It's that time of year when you have probably noticed there are an abundance of cherries in your produce section. Cherries have such a short peak season that taking advantage of them while they are here is a must! The possibilities are endless when it comes to the various ways we can incorporate beneficial fruit.
Before I get into that, lets discuss the health benefits of this popular super fruit. They are loaded with antioxidants. These antioxidants act as anti-inflammatory agents which can be especially beneficial for people struggling with chronic pain and also help aid in post workout recovery for those sore muscles. These antioxidants can also aid in helping our body fight off certain cancers, pre-diabetes, and neurological diseases. Another cool fact about cherries is that they contain melatonin. Melatonin is known to soothe our nervous system which in turn as a positive effect on people struggling with headaches or insomnia.
Now that you have a little back story on these little summer gems, let me also tell you that one cup of cherries only has 77 calories making them a great choice for a mid-day snack. So remember that tidbit the next time you want a nibble without the guilt. speaking of guilt, you won't have any as you indulge in this cherry chia pudding. Combining the super seed chia with the super fruit cherry not only brings a wealth of nutrition to our bodies, but also provides us with a satisfying and delicious treat. So lets gets started on preparing the pudding! This recipe makes 4 servings.
For the cherry chia pudding:
1 1/2 cups homemade almond milk (or milk of choice)
1 1/2 cups pitted sweet cherries
2 Tbs maple syrup
6 Tbs chia seeds, divided between two mason jars
For the vanilla chia pudding:
3/4 cup homemade almond milk (or milk of choice)
3 Tbs chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbs maple syrup
For the garnish:
2 cups sweet cherries, pitted and sliced
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1. You will need 3 pint sized mason jars, two for the cherry chia and one for the vanilla chia. Place 3 tablespoons of chia in each jar.
2. To make the cherry chia, you will put 1 1/2 cups almond milk, 1 1/2 cups pitted sweet cherries, and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup in your high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
3. Divide the cherry mixture evenly between 2 of the mason jars. Shake well and make sure there are no chia seeds clumped at the bottom of the jar. Place the jars in the refrigerator.
4. To make the vanilla chia, pour 3/4 cup almond milk into the 3rd mason jar along with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Shake well, again, making sure the chia is well combined. Place the jar in refrigerator.
5. Check all the jars in about an hour and shake them again. The pudding will need 6 hours to set or make it the night before and let it sit overnight. Once the pudding is ready, you can create your treat!
6. You will need 4 serving bowls. Divide the vanilla chia evenly among the 4 bowls. Then divide the 2 cups of the pitted and sliced cherries on top of the vanilla chia pudding. Reserve a few of the cherries for garnishing on top. Finally, you will divide the 2 jars of cherry chia evenly among the 4 bowls. Top them with some coconut and a few cherries on top. Now dig in!