Spring is almost here, and so are all my spring races. I somehow managed to sign up for six races (four of them being half-marathons) in March and April. It’s going to be a busy couple of months but I love running so I’m certainly not complaining! I really enjoy chia seeds before a long run. I’m not much of an eater before I run so chia seeds are perfect since it doesn’t take a lot to fill you up, and even in small amounts they provide lots energy and nutrition.
Chia pudding has been my go to meal before a long run so I’m always trying new flavors. The seeds can absorb up to 10x their weight in liquid so when I add them to milk and let it sit for several hours, or I prefer overnight, it thickens to a consistency similar to tapioca. For this recipe, I prepared the chia seeds the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight so it was ready in the morning. Then in the morning I sauteed the apples, let them cool a little before I added them on top, and topped it all with some walnuts. It was the perfect way to start my day!
Other Chia Pudding on Green Plate Rule:
|Apple Cinnamon Chia Pudding|
- 1 cup vanilla coconut milk
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 apples, cored and diced into 1/2″ pieces (I used granny smith)
- 2 tbsp butter (I use Earth Balance)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp agave
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- In a bowl combine milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Mix well and let it sit in refrigerator. After the chia seeds have been in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, take them out and stir to break up any clumps that have formed, then put it back in the refrigerator.
- Leave in there for at least 3 hours, or overnight, so the chia seeds can absorb the milk.
- Then just before serving:
- In a medium pan melt the butter over medium heat.
- Add the apples and cook, continuing to stir, until the apples are tender, about 5 minutes.
- Dissolve the cornstarch in water and then add to the pan.
- Add the cinnamon and agave and continue to cook for one minute, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from the heat and let it cool for a couple minutes.
- Add the sauteed apples over the chia pudding and top with walnuts.