Paleo * Gluten free * Vegetarian * Vegan * Parve
I went to lunch with my friend Paula one day and we ate at Pan Quotidien, one of my least favorite restaurants, because it was conveniently located and had many gluten-free items on the menu. I don’t remember what either Paula or I had, but I do distinctly remember the dessert because it was both gluten-free for Paula and dairy-free for me (that was before I gave up wheat). We shared a Chia Seed Pudding with Passion Fruit Puree on top. It was sort of a crunchy tapioca pudding and we were both surprised at how good it was.
Although chia seed is the darling of all health advocates, I still can’t help but think of it as hair to grow on silly clay pots. So I was thrilled to find that it makes an easy, no-cook dessert that is good for you. I have recently been eating this for breakfast with fruit topping for a tasty way to start the day. There are tons of ways to vary this recipe. Start with toppings – any fruit combo is good, or you can make a puree or if you want something thicker, just add cornstarch to fruit juice or puree and bring to a boil, then cool. You can also vary the liquids in the pudding: use nut milk instead of coconut, use any fruit juice or nectar or no juice and make it completely coconut. Use any sweetener you like – or none at all. Play around with the recipe, you are sure to like the results.