Beets seem to be taking center stage as of late, but let us not forget about the almighty chia seed! The poppy-seed like granules are always making their way into my food. It’s hard not to include them in recipes when every time I open my pantry, I am stared down by a Costco sized bag of them.
Though little, they pack a powerful punch. Full of fiber, protein, and omega-3s, they are something you definitely want to start adding to anything and everything.
After ordering the most delight chia seed pudding from Beatrix (shocker!), I went home and recreated my own version. I present to you, my raspberry and toasted coconut chia seed pudding. Dessert for breakfast, anyone?
-1/4 c. chia seeds
-1 c. coconut milk
-1/2 tsp. vanilla
-1 tbsp. honey
-1/4 c. toasted coconut
-1/4 c. raspberries
-2 tsp. raspberry jam
-a few drops of water
The night before you plan on having this, mix the chia seeds, honey, and coconut milk in a medium bowl. Make sure to use canned coconut milk, as it is thicker and a little sweeter than the refrigerated variety. Cover bowl and place in fridge to soak over night.
The next morning you will wake up to beautiful, plump, and gooey seeds. Remember chia pets from the 90’s? You had to let the seeds soak before putting them on the terracotta head. Letting the seeds soak overnight to obtain a congealed consistency is doing the same exact thing, only the end result is way tastier!
If your coconut isn’t already toasted, don’t worry, the process could not be simpler. Put a non-stick pan over high heat and move the flakes around until they take on a toasty-brown hue and become aromatic.
I wanted to add a little extra sweetness to my chia seed pudding so I decided to add a little raspberry jam. To make the consistency a little more viscous and easier to pour I added a few drops of water and popped it in the microwave for 10 seconds. Be very careful when taking the bowel out of the microwave. Sugar heats up very quickly and can cause very painful burns if you are not cautious!
Top your chia seed pudding with the toasted coconut, raspberry jam, and fresh berries.
Eat, smile, repeat.