RAINBOW CHIA PUDDING RECIPE

May 6, 2019 Utah, USA



                                                                   RAINBOW CHIA PUDDING
Talk about a colorful and happy way to start the day!  Who wouldn't have a smile on their face when this was in front of them.  These pudding cups make a fabulous breakfast, or snack, and young and old alike will appreciate the colors and flavors of this really pretty, really healthy pudding.  This should make even the picky eaters happy.  Try it and see, you're going to love this.








Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiberiron, and calciumOmega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke.



HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED:

1 pint of fresh ripe Strawberries
1 16 ounces can of organic mandarin oranges
2 large Kiwi's
1 pint of fresh blueberries
2 Tablespoons of Matcha powder
2 cups of Chia seeds
4 cups of Soy milk (you can use almond or whole milk if preferred)
Stevia
Honey
8 - 10 small glass containers (or containers of your choice)

HERE'S WHAT YOU DO:

In a medium bowl, mix the Chia seeds with the milk, and a Tablespoon of honey, cover and place in the refrigerator (NOTE - if the Chia pudding is too thick, add a little more Milk to thin). 
Wash the strawberries, remove the stems, and slice them into a bowl, reserving the juice in the bowl as you slice.  Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of Stevia, cover and set aside. Rinse the Kiwi's, dry with a paper towel, and slice the Kiwi's into a bowl, and set aside. Wash the Blueberries, and place on paper towels to dry.   Assemble the cups of pudding:  Remove the pudding from the refrigerator, and add a couple of Tablespoons to the bottom of the containers.  Spoon the strawberry juice evenly into the cups, over the pudding, and stir to make the pudding pink. Place three or four slices of strawberries on top of the pudding.  In a small dish, add about 1 cup of pudding and place half of the Mandarin oranges in the bowl, along with the juice from the can.  Smash the oranges into the pudding, which will turn the pudding a light orange color. Place even amounts of the pudding and mashed oranges into the containers, and top evenly with the remaining oranges.  In a small bowl, place 1 - 2 cups of the Chia pudding, and several slices of the Kiwi, and mash them into the pudding.  Add the Matcha powder, and mix well, turning the pudding green.  Place the pudding evenly in the containers, on top of the orange layer, and place remaining Kiwi - chopped, evenly in containers on top of the green layer of pudding.  Place half of the blueberries in the remaining pudding, and mash them into the pudding, creating the blue/purple color for the final layer of the pudding cup.  Place the blue/purple pudding evenly in the containers, and top with remaining blueberries.  Drizzle with honey, and serve.  Enjoy!


NOTE:  We used 6 - 8-ounce containers for the pudding cups.  Depending on the size of your containers, you may want to divide the pudding evenly into separate bowls before you add the fruits, and juices to make sure the same amount is mixed.  If you find you'll need more pudding, simply make 3 cups of Chia seeds, with 6 cups of milk, and 2 Tablespoons of Honey.   You will need larger quantities of fruit, and juices to color the pudding, but you can adjust accordingly, as you make the pudding layers.  If you want a brighter color, simply add more mashed fruit and fruit juice to the pudding.  You can also add natural food coloring found at your local health food store if you prefer really bright colors.  If you prefer, you can mix the pudding and the fruits to be mashed along with the fruit juice in a blender or food processor, instead of mashing the pudding/fruit by hand.


Makes approximately  8 - 10 six to eight-ounce servings. Larger containers will make 6 - 8 pudding cups, smaller containers will make 10 - 12 pudding cups.







Don't forget that fruit is natures candy and you should be enjoying it daily!
xo, 
Nina


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