I had my first experiment with Chia today. I made a pudding, using a tin of coconut milk as the base. Added flavours: cocoa, cinnamon, maple syrup so, that’s why I am calling it
All Good Things Pudding
Makes 2 generous or 4 small portions. Three people may be moderate pigs. Believers in Chia as a Functional Food recommend and Adult intake of 1 to 2 tablespoons of seeds a day, so one serving of this pudding may be all that you need to gain the (I think as yet unproven) benefits. It may or may not do you good, but it is damned delicious. Calorie watchers will wish to use a different base liquid to the one that I did.
Made in an instant. No cooking involved, but standing time needed.
- 1 can coconut milk – substitute milk, water, or nut milks as you desire. 2 cups of fluid needed.
- 4 tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 1 tablespoon good quality cocoa
- 1/2 to 1 tsp cinnamon or to taste
- 1 tablespoon or more (or less, to taste) Maple Syrup
What I Did With Them
- Open the can of coconut milk and tip it into a bowl. If yours is a cheap one, as mine was, give it a good whisk to mix the lump into the liquid until you have smooth creamy liquid. Top up with choice of fluid content to make 2 cup measures in total. NB – hindsight suggests that I was using the wrong product and that a thinner liquid was required. Two nations divided by a single language and all that.
- Whisk in the flavourings
- Stir in the Chia
That’s it. You’re done.
4. Now cover the bowl and leave it in a cool place, stirring gently every now and again to redistribute the seeds when they start to sink.
Pudding is ready when the seeds look like tapioca – that is, when the seeds are coated with a gel. Googling shows that opinions vary on standing time – from 1 to 4 hours. I suggest that you, like myself, just do your own thing.
Mmmm… chocolate cinnamon frogspawn. Lovely.
Me: Do you want some pudding? It’s a bit weird…
Mr L: Yes please
Mr L: What is it?
Me: You don’t like it.
Mr L: NO – it’s horrible!
Me: but it has chocolate and coconut and cinnamon and maple syrup! Do you not like Tapioca?
Mr L: No, I hate it and this just reminds me of that.
Me: Can I have yours then?