Okay, so this week I promised to fill the blog with tons of deliciously healthy juices and Thai cuisine. I kind of have … but I couldn’t go a week without including some super healthy sweet treats too! I was shocked in Thailand to see how much sugar they heap into everything. It’s a country on the brink of a serious obesity crisis. They even sprinkle it on super sweet pineapple! Ugh.
It’s not always easy when transitioning to a clean lifestyle to figure out what is ‘allowed’ for dessert. This awesome Chia Seed pudding is not only suitable for dessert, but with tons of omegas, a superfood and a zillion added health benefits it’s even suitable for breakfast!
INGREDIENTS (makes 1 large jar)
1 tin of coconut milk (be careful to ensure it’s just milk and water ~ not chemical nasties)
1 chai tea bag
Handful of cardamon pods
2 star anise
Tablespoon cacao powder
3 tablespoons of manuka honey
5 tablespoons of chia seeds
Raspberries ~ grated coconut ~ 100% chocolate < to decorate
Super foods are just that – foods that contain significantly higher quantities of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other health-boosting, anti-ageing, disease-fighting properties.
Normal cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols. Cacao however refers to the Theobroma Cacao tree from which Cocoa is derived, and is used when referring to unprocessed versions of the cacao bean. Here are just a few reasons why it’s so amazing;
- Cacao has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries
- Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron around 7.3mg per 100g
- Raw organic cacao has more calcium than cow’s milk 160mg per 100g
- Cacao is a great source of scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin & dopamine
Chia seeds are another gem. These tiny black seeds come from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which grows natively in South America. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day. Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, only recently did chia seeds become recognised as a modern day superfood. Here are some awesome facts;
- Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories
- Chia Seeds Are Loaded With Antioxidants
- Chia Seeds Are High in Quality Protein
- Chia seeds contain more Omega-3s than salmon
I love the warm, spicy taste of cardamon. As well as adding a gorgeous flavour to this pudding, cardamon helps with all the D’s. Digestion, Detoxification and Depression.
Manuka honey has a ton of health benefits which includes an anti-inflammatory action that can quickly reduce pain and inflammation.
With all these wonderful ingredients combined, you can see why this super food pudding is more than suitable at any time of day 🙂
Warm half a tin of coconut milk gently in a pan. Add a chai tea bag, the cardamon pods, star anise and a tablespoon and a half of manuka honey. Warm gently for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want to ensure the milk has absorbed those delicious warm spice flavours. Carefully strain the milk from the added ingredients and place in the fridge to cool.
Warm the second half of the coconut milk adding cacao powder and a tablespoon and a half of manuka honey. Ensure the cacao is fully stirred in. Again place in the fridge to cool.
Once both milk mixtures are cold, stir 2 and a half tablespoons of chia seeds into each and leave on the side. The chia seeds will gently expand, forming a jelly like consistency. This happens over the course of an hour or two. You can stir the chia mixture every now and again to ensure they expand evenly. Without putting you off, it’s almost like frog spawn!!
Gently spoon a layer of chocolate chia into the bottom of a jar, add a chai chia layer, then chocolate, then chai ~ repeat until it’s all used up! I decorated my pudding with raspberries, grated coconut and a few 100% dark chocolate shavings.
Place back in the fridge until ready to serve. So super healthy, its allowed for breakfast!