I’m a firm believer that food is medicine. But medicine doesn’t always have to taste bad. One bright and colorful food commonly used in many delicious Mediterranean dishes adds loads of flavor and has a plethora of health benefits associated with it.
It’s called turmeric! Studies have shown turmeric has potent anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve swelling and pain and may reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Now that’s good medicine.
Today we’re using turmeric to make my special anti-inflammatory recipe for Spiced Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding. While it takes a bit of time to make this treat, I can assure you it’s well worth the investment, and most of the wait period is refrigerator time, not prep time.
The recipe calls for maple syrup, but you can substitute with raw honey or 1-2 teaspoons of stevia to taste. You can also mix it up and replace the dried fruit with nuts or unsweetened shredded coconut.
It will keep well in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. This pudding is great to make the night before stored in small mason jars and ready to serve the following day.

Recipe - Spiced Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 3 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


  • 2 Cans Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract Gluten-Free
  • 2-3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder Unsweetened
  • 2/3 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Turmeric
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fruit of your choice


  • Place first 8 ingredients into a high-poweredblender and blend until smooth.
  • Cover and chill in the fridge at least 5 hours to thicken.
  • Pour into dessert cups or small mason jars, and top with chopped fruit. Enjoy!


What's your favorite type of pudding? Do you add toppings to yours? References:
  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/306981.php
  2. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/turmeric/ataglance.htm