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ELDERBERRY CHIA PUDDING

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I absolutely love chia pudding.  It’s nutritious and delicious and can be thrown together in just minutes (literally minutes!) the night before for a quick and easy breakfast, snack, lunch, or dessert.

Not only does this elderberry version look pretty, but it also tastes great and is packed with antioxidants, fibre, healthy fats, protein, and pre- & probiotics, too!  It’s also suitable for gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, and keto diets.

Chia seeds have a mild nutty taste and are rich in fibre, minerals, plant protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats.  In fact, just two tablespoons of chia seeds contain approximately 4 grams of protein and 12 grams of carbohydrate, 11 grams of which are fibre!

Elderberry has been used in traditional medicine for millennia for a variety of ailments, from burns to infections.  Elderberries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants including flavonols, anthocyanin, and phenolic acid. While more research is needed, studies suggest that elderberry extract may help support the immune system and reduce the length and severity of cold and flu symptoms.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 1 can (1.5 cups) organic full-fat coconut milk

  • 1 cup coconut or other milk-based kefir

  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder or collagen peptides (omit for vegan variation)

  • 4 scoops Flora Elderberry Crystals

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • monkfruit sweetener, pure stevia, or sweetener of choice, adjusted to taste (optional)

  • 1/2 cup white chia seeds

  • toppings (optional): fresh berries, grain-free granola, toasted coconut chips, nuts/seeds, bee pollen, etc.

Directions:

  1. Combine coconut milk, kefir, protein or collagen powder, elderberry crystals, and vanilla in a bowl or blender container and whisk or blend on high until well-mixed.  Sweeten to taste.

  2. Add chia seeds and whisk or pulse-blend until just combined.

  3. Pour into a bowl or single-serving mason jars and cover or seal tightly.

  4. Let sit for 10 minutes, then whisk or shake well and put in fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours.

  5. Before serving, stir in additional non-dairy milk as needed for desired consistency and add your choice of toppings.

Elderberry Chia Protein Pudding can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.