1 cup raw cashews
2 cups filtered water
pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean, seeds only or ½ teaspoon organic vanilla paste
½ cup white or black chia seeds (see glossary)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 bananas, sliced, to garnish
sprinkle of cinnamon to garnish
1. In a blender or food processor blend together the cashews, water, salt and vanilla bean seeds until creamy and smooth. Pour into a mixing bowl.
2. Add the chia and maple syrup to the milk. Mix well with a whisk removing all lumps.
3. To assemble the pudding, pour the mixture into cocktail glasses or recycled glass jars. Refrigerate until set (overnight if you have time). Top with slices of banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Add a dash of maple syrup for extra sweetness.
Preparation Time: 5-8 minutes
Makes 600ml cashew milk.
This is a fantastic breakfast that can be prepared the night before or easily in the morning. Nutritionally speaking, chia seeds are a great vegetarian source of Omega 3 alpha-linolenic acid - beneficial for the brain and heart. Chia seeds are also a good source of potassium, and as they contain all 8 essential amino acids this makes them a complete source of protein. Combined with banana and cinnamon it's a breakfast that is a nourishing alternative to traditional cereal.
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