Gala Apples from Briggs and Eggers: Gala apples are a great snack for hot summer days (and nights). They are good sources of both soluble and insoluble fibers. Store on countertop
The apples from last weeks Chow Locally box were so sweet and crunchy, it was hard to do anything than eat them just as they were (which I did with a couple of them). But I always like to try to do something more. I am taking a raw food class at the Southwestern Institute of Healing Arts. It's a lot of fun and has made me think about creative ways to get more raw, whole foods into the daily grub. I've made a few chia puddings in the past few months and I have to say, this little seed has captured my heart. It is so full of protein, omega 3's and 6's and fun texture, I just love using them in recipes.
Today's recipe is another quick, healthy throw together meal for us busy types or anyone for that matter. It took about 5 minutes to mix up and about 2 hours in the fridge for thickening (you can eat it sooner if you like it thinner). I blend half of the chia seeds to release those awesome omega 3's and keep the other half whole for the fun texture. Fall is just around the corner, so I am dreaming of the fall flavors of apple and cinnamon. This creamy dreamy mixture is a perfect way to start your day!
Apple Pie Chia Pudding
1 - 15 oz. can full fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 pitted dates
2 tablespoons chia seeds, separated
1 cup diced unpeeled apple
1/4 cup chopped raw walnuts (soaked and dehydrated)*
* If you are not raw, feel free to substitute regular walnuts
Place coconut milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, dates and 1 tablespoon chia seeds in blender. Blend until smooth. Stir in remaining chia seeds. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight to thicken. Stir in apple and walnuts. Can be served immediately or it will keep in the fridge for 1 day.