I can’t even handle how much this combination of ingredients tastes like a traditional slice of homemade apple pie without any of the bad stuff, like white flour and sugar that bring you (and your energy levels) down. Chia seeds are such a powerhouse ingredient, especially if you’re active, as they absorb liquid and help re-hydrate your body while packing anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein. The cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom give the warm, comforting flavors we all know and love, while the walnuts bring some crunch and lots of antioxidant power. Enjoy this sweeter-than-pie treat in the morning for breakfast or as post-workout fuel to make your body and taste buds smile!
NOTE: This is a make-the-night-before recipe. Planning ahead is necessary.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
- Pinch of cinnamon, to taste
- Pinch of nutmeg, to taste
- Pinch of cardamom, to taste
- Stevia, to taste
- 1 T. chopped walnuts
- 1 sprig mint, for garnish
Before bed, place the almond milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and stevia in a bowl or mason jar. Stir the ingredients together really well, ensuring the chia seeds are evenly distributed and not clumping. Place the bowl or jar in the fridge, allowing the mixture to gel up to a thick, pudding-like consistency overnight. In the morning, remove the mixture to a bowl and add the chopped apple and walnuts on top. Add a sprig of mint for garnish.
About Annie: Annie is the co-founder of Suja Juice, a certified health coach, and the creator of the blog, BLAWNDE, where she shares her love and knowledge of food, fashion, health + wellness, and her travels. Annie is also the author of the brand new book, The Suja Juice Solution, which features 75 mouthwatering recipes, shopping lists and mix-and-match meal plans.