You know, I never really understood the whole peanut butter and jelly thing. It just didn’t really seem like two things that would go together. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that being allergic to nuts meant that I had no idea what peanut butter was like. Or because being in England, I had a completely different idea about what jelly was. It took me a while to realise the whole thing was actually about jam! But since making my own free from butter, I’m obsessed with this strange combo!
It’s no secret that I love chia seeds, they’re so versatile; they can be sprinkled on top of breakfast, baked in your favourite cake (they taste so good in my super simple banana bread), or added to smoothies. And all the health benefits they contain are always a bonus.
But my favourite way to eat them has to be in a chia pudding. Simple, delicious and so versatile, it’s quick and easy to make and only uses 3 ingredients. I always have a big batch in my fridge, and have it for breakfast, lunch, quick dinners if I come in late, or even for pudding. It’s one of them thing that you can have pretty much any time of the day. It’s super filling, simply delicious, and can be changed in so many ways. I love adding a bit of apple strawberry compote, my favourite coconut yogurt and a little sprinkle of fresh berries and crunchy granola.
Have you ever heard of butterfly pea tea? It’s made from the crushed petals of the bright blue pea flower making a naturally caffeine free herbal tea. As soon as the teabag is submerged with water, everything turns bright blue. But add a little acid (normally a squeeze of lemon or lime) and the whole thing transforms and slowly turns a deep purple colour.
As soon as I saw the colour, I just knew that I had to turn it into a chia pudding. I loved the rich blue tone, but if I’m honest I didn’t love the bland flavour of the tea on its own. I found that the little citrus kick from the lemon made all the difference. So, decided to use purple tea for this little experiment. I will admit I was a bit worried that the lemon would curdle the milk, but luckily there didn’t seem to be any issues with that.
The only thing that disappointed me with was the colour. I was expecting a seriously bright purple pudding but had more of a muted lavender tone. I think this has something to do with the seeds I use. My chia seeds are black and do tend to give a slightly grey appearance to the puddings when used alone. So, I guess they are to blame for the duller colour.
This tea was purely used for aesthetic purposes, so it is important to remember that it does basically taste the same as normal chia pudding. Except this version has a little citrus undertone, which I found went perfectly with a handful of sweet berries!
With this one it’s best to eat it straight away because of the lemon juice. If you need to store it, leave it in the fridge in an airtight container and eat within 24 hours.
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Why is that when people see something green they automatically think that it’s healthy… and really disgusting?! Ok, I used to be one of them people. Turning my nose up at everything from broccoli to salad, I would even steer clear of green coloured sweets, simply because of their colour! I don’t really understand what the issue is with green things anyway. It seems that as a child you’re naturally functioned to dislike it and refuse to eat it. I think that it’s just been associated with too many gross things in the past. Considering I have green eyes and everything I should be embracing the colour, not running away from it!
It’s only recently that I’ve completely nose-dived. I went from turning my nose up and recoiling in disgust at the sheer sight of something green. To being completely and utterly obsessed with them. They don’t call it green goddess for nothing, right? I have at least one big plate of veggies a day, and there’s a joke that if it’s not green… I won’t eat it. But obviously there’s more to me than a big bowl of veggies. Not a lot more, but a little…
Given my love for all things fresh and delicious, and when you consider the time of year (hello Halloween!). I thought it only made logical sense for my next Rainbow Chia Series experiment to be… Green, of course!
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!