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It’s not too often that you come across a recipe which could serve as breakfast or dessert with equal ease. One which is full of protein, fibre, and minerals rather than manufactured chemicals, refined carbohydrates, and processed sugars. This is such a recipe.

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And I promise, you’re going to love it.

Chia seed pudding in general has been making the rounds in the health-conscious blogging sphere for quite some time now, but more often than not the seeds are left whole. Since I absolutely detest the feeling of seeds getting stuck in my teeth, I opt instead to blend the whole thing and create a more traditional pudding texture.

And while I usually go for a chocolate chia pudding, made with unprocessed cacao – as any opportunity to have chocolate guilt-free is a blessing I don’t care to pass up – I wanted to share with you something a little bit more unusual.

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This recipe uses just a few simple ingredients to create something really special. Heart-healthy and protein-rich pistachios and chia seeds do the heavy lifting here, ensuring that this pudding will leave you feeling satiated, while dates add a dose of natural sweetness, along with some vital minerals, such as iron, calcium, and manganese. Both dates and chia seeds also contribute to the colon-friendly fibre in this recipe.

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Cardamom, on the other hand, adds all the love. It is such an under-appreciated spice here in North America, but being so wonderfully fragrant, it makes a fantastic and unexpected addition to many desserts.

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All of these ingredients contribute to a flavourful and nutritionally dense snack/breakfast/dessert that takes zero effort to pull together. Throw everything into a bowl, leave it in the fridge overnight, blend, and you’re good to go!

This original recipe, along with the full blog post, comes from my blog, The Healthful Hoard. Visit today for more gluten free and vegetarian meal ideas!

Cardamom Kissed Pistachio and Chia Seed Pudding 

~ gluten free, vegan, soy free, refined sugar free ~

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates (around 8)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (or the seeds from 1 vanilla bean pod, if you have it on hand)
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into a large bowl or measuring cup, cover, and let sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. After soaking, place everything in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Taste and adjust for sweetness.
  3. If it’s not sweet enough for you, or if you’d rather it taste more obviously like dessert, add a drizzle of pure maple syrup.

Suggested toppings: chopped pistachios, flaked coconut, cacao nibs; fresh blueberries would be lovely too.

How do you like to enjoy chia seeds? Share in the Comments section below!


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