Straw­berry chia pud­dings

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Chia seeds are amaz­ing for in­creas­ing sati­ety, so you feel fuller and don’t eat as much. They also bal­ance blood glu­cose lev­els, im­prove slug­gish bow­els and im­prove en­ergy lev­els. Whip one up as a yummy dessert, a great snack at work or a quick break­fast. Chia seed pud­dings are also in­cred­i­bly for­giv­ing (read: any­one can make them – prom­ise).

Prep time: 5 mins Serves: 2

250g straw­ber­ries

40g (¼ cup) chia seeds

125g (½ cup) co­conut cream

2 tsp vanilla paste

2 tsp raw cacao nibs, for top­ping

4 brazil nuts, coarsely chopped, for top­ping 1 white nec­tarine, sliced

1. Wash and hull the straw­ber­ries and put them in a bowl with 1 tbs of wa­ter. Trans­fer to a smoothie maker or use a hand­held blender to blitz un­til smooth.

2. Put 125ml (½ cup) of the straw­berry puree, the chia seeds, co­conut cream, 125ml (½ cup) of wa­ter and vanilla paste in a bowl and stir un­til well com­bined. Leave in the fridge for at least 15 mins un­til all the in­gre­di­ents have come to­gether and the chia seeds have swollen.

3. When ready to eat, spoon the chia pudding into bowls or glasses. Top with some of the re­main­ing straw­berry puree, cacao nibs, chopped brazil nuts and a few slices of the white nec­tarine. My top pudding tip? If you find the mix­ture is too runny, add more chia seeds and pop it back in the fridge for 10 mins. Too hard? Just add more liq­uid and in 10 mins your pudding should be the right con­sis­tency. Too easy!

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