He Could Chia Star

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He Could Chia Star is an en pointe chocolate dessert inspired by the musical Billy Elliot.

He Could Chia Star - a Billy Elliot-inspired chocolate chia dessert!

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He Could Be A Star is from the musical Billy Elliot, which is based on the 2000 movie of the same name. Set in North Eastern England in the mid 1980s, it tells the story of Billy, who trades in his boxing gloves for ballet shoes, and the struggles that ensue after he makes this decision.

The song is sung by Billy’s father and brother; his father has crossed the picket line of the miner’s strike to earn money to pay for Billy’s fee to get to his next ballet audition, a decision that Billy’s brother Tony is less than happy about.

He could be a star for all we know
We don’t know how far he can go

Now don’t think we’re turning into a health food blog for even a SECOND, but chia seeds are actually very good for you. High in fiber, rich in protein, contains antioxidants and other marvelous things. And now that I’ve said that, I can move on to the recipe.

Because the chia seeds need to soak in the milk so that they absorb some of the liquid, this dessert is prepared in advance, leaving the chia to work their magic overnight!

Blend unsweetened almond milk, cocoa powder and preferred sweetening agent together (you could try maple syrup, honey or a sugar free alternative). I use a my stick blender for this task as the cocoa powder really needs some energy behind it to dissolve into the milk.

Add the chia seeds and mix really well. Cover and place in the fridge overnight or for at least six hours (I keep the mixture in the same vessel that I used for blending to save effort!).

The next day, whisk the seeds with a balloon whisk to break up any lumps. The mixture will thicken and the seeds will be spread throughout the milk, forming a thick pudding. Transfer to individual serving bowls or glasses, or you could always a large glass star-shaped dish!

Store in the fridge (for up to four days) until required, then grate some dark chocolate over the top before serving.

He Could Chia Star - a Billy Elliot-inspired chocolate chia dessert!

Serves 4

He Could Chia Star
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Ingredients

  • 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • maple syrup, honey or sugar free sweetener, to taste
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • dark chocolate, for grating

Instructions

  1. Blend the milk, cocoa powder and preferred sweetening agent together until the cocoa has fully dissolved into the milk.
  2. Add the chia seeds and mix really well. Cover and place in the fridge overnight or for at least six hours.
  3. The next day, whisk the seeds with a balloon whisk to break up any lumps. The mixture will thicken and the seeds will be spread throughout the milk, forming a thick pudding.
  4. Transfer to individual serving bowls or glasses, or one larger dish.
  5. Store in the fridge (for up to four days) until required, then grate some chocolate over the top to serve.
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