Friday, June 3, 2011

Raw Chia Seed Pudding Parfait


Joanne over at Foods For Long Life created this absolutely delicious Raw Chia Seed Pudding with Cinnamon. I made it exactly as her recipe shows and then added one cup of raspberries and blueberries to make a yummy parfait for lunch. I did not add any sugar to the berries. You definately want to give this recipe a try.  My taste testers loved it too!!  Joanne is also doing "One Week of Raw and Gluten Free" recipes.  She has an Anti-Aging Smoothie, Faux Tuna Salad, Macadamia Mango Blast Smoothie and much , much more. Her recipes are awesome!!

CHIA SEED FACTS:
  • Chia seeds have an optimal amount of essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in an ideal ratio of 3:1. Omega-3's promote cardiovascular health and may help regulate cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. Highest vegetarian source of Omega-3's (gram for gram).
  • Richest Known Whole Food Source of Fiber
  • One serving of chia seeds provides 20% of the daily recommended intake of fiber. Chia contains insoluble and soluble fiber, which may assist in helping to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, as well as aid with digestion, detoxification and weight loss.
  • 20% more fiber than flax seeds (gram for gram).
  • High Quality Protein
  • Chia seeds are a vegetarian source of high quality protein containing all the essential amino acids. Proteins are the building blocks of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and bones.
  • 3 times more protein than beans and legumes (gram for gram).
Raw Chia Seed Pudding with Cinnamon

Printable Recipe
Makes 4 servings
Raw Vegan, Gluten Free

1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for 4 to 6 hours and rinsed
3 pitted, jumbo Medjool dates soaked for 4 to 6 hours in 2 cups of water (reserve soak water)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon plus extra for topping
1 packet of stevia (optional for added sweetness)
1/4 cup chia seeds

Place cashews, dates, date soak water, vanilla, cinnamon and stevia in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
In a 1 quart bowl, combine cashew mixture with the chia seeds and stir vigorously with a fork for several minutes.
Let mixture sit for 15 minutes and stir vigorously again until the chia seeds are well blended and no longer clump together.
Once the mixture is well combined and no longer separating, place in the refrigerator for one day.
Dust with more cinnamon and serve.

Per serving: 173.5 calories, 9.1 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 1.8 g omega 3 and 1.7 g omega 6 fatty acids, 0 mg cholesterol, 4.1 g protein, 21.9 g carbohydrate and 5.8 g dietary fiber.
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11 comments:

  1. Wow, I never in a million years would have thought of using chia seeds like this. Thanks!

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  2. Me neither. Another brilliant idea. Everyone loves parfait.

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  3. This looks fantastic! I saw chia pudding on a couple blogs but still need to try it! Love the addition of berries!

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  4. I am getting everything for this today! I think the kids will LOVE it too!!!

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  5. Alex, Shen & Charlie - You will love this pudding! It was amazing. I already want to make it again:)

    Morgan- The kids will love this pudding, you need to make it for them.

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  6. Made this and it is AWESOME! SO delicious! Actually, I am already on my second batch1 haha ANd your were right, the kids DID love it! They all had a bowl with granola and fresh fruit this morning!

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  7. Mmmmm this looks fabulous!!!! Great job madre!

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  8. Great recipe! I love chia seeds but I only use them in my smoothies. Gonna definitely try this.
    I recently wrote an article on the health benefits of chia seeds, check it out and let me know what do you think about it, I would really appreciate it!
    http://www.theironyou.com/2011/06/chia-seeds-aztec-superfood.html

    Peace
    Mike @TheIronYou

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  9. Got all the stuff to make this tonight! I love this recipe! YUM!

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  10. Where can one buy Medjool dates? I haven't seen them at my local supermarket.

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    1. You can buy Medjool dates at most health food stores, Costco, Sam's Club and www.iherb.com. If you want to buy them on iherb you can get $5.00 off by using code: WAL732.
      Bergin Fruit and Nut Company, Organic Medjool Dates, 14 oz $12.11 (iherb)

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