Whoah! Can’t believe we’re on episode 5 already! Crazy!
This week’s recipe is probably my favourite, mostly because it looks SO PRETTY! Like, almost too pretty to eat, but not really because it’s also really delicious. And it’s really simple to make, you just need to plan ahead a little to make sure the chia pudding sets up.
So, for anyone not familiar with chia seeds (I’m looking at you lady in M&S who was adamant I was looked for chai), they’re tiny little black seeds in the mint family that grow to be gorgeous blue flowers, unless you eat them first. Chia seeds soften in liquid and form a kind of gel, making them great for puddings or egg substitutes. All I’ve done here is let the chia soak overnight in unsweetened almond milk, vanilla, and a little maple syrup. Then in the morning I layered it with blended mango that I had also chilled overnight.
Not a ton of research has been done on these bad boys, but some promising studies have found that they help keep blood sugar levels stable after a meal and help you feel fuller for longer. They also increase levels of the omega – 3 fatty acids ALA and EPA circulating in the body, and, they’re full of fibre too. And mango of course is super nutrition, being a really good source of antioxidants and beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A.
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tspn. vanilla extract (I like to use vanilla powder too)
- Maple syrup, to taste
- Mango Layer
- 2 cups mango, fresh or frozen
- Fresh fruit to garnish
- Mix all the chia pudding ingredients together in a bowl and allow to chill in the fridge overnight. Sometimes the chia seeds like to sink to the bottom so you may want to give them another stir after 5 mins or so to stop them clumping together. Blend mango until completely smooth (add a little water if you need it to blend up) and put the mango in the fridge to set up overnight. In the morning, give both the chia and mango a stir, add more milk to the chia if it's too thick for you.
- Layer mago and chia in your favourite glass (start with chia on the base because it's heavier), then pile with fresh fruit and enjoy.
This is really yummy so I hope you give it a go! Let me know what you think! Don’t forget to check out the events I’m doing for Leeds Indie Food either!
I’ll be back with the last recipe on Wednesday!