This recipe was inspired by food52.com.
This pudding is a dainty little treat. If you're trying to find dairy alternatives to yogurt but are craving something creamy as a breakfast, snack, or dessert, this is a great replacement. Try it with any type of berry that tickles your fancy and be prepared to savor!
1/2 cup organic chia seeds
2 1/2 cups almond milk (or rice, or coconut milk)
1 cup fresh (or frozen and thawed) organic blueberries
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
Blend milk, blueberries, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla and syrup together in a blender on high until smooth.
Pour blueberry mixture over chia seeds and whisk together. (Or put the whole shebang in a large jar and shake until blended.)
Let rest for a few minutes, then stir/shake again.
Ten minutes later, stir/shake again. Refrigerate and allow to rest overnight.
In the morning, give it a stir/shake and check texture. If its too thick, add a little more almond milk.
The texture will resemble a teeny-pearled tapioca pudding. Serve and enjoy!
Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.
Blueberries: These berries should get their own cape. They are a superfood, packed with antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, meanwhile protecting your nervous system and brain health. They're rich with manganese, and Vitamins K and C, and are also a good source of dietary fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.
Cardamom: This spice is an excellent source of iron and manganese, making it a rock star for blood and cellular regeneration. It also contains significant amounts of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, and can be used as an anti-spasmodic and digestive aid. Great for the belly AND the heart. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.
Chia Seeds: "Chia" is the Mayan word for strength. Once an important energy source for Mayans, Incas and other ancient cultures, they are now favored by athletes and birthing mothers for their strength and energy enhancing properties. They are a great source of omega-3 acids, calcium, protein, fiber and potassium. Plus they’re low in cholesterol and sodium. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon has long been used as a medicine. It’s a good source of manganese and calcium. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to lessen unwanted blood clotting. It also has strong anti-microbial properties and help control blood sugar. The list of the powerful spice’s benefits continue, so see here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is excellent source of manganese and a good source of zinc, both of which are important to promote a healthy immune system. Studies have shown that maple syrup can also be useful for muscle recovery and immune system support. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.