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Apple & Cinnamon Fig Chia Cups


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This is like eating decadent apple pie! It is one of my favourite ways to eat chia pudding. There is the cool creaminess from the chia mixed with the yoghurt & oats, sweetness & chewiness from the figs, crunchiness of the walnuts & sharp sweet tang from the sugar-free apple sauce. YUM! This is delicious as a breakfast, snack & pretty enough to be served as a dessert.

 

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It is so easy to make & convenient: you can make it days in advance & store it in the fridge. By layering up the ingredients in a jam jar/ small mason jars, you can have a grab and go breakfast.

These cups are high in protein & fibre & low in carbs, making it a great for the health conscious & those tryings to stabilise their blood sugar levels. There is even a layer of ground flaxseed to add to the nutritive value! The chia mix is enriched with protein powder (the soya bean & pea protein varieties being gluten-free & suitable for vegans) & I find that this really sustains me through the day.

 

When apples are in season or I have a glut of them, I like to peel & quarter them & stew them with a squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of water to make  sugar-free apple sauce. This sauce can then be frozen in portion sizes to use for recipes like this & as a fat / sugar substitute in baking.

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Serves: 1

Preparation time: 15-30 mins soaking time (or even overnight) & 5 mins to assemble (assuming you have stewed apple already)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup of milk of choice (almond and coconut milk work well)

1/4 cup of yoghurt of choice (Greek or coconut yoghurt work well)

2 tsp of whole chia seeds

1.5tsp Pulsin’ protein powder of choice (I used soya bean here)

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

5 -6tbsp stewed sugar-free apple sauce

15g or walnut halves

3-4 figs, cut into small chunks

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

Optional: 1/2 tsp honey/ agave or a few more chopped figs if you like it sweeter.

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Method:

Make the chia-oat mix. Mix together the rolled oats, milk, yoghurt, whole chia seeds & Pulsin’ protein powder and cinnamon. Stir & set aside for 15-30 mins or overnight in the fridge. The chia seeds & oats will hydrate to form a creamy mixture ideal for layering (& delicious to eat!)

The fun then begins. In a jam jar or mason jar start with spooning in a layer of the chia-oaty mixture. Then alternate with layers of stewed apple, chopped figs, ground flaxseed, walnut halves & chia-oaty mix. I like to finish with some apple sauce, figs & walnuts on top.

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Enjoy!

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