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April 24, 2011

"Tapioca" Pudding

MMMmmmm! This is such a comfort food for me! Quick and easy, creamy and satisfying...and super nutritious! Remember those cute little  "Chia Pets sold on TV as little clay animals, sprouting cute green "fur" plants? Well, this is the exact same thing, minus the clay animal. This high energy, endurance food is recorded as far back as the ancient Aztecs.

Click here to read more about the benefits of chia seeds. Or select "Read More" below, for a quick and easy recipe.

Note: the pudding is actually thicker than is looks. I took the picture before it totally set.

"Tapioca" Pudding
1  cup cashews (soaked 2 hours)
1/2 cup young coconut meat (or 1/2 cup macadamia nuts)
2 1/2 cups water (preferably use coconut water and water combo)
1/4  cup honey (or sweetener of choice)
1/4 cup Irish moss paste (optional)
5 drops Medicine Flower Vanilla Extract  (or 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
1 tsp lucuma powder
      pinch sea salt
      pinch cardamom (very small pinch)
      pinch cinnamon
1/4  cup chia seeds (add more as needed to thicken, especially if not using Irish Moss Paste)


Blend nuts and water well.

Add remaining ingredients except chia seeds and cinnamon, and blend until creamy.

Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add chia seeds, mix and refrigerate for several hours.

To Serve: transfer to individual serving bowls, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve. (Top with your favorite whipped cream recipe). 

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5 comments :

JL goes Vegan said...

This looks delicious!

I was in the advanced raw class with Russell James -- I didn't get a chance to say hello so doing so now!

Rawfully Tempting (Barbara) said...

Hey JL...thanks for stopping by to say hello....Loved your recap of the Russell James class. I've gotta get to writing mine still!

MsByn said...

I have used both quinoa and chia seeds to make "tapioca" style pudding. The girls and I LOVED it, but my hubby and older son... not so much. I thought it was DIVINE. Great post!

Rawfully Tempting (Barbara) said...

Hmm i never tried quinioa as a thickener. Does it change the flavor? I don't taste chia at all..here is a suggestion....try grinding the chis first..you wont get the little tapioca like beads..but you will get a nice creamy pudding!

Anonymous said...

I think you get more nutritional benefits out of the chia by grinding it too. that little bubble of gel and the actual shell of the chia seed make it quite hard for your body to break down the seeds and get the omega benefits inside.

Nice recipe :)

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