Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Vanilla Chia Pudding w/ Maca Caramel & Macadamia Crumbs


This pudding is one of my favourites and is perfect for entertaining. I just love chia seeds and this was the first time I had used the delicious maca powder.

Maca powder is made from the maca root which grows in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Referred to as a superfood, it is revered for its wide-ranging benefits to the hormonal system and its aphrodisiac qualities.  If you want to know more about the wonderful benefits of Maca Powder, the team at I Quit Sugar have put together a bluffer's guide to Maca.



Vanilla Chia Pudding w/ Maca Caramel & Macadamia Crumbs
Makes approx 6 individual servings or one large pudding


ingredients


Vanilla Chia Pudding
1/2 cup of chia seeds
2 cups of coconut milk (or any other non-dairy milk of your choice)
3 tablespoons of maple syrup (or any other liquid sweetener of your choice)
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract or 1 pod scraped
1 pinch of Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt
Maca Caramel
1 cup dates
2 tablespoons maca powder
Himalayan pink crystal salt, to taste

3/4 cup water, more or less as needed 

Macadamia Crumbs
1 cup raw macadamia nuts

method
For the chia pudding:
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, stir well and let rest for a few minutes.
After a few minutes whisk together with a fork or metal whisk and place in the fridge to set for 3-4 hours or overnight.
For the Maca Caramel:
To make the caramel: blend all the ingredients until smooth and thick. Put this in the fridge for about 2 hours. 
For the Macadamia Crumbs:


Lightly toast the nuts in a hot pan then set aside to cool. Using a food processor pulse the macadamia nuts until they resemble a fine crumb unless of course you prefer a few chunky pieces.

To serve:

Spoon the chia pudding mix into individual serving dishes or ramekins, spoon a little maca caramel on top and sprinkle with macadamia crumbs. 



This tastes incredible and is you can enjoy it for dessert without any guilt. 


2 comments:

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

Everyone loves a guilt-free dessert. How pretty they look too.

gaby @ lateraleating said...

Confession time: I don't really like maca but I consume because I know it's healthy and also because I'm Peruvian... the stuff is cheap(er) back home! The pudding does look tempting.

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