Found a new little treat this week, that I am loving, especially during these last hot summer days in Salida. There is nothing like a cool treat with some berries on top! This is a great vegan desert to impress your vegan friends!
Vanilla Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding
- 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews, soaked and rinsed
- 3 1/2 cups filtered water
- 1/4 cup organic maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or 1 whole vanilla bean
- pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup whole chia seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon or more of cinnamon
Soak cashews for a couple of hours, rinse. Place cashews, water, maple syrup, vanilla or bean and salt into a high-powered blender and blend until and creamy. I have a blendtec and did mine for about a minute. Pour mixture in a bowl, add the chia seeds and cinnamon and whisk together, for about a minute. Transfer to a glass storage container. I use mason jars with lids. Place in the refrigerator to thicken for at least 2 hours. I gave mine a little shake about 15 minutes after I put them in fridge to make sure the chia seeds stayed suspended. Garnish with berries or eat plain as a mid-day snack.
About 8 servings
- Help weight loss. Chia seeds are popular for weight loss. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper.
- Feel fuller faster: They can also help your diet by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel.
- Hydration for athletes: They are also great for athletes because the “chia gel” can hydrate the body.
- Reduce your blood pressure: There’s evidence to suggest they can reduce blood pressure.
- Omega-3: They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
- Benefits for controlling blood sugar: Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar.
- They are easier to digest than flax seeds, and doesn’t need to be ground up.