The Christmas season has really started, and the lovely scents of it are lingering everywhere. I love cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and other Christmas spices, but all of a sudden I found myself craving something zesty and fresh. I spent the weekend in Berlin visiting some dear friends, and as it was windy and cold there as well, I had a warming drink almost glued to my hand all weekend: chai tea, mulled wine, hot ginger drinks – all delicious, and very Christmassy too.
When I got back home I found myself craving lemons, kiwifruits and other not so sweet fruits. I couldn’t resist buying a big bag of them, and this morning on my way to work I bought a large dark green smoothie despite of the cold weather – clearly I have the need for more refreshing treats at the moment!
The lemons and kiwifruits ended up in this lovely, nutritious, filling and fresh coconut chia pudding. The pudding is easy to make, and filled with vitamin C, fiber and other goodies. Fresh and zesty but sweet!
The chia seeds will be blended with coconut milk until the texture is smooth. This way the nutrients of the seeds will be easily available for us. If the seeds are used without crushing them first, they work more like fiber in the gut, but when crushed we can really enjoy all the nutritional benefits of the seeds. I use them both ways: sometimes whole, sometimes crushed, combining the benefits.
If you’re also in need for something refreshing too, I do recommend trying this raw chia pudding out – it’s something totally different from all the typical winter treats!
Zesty coconut chia pudding with lemon and kiwi
6 Tbsp chia seeds
4 dl coconut milk (or other plant based milk)
1 organic lemon + some lemon peel grated
1/2 tsp ground vanilla / vanilla powder
1 Tbsp maple syrup or other sweetener
3 kiwi fruits
for decoration: 1 kiwi
1. Place the chia seeds into a blender together with the lemon juice, sweetener and vanilla. Blend until the seeds are crushed and blended. Grate some lemon peel and add it into the blender as well, mix and check the taste – add more peel, if needed. Pour into a bowl and put aside for 15 minutes or so.
2. Peel the kiwis. Put three of them into a blender and mix until smooth. Cut the last kiwi into thin slices and decorate the serving jars with them. If you want, skip this part and blend all the fruits into a puree.
3. When the pudding is ready, spoon it into jars. Pour the crushed kiwi fruits on top, and enjoy your daily dosa of vitamin C!