chia seed pudding pots
As much as I love preparing food, I love an easy breakfast. During the work week I find this particularly important because I have lemon juice in warm water when I first get up + a fresh juice before I leave the house so don’t really feel like food until I get into work, and am not so much of a morning person that I want to make breakfast from scratch every day! I guess that’s why boxed cereals and milk became so popular right, but don’t get me started on the rubbish they pass off as ‘nutritious’ in the cereal isle :)
Somewhat unrelated, I am addicted to garlic-stuffed olives and they come in the cutest little glass jars that I just can’t bear to throw out (and I love to proactively recycle stuff). As a result, I have a cupboard full of these jars and they come in very handy – a batch of chia seed pudding will fill four of them, I add crushed walnuts and fresh berries, and voila! I have healthy, filling, transportable little breakfast pots to get me through the work week.
Boxed cereal can kiss my…
- 4 tbs chia seeds
- 1 can of coconut milk –I can’t bring myself to tackle raw coconuts yet so I cheat and use organic stuff in a can which I know is not as good as the real thing but I feel it’s safer than me with a cleaver! I also prefer coconut milk to water as it is creamier but it’s a matter of preference.
- 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 2 hours and drained)
- 4 medjool dates
- 1 tsp cinnamon (or to taste, I like it a little stronger)
- a vanilla pod or some vanilla powder / extract
- pinch of sea salt
- Soak chia seeds in coconut water or milk for an hour or so, the chia seeds will swell as they absorb the milk to give a tapioca-like texture.
- Combine cashews and dates in food processor and blend until the dates are finely chopped. Add chia seeds mix and cinnamon, vanilla and salt to taste. blend until smooth.
- Alternatively, blend all ingredients except the chia seeds in a high speed blender to get it really smooth. remove to a bowl and stir in chia seeds. Leave overnight for the chia to swell.
- Divide mixture into three or four containers (or bowls if you’re eating it all immediately!) and add garnish as desired. I love it with strawberries or blueberries and chopped walnuts but experiment with whatever tickles your fancy…
Guide: raw vegan | whole food, plant based | gluten-free | sweetener-free | soy-free