If you follow me on Instagram you know that I share quite a lot of photos of the food I make. One thing about me is that I have never completely followed a recipe in my entire life; I prefer to use recipes as inspiration to create my own thing. I also don't really measure, I eyeball the amount - much to the annoyance of my husband when he wants to cook something I've made in the past. He is often greeted with a "I intuitively cooked that so I can't tell you." This Chia Pudding recipe is one I have invented myself and I actually went to some effort to weigh and measure the ingredients, so I can share this delicious bowl of goodness with you.
In my household we have chia pudding about 2-3 times a week for breakfast and it is always a huge hit. Especially with my fussy 2 year old. So that's saying something about how good this is. A note about chia seeds; they are the highest plant based source of Omega 3, fibre and protein. They are also packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Their only downfall - like that of every seed - is if you don't chew them or break them down through soaking, they will pass through you whole.
I do use a Thermomix to make mine, however you can definitely make it without one. So I will share with you 2 versions on the recipe. Keep scrolling for the recipe.
Ingredients – Serves 3-4
400mL coconut water
80g chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 bananas (fresh or frozen) or 2 cups of fresh berries
Fruit and nuts of your choice
Raw honey/maple syrup
1. Place the coconut water and chia seeds in a bell mason jar or a bowl. Whisk together. Place in the fridge over night.
For Thermomix owners, this can be made minutes before you wish to eat. In the Thermomix place the coconut water, chia seeds and vanilla essence Reverse Speed 3 / 37 degrees / 7 minutes.
Once ready place the mixture into serving bowls.
2. If you would like banana whipped cream use fresh bananas. If you would like banana ice-cream make sure you cut up 2 bananas the night before and place in the freezer. In a food processor/blender/Thermomix blend the banana until smooth. Pour this over the top of the chia pudding.
3. Cut up your choice of fruit to add on the top, I love strawberries or pears. Add nuts – macadamias are delicious
4. Sprinkle coconut and drizzle raw honey/maple syrup over the top
5. Serve and enjoy!
There is a lot of room for creativity with this recipe. You can add whatever food and nuts you like. I have even added nectarine and pear to the banana cream. Plus there are so many different types of fruit so you can have a different flavour every time.