My mornings will never be the same. Because of that gorgeous bowl of pudding up there. Not only is it visually arresting — jade green, tiny black pearls, bright orange papaya, pale custardy-banana — but it’s delicious. And bonus? It’s wicked good for me.
I have Bren to thank for turning me on to chia seeds. He’s obsessed with smoothies. He loves the ease of making a “meal” in about 2 minutes flat, with easy clean-up. A meal that provides a ton of nutrition in one very tall glass. And he loves finding new, natural nutritional powerhouses to add to his smoothies. Cue bags of hemp seeds, organic cacao and powdered mesquite arriving at our door. Open the hall closet and you’ll find about 20 boxes of hazelnut milk tucked away in the corner (he found it was cheaper to buy it in bulk, and they’ll automatically send him another supply when he’s ready!). About a year ago, he spoke, quite excitedly, about chia seeds. And I got hooked. See, chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, those magical little things that may help prevent everything from heart disease to Alzheimers. I’m no doctor, so don’t hold me to it… but I think it’s pretty much accepted that we need more of these acids (as opposed to the trippy kind you tried in college) in our diets. I’ve been getting mine from shots of fish oil every morning (cue the fish burp half an hour later), and by grinding up flax seed too. But I’m liking chia seeds because they don’t taste like old fish, and unlike flax seeds, they don’t go rancid or require grinding in order for my body to access those precious 3s. And that’s why I’m calling this the Overachievers Breakfast Pudding… Because not only are you getting those 3s when you munch on a delicious spoonful in the morning… But you’re getting a ton of fiber (1 tablespoon of chia seeds has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal!), which will, ahem, clear you out… And protein, from the seeds and the cashews on top… And a ka-pow of antioxidants from the matcha green tea… AND a slow dosage of energy from the agave which has a low glycemic index, so you won’t spike and crash like you do when you eat regular sugar or honey… BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! All of this, for the measly price of 2 minutes of “cooking” time. Plus, you get to see a little magic. The method is simple: mix the chia with the milk and agave (and whatever flavouring you like; I chose green tea) in a jar. Shake well. Put it in the fridge. Go to sleep. And while you sleep, dearest, magic is happening in that jar. Alchemy if you will. Each seed is soaking up the liquid and turning it into a light, almost creamy gel… a gel that is said to be very hydrating for the body… So that in the morning, you get to have this… PUDDING! So many flavours in each bite: bitter, sweet, creamy, tropical, tannin-y, all to the gentle staccato beat of those chia seeds popping in your mouth. It’s so good that it forces me to spit poetry at you. Yeah. (Picture me saying that all tough-like.) Run, don’t walk. I haven’t been this excited about one of my recipes in ages. This one is so so so so good. Like, if I died today and this was the last recipe I shared with you I would be happy-good. You can find chia seeds online, or in the bulk aisle at a market like Whole Foods. I bought my matcha green tea at Teavana. Let me know if you try it! I’m making another batch tonight for my breakfast!
The Overachiever’s Breakfast Pudding
Green Tea & Coconut Chia Pudding
- 2 ½ cups unsweetened coconut milk beverage (the kind in the box or the refrigerated section)
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon coconut flavouring (optional)
- 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
- 3 tablespoons amber agave nectar
- ½ cup black chia seeds
- Unsweetened dried coconut (either shredded or curls)
- Fresh fruit to top
- Raw cashews
1) Warm 1 cup of coconut milk in the microwave for 1 minute on HIGH. 2) Add agave, vanilla, coconut flavouring and matcha green tea powder, and whisk thoroughly until the green tea is mostly dissolved. 3) Pour into a large jar (with a tight-fitting lid), and add the rest of the coconut milk. Add a pinch of salt. 4) Add chia seeds, put the lid on and shake vigorously. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then shake the jar again. Chill overnight in the fridge, shaking whenever you remember, and serve with fresh fruit, cashews and toasted dried coconut in the morning! -x- aarti