Remember how I got a bag of chia seeds for Christmas?
I love chia seeds, and they make an awesome tapioca-like pudding.
I was craving something fresh and fruity for breakfast, so I decided to make some delicious chia seed pudding. I used my Christmas orange, as well as some of our frozen (defrosted) cherries. The end result was awesome, and I wanted to share the recipe with you all. 🙂
Cherry-Orange Chia Pudding
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice (I cut my orange in half and squeezed it like a lemon)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk of choice)
- dash of salt
- splash of vanilla
- sweetener of choice, to taste (I used NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Drops)
- 1/2 medium orange, peeled and diced
- 5-7 cherries, pitted and quartered
- optional toppings: shredded coconut and granola
Combine chia seeds, orange juice, almond milk, salt, vanilla and sweetener in a bowl. Stir well, and let sit 20-30 minutes or overnight until thickened. In the morning (or later) stir in the orange pieces and cherries. Top with optional shredded coconut and granola, then enjoy!
Oh, by the way, last night I made Alex’s Grain-Free Banana Bread. It’s free of dairy, flour, gluten and added sugar. I substituted peanut butter for almond butter, and instead of eggs, I used silken tofu. I processed 3/4 of a block of silken tofu in my mini food processor till it was the consistency of a very smooth (no chunks allowed!), spoonable, thin pudding. Then, I measured out 3/4 cup of the blended tofu (1/4 cup replaces 1 egg, and the recipe calls for three eggs) and added it to the mixture.
This is what it looked like going in the oven…
And this is what it looked like coming out!
Don’t mind the big hole in the center. Sometimes the toothpick method just doesn’t do it for me—a knife is required.
I ended up baking it for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, but it really could’ve used another 20-30 minutes. It was late though and I was ready for bed, so I just left it the way it was.
It was more like a slightly under-baked, sweet quiche than a bread, but it tasted awesome. Alex nailed the flavor!
Question of the Day: Have you ever made chia pudding? What’s your favorite banana bread recipe?
Thanks for reading!