If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that I am constantly on the lookout for healthy, minimally-processed and allergy-considerate meals. This is a quest that often leads me to non-traditional ingredients.
Chia seeds are one of those foods that are somewhat in vogue, though there seems to be some basis for the hype - they are made up of dietary fibre, protein and fat plus a tonne of minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous. It's also a versatile ingredient - I have included in recipes as diverse as Chia Berry Parfait and Quinoa & Chia Seed Bread.
The downside is that they don't always come cheap - I have taken to buying them in bulk from Costco (thanks Mum!) - for about 60% of the cost (per gram). As a result, I have quite a lot of chia seeds in my pantry. I decided to try a new chia pudding flavour combination, and am happy to share my Blueberry & Macadamia Chia Pudding with you today.
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Blueberry & Macadamia Chia Pudding
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup coconut milk (The carton variety works best)
- 1 tablespoon raw or organic honey (or organic maple syrup)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/8 cup raw macadamias
Place the chia seeds in a small bowl. Add the coconut milk, honey and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator and let it set overnight.
Remove from the refrigerator, check that the chia seeds have gelled. Add your blueberries and mix through. Top with macadamias and serve.
Vanessa Vickery (or Ness as she is also known) is a qualified nutritionist and a mother of two energetic toddlers. She created Becomingness, a health and wellness website, to help women achieve their health and wellness goals by providing accurate, accessible information, as well as offering valuable products and services that promote motivation, empowerment, self-belief and happiness. Come say hello and follow Ness on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest.