Quite a few of my clients are taken by the chia pods you will find next to the yoghurt in the supermarket fridge
A mix of chia seeds, coconut milk and fruit, they are a nifty idea for breakfast, as a snack or even dessert
So I decided to have a go at making my own version. After all I have already made something similar with my chocolate chia mousse
My version uses cashew ‘milk’ rather than coconut milk to reduce the saturated fat content and is sweetened with Medjool dates
Although they doesn’t need it, you could flavour them in many different ways by adding banana, lemon zest and chopped dates, berries, mango or cacao powder or even a dash of coffee!
We simply ate them with a little yoghurt and a few strawberries on top and they were delicious
A high fibre, easy to digest light breakfast, snack or delicious dessert….
- ⅓ cup (45g) cashews
- 3 pitted (50g) Medjool dates
- 1⅓ cups boiling water
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence, optional
- pinch of cinnamon, optional
- yoghurt, to serve
- fresh or frozen berries, to serve
- Place cashews and dates in medium sized bowl, pour boiling water over and set aside for 30 minutes
- Place nuts, dates and water in a blender and blend to a smooth milk consistency.
- Place chia seeds in a bowl and pour the 'milk' over. Add vanilla and cinnamon and stir to combine.
- Set aside for 30 minutes, or overnight
- Transfer to serving glasses or bowls and top with berries or add your choice of flavours before serving
Per Serve: Chia Puds only – 200g serve 977kJ or 233 calories; P 7g Fat 16g SFat 2g CHO 13g Fibre 8g
Compared to a chia pod – 180g serve 164 calories; P 3g Fat 10g SFat 5g CHO 14g Fibre 5g
Note: If you are in a hurry and don’t want to make your own ‘cashew milk’ with the cashews, dates and water, substitute with 2 cups of any milk of your choice (soy, almond, coconut, cow, etc) and 1-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup (choose your level of sweetness!)