16. bobbi on November 10, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I want those burgers!!! have fun tongiht with the hubbs 😉

  17. Tavolini on November 10, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Fascinating quote–I don’t necessarily agree with it, but its a good one to chew on.

  18. Light Delight with TouTou on November 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Love the quote – thanks for sharing it. especially this:
    Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go.

  19. Katie on November 10, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Beautiful quote I love that line about anything I can not transform into something maravelous, I let go. I have done with “friends”, school everything. I am only keeping positive things in my life.

  20. Diana on November 10, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Those burgers look so goooood 🙂

  21. Mama Pea on November 10, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Holy crap! Should I be copyrighting my recipes? I think I’ve definitely got dibs on “Hugh Jass” too.

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2009 at 5:16 pm

      i just do it to (hopefully) hinder jack-age. you definitely have dibs on hugh jass.. just like i have dibs on the bfast cookie that people try to say they “invented”

  22. Janna (Just Flourishing) on November 10, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I must get my hands on Chia Seeds and Eat, Drink and Be Vegan asap!

    Gina, I have a question for you.
    Since moving in with my boyfriend I have been trying to make healthy dinners that satisfy both of us. But I have been having a difficult time as my boyfriend is a meat and potatoes kind of guy whereas I am a veggies and quinoa kind of girl ;). I don’t mind making two meals or even one meal two ways so we can eat together …but I just don’t have any ideas! I know you often prep dinner for the pilot and yourself, so do you have any easy and healthy recipe ideas that would satisfy both myself and my meat-eating boyfriend? THANKS!!!!

  23. Shelby on November 10, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve been meaning to make those burgers for about a year now! I should really get around to it…

  24. KRISTEN'S RAW on November 10, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Your chia pudding sounds divine! 🙂


  25. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin on November 10, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Oooh! I think your chocolate malted version of chia pudding sounds wonderful!

    You’re making me want a copy of Eat, Drink, and be Vegan, too!

  26. Lauren on November 10, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Can I just say how fantastic I think it is that you’ve created your own Hot Yoga Room! That’s awesome!

    Yeah, cupcakes at 7:30 might have sounded like a good idea, but I bet your tummy was thanking you for deciding on the Chia pudding instead. I’m sure it helped with the 60 min. intense yoga session too! 😉

  27. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on November 10, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I love that quote!!

    Not to jump on the bandwagon of the other comments, but I also needed to get myself a copy of Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan- those burgers looks majorly yum!

  28. Jess on November 10, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    I’m definitely making that chia pudding this week. It looks delish.

    Love the quote. Anais Nin was such an interesting person. Although a lot of her writings probably wouldn’t be appropriate for public forum 😉

  29. Erin on November 11, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Ooh Gina! You know how to feed yourself! I love how you take the time to prepare meals that are interesting instead of just eating a bar or something – such a difference from last year, when mistah lovah was gone for so long. I just mean that you are so RADIANT lately and I love it 🙂

  30. Tina on November 11, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Those burgers look awesome! And I still haven’t had chia, but it always looks sooo good.

    I love that quote. Especially

    Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go.

    Such great words to live by. I saved it on my computer 🙂 Thanks!

  31. Stefania on December 15, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Just wondering you soak your chia seeds.

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 8:52 pm

      yes, in the almond milk

  32. Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN on March 10, 2010 at 6:46 am!!! I’m enjoying my very first bowl of Chocolate Chia Pudding for breakfast and WOW! It’s amazing! Seriously, thank you so much for sharing this recipe. My shipment of Chia Seeds came in the mail yesterday and this is the first recipe I’ve tried with them. I’m hooked! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 10, 2010 at 9:27 am

      whoo hoo!!! i looooove chia pudding- so glad you’re a fan too 🙂

  33. Julie on March 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I just came across your blog, and I love love love it, thank you for writing!!

    I also LOVE Chia, and i’m so glad you posted about it!!

    A product you should really try if you like adding Chia to your diet is Mamma Chia, it’s a chia beverage. It is sooo good, I am literally obsessed with it, I buy it by the case. I found it in Whole Foods, and i’m hooked. I loved the taste and jelly-like texture…and then I looked at the nutrition label and loved it even more!! It has 2000mg of omega 3, 10 g of fiber, and 4 g of protein in every bottle. I keep telling everyone I can about it!!

  34. Dragana on June 9, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Hi there,
    Came across your website kind of by accident, tried out your chia pudding last night and it went over soooo well. I topped it with rasberries and served it in little ramekins. Thanks for the recipe, it is definately being added into the rotation at our house.

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