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alanna brown nutritionist

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My name is Alanna. I am a Nutritionist, Recipe Developer and Food Stylist based in Melbourne.

On my blog I like to share healthy recipes and nutrition tips. 

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Coconut & Blackberry Chia Pudding

Coconut & Blackberry Chia Pudding

(Seen first in the fabulous Australian Pole Dancers Magazine! A Quarterly health and fitness magazine that celebrates various styles of pole dancing and brings you the latest news in the industry!)


I was a little hesitant of my first chia pudding - it didn't look right at all! Goopy and very reminiscent of the frog eggs I used to find in puddles near my house...in short, not very appealing! After braving the first mouthful I tried another and another and decided that it was weird but I liked it. After making it myself I love it! It is easy to make but also very easy to mess up! 

Cultivated in Meso and South America by the Aztec and Mayan cultures, these little seeds are super-dooper nutritious and one of the new super food darlings. Some of the nutritional benefts include that they are high in fibre, protein and omega 3 fatty acids - in fact it has the highest amount of omega 3's than any other seed. I find that chia puddings keep me feeling full throughout the morning and that smaller servings are a perfect healthy dessert or snack throughout the day. They are also a great way to add some fun to your breakfast routine as well as being so convenient to carry around in a little container or jar – the puddings are adorable, easy to make and if you make them right they are delicious!  

I have added coconut milk to this recipe because the creaminess is so hard to beat in a pudding. While the coconut milk does have quite a high fat intake these are mostly medium chain saturated fatty acids, rapidly metabolised into energy. It is also a fabulous source of monolaurin, an antibacterial compound which might be useful in fighting off illness.

My basic rule of thumb is 1/3 cup liquid to 2 tablespoons chia seeds - stir while adding the liquid. Stir again after a minute. Stir again after about 5 minutes. Chill for about an hour and enjoy!
coconut and blackberry chia pudding

 

Coconut & Blackberry Chia Pudding

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 6 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoon of water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ cup fresh blackberries
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

Methods

  1. In a small bowl or mug pour in the dry chia seeds. Mix the coconut milk, water and vanilla essence together and stir through the chia seeds slowly.
  2. Continue to stir to prevent the chia seeds clumping together and after about 5 minutes put in the fridge, covered.
  3. After an hour you should find a jelly like pudding waiting for you. Pour over your berries, sprinkle on the cinnamon and enjoy!

You can definitely eat the chia pudding after 15 minutes of waiting if you like however be warned you might feel a little bloated. I like to wait a while longer to make sure the chia seeds have expanded as much as possible first.

 

 

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