I became a little obsessed with chia when we visited Raw Trader at the start of this month.  Since then I’ve been toying with ideas and recipes and eventually came up with this beauty.  Chia puddings are easy to make but getting the right consistency is the tricky part.  The one that we tried at Raw Trader was very firm and thick.  This one is thick but supple, so you can scoop it out like a gloriously creamy sago pudding but with enough almond milk to lubricate it and help it slide on down to your stomach.

I used almond milk because one of my best friends, a dietician by trade, told me how to make it: take some almonds, add water, blend, then strain!  Couldn’t be any easier right?  After a little toying around, I’m happy with these proportions: fill your blender with 1.5 cups of almonds, fill the blender up to 6 cups with filtered water, and blitz away.  Then strain over a sieve lined with muslin cloth.  Easy.  It tastes deliciously creamy and has the natural sweetness from the almonds.

Anyway, to sweeten the chia pudding further, I decided to stew some apples & dates together with star anise and a cinnamon stick.  Although this makes the pudding so obviously not raw, I’m really not that concerned.  I think it makes it incredibly special and it’s still packed with so many healthy attributes.

It doesn’t matter whether you use white or black chia (I used white).  The health benefits for both are essentially the same.  Chia is a bona fide gluten free superfood packed full of fibre, protein, anti-oxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids.

The measurements that I’m recommending will yield a smaller pudding than you see in the images.  My husband and I found the photographed portion sizes a little overwhelming so I’ve reduced the portion size down significantly.  The recipe is for 2 breakfast serves, but you can always divide it into 4 serves for a beautifully refreshing dessert.  Make it at least 4 hours in advance to allow the chia to plump up and cool down sufficiently in your fridge.  The colder it is, the better it tastes!

Ingredients (serves 2)
1/3 cup (6 tbsp) chia seeds
2 cups almond milk
2 small apples or 1 large apple, peeled & chopped into slices
4 Medjool dates, pitted & slice into small pieces
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
Water, just enough to cover your apples & dates
Toasted coconut chips (optional)

Directions
Put three tablespoons of chia seeds into two individual bowls/cups/jars.  Add 1 cup of almond milk to each container.  Stir the chia seeds & milk together.  Cover with cling film or a lid and place in a refrigerator for at least 4 hours.


 
Meanwhile, put the apples & dates into a small sauce pot, add the star anise & cinnamon stick, and add just enough water to cover the the apples & dates.  Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for 3 minutes or until the apples slices are tender.  Remove from the stove, allow to cool to room temperature, cover, and then chill in a refrigerator.


 
When ready to assemble, place the apple & date mixture – including the glorious syrup – atop the chia puddings and garnish with toasted coconut chips (optional).  Eat immediately or refrigerate until required.  Enjoy!

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Chia Pudding - the perfect way to start, or finish, the day
Serves 2
Embracing two superfoods (chia & almond milk) to create the healthiest breakfast, or a superb, deliciously light, dessert.
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup (6 tbsp) chia seeds
  2. 2 cups almond milk
  3. 2 small apples or 1 large apple, peeled & chopped into slices
  4. 4 Medjool dates, pitted & slice into small pieces
  5. 1 star anise
  6. 1 cinnamon stick
  7. Water, just enough to cover your apples & dates
  8. Toasted coconut chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put three tablespoons of chia seeds into two individual bowls/cups/jars. Add 1 cup of almond milk to each container. Stir the chia seeds & milk together. Cover with cling film or a lid and place in a refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, put the apples & dates into a small sauce pot, add the star anise & cinnamon stick, and add just enough water to cover the the apples & dates. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for 3 minutes or until the apples slices are tender. Remove from the stove, allow to cool to room temperature, cover, and then chill in a refrigerator.
  3. When ready to assemble, place the apple & date mixture – including the glorious syrup – atop the chia puddings and garnish with toasted coconut chips (optional). Eat immediately or refrigerate until required. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. You can easily substitute the apples & dates for other quick and easy alternatives - eg. mango, pineapple, berries, peaches, or bananas.
  2. Try making your own almond milk: Fill your blender with 1.5 cups of almonds, fill the blender up to 6 cups with filtered water, and blitz away. Then strain over a sieve lined with muslin cloth.
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