I eat summery foods well into autumn so I am starting today the summery way with my very berry chia seed pudding. I refuse to accept that summer is over and am still hoping for an Indian summer to come my way! This recipe is the perfect way to start the day as it is so light you feel you’re floating on air, it is so very berry you can imagine you are walking in a field full of raspberries and the coconut aftertaste whisks you away to that tropical island you have always dreamed of! In fact, even on a miserable day, it will give you great comfort in looking back on the best summer Ireland has had in years!
There was a time when berries were only available in the summer season and from local producers. While I still jump at the chance to buy Irish berries as they taste better than any, I still get great comfort in knowing that imports are the next best thing. I try to buy organic whenever I can so ask your local market or producer where to find the best berry imports when out of season.
Made with healthy chia seeds the beauty about this dessert is there is NO cooking involved. Absolutely none, so you are eating the raw goodness of the ingredients. Chia seeds are whole grain, gluten-free, high in fibre and low in calories. Chia seeds are a good source of protein and high in Omega 3. As a result, they are antioxidant and high in beneficial vitamins and minerals so you know you can enjoy this dessert without the guilt!
When I make the berry chia seed pudding I use 3 different types of berries: blackberries, blueberries and raspberries but you can use any berry of your choice. Made with coconut yogurt, coconut milk, chia seeds and topped with coconut cream it is heaven in a glass. The topping made with whipped coconut cream, coconut flakes and berries is the icing on the cake.
For the whipped coconut cream you can use a tin of coconut cream but I usually scoop the cream off the top of the coconut milk. If you find the brand you buy is all mixed together, then leave it in the fridge for a few hours and the cream will rise to the top and solidify making it easier to scoop out.
There are numerous brands of chia seeds in the shops today but I like to use Chia Bia Chia Seeds as I know they are good quality and good value as well as buying from a local Irish company. They are also 100% chia seeds unlike other makes which use various blends. You can use white or black chia seeds. White chia seeds are more subtle in flavour but contain the same nutritional value as the black seeds so it’s a personal choice.
You can have this for breakfast or dessert or both which is why I make extra every time! Once you try this recipe for berry chia seed pudding you’ll be making it again and again: here comes summer, oops, I mean autumn!