Chai seeds may be tiny but they are incredibly good for you as an an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fibre, iron, and calcium. They are also said to reduce food cravings so enjoy this delicious guilt free – either as a special treat for a holiday breakfast or if you like a pudding to round off a meal, this couldn’t be better.
60g chai seeds
400ml milk – sweetened almond milk or light coconut milk are delicious, but any milk from the fridge will do and help to soften the seeds and produce this creamy delight
3 tbsp cacao – this purest form of chocolate has anti-inflammatory properties and may reduce risk of diabetes, makes this into a chocolatey treat, but is not essential
¼ tsp cinnamon – or try a pinch of nutmeg
A drizzle of honey – to add a touch of sweetness
25g chopped fried fruit and nuts – try pistachios, flaked almonds and cranberries, or a chopped dried apricot with hazelnuts would be a treat
A pinch of sea salt
- Combine all of the ingredients and mix well
- Spoon into 4 small serving bowls, cover and chill overnight – or for at least 4 hours to let the pudding develop
- Serve sprinkled with any fresh fruit you have – chopped banana and blueberries, or strawberries are a treat
This pudding can be varied in any number of ways once you have the basic chai seed and milk mix. Try adding a squeeze of orange juice and grated zest and top with some shredded coconut. Leave out the cacao and add a drop of vanilla extract and lemon juice and zest to make a fresh tasting treat. For a change, leave out the dried fruits and nuts and blitz the seed and milk mixture after soaking for a creamy pot of goodness – try piling with delicious, fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint for a change.