Want a healthy, simple low carb breakfast or snack which is satisfying, packed with protein, omegas, fibre, vitamins & minerals? Then try this delicious summer chia pudding! Why summer chia pudding? Well it makes use of the huge range of fruit available in the summer. By varying the fruit you use in the chia base & the topping; you can make many variations of this recipe (see ideas below).
This recipe does not require any added sugar as the natural sweetness from the fruit is sufficient & it only takes minutes to make (allowing at least 30 mins for the chia seeds to thicken up; I often leave mine overnight in the refrisgerator).
I love using an assortment of fresh fruit, seeds & a new discovery; vegetarian gluten-free whey protein crispies from Pulsin’ to add extra protein & a super crunch. (A vegan alternative is toasted almonds, rice puffs or granola).
Preparation time: 3 mins, Chia thickening time: 30 mins or overnight in the fridge
1 ripe nectarine or ripe peach or 1/2 a ripe mango, chopped roughly into chunks
125ml milk of choice (i like almond milk)
Optional: 1 tsp of baobab superfruit powder which adds a citrus lemon flavour, vitamin C & fibre boost
2 tbsp chia seeds
Toppings: I have used fresh blackberries, fresh physallis (goldenberry), pomegranate seeds, sunflower seeds & whey protein crispies. See variations below.
Place the fruit of choice, milk, protein powder & baobab powder (if using) in a blender.
Whizz for a few seconds to form a smooth consistency.
Stir in the chia seeds. Mix well.
Pop in the fridge for at least 30 mins to allow the chia seeds to thicken.
Pour into a bowl, decorate with your topping of choice and enjoy!
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Other topping ideas:
- Fruit: fresh chopped figs, sliced banana, other berries
- For crunchiness: granola, toasted almonds, toasted rice puffs, walnuts, pistachios, cacao nibs, bee pollen
- For chewiness: dried goji berries, dried goldenberries , dried cranberries, dried mulberries, dried figs
- For added nutrition: ground flaxseed
Chia base substitutes:
- Half a small avocado instead of the protein powder adds creaminess & protein
- Green tea lovers can add 1 tsp of Matcha green tea powder to the chia base mix instead of baobab powder.
- Use berries in the chia base, eg. a handful of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries instead of the peach /nectarine or mango.
- Spices: If you wish to add a spicy twist, omit the baobab powder & add 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp tumeric.