Considering how many special diets are out there nowadays, staying aware of them all makes my head spin 😉 However, despite all the different reasons for each, they all share one thing: healthy eating habits.
Kuba and I try to eat as fresh as possible, staying away from processed foods. For us, very often it means venturing out to discover the best recipes from all types of diets. A year ago I went to the Raw Food workshop with Katie Sanderson. Kale crisps, Raw Lasagne or Irish Kimchi were all delightful! But there was one ingredient that stood out among the rest: chia seeds! I learnt that they’re packed with omega-3, antioxidants, calcium, fiber and protein. Ah! and because they absorb up to 10 times their weight in water, they help you stay hydrated too! Probably I would have never know if I didn’t go to this eye-opening workshop. A year later, chia puddings are still one of our favourites breakfasts or evening desserts. An agave nectar-kissed, velvety pudding, adorned with a luxuriously sweet blueberries, peaches, figs and plums and topped with almonds is an easy, healthy and beyond awesome breakfast or dessert!
A recipe that we use makes up to two large bowls. Sometimes we double the recipe, keep the pudding in the fridge and this way we have breakfast for a few days in a row. Very cool, isn’t it? 🙂
Ok, here it is;
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or cardamon, or both)
- 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or raw honey
- Fruits for topping (blueberries, peaches, figs and plums are pictured here)
- Almonds or other nuts for topping for a bit of crunch
Combine almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla and sweetener in a bowl. Mix well until combined and the mixture begins to thicken. Store covered in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 2 hours.
After soaking the chia seeds in this luscious liquid, the mixture will attain a creamy texture.
Stir well before serving. (If it becomes too thick, add a bit of water).
Top with fresh fruit and nuts of your choice.
Tip; The best way to avoid clumping is to stir a few times at the beginning.
I do it every 10-15 mns 2-3 times as it’s soaking in.