10 December

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Spiced Apple Chia Breakfast Pudding-Porridge Recipe

 

(gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, grain-free, egg-free)

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Holidays mean slow, lazy mornings (well, for me anyway).

 

No alarms to wake up (not that I use one as Mila is an alarm that goes off at 5:30am regardless), no mad rush to get to school, no adrenaline rush as you remember everything you need to get done today. BUTโ€ฆ breakfast still needs to be made. Which is why I love this recipe so much โ€“ it is super-quick to make and can be made the night before while you are in the kitchen prepping dinner anyway.

 

The variation possibilities are endless too – see the end of this post for some ideas. Simply add whatever fruit, nuts, seeds and spices you may have in your pantry at the time.

Why do I call it ‘pudding-porridge’?

 

Well, it is nutrient-dense with healthy fats and protein like a breakfast should be; it has the consistency of porridge; but… it tastes like pudding! (Besides, you are more likely to get buy-in from your kids if you call it pudding ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Mila's Meals Chia Pudding Porridge

Key: gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free, egg-free, paleo, vegan, great for adults too

Makes: 1 adult serving

INGREDIENTS

(t. = teaspoon; T. = tablespoon, C. = cup)

 

  • 2 T. chia seeds
  • ยฝ C. organic, preservative-free coconut milk
  • 1 apple, washed and chopped
  • 2 dates, soaked* and pitted
  • ยผ t. vanilla powder or cinnamon powder

METHOD

 

  1. Place the chia seeds in a small bowl or glass jar and cover with coconut milk. Stir to make sure all the seeds are submerged in the milk.
  2. Cover and leave to soak for 30 minutes.
  3. Place the chia seed mix, chopped apple, dates and vanilla (or cinnamon) in a mini-blender.
  4. Blend for 30 seconds, or until the apple and dates are sufficiently chopped.
  5. Serve, or transfer to to a glass jar, cover and store in the fridge until breakfast time.This will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge โ€“ so you can make a big batch and have ready-made breakfasts for nearly the whole week J

*Soak the dates by covering with water for a minimum of 1 hour, or overnight in the fridge. Once soaked, remove them from the soak water and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Mila's Meals Chia Pudding Porridge

Variations

 

The possibilities for this โ€œporridgeโ€ are endless. Using chia seeds and coconut milk (or any other dairy-free alternative) as the base โ€“ add whatever seasonal fruit and spices take your fancy.

 

There is no need to blend the ingredients unless you are feeding it to a baby/toddler. As I write in my book:

 

“It is best to grind the seeds in a coffee grinder and then add it to a purรฉe, as your little oneโ€™s digestive system may not yet be able to break through the walls of the seed to release its nutrients. As he/ she gets older and is able to gum food, you can simply soak the chia seeds in some liquid to soften them before adding to a purรฉe, pudding or smoothie.”

 

So to make the porridge without blending, simply mix the chia seeds in the milk, add chopped fruit, nuts, seeds and spices on top, seal the jar and place in the fridge overnight… Ready-made breakfast!

 

Some great chia porridge-pudding combinations are:

 

  • Mango and crushed pumpkin seeds with a dash of nutmeg
  • Litchis sprinkled with lime zest
  • Apricots and honey with a dash of clove powder
  • Make it green ๐Ÿ™‚ – Matcha or chlorella powder with a squeeze of lime juice and some honey
  • Since it is the silly season โ€“ have chocolate for breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚ Add raw cacao powder, tahini paste and honey to the chia seed mix.

Mila's Meals Chia Pudding Porridge
Mila's Meals Chia Pudding Porridge

Why I love chia seeds

 

I was first introduced to chia seeds by my mother-in-law when I was pregnant. I was so skeptical about about eating this completely foreign food, that I put them in my fridge and forgot about them :0 Silly me! You can read more about the benefits of eating these during pregnancy on Dr. Axe’s website.

 

Then when Mila starting eating solids, and I had begun my free-from and wholefood journey, I was looking for alternative sources of calcium to add into our diets. What did I find โ€“ Chia Seeds!

 

โ€œGram for gram, chia seeds have more calcium than dairy and more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. Naturally gluten-free, they are being recognised as an exceptionally nutritionally-dense superfood.

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Chia seeds are exceptionally high in antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory benefits, provide digestive support due to their soluble and insoluble fibre content, and support healthy development of bones due to their calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and protein.โ€ โ€“ Milaโ€™s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics

 

(I quickly retrieved my mom-in-laws amazing gift from the fridge and started eating them ๐Ÿ™‚ย  )

Do you (or your little one) have an egg-allergy?

 

Use a chia-egg instead ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Due to chiaโ€™s gelatinous nature when it comes into contact with liquid, it can be used as an egg replacement in baking or as a thickener in sauces, puddings or smoothies.

Chia Egg ‘Recipe’

Yield: 1 egg replacement

INGREDIENTS

(t. = teaspoon; T. = tablespoon, C. = cup)

 

  • 1 T. Chia Seeds
  • 3 T. Water

METHOD

 

  1. Using a coffee grinder, grind the chia seeds into a meal.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the water and ground chia seed meal. Allow to soak for 5-10 minutes until it takes on a gooey texture.
  3. Use as you would any other egg in your baking.

More about chia seeds

 

As I write in the 156-Ingredient Glossary of my book Milaโ€™s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics:

 

 

โ€œChia is a flowering mint species of plant native to Guatemala and Mexico. The tiny mild tasting, mottled grey-brown and white seeds are the edible part of the plant. They can be ground or used whole in drinks, bread, crackers and puddings.

 

Allergen: no

Introduction: 8 months

 

Please note that the seeds swell considerably when placed in liquid (they can absorb up to 9 times their weight in water), so a small amount goes a long way – 1 teaspoon a day will be plenty for your little one.

 

Selection: Due to their essential oils containing natural insect repellents, the plants are grown without the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides so there is no need to look for organic ones.

 

Storage:

Whole seeds – in a sealed container โ€“ in a cool, dry place โ€“ for up to 2 years

Whole seeds โ€“ in a sealed container – in the fridge/freezer โ€“ for up to 4 years

Chia gel – in a sealed container โ€“ in the fridge โ€“ for up to 2 weeks

 

Preparation/Use:

You can grind and pre-soak chia seeds when first introducing them to your little one. Later, you can simply add them whole or ground to puddings, smoothies, porridge and purรฉes.

 

Chia has no taste or smell and is easy to include in any meal. It is best to grind the seeds in a coffee grinder and then add it to a purรฉe, as your little oneโ€™s digestive system may not yet be able to break through the walls of the seed to release its nutrients. As he/ she gets older and is able to gum food, you can simply soak the chia seeds in some liquid to soften them before adding to a purรฉe, pudding or smoothie.

 

Nutritional Value:

Excellent source of: omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, protein, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and iron.

Good source of: zinc, vitamins B1, B2 and B3 and potassiumโ€

 

Sources for glossary information:

www.herbwisdom.com

www.whfoods.com

Be sure to come back to our advent calendar tomorrow to open another surprise ๐Ÿ™‚

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