Healthy Chia Pudding with Strawberry Vanilla Cashew Cream

You know that afternoon slump? The one that makes you crave just one more cup of coffee, or maybe a doughnut, or something else equally bad? Well here’s a totally healthy, yummy snack that I find gives me enough energy to power through the rest of my day–Chia Seed Pudding!

The amazing Chia seed, something that I never thought about as edible, (blame the much beloved Chia pets of my youth: ch-ch-ch-chia! if you don’t get this reference, I’ve revealed too much my age) much less a freaking superfood packed with Omega 3s, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. No wonder the ancient Mayans revered it as a food from the gods!

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So how do these tiny seeds get turned into yummy pudding? It’s so easy I want to giggle, or do some cartwheels and jumping jacks with all the time this recipe has saved me. Or both? 😀 The best part is, you can make it once, and have it for a whole week! It keeps rather well in the fridge, and just gets thicker with time. 🙂

Ingredients:

The Pudding:
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1/2 cup chia seeds

2 1/2 cups almond milk (or other non-dairy alternative)

That’s it! The simplest 2 ingredient pudding you can find, anywhere. But if you, like me, like to opt for a bit more sweetness and flavor, you can add the following:
4 seeded dates (chopped roughly)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Preparation:

1. Blend almond milk, dates, and vanilla, together in high-speed blender till smooth
2. Pour over Chia seeds. Stir, then wait 10 minutes and stir again.
3. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, give it another stir, if it’s too thick for your liking, add more almond milk. 🙂 (tip: the longer you let it sit, the thicker it gets).
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Now, this is already delicious by itself, but I like to spruce it up a bit with some yummy Strawberry Vanilla Cashew Cream! 
Cashew Cream Ingredients:
1/2 cups coconut water
3/4 cups raw cashews (better if they are soaked for at least 2 hrs)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 really sweet small red strawberries – for color and flavor. if you don’t like strawberries, skip this step.
Optional: 2 soaked, pitted dates for more sweetness
Topping: 1/4 cup Berries or fruit of choice.
Preparation:
Take all ingredients and put them in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, you can also use a regular blender, but you may have to add more coconut water. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. The resulting texture should be as thick as creme fraiche. I found that like the chia pudding, it also thickens in the fridge with time, to almost a hummus-like consistency!
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Preparation for Healthy Chia Pudding with Strawberry Vanilla Cashew Cream
1. In a nice serving bowl, layer the chia pudding at the bottom
2. Add Strawberry Vanilla Cashew Cream
3. Top with fresh fruit of choice and serve.
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Yummmmm!
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