Black magic grape and blueberry chia puddings

I am writing this post in the middle of a heatwave that has Europe in its grip. Everyone is looking for ways to stay cool. That means staying in the shade, drinking lots of fluids and eating light and refreshing foods.

While these chia seed puddings are not a solution to the heatwave, they do help and are nutritious. They are made with fresh blueberries and black magic grapes. If you have never heard of black magic grapes, they are sweet, low in acidity and available in supermarkets end of June beginning of July. For more information on these delicious grapes, check this link.

My husband and I just had these chia puddings for breakfast this morning with lots of fresh fruit on the side and juice. They are also great to have as a mid-day snack or dessert.

Stay cool!

Black magic grape and blueberry chia puddings
Makes 2  servings

  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¾  cup almond milk ( I used homemade, but a good quality store-bought kind will do)
  • ¼ cup coconut cream/milk
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest -or- 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup fresh black magic grapes

Note: Can substitute blueberries and grapes with other berries or fruit of choice.

Procedure

In a bowl, mix well the chia seeds, almond milk, coconut cream, lime zest/juice and maple syrup (I mix with a small handheld milk frother but you can also use a fork). Set aside.

In small blender or NutriBullet, purée the blueberries and grapes. When done, strain through a fine mesh strainer and mix this well into the almond mixture.

Chill in fridge for 30 minutes. Give it a last stir and transfer to cups or jars and top with fresh fruit. Chill pudding cups for an hour or overnight. Note that it will be at its thickest chilled for 8-10 hours.

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Julie Zimmer

Julie has extensive experience in nursing practice and education in a wide range of fields from intensive/coronary care, to medical-surgical to community and public health. Julie has Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing Education. She has taught in faculties of nursing and in various communities in Toronto, Canada and in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a consultant to the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Julie also has years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in addition to coordinating an English department in a Swiss private school.

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