Orange Blossom Water Chia Pudding

on

I never thought I’d be posting this vegan recipe on my blog, but I’m currently in love with this. It started with a small sprinkle over my breakfast oatmeal, then I got grew enough courage to actually try it on its own. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the taste.

DSC_0266

“Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micro-nutrients. They are high in antioxidants that help to protect the delicate fats in the seeds. Almost all of the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fiber. Chia seeds are high in quality protein, much higher than most plant foods. Protein is the most weight loss friendly macro-nutrient and can drastically reduce appetite and cravings.

So despite of it being just recently popularized, Chia seeds are among the few trendy “super foods” that are actually worthy of that term.

DSC_0274

Chia Pudding has become a mainstream treat. Let’s start with the obvious here, the fact that this stuff looks pretty weird. A weird looking science experiment that takes place in the fridge, and you have to actually put in your mouth and eat it. It may not be appealing, but all it takes is one spoonful of it, and you’ll be hooked.

There are so many variations on the theme that its hard to find a combo that hasn’t been done yet. I was craving something with a bit of an oriental flavor. Orange blossom water and pistachios sounded just perfect.

DSC_0270

DSC_0269

However, there is one little controversial point, which is the texture. The chia seeds expand in liquid so it forms a natural gel like texture. Which might not be very pleasant for everyone (it worked fine with me). But if you’re uncomfortable with that texture in your mouth, you can easily pop the mixture into a blender and work it till it’s smooth.

It’s great to be able to combine a few lovely little ingredients in a sweet little jar, put the jar in the fridge and wake up the next day to breakfast or a sweet indulgence.

DSC_0280

Just do yourself a favor and give it a shot.

Orange Blossom Water Chia Pudding
Makes 4 Small portions (or just 2 big ones)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Almond Milk (you can use nut milk of your choice)
  • 6 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • 2-3 Tbsp honey (adjust to taste)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Orange Blossom Water
  • Garnish as desired, I made one with pistachio topping and one with sliced kiwis and slivered almonds.

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the almond milk, chia seeds, honey and orange blossom water. Whisk until well combined.
  2. Cover the mixture and let sit in the refrigerator at least for a couple of hours (most preferably overnight).
  3. Remove the bowl from the fridge 15 minutes before serving.
  4. For those uncomfortable with the texture, here’s where you blend your mixture into a smoothie-like pudding.
  5. Layer your pudding at the bottom of your serving glasses, and sprinkle with desired toppings.
  6. Keep it in the fridge till it’s ready to serve.
  7. Although it’s not recommended, but they will only remain good for no more than 2 days.

Bon Appetit! 🙂

 

 

 

Advertisements

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sally says:

    Love your photos! So clear and well done. I will have to try and make these. I have a similar chia pudding recipe but mine is a little boring so this will definitely go on the to try list at home 🙂

    1. rouaw says:

      Thank you! I’m not a fan of the texture of the chia pudding, but the flavors in it make up for that!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s