VANILLA CHIA PUDDING
This is a quick gluten-free and vegan recipe that can be enjoyed for breakfast, snack or dessert. Chia seed pudding is a wonderful and delicious way to add protein, omega-3, and fiber to your diet. (Serves 8)
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 3 ½ cups filtered water
- ¼ cup organic maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon good-quality vanilla extract
- Pinch sea salt
- 3/4 cup whole chia seeds
- Optional: pinch of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest, or 5 fresh mint leaves
Rinse the cashews prior to placing them in your blender. Place the cashews, filtered water, maple syrup, vanilla and salt into your Vitamix and blend until smooth and ultra creamy, about 30 seconds on high. You can also add any other flavorings to the blender at this point. Pour into a mixing bowl, then add the chia seeds and whisk together. Transfer to a glass storage container, then put it in the refrigerator to soak and thicken for at least 2 hours. If you do not have a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix, soak the cashews for approximately 3-4 hours before blending them for a smoother consistency.
Garnish with your favorite berries and enjoy.
(adapted from Elizabeth Rider)