These delicious little treats are ideal when you desire something sweet that’s also really good for you. They’re really easy to make the evening before for a quick and healthy breakfast or a wonderful snack. Chia seeds have a delightful crunch and have been called “Nature’s Complete Superfood”. They’re packed with omega 3 oils, fibre, and nutrition. Serve with a little fresh fruit and yoghurt if you like.
NOTE I’ve included 3 different flavour suggestions to start with that you can make from the basic recipe. Get creative and add things you like to make your own favourites. For a heartier breakfast dish try adding ¼ cup of gluten-free oats, some chopped nuts or seeds and a little more coconut milk.
TIP You can also sweeten with stevia and other natural sweeteners like xylitol, maple syrup and brown rice syrup.Try dividing the basic recipe in half and add two different kinds of flavourings. You’ll also need to divide the amount of flavouring in half if you do this.
MAKES 2 – 4 portions or approx. 8 shot glasses
PREP TIME 10 – 15 minutes
SETTING TIME a few hours to overnight in the fridge
- 1 cup coconut milk or milk of choice
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup honey, coconut syrup or coconut sugar (to taste)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Chocolate Flavour: 2 tbsp raw cacao powder (for a chocolate minty flavour add a couple of drops of mint extract)
- Raspberry Flavour: ¼ cup raspberries puree (or other fruit purees, jams or fruit spread work great too)
- Citrus Flavour: ¼ cup lime juice (you can use any kind of citrus juice to taste)
- Other Fruit Flavours: ½ cup of banana, mango or stone fruit puree
1. In a medium size bowl mix the basic ingredients together and then add your choice of flavouring and mix well to fully combine.
2. Now you’ll need to refrigerate the pudding for at least 2 hours to overnight. You can use the same bowl you mixed it in or transfer to a little serving bowl, glasses or I also like to use little shot glasses like pictured.
3. Just spoon a little pudding into each glass or your favourite little containers, cover and pop in the fridge, and within no time you’ll have your own pudding creation to enjoy. You can also place them in the freezer for 30 minutes or until set to speed up the process.
I’ll be sharing this recipe and many more in my new cookbook, The Flavour of Joy which will be out a bit later this year. Sign up www.chefkate.me to be notified and we’ll be sharing about it here on the blog too.
Until next time…
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