Feb 25, 2015

Chocolate Chia Pudding

I've been meaning to make a chia pudding for months now! With my new-found obsession with chocolate, I decided that maybe I should steer a teeny bit away from the brownies and donuts and eat something a little healthier. Perfect time to make a chia pudding!



The basic ratio for the pudding is  1/4 cup of chia seeds to 1 cup of milk. The rest of the customization is up to you. For this recipe, I used the following -

Ingredients -

Chia Seeds - 1/4 cup
Almond milk - 1 cup
Cocoa powder - 1 tbsp
PB2 chocolate - 1 tbsp
Agave syrup - 1 tbsp (adjust to taste. I like the slight bitterness of chocolate)
Slices almonds - 1 tbsp
Salt - a pinch

To serve - bananas or fruit of your choice


Method -

1. Microwave the milk for about a minute.

2. Add the cocoa powder, PB2 and agave syrup and stir till fully dissolved.

3. Add the chia seeds, salt and almonds. Mix well.

4. Cover the bowl and allow to sit at room temperature for a couple of hours.

The chia seeds will absorb the warm milk and swell up. This forms a gelatinous, spongy pudding consistency. The almonds help to add some crunch to the pudding.

 The recipe is about 300 calories, so serve it with a cup of fruit and nuts to turn it into nutritious breakfast. I just eat spoonfuls of the pudding all day, lol.

This is my first foray into chia seeds and I really love the taste and the ease of preparation! I'm excited to try out new flavor combinations. Hope I've emboldened a few of you to try out this wonderful seed! Thanks for reading!

Feb 8, 2015

Pound Cake with Blood Oranges

Hello hello!! How is everyone doing? I've been a bad blogger and a bad cook. I've been super busy the last month and been dealing with the normal but annoying pregnancy aches and pains. I've been making the same easy recipes in rotation, so I didn't have anything fun to post here. Today though, I decided to take a break from school stuff and baby stuff and celebrate these amazing blood oranges.

Oranges have been my pregnancy constant. I had a strong aversion to limes but cuties, mandarins and blood oranges have sustained me these last six months. I've made orange scones and cupcakes before and loved them! So today, I decided to make a pound cake with blood oranges. The awesome thing about this recipe is that not only does it taste amazing, it uses yogurt instead of butter, so it's so much healthier!




Pound Cake with Blood Oranges
Adapted from here

Ingredients

Flour - 1 cup
Whole wheat flour - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Sugar - 1 cup
Finely grated zest of 2-3 blood oranges

Vanilla greek yogurt - 3/4 cup
Olive oil - 1/2 cup
Eggs - 2
Vanilla extract - 3/4 tsp
Juice of blood orange  - 1 tbsp

Peeled and sliced blood oranges - 2-3


Method

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Sieve together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and zest.

3.  Whisk together the greek yogurt, olive oil, eggs, vanilla extract and the orange juice.

4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Don't whisk or mix too hard.

5. Grease a loaf pan and pour in the batter.

6. Arrange the blood orange slices on top and press down gently.

7. Bake for 40-50 minutes depending on your oven . The cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean.

8. Cool on a rack for about 15 minutes, slice and serve with a dusting of powdered sugar!




There you go. So simple! The cake is really moist and so flavorful! You could add some walnuts if you like texture in your cake. I hope you try this recipe. You'll definitely enjoy it!