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Chia-seed puddings with blueberries, banana and goji berries


You'll need

140 gm coconut flesh (from 1-2 young coconuts, water strained through a fine sieve), coarsely chopped 250 ml (1 cup) coconut cream, plus extra, to serve 115 gm (1/3 cup) honey (preferably unfiltered raw), plus extra, to serve 100 gm white chia seeds (see note) 2 small bananas, thickly sliced 125 gm (about 1 punnet) blueberries 30 gm (¼ cup) goji berries (see note) To serve: cocoa nibs (optional; see note)

Method

  • 01
  • Blend coconut flesh in a food processor with 250ml coconut water until smooth. Pour into a bowl, add coconut cream, honey and chia seeds, mix well, then refrigerate until chia seeds swell and form a thick pudding with a slight crunch (2-2 ½ hours).
  • 02
  • Spoon chia seed mixture into bowls, drizzle with a little extra coconut cream, top with sliced banana, blueberries, goji berries, cocoa nibs and a drizzle of honey, and serve.

Note White chia seeds, goji berries and cocoa nibs are available from supermarkets and health-food shops.


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