Say the word “Dessert” and the first thing that comes to mind is a bar of chocolate, a bowl of steaming gulabjamuns, a plate full of brownies and loads of calories. However, ‘Healthy Desserts’ reminds of boring, bland fruit custard. So we are reinventing our lifestyle into a healthy one and we’re determined to take our much-loved desserts along. For those who just can’t resist their sugar cravings and yet, don’t want to be a guilty eater, here is a recipe that is perfect in all ways: Chia and Fruits Pudding!
What is Chia?
Chia Seeds, also known as Sabza, are the seeds of Sweet Basil or Tulsi and have been a part of Indian Ayurveda for ages. Not only are they extremely delicious and perfect for adding a minty kick to any dish, they’re also filled with nutritional benefits such as being packed with antioxidants, calcium, fibres and protein.
Which Fruits Should I Use?
Although we mention certain fruits which work best for the flavours of the pudding, we would always suggest choosing fruits that are of the season. These are freshly harvested, are flavourful in taste and are the healthiest choice to make. Fruits such as apples, kiwis and pomegranates are currently in season and add a delicious flavour to the pudding.
Getting Down To The Recipe
Prep: 10-15 minutes
- 1/2 Cups of Chia Seeds
- 2 Cups Coconut Milk
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Seasonal Fruits
- 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Almonds, Raisins, Cashews
- Cocoa Powder
- Blend coconut milk, vanilla extract and seasonal fruits such as Royal Delicious Apples, Kiwis and Grapefruit together in a blender, until smooth.
- Add Chia seeds and preferred optional flavours to the mixture. Use maple syrup for some extra sweetness, cinnamon powder for a spicy kick or cocoa powder for an all-time favourite chocolaty taste.
- You can also add certain fruit juices such as sweet lime juice for a tangy twist to the pudding.
- Mix well and fill into glass cups. Leave in refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.
- Garnish with a light sprinkling of chia seeds, pomegranate seeds and chopped dry fruits for an added crunch.
This is a very versatile recipe and you can add your own favourite flavours to it. For example, we love to add a bit of peanut butter to it for an added nutty flavour. Experiment with your preferred ingredients and you’ll be sure to have something new come up every time in this light, yummy and healthy dessert.