A Dessert to Bump Up Your Health: Carrot Cake Chia Pudding
When soaked, chia seeds have the texture of tapioca. Chia seeds have a neutral taste, so they blend easily into any recipe, savoury or sweet. A great feature about their "blandness" is the chia seed's ability to be added to any recipe to bump up the nutrition, without changing the taste.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid (EFA) that promotes total-body health. Chia seeds, unlike flaxseeds, don't contain phytoestrogens. Omega-3s promote brain, cardiovascular, skin, nervous system, joint, hormone and eye health.
- High in fiber: The high fiber content, both soluble and insoluble, helps to usher out LDL "bad" cholesterol, promote detoxification and balance blood sugar.
- Rich in highly absorbable calcium
- Promotes a healthy digestive system
- Helps to lower cholesterol
- Plant-based protein
- Plant-based (nonheme) iron
- Hydrating: Chia seeds absorb 12 times their weight in liquid, so a little bit goes a long way. This ability to hold onto liquid contributes to satiety, hydration and proper electrolyte balance. It also makes them a great pre- or post-workout food.
- Self-preserving: Chia contains a compound called cinnamic acid, protecting the seed’s healthy fats from rancidity. This enables them to be kept for a much longer time than other seeds, without oxidizing.
I'm hoping that posting this recipe will ring in spring sometime soon. I was trapped in my house by yet another snowstorm yesterday. I love winter, but this is ridiculous! Let's just go ahead and pretend it's springtime and I can see the grass on my front lawn.
If you're already planning your Easter or Passover menu, this may make a nice gluten-free and vegan addition to your table. Garnish with crunchy walnuts, if desired, for a little crunch and more omega-3s -because I just can't get enough. My sister put this on her baked oatmeal and said it was a nice combo, so that's another option too. This pudding delivers all of the spicy goodness of carrot cake, in a delicious new way.
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