Brighten up your day with this Beautiful Berry Chia Pudding!
This is not your average chia pudding, the secret here is in the CASHEWS! The texture is all-important, having a luscious “creamy” taste elevates this Beautiful Berry Chia Pudding! above the everyday. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to start your morning!
Berries are extremely healthy, containing phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals that deeply nourish our bodies and help ward off chronic disease. Eating a cup of berries a day has been shown to strengthen the immune system and aid in longevity.
I’ve adapted this recipe from Amy Chaplin’s lovely book Whole Food Cooking Every Day:
What’s so great about Chia Seeds?
- Rich in Nutrients: Chia seeds are a good source of essential nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, vitamins (especially B vitamins), and minerals (including calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium).
- High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Chia seeds are one of the richest plant-based sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3s are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are important for heart health.
- Dietary Fiber: Chia seeds are high in soluble fiber, which can contribute to improved digestion, regular bowel movements, and a feeling of fullness. This may be beneficial for weight management and digestive health.
- Blood Sugar Control: The soluble fiber in chia seeds can help stabilize blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of glucose. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with diabetes or those trying to manage their blood sugar levels.
- Hydration: Chia seeds can absorb many times their weight in water, forming a gel-like substance. This property helps retain water in the digestive system, contributing to better hydration.
- Antioxidant Properties: Chia seeds contain antioxidants, which can help neutralize free radicals in the body. Antioxidants play a role in reducing oxidative stress and inflammation.
- Bone Health: Chia seeds are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, all of which are essential for maintaining strong and healthy bones.
- Weight Management: The combination of fiber, protein, and healthy fats in chia seeds can contribute to a feeling of satiety, potentially helping with weight management by reducing overall food intake.
- Gluten-Free and Suitable for Various Diets: Chia pudding is naturally gluten-free, making it suitable for individuals with gluten sensitivities or those following a gluten-free diet. It can also be easily adapted for vegan and dairy-free diets.
- Versatility in Recipes: Chia pudding is highly versatile and can be customized with various toppings, fruits, nuts, and flavorings, providing a tasty and nutritious option for breakfast, snacks, or dessert.
How do I make a Beautiful Berry Chia Pudding?
Berry Chia Pudding is super simple to whip up.
- Soak the cashews in boiling water to soften them up a little. If you’re very short on time you can skip this step
- Heat the frozen berries and OJ for about 5-10 minutes
- Blitz in a high-speed blender along with the drained and rinsed cashews, then add the chia seeds and stir well. Allow to chill in the fridge for an hour or so
- That’s it!
What equipment do I need to make this Beautiful Berry Chia Pudding?
A high-speed blender such as a Vitamix makes all the difference!
I hope you love this Beautiful Berry Chia Pudding! If you do make it please take a picture and share it on INSTAGRAM and I’ll repost it on my stories. I’d love to hear from you, please leave a comment and rate the recipe! Thanks so much and Happy Plant-Based Cooking!
Beautiful Berry Chia Pudding!
A delectable “creamy” chia pudding treat.
4 cups frozen berries
Zest and juice of a large orange
1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews
6 tablespoons Chia seeds
- Soak the cashews in a bowl of boiling water for 15 minutes.
- Place the frozen berries, cinnamon, orange zest, and juice in a medium pan bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and cover. Allow to bubble away for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
- Thoroughly drain and rinse the cashews.
- Pour the berries, drained cashews, and vanilla extract into a high-speed blender. Blitz until smooth.
- Transfer into a bowl, add the chia seeds, whisk well, cover, and place in the fridge.
- Allow to chill for at least 2 hours, whisking occasionally to distribute the chia seeds evenly.
- The pudding with thicken further if it is left overnight, if it’s too thick for your liking, add a tablespoon or two of your favorite plant milk.