Whoever says a raw, gluten-free, vegan dessert has to be complicated to be incredibly delicious must be dreaming… or potentially is a qualified Chef. Either way, my point is that preparing healthy treats doesn’t have to eat into your time and it certainly doesn’t require a degree in culinary arts. In fact, you could whip up a nutritious dessert in under 5 minutes with just a few ingredients from your cupboard, and one that rivals any Cadbury chocolate mousse. The proof is in the pudding… Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding!
As you probably guessed, Chia seeds are the main ingredient in this recipe. If there’s one thing we know about Chia seeds it’s that they can absorb up to ten times their weight in water and create a gel coating around themselves when exposed to liquid, which is why they form the perfect base for a healthy pudding. Chia Seed Puddings are so easy to make that you can’t really go wrong with them. All you need to do is start with a dairy-free milk like coconut, almond, rice, or oat milk, then choose a fruit (I find that berries work best), throw in a hint of extra sweetness e.g. honey, agave nectar, or coconut syrup, then simply blend, add Chia seeds and leave in the fridge to thicken while you paint your toenails and nestle into your favourite TV show.
What’s also worth mentioning is that Chia seeds are high in protein, iron, omega 3, antioxidants, and fiber, so not only will your digestive system love you but this is one dessert you’re less likely to feel guilty for devouring.
1 cup Coconut Milk
1 cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2 tbsp raw Honey
¼ cup of The Chia Co Chia Seeds
½ tsp Cinnamon
- Place coconut milk, blueberries and honey in a blender, mix until smooth then transfer to a large bowl
- Add chia seeds, cinnamon and stir through
- Cover the bowl and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours, stirring every so often
- After about 20 minutes you will see the pudding start to thicken as the chia seeds turn into gel
- Once the mixture is thick enough your pudding will be ready to eat
- Sprinkle with blueberries and serve in any kind of funky glass to jazz things up a little. I like to use margarita glasses or champagne flutes
I also came across another delightful Chia recipe that I couldn’t resist sharing:
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding – http://veggienook.com/2013/01/16/chocolate-covered-strawberry-chia-seed-pudding/