Oh yes, the rainbow chia series is back! Growing brighter, and getting better every time. I always made my chia’s the same way. Coconut milk, a little sprinkle of sugar, and that was really as exciting as it got. Then, the flavour would come on later. Don’t get me wrong, I could eat this by the bucket loads. Just plain as it is. But, I also love making it a bit more flavoursome with some little extras.
If you know me at all by now, then you’ll know how completely obsessed I am with one of my all-time favourites. The ultimate chia parfait. I’d layer it up with some homemade apple berry compote, throw on some (ok, ok, LOADS), of fresh fruit. And, if I was feeling really luxurious, then I would throw some yogurt on top of that. Trust me, together these are the dream team. And, literally everyone that’s ever tried it has raved about it. It’s just heaven in a bowl!
It’s All About The Blueberries
Now, let’s be honest. It’s all about the blueberries. Whenever I’m adding fruit on top, blueberries need to be involved. Their flavour is perfect complement to the taste of the chia. And helps to bring out a little sweetness. They really are little balls of goodness! I could seriously eat a whole punnet. By myself. In about 2 minutes. A very important lesson that I have learnt though, is just how important it is to actually get a tasty blueberry. It seems that only too often I buy some, only to find out that they have absolutely zero flavour, and are honestly completely yuck.
Anyway, getting slightly distracted there. After such a successful time making my mango infused chia pudding. Which was beyond delish! And the creation of the ‘rainbow chia series’. I’ve discovered that colourful, pretty food normally tastes good. And this was something that I really wanted to develop. I was thinking of what other colours, (and more importantly) flavours that I could do. That’s when I had it. A complete eureka moment, that left me wondering why it had ever taken me so long to think about it. I love adding blueberries to my chia. Often just doing blueberry and chia pudding parfaits. So, I thought that it was only natural and right that I make. Wait for it… A Purple Blueberry Chia Pudding. I know, I know. Moment of pure genius!
At first, I didn’t know whether it would come out purple or blue. I’ve had some strange experiences with blueberry smoothies, and they’ve come out all kinds of funky shades. One time, by simply blending blueberries and milk, I was left with the most gorgeous, perfect purple. I knew straight away that it was the best shade for the rainbow chia series.
If you know anything about my ultimate smoothie fail. Something most people choose not to admit, I know. Then you might understand why I was a bit weary if mixing milk and blueberries. I thought that I’d do a trial run, as it worked so well with my mango flavour. I was really nervous about it, and was so unsure and doubtful of it ever working. But… It worked!! I’d made something that looks good, and tastes even better! All pros, no cons.
Licking The Pot
After the chia seeds were added, I expected the colour to darken, as I use the black variety. And it did slightly. But, the colour was still so vibrant and strong! I couldn’t have asked for anything else. I know that I’ve said it before, but it tasted seriously good. With a few fresh blueberries placed on top I found myself licking the bowls clean. And, I’m not the only one who thought so.
One of my favourite things about creating scrumptious food is sharing it with others. I love getting honest opinions about anything and everything that I create. This bad boy got the big thumbs up. It had a sweet aspect that’s normally missing from the ‘plain’ parfait, and was a flavour twist that seemed to work so well. I’m so glad that I tried this, and love the whole experimenting aspect of cooking.
Chia pudding is something that’s so versatile, and can be adapted in so many different ways. It took me a long time to realise this. I always thought that it could just be flavoured with a different compote, or new variety of fruit. But this, this brings it to a whole new level. Completely transforming it, in a way that’s not necessarily better… But, different. I love that about this. There are so many different variations that can be made, and I’m determined to make them all. Every colour of the rainbow.
Colourful food does always seem to taste pretty good. And no, I’m not talking about skittles!
What’s your favourite colour?
Blueberry Chia Pudding Recipe
Did someone say purple, blueberry chia pudding? Yes please! Beautifully sweet and perfectly coloured. It’s the best way to add a flavour kick, and colour boost.
Yields: Approx. 370g
- 1 Cup Milk
- 1/2 Cup Chia
- 1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
- In a blender, whizz together the milk and frozen blueberries until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a jar, and add the chia seeds a little at a time. Stirring continuously until thoroughly mixed in.
- Leave to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes +, but I find that overnight is best.
- Once set, add some fresh berries and enjoy the perfectly flavoured blueberry chia!
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