Searching for Near East flavors that are packed with nutrition? Look no further than this awesome raw cinnamon spice chia pudding recipe. Yes, that’s chia, not chai, though that also sounds delicious. Also, don’t think of chia in the Chia Pet form, because honestly, that won’t make you want to eat anything really. If you don’t know what a Chia Pet is that means I got old.
Good, old Medjool dates! I’m glad these are trendy right now because I can’t get enough of them. They work so well as a natural, healthy sweetener for this pudding. They also provide nearly a quarter of your daily fiber needs and a fifth of your potassium.
Ah, chia seeds. I’m not gonna lie – I sometimes confuse them with flax seeds because their nutritional effects are so similar. They even look kind of similar from far away. They’re both rich in omega 3 and fiber, but chia seeds have a higher level of calcium than flaxseeds, something you’d normally expect from a dairy pudding, anyway. They also have a weaker flavor that will disappear nicely into this pudding while still giving you a lot of nutritional benefits. Honestly, the more non-tasting of these raw things, sometimes the better.
Coconut milk, while high in fat, is great for you in moderation. With a cup of it, you’ll be sure to get those much-needed MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides), especially lauric acid. Your body takes that lauric acid and turns it into something called monolaurin, which helps you fight off viruses and bacteria. Remember, though – coconut milk is still SUPER high in fat, so you probably shouldn’t eat this pudding every day. Honestly, you should have some treats sometimes. You deserve them, don’t you?
I could go on and on about the amazing effects of Medjool dates, but I’ll leave it at this: high fiber, potassium, magnesium, and B6. A super-sweet, super delicious, super everything, superfood.
Much like ginger (which it’s related to), cardamom is great for digestion, and helps stop bloating, nausea, and a host of other digestive problems. (Honestly, I have every digestive problem out there.) Vanilla won’t just add another layer of depth to the flavor of this pudding – it’ll also give you a powerful antioxidant effect.
In a nutshell, this raw cinnamon spice chia pudding recipe will actually taste like you’re cheating even though you’re not. Not only is it great at curbing those pesky cravings, but it will also help you get the nutrition you need. Whether you’re eating this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack, it’s sure to be an important addition to your diet.
1 ½ Cups Almond Milk
½ C Chia Seeds
1 Cup Coconut Milk
¼ C Medjool Dates
1 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Vanilla Extract
Dash of Cardamom
Dash of Nutmeg
- Soak the chia seeds in the almond milk for an hour.
- Blend the other ingredients together.
- Whisk the blended ingredients with the chia seed almond milk mixture until no clumps of chia seeds remain.
Yield: 4 servings
Freshness: 1 week
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