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Class Notes + Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Thank you to everyone who attended the desserts class at Kitchen Conservatory on Sunday. I’m always surprised when a class sells out. Here are some books, products, and random things I talked about to the class or individuals.

Baking tips:


There is no single right way to approach wheat free baking. I’d encourage everyone to look at a variety of sources to find the style of baking that suits your needs.

Sites for specific needs:

CookWise by Shirley Corriher is my favorite cookbook. It is not a gluten free cookbook, though most recipes could easily be converted to gluten free. Check it out at a library if you don’t want to purchase it. Each recipe has an explanation of why certain ingredients were used, along with many troubleshooting tips that apply to gluten free baking. I’ve borrowed many techniques directly from this book.

Gluten free resources/news/books:


I mentioned chia during the class, then promptly went off on a tangent. Chia seeds are packed with fiber and all sorts of good things. They can be used to thicken smoothies, replace an egg in recipes, or in sweet treats. Here’s an easy recipe for chocolate chia pudding.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

1 hour

1 single serving chocolate chia pudding

If you like tapioca, you'll love this healthy chocolate pudding. SO easy to make with chia seeds. This pudding will continue to thicken the longer it's refrigerated. Gluten free, vegan, and surprisingly good.


  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1.5 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (paste or extract)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk


In a mug, combine cocoa, sugar, chia seeds, and vanilla. Gradually pour in almond milk and stir thoroughly. Chill in fridge (or freezer) for an hour or so to thicken. Top with coconut whipped cream as needed.


Coconut whipped cream - Open can of cold (full fat) coconut milk without shaking. Scoop the thick coconut cream into a bowl (not the watery part though, save it for another recipe or drink). Sweeten and add vanilla to taste. Whip until fluffy by hand or with a mixer.