BREAK­FAST CHIA WITH DRAGON FRUIT, ROSE­WA­TER & CRANBERRY

Healthy Mama - - Eats -

¾ cup chia seeds

300ml fil­tered wa­ter

½ cup lemon juice (or lime or le­mon­ade fruit juice)

I cup maple or agave syrup

1 cup rose­wa­ter

1 medium fresh pineap­ple, diced

2 pears, diced

1 medium dragon fruit (when not in sea­son use the juice of 1 medium beet­root)

¾ cup dried cran­ber­ries Put the chia seeds in a large bowl and slowly add the fil­tered wa­ter, stir­ring as you go to make sure there are no lumps. Keep stir­ring for the first 5 min­utes and watch just how thirsty these lit­tle seeds are. Leave them for 20 min­utes to soak, but con­tinue to stir oc­ca­sion­ally to avoid clump­ing as the mix thick­ens. It will be­come quite thick, but re­mem­ber you still have more liq­uid to add: lemon (or lime) juice, maple or agave syrup and the rose­wa­ter. Mean­while, chop the fruit and pre­pare the rest of the in­gre­di­ents. You’ll no­tice that the seeds have drunk up all the liq­uid and be­come ‘ploppy’. That’s why they’re so hy­drat­ing. I love the way you start with a lit­tle cup of seeds and end up with a huge bowl­ful to feed six or eight peo­ple! Add the fruit and re­main­ing in­gre­di­ents and stir to com­bine. I like to al­low an­other hour so the chia seeds can re­ally do their thing. You can eat them sooner but I like to leave them so they’re soft and plump and truly hy­drat­ing. Tip: If the mix feels too thick, just add a lit­tle more wa­ter as de­sired.

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