Thursday, 9 February 2012

Creamy Avocado Cacao Chia Pudding with Blueberries

There is a popular dessert in East Asian cuisine made with Sago  and while recipes vary, my favourite involves coconut milk, cooked taro chunks and sweet potato.  The sweet, creamy nature is so satisfying and I must show you the recipe one day.  However today's recipe is something  reminiscent of sago but more simple, more nutritious and with a hell of a lot less sugar (in fact there is no added sugar to this recipe!).
Chia seeds are found is Mexico and can be found either ground up as flour or as the tiny seeds itself.  Luckily for me I can now pop into my local Holland & Barretts and find these on the shelves.  They are packed with protein, anti-oxidants, healthy fats and omega-3s!  Eating these little power house seeds will keep you full, young and energetic.  The really exciting thing about Chia is that the seeds become gelatinous when they are soaked in a liquid and they become translucent - a lot like sago!.. This way they are even easier to digest (apparently the seeds are more digestible than flax seeds anyway) and perfect to make puddings or breakfast.  
This recipe was a dessert but can easily be eaten for breakfast.  Once you get the hang of it, the variations are endless.  You can even warm this up (which is what I did with the remaining Chia) and serve with Vegan chocolate shavings, or dessicated coconut for a tropical hit.  

Recipe [2-3 Servings] 
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Overall time: 35 minutes

Main ingredients
·         100g Chia Seeds
·         Large handful of blueberries
·         A few chunks of avocado

‘Marinade Sauce’
·         40ml Soya cream
·         260ml Soya milk
·         Five dates
·         Half a small avocado
·         20g cacao nibs

Blend together the all the marinade sauce ingredients in a blender until smooth.  This mixture should be taste like chocolate with a delicate sweetness.  If you want it sweet you can either add more dates or perhaps some maple syrup; I like it this way but others can sweeten it whilst they are eating it too so don’t worry too much! 
Pour the mixture into the bowl of Chia seeds, cover the bowl and refrigerate. 
Stir the mixture every ten minutes or so and after half an hour, the pudding should be ready.  Serve with blueberries on top and additional chunks of creamy avocado (or whatever the hell you like!)

Enjoy ^_^

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