Whilst my go-to breakfast is a steaming bowl of porridge, shortly followed by some sort of smoothie, sometimes you need a meal thats ready to eat so that you can just get up and go. Chia puddings definitely hit the mark, providing proteins to fuel you along, as well as being the perfect base for adding fruits and other yummy toppings. I like to use a mixture of oats and chia for a creamier texture, added fibre and to stop the fat content from being disproportionately high. Making any kind of bircher muesli, overnight oats or chia pudding is something that I think of as an assembly job rather than a recipe -you just need to add roughly the correct amount of liquid and then throw in whatever flavourings and supplements you want and chill. Either way, I am pretty pleased with this recipe or assembly and hope you enjoy it too. It’s really easy to make and full of goodness to support your body as the seasons change.
In case you missed it, turmeric is the spice of the year. And unlike many “superfoods” (I still can’t decide how I feel about that word!) turmeric really does live up to it’s name. The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, a compound that is more easily absorbed into the body when consumed with pepper or fats -so including it in chia pudding is a great pairing. Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory substance, and if taken in a purer form (turmeric contains only around 3% curcumin) is almost as potent as some anti-inflammatory drugs. On top of this, curcumin’s anti oxidant properties means that it can chemically neutralise free radicals, whilst boosting the performance of antioxidants within our bodies. All in all, turmeric is a substance that you definitely should consider adding to your diet.
I think the chia pudding definitely benefits from soaking in a rich nut milk, so look to brands such as Rude Health or Provamel that use at least 6% nuts -other brands use as little as 1%. I used macadamia milk and it tasted amazing. Cashew would also work really well.
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp oats
- 1 tsp coconut sugar, nectar or sweetener of choice
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 150ml nut milk
- Combine all the ingredients and chill overnight. For breakfasts on the run, make the whole morning process even speedier by putting both chia pudding and toppings in a glass jar. I added half a perfectly ripe, sweet nectarine to compliment the spiced chia. For a more autumnal feel, add pecans and peanut butter -Pip and Nut’s maple peanut butter would be amazing here!