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Green & Glam Chia Pudding

This chia pudding is la crème-de-la-crème of healthy desserts.

This chia pudding is la crème-de-la-crème of healthy desserts. Chia seeds are packed with protein, Omega-3s, vitamins and minerals. They are powerhouses of energy. Matcha, a Japanese green tea powder, is filled with beautifying, anti-aging antioxidants and it is also a powerful energy booster that will keep you alert and focused all day long.

Serve it in champagne glasses for a très chic green aperitif, layer with granola or fruit and serve parfait-style, enjoy in a big bowl for breakfast, or add extra liquid and drink it as a creamy smoothie.

Voilà! A fancier version to impress guests (or yourself!), or a quick, easy version for busy days.

Ver. 1: La Haute Couture

Ingredients for 1 serving

  • 1 cup of Lait d’amandes (homemade almond milk; recipe below)
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds (preferably white chia seeds, but any will do)
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A pinch of ginger powder
  • ½ tsp of Matcha powder
  • Optional (for an even greener boost of protein and nutrients): 1 tsp of Spirulina powder
  • Topping: 1 tbsp of soaked or toasted nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts…) or seeds (hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds…)
  • ½ cup of seasonal fruit (blueberries or raspberries in summer, strawberries in spring, apples in the fall, pears in the winter…)
  • 1 tbsp of Goji berries (soak in warm water to soften until pleasantly plump)

Lait d’amandes

  • ¼ cup of raw almonds (soaked overnight or for anywhere from 6 to 24 hours in room temperature filtered water with a pinch of sea salt)
  • 1 cup of coconut water (or filtered water works, but the coconut water really adds a lovely sweetness and is great for hydration)
  • 1-2 Medjool dates
  • ¼ tsp of vanilla powder

Directions

  • Drain soaked almonds and rinse with water.
  • Add to a high-speed blender (preferably a Vitamix) with the coconut water and blend until smooth (around 30 seconds).
  • Pour through a nut milk bag or sieve to strain liquid.
  • Mix with dates and vanilla powder until creamy.

Crème de chia

  • Blend almond milk, cinnamon, ginger and matcha in a blender.
  • Add the chia seeds to a bowl.
  • Pour almond milk mixture (aka Green & Glam milk) on top.
  • Mix with a spoon.
  • Let sit for around 1 minute, mix again, then let sit on the counter for around 10-15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Stir again.
  • Enjoy as-is or leave in the refrigerator overnight or all day until ready to eat. Top with nuts, Goji berries and fruit or layer crème de chia with nuts and fruit in a smaller glass or bowl to enjoy parfait-style.
Ver. 2: Ready-to-Wear

Ingredients for 1 serving

  • 1 cup of store-bought almond milk (preferably with no added sugar and no carrageenan!) or your favorite non-dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds (preferably white chia seeds, but any will do)
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A pinch of ginger powder
  • ½ tsp of matcha powder
  • Topping: 1 tbsp of soaked or toasted nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts…) or seeds (hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds…)
  • ½ cup of seasonal fruit (blueberries or raspberries in summer, strawberries in spring, apples in the fall, pears in the winter…)

Directions  

  • Blend almond milk, cinnamon, ginger and matcha in a blender.
  • Add the chia seeds to a bowl.
  • Pour almond milk (aka Green & Glam milk) on top. Mix with a spoon.
  • Let sit for around 1 minute, mix again, then let sit on the counter for around 10-15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Stir again.
  • Enjoy as is or leave in the refrigerator overnight or all day until ready to eat. Top with nuts, Goji berries and fruit. Voilà! That’s all!

Photography by Sandra Mahut

Rebecca Leffler

Rebecca Leffler is a Paris-based writer and journalist who, after a career as the French correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter and as a film critic on Canal+, traded red carpets for green smoothies. She’s written five books about healthy lifestyle from Paris to NYC and beyond, including Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic: Eat (and Live!) the New French way with plant-based, gluten-free recipes for every season, and most recently Le Nouveau Manuel de la Cuisine Végétale. Rebecca has pioneered the “vegolution” in Paris, where she continues to organize events focusing on healthy eating, yoga and la vie en rose… And green! You can keep up with Rebecca on Instagram!

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