Perhaps it’s the New Year kicking in but, over the last week or so, I’ve not been able to get enough fruit.
Apples, blackberries, blueberries, kiwis, tropical fruits…I am literally gorging on the stuff! Perhaps it’s my body’s own way of detoxing itself after the fun of the Christmas holidays. Perhaps it’s simply because fruits taste so darn good! And, let’s face it, it’s a better alternative than a packet of Haribo…
Whatever the reason, my favourite way to enjoy fruit is now atop a creamy chia pudding. Preferably served in a pineapple boat to boot. Because, well, why not…?
While the pineapple boats themselves can be a little messy to make and scoop out, they are worth it. Somehow, they take chia pudding to the next level, and make it seem more decadent, and exciting.
Of course, you don’t need me to tell you just how good chia seeds are for you, either! They’re chock full of healthy fats (a great vegan source of omega-3s), protein, and luscious fibre.
All in all, I think you’ll agree that they make a pretty amazing detoxifying food to add to your January shopping list!
Better still, these chia puddings are completely sugar-free, sweetened only with natural vanilla paste. What more could you want…?
Pineapple Chia Pudding Boats
- Serves 2 –
- 1 pineapple, cut in half with flesh scooped out to create a hollow (I reserve flesh and juice for smoothies)
- For the basic vanilla chia pudding –
- 1 cup (220ml) coconut milk
- 1 cup Co-Yo coconut yoghurt
- 3.5 tbsp chia seeds
- 1.5 tsp vanilla paste
- 1.5 tsp maple syrup (optional, I like to keep mine sugar-free)
- 1 packet Pack’d Smoothies defence mix (optional)
- Contents 2 capsules Unbeelievable Health Bee Prepared (optional)
- To top: kiwis, berries and any fruits you fancy
- Start by preparing your chia pudding (do this before you prep the pineapple and scoop out flesh – it tastes better when fresh!). Place the milk, vanilla and yoghurt (and smoothie mix, if using) into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and stir in the chia seeds well. Leave for 20 minutes, then stir once more before placing in the fridge overnight to thicken.
- Once your chia pudding has thickened and set, add a splash more milk or yoghurt, if desired, to achieve the consistency you’d like. Prepare your pineapples and then spoon in the chia mix into the pineapple boats. Top with fresh fruit and berries and enjoy immediately.