You know when you make food that looks too good to eat? This rainbow acai chia pudding is one of those recipes!
Chia pudding is an excellent source of fibre, healthy fat and protein. Add a little acai powder and you have an antioxidant-bursting meal or snack in your hands.
I’ve spoken about the benefits of chia seeds before and so my love-affair continues.
As a busy mum I love that chia pudding can be made ahead of time and then eaten as a meal or snacked on between meals. I also love knowing that this acai chia pudding is nourishing and a great alternative to packaged/processed snacks.
My favourite chia pudding features in my whole foods recipe book Nourished in 30 (it’s salted caramel so no wonder it’s my favourite!) but this acai chia pudding would come in as a close second).
HER NOURISHED RECIPE NOTES AND TIPS
- I used natural food colouring by the brand Hopper (find it here) to create a beautiful rainbow colour. If you prefer to not use natural food colouring then you could add pureed strawberries, watermelon or any pink-flesh fruit.
- The acai powder I used is from Morlife. You can find it here.
- I used unsweetened almond milk for this chia pudding but you can easily swap it for coconut milk, rice milk or one of your favourite milk/milk alternatives.
- If using banana and planning to serve at a later date be aware that your banana will soften and brown slightly over time. I suggest adding banana fresh or eating soon after adding banana.
- Once made, this chia pudding will last a day or two in the fridge.
RAINBOW ACAI CHIA PUDDING RECIPE
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 2 tbsp hot water
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp acai berry powder
- Natural pink food colouring
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp rice malt syrup OR 2 tsp granulated stevia
- Fruit to garnish (I used banana, strawberries and blueberries)
- In a medium sized bowl, add the chia seeds and hot water and whisk quickly. The chia seeds should immediately start to swell. Add the unsweetened almond milk, vanilla extract and sweetener of choice quickly after the water and whisk until combined.
- Set aside in the fridge for at least 15 minutes (if you are in a hurry you can place the bowl into the freezer for 5 minutes).
- Once set, separate the chia pudding into three bowls. Leave one bowl as is, add a few drops of natural pink food colouring to the second bowl and add the acai powder to the third bowl, mixing well.
- Spoon the individual bowls into a serving jar or glass, layering carefully.
- Garnish with fresh fruit of choice.
- Store in fridge.
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Krissy Ropiha is a Certified Nutrition and Health Coach and Psychology graduate, passionate about supporting, inspiring and empowering busy mums to take back control of their health, get nourishing meals on the table in less than 30 minutes and feel confident in their own unique body.
Strive for nourishment, not perfection.