Sunday, April 12, 2009

Chia Easter Pudding!

Happy Easter! This comic in the sunday paper cracked me up:
Yesterday it rained all day. I went on a 10-mile run, and came home looking like I'd jumped in the Charles. The little Daffodils on the Esplanade just got hammered by the rain :(
But then BU won the NCAA Championship and Easter Morn arrived bright and sunny! I got an Easter Package from home last week, and instead of chocolate and jelly beans (aka lots and lots of sugar which I forbid my mother from sending) I got raw granola!!! So much better! She sent Two Mom in the Raw Gojiberry Granola, which i and Kookie Karma's Walnut- Raisin Grawnola. While the Gojiberry is almost more of a cracker-sheet, this Grawnola is sprouted buckwheat groats with walnuts and raisins. Tasty Tasty!! I need to buy my own dehydrator!! It's up there on my shopping list-right next to an ice cream maker for when Wheeler's new book comes out!! How my mother can find these little treats in the middle of Wyoming, while my Whole Foods shelves are empty of raw treats, is beyond me!! Step it up Boston!

Today our bread turned out beautifully-quite proud of it! While waiting for it to rise, we made Chia Pudding from Diet, Dessert and Dogs and it was delicious. Here's a copy of the recipe:

2 Tbsp Chia seeds
1/2 cup milk of choice: [I made one with unsweetened soy and one with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I prefer the almond!]
Stevia to taste

Place chia in a small bowl and add the liquid. Stir well to try to submerge most of the seeds. Allow to sit 20-30 minutes, stirring once after about 5 minutes to prevent clumping. Stir again before serving. Makes one serving.

Yes, Chia seeds are how you grow a Chia Pet, but they are also highly nutritous, containing a lot of soluble fiber, which creates a gel with submerged in water. It is very high in omega-3 fatty acids and Calcium. In one of the puddings, we tried grinding the seeds and that made a much thicker paste (in the pink bowl). The unground seed pudding had a better taste-almost like a tapioca pudding! Loved it! I bought a bunch of chia seeds for fun a couple of weeks ago and had been looking for a way to use them! They are expensive little guys though! Thanks for the recipe Ricki!

Hope you had a gorgeous Easter Sunday!

1 comment:

dietdessertndogs said...

Hey Elizabeth,
Thanks for giving the pudding a try! I'm amazed you liked the unsweetened version--I can't eat mine w/o at least a few drops of stevia! Though I've tried it with ground chia as well, and really don't like it that way--the whole seeds are the way to go.

Your grawnola sounds fabulous--and the bread--yum!

PS I've added you to my blogroll--not sure how I missed you last time! :)