Thursday, May 8, 2014

Raspberry Chia Pudding


I say move over Oatmeal, there is a new Sheriff in town!


                              
Consistency of Chia (Below is with Coconut and Hemp Milk and is pictured for what Chia Seeds look like after they have expanded in liquid.
                             
Chia Pudding Bowl of Goodness 
                        

As far as Chia seed pudding goes, I'm a HUGE fan.  I love it.  I can't get enough of it.

It's filling.

The creamier the better.

The more toppings the better-and you don't have to feel guilty about it!

It's like dessert for adults.  And you can eat it for breakfast too!

It's so EASY to make!!

So easy, that often I make two or three of them before bed, and the prep is done in 10 minutes!

You can load it with toppings like nuts, seeds, berries, dried fruit, fresh fruit, frozen fruit, oats, granola, warmed sweet potato, mashed banana, raw cacao nibs, dark chocolate, shredded coconut, coconut butter, cocoa powder-the sky is the limit, but the trick is to stay with healthier toppings as opposed to candy, cookies and cereal.

I prefer going sugar free when it comes to Chia Pudding.  Meaning, no added sugar.  But if you are a sugar whore and you need your fix try maple syrup, raw honey, coconut sugar.  And just a little goes a long way.

The best part is?  Your brain thinks it's dessert!  So you think you are eating a treat, but low and behold it's healthy!

The benefits? OMG this little seed is LOADED with goodness!

  • Was eaten by the Aztecs for strength. Boosts energy!
  • Excellent vegetarian source of Omega Fatty Acids (Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9)
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Aids Digestion
  • It contains more natural antioxidants then flaxseed 
  • Excellent source of dietary fiber
  • Versatile in any recipe as an addition (in small quantities)
  • It's a healthy fat but low in fat!
  • Carries large amounts of Magnesium which is great for muscles and helps you sleep
  • Diabetic friendly
This version uses a water base.  It's a little lighter.

Using Organic Chia seeds is best.

What is the dilly with Chia Seeds?  
Well, when you add them dry they do not expand but are still delicious and packed with the nutrients above.  But when you add liquid they expand, get larger and the quantity becomes doubled.  It's like Jello.  Jello doesn't become that gummy consistency until it sets in water in the refrigerator for a few hours.  That's like Chia.  When they expand you get your pudding consistency.  

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds 
3/4 cup Water
1-2 capfuls Sugar free or regular vanilla extract
1 tsp. Raw Cacao Powder or Cocoa Powder of choice
Desired toppings for later use
(I used Frozen Raspberries, Goji Berries, Sunflower Seeds, Raw Cacao Nibs)

By now you might be wondering what Goji Berries and Raw Cacao Nibs are.  They are Superfoods.  That means they have more nutrient packed benefits then most.  Vitamins, Nutrients, Trace Minerals, Healthy Fats, Protein and healing properties.  Goji Berries are known for lasting life according to Chinese Medicine and they are the most nutrient rich berry and antioxidant.  Raw Cacao nibs provide lots of Magnesium, is a natural source for energy and at the same time aids in sleeping.  Did you know that Chia seeds are considered a Superfood?  Yup!  Lucky you!!

Are Superfoods Necessary for your Chia Pudding?  No they are not.  Superfoods are pricey.  They are best bought Organic online on Amazon or Vitacost.  Buying retail will cause you to faint on sight because of the price increase.  Therefore if your wallet cannot afford all Superfoods, simply choose one as a little goes a long way, and then stick with your more affordable toppings like dark chocolate (70 percent and higher, frozen fruits, mashed fruits, fresh fruits, dried fruit, oatmeal, oats, granola etc).

What I love about Chia Seed Pudding is that all you need is a good base.  The rest is up to you.  Create my darlings, create!

MASON JAR DIRECTIONS:
1. In a Mason Jar mix 1/2 cup of water with 2 Tbsp. Chia seeds
2. Add in 1 tsp. raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
3. Secure jar tightly and shake it like a madwoman
4. Put in refrigerator over night sealed
5. The next day open jar and mix thoroughly with a fork or spoon
6. Add in an addition 1/4 cup of water and re stir thoroughly
7. Pour into a dish and add desired toppings or put toppings into jar and eat

KITCHEN CUP DIRECTIONS:

1. In a cup mix 1/2 cup of water with 2 Tbsp. Chia seeds
2. Add in 1 tsp. raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
3. Mix thoroughly with a fork or spoon  
4. Cover with saran wrap and put in refrigerator over night sealed
5. The next day remove saran wrap and mix thoroughly with a fork or spoon
6. Add in an addition 1/4 cup of water and re stir thoroughly
7. Pour into a dish and add desired toppings or put toppings into cup and eat




Serves 1

Enjoy!! xx Julie


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