I recently bought a bag of cherries because I was grocery shopping on an empty stomach. I know, I know. Also, I thought it would be fun to introduce my toddler to cherries (she enjoyed them). My husband won’t eat cherries, because they remind him of medicine he took as a child. So of course I had some cherries that were starting to look like they really needed to be eaten… and this recipe fell in my lap. Interesting enough I have a ton of chia seeds begging to be used. So here we go.
After having my daughter I’ve developed an insane sweet tooth! Since it’s a new year, and I of course made some resolutions, which included trying to get my cravings in check and maybe run that marathon in May… So an easy pudding with only 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and no other crazy ingredients sounds like something to try. Bonus: the cinnamon, cherries, and chia seeds are really good for you.
I milled the chia seeds using the magic bullet and the milling blade (2 bladed attachment). My pudding doesn’t look as pretty as Betty Rocker‘s picture… maybe because I milled it myself, maybe because I used 1/2 black and 1/2 white chia seeds. Who knows. All that matters to me is the taste (and the health benefits, of course). Also, I ran out of cherries, so I added some dried cherries. Another item I got to clean out of the pantry! If you don’t have cherries (regular or dried), you can use raisins or whatever fruit you do have! Have fun with it!
Figured out why mine didn’t look like the original post’s picture… such a duh moment. When I milled the chia, it increased in size, which I didn’t even think about. So I put too much chia in my original concoction. This morning while trying it I realized my mistake. The flavor was good, but I knew something was wrong with the first bite. I added more almond milk and it was really good. If you mill your chia seeds, remember to only use 1/2 cup of the milled seeds. I’ll be making this again, but using a different fruit.
makes 2 servings
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 T maple syrup
- 2 cups chopped cherries
- 1/2 cup milled chia seeds
- 1/4 cup whole chia seeds
- Pour the almond milk into a mixing bowl.
- Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, and cherries.
- Lastly, stir in the chia seeds until they are all coated.
- Refrigerate at least 8 hours before eating.
If you’re looking for some fitness, nutrition, and healthy recipes check out Betty Rocker for some ideas and motivation. You can check out the health benefits of cinnamon, cherries, and chia seeds on her site as well.