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Zesty Coconut Chia Pudding with Lemon and Kiwi

kiwi lemon chia pudding / Wellberries

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!
Tuulia xx

kiwi lemon chia pudding / Wellberrieskiwi lemon chia pudding / Wellberries

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!

kiwi lemon chia pudding / Wellberries

Layered chia pudding with a little bit of everything ✨

Layered chia pudding with a little bit of everything

Finally we’re at our new home, after long spring and some unfortunate events, that extended our renovation with almost a month. Even though I’m sitting here between boxes and bags, I’m more than happy: it’s just great to be here after living at my parents place (oh yes). When I look outside of the window, the greenness greets me and I must admit that this is what I’ve been missing while living almost in the centre of Helsinki. Luckily we’re still quite close to my favourite parts of the city, but closer to nature as well.

The first thing I started unpacking was of course kitchen: how I had missed my Vitamix! I was graving many things, and ended up making a layered chia pudding, with a little bit of everything: raspberries, turmeric, raw licorice, oat yogurt, lemon balm, ginger, avokado, peeled hemp seeds.. You name it!

It might sound a bit peculiar, but I can assure you, that the layers play well with each other. The raspberries and licorice are quite sweet, but  just perfect when combined with the topping of lemon palm and apple, and the lowest part with oat yogurt and turmeric balances the flavors nicely. I added some black pepper to the lowest part as well, to increase the bioavailability of the turmeric – after this spring I really need all the goodness turmeric has to offer, haha.

From here it’s good to start the summer holiday: tomorrow we’re off to our summer cottage, where I will spend time in the nature, enjoy the sauna, swimming and sup boarding, and hopefully will have some time for reading as well. And spend some quality time with family, of course.

And guess what! I actually heard some wild rumours, that the blueberries are starting to be ready soon – can’t wait.

Hoping some relaxing moments to you too,
xx

Layered chia pudding with a little bit of everything

Layered chia pudding ”with a little bit of everything” 

for two

1st layer:
1 dl oat yougurt
2 tbsp chia seeds
n. 1/4 tsp ginger powder
n. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
pinch of black pepper
1 tsp honey (vegan: maple or coconut syrup)

2nd layer:
2-3 dl fresh raspberries (or melted wild raspberries)
1-2 tbsp chia seeds
0,5 dl coconut milk
1-2 tsp raw licorice powder
1 medjool date

3 rd layer:
1/2 bunch of fresh lemon balm
1/2 dl peeled hemp seeds
1/2 avokado
1 dl oat yougurt
0,25 dl coconut milk
1/2 green apple

on top: lemon balm, bee pollen (vegaani; leave the bee pollen out)

1. Make the 1st layer: mix everything together by hand in a small bowl.

2. Make the 2nd layer: mix everything togerther in a blender, blend until smooth. (Remember to take the date seed away)

3. Make the 3rd layer in a blender as well (clean the blender before): mix everything until smooth.

4. Spoon the layers carefully on top of each other, sprinke some bee pollen and lemon balm leaves on top. Enjoy ✨Layered chia pudding with a little bit of everything

Whipped Chia Lingonberry Porridge

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Summer is at its end, and I’ve noticed variations of whipped porridge coming up in different magazines and blogs. I love a lovely, fluffy whipped porridge which is typically made into semolina, but thanks to my gluten-free diet this traditional delicacy isn’t anymore on my list of appropriate foods.

But instead of feeling sorry for myself, I’ve been trying to think of something to replace it. This morning I did my first experiment around this idea, and as you might have guessed it from the fact that I’m even writing this post, the porridge came out super good. Fluffy, with a rich lingonberry flavour, and of course, a high nutrition content.

Whipped Chia Lingonberry Porridge

(for two)

1 dl chia seeds
2 dl coconut milk
2,5 dl lingonberries
1,5 dl water
1 (-2) bananas (add to taste)
2 rkl lucuma powder

Start by preparing a gel out of the chia seeds and water (let the chia seeds soak in the water until it has all been soaked into the seeds). Blend the gel together with the bananas. Add the cowberries and honey, and blend it all until the porridge is nice and fluffy.

There, now you are ready. Be sure to drown your porridge in almond milk, and enjoy! What a wonderful feeling it is to notice that almost all foods can have their equivalent in the gluten-free world!

Tuulia xx

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