Friday, May 14, 2010

Sweet Tooth: Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding

Happy Friday! I have 2 superfood treats to share today. First I have two little announcements. Bye bye Raw Goddess Heathy blog - I'm now officially Sweetly Raw Blog - my .com has changed over at last. If you've linked to me, it'll need to be changed, as the old one no longer works.

Also, a quick reminder that The Ultimate Ice Cream Cake Challenge is coming to a close soon! I've decided to extend the deadline to Sunday night because a few people have mentioned needing the full weekend to finish, and I realize it may be helpful if you're uber busy during the week. Check out the 18 fabulouso entries so far! I feel I'll need lots of time to go over all the blog submissions a second time, so I'll be announcing the winner (along with second/third place) on Tuesday or Wednesday.

I'm still on a chia pudding kick, so today's sweet tooth is exactly that - with blueberries. I've enjoyed this for breakfast several times this week - it makes a great breaky, dessert, or snack. While I do like the jelly texture of soaked chia, I really a smooth blended mixture as well. I find it handy to shake up a large batch of chia gel (seeds soaked in water at least 15 minutes for them to swell) a few times a week for different uses. It keeps in the fridge up to a week. I like to top mine with mango, granola, or cacao nibs.

Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding

1/2 cup chia seed gel*
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 teaspoons lucuma powder
1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
Vanilla creme stevia, to taste

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

*5 tablespoons chia seed mixed with 2 cups water. Let sit for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight.

This oldie is a delicious superfood shake I made last September. I served it in a martini glass rimmed with agave and cacao powder. It adds an extra special kick for ever sip you take!

Greeny Cocoa Beany 

1 cup water
1 cup ice
1/4 cup macadamia nuts
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1-2 tablespoons agave
1 teaspoon carob powder
1/2 teaspoon spirulina
1/2 teaspoon maca
1/2 teaspoon lucuma
1/2 teaspoon mesquite
Seeds of 1/2 vanilla bean
1/4 teaspoon goji berry powder*
1/4 teaspoon pomegranate powder*
Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

I love this pic of the gorgeous cherry blossom tree. Have a glorious weekend!

If you have any questions about the ice cream challenge, or anything on this blog contact me:


Nelly said...

thanks for the recipes...i know what i'll be having this weekend for breakfast...question: how long do you have to wait for the chia seeds to gel???

gosh i love cherry blossoms and magnolias...we have a beautiful one in our front yard...

have a beautiful weekend lady love...hope you get your treats soon...


nutellacube said...

once again, your desserts pleasantly surprise me.

i adore cherry blossoms! we have them everywhere in vancouver, where i grew up. i remember my tiny elementary school being engulfed by pink petals.

Lauren said...

That shake looks beautiful! So does that tree!!!

I've gotta get on the chia pudding train.. ASAP! Yours looks so amazing, I love purple meals!

Raw Food Mama said...

Beautiful. The drink looks great. I don't have all the ingredients but when I get them I want to make it. How important is Lucuma?

Ilana said...

Ahh they both look gorgeous! I have to get chia seeds and learn how to use them.

Laurel said...

Oooo, that is such a great idea to save the chia seed gel in the fridge ahead of time! I've also been on a chia seed kick lately :D!

That is such a pretty tree!!

Take care!


kelli said...

gorgeous photos! reminds me of the cake i'm making... but i'm not using cherries or blueberriesss.=)

thank you for the reminder to try your chia pudding recipes! i've got lots of irish moss to use up - i've been putting it on my face as a mask! it's nice! i could probably add a tablespoon or two to my chia pudding... make it extra super-foodie.=)

Gilian (Mostly Raw Mama) said...

OK..I just had to share your recipe with a few of my coworkers this morning...they were all standing around teasing me about my chia seed pudding for breakfast. I didn't have time to blend (now that you have enlightened me to this little trick) so it looks a little less than appetizing. I think I will be making this and bringing it to work to rub in their faces!!! Literally!! Well, maybe not, I don't want to waste it ; )
Thank you as always for keeping me inspired and sharing such wonderful recipes. Have a great weekend!

Carissa said...

MMM, I love blueberry chia pudding!

Heather Pace said...

Thanks gals! Enjoy the chia... and for those of you who haven't tried it yet - go get some this weekend! hehehe :) You'll be glad you did.

Nelly Bear - I like to soak it for 15-30 mins but at least 15.

Raw Mama - you can make this without lucuma, maybe just use a bit more stevia or other sweetener.

Gillian - LOL, you had me laughing, thanks for sharing :) You'll get them all on chia - its just a matter of time, I think!

Pam said...

Congrats girl! I loved the cracker recipes you gave me, esp. the new onion bread one...much better...thanks kiddo!


Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) said...

Anything bright purple works for me! And I saw the amazing chocolates you sent Lauren. You are talented!

bitt of raw said...

thank you for the extension! gives me a little more time for error and thawing, not to mention lighting for pictures. all the stuff us food bloggers have to fret about. :-)

love my chia and blueberries. great combo!

VeganLisa said...

I"m loving all your chia puddings. You inspired a beautiful breakfast in my kitchen yesterday.

Thank you for the extension - I plan to use the weekend sun to get the perfect shot!

The recipes are all amazing-the caramel sauce is especially fantastic!!!

Heather Pace said...

Pam - i love that onion bread too... I like to add zucchini in place of half the onion!

Bitty and Lisa - Im glad you guys are benefiting from the extension... all future challenges will go until Sunday night... makes much more sense. Can't wait to see what you gals have in store! :)

Amanda@thegrainsofparadise said...

Love the Cherry Blossom tree!! Just beautiful!! Aloha:)

Mel said...

I'm amazed how long I've been reading your blog because I'd be following even before the Cacao shake recipe - I remember at the time thinking I will never have all those ingrediets now I'm well away :D I loved it by the way.

I'm excited since this time next year I'm moving to America so I will be able to get all these ingredients like Stevia, young thai coconuts and durian! I can only get Green Stevia which I think taste bleugh and even then theres heavy laws on how its sold.

Have a nice weekend x

Laurel said...

I am really loving your chia puddings. I had this one for dinner last night and it was really good. I also made the pineapple one last weekend, and both of my girls loved it. Thanks.

dreaminitvegan said...

Beautiful pudding!!!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Nelly is the sweetest girl and I am so happy for you that you can partake in some of her goodies!

And i have seen the lady's across the sphere getting in on your challenge and oh boy, i have loved the looks of things!

Thx for your props re my photos. Yes, they will probably look pretty good :) I will LYK when they're up! I dont have them back yet!

Lori said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm to all! Thanks for the great recipes... so far, ALL of yours are a hit with my family. Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie said...

Yum! I just bought my first bag of chia seeds (thinking I might need a heartier breakfast option than juice on some mornings). I think I'll try it with the strawberries that I have on hand. Thanks for posting!