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Cream…cream…cream…This cream is super tasty and good for you! Vegan, vegetarian and completely raw cream.

Combine it with juicy raspberries, superfood chia seeds and some almond milk, you get this Raw Raspberries & Cream Chia Pudding.

The morning after I made this chia pudding, I got a text from Alex. And Alex texts me every morning after leaving to work. Usually it’s “Morning, babe. How are you?”. But that morning it was a different text…

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To die for?! Huh?! Bingo. Score. Got it. Going up on the blog.

If you have never tried chia then you are missing out on a huuuuuuuge superfood BIG time! Run to the nearest Costco or grocery store and grab the biggest bag of these cute little guys, that are not as innocent as they look.

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Chia seeds are full of dietary fiber, complete protein, contain more Omega 3 than salmon and antioxidants power higher than blueberries. And it’s highly non-perishable, fairly affordable because you don’t need much and so versatile. Heard it before?! I won’s stop repeating myself because it’s THE stuff!

I’m not a vegan, vegetarian or gluten free girl. And probably will never be any of that. I love to mix. And like any human I go through phases. Don’t you?!

But this “to die for pudding” along with chia green smoothie made me thinking to do the switch…or not.:)

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As Vancouver’s weather gets warmer in July, my backyard quickly fills up with these guys. Perfect for sending kids down for a snack and pick some for my pudding.

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I love the taste and the low maintenance point of raspberries but the fact that they sprout all over my backyard drives me n-u-t-s. Cashew nuts? Cause that’s what the cream is made of. Some ground up cashews in Magic Bullet to a paste like consistency. Just smooth is enough, not like butter.

Ever tried cashews? If not run again to the nearest food store, grab raw and unsalted cashews and go nuts as cashews contain 75% less fat than many other nuts, protect your heart and maintain your bones. And trust me, you won’t miss any dairy cream. Who says? Me says. Me – Greek yogurt lover girl.

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The calorie count is based on 3 servings because I found it’s too much to split the dish in half and too small to split in 4. My advice – divide it into 3 servings and go from there.

Raw Raspberries & Cream Chia Pudding

Raw Raspberries & Cream Chia Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cashews, raw and unsalted
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp stevia extract or to taste

Directions

  1. In a Magic Bullet or small food processor, add cashews and process until smooth paste like consistency. Transfer into a medium glass bowl/container with a lid.
  2. Add raspberries and mash with a fork just a little bit to release the juice and flavour.
  3. Add almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract and stevia to the bowl/container and mix to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Stir and serve chilled. Optional: add extra raspberries, chia seeds or cashews on top.
  4. Storing Instructions: Refrigerate in a covered container for up to 3 days.
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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 3

Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 213.1
Total Fat: 12.9 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 122.0 mg
Total Carbs: 17.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 8.1 g
Sugars: 2.3 g
Protein: 6.4 g
WW Points+: 5

 

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17 Responses to “Raw Raspberries & Cream Chia Pudding”

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Hi Melissa. The best plant based source of protein if you ask me. I want to try to soak the cashews next time first although they get kind of soaked overnight in the pudding. Just for the sake of experiment.:)

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  1. Jeff Blackwell

    Hello Olena. I just love your web site! I’m going to try your creamy chia pudding. I’m 62 years old and was wondering if you could recommend an effective exercise work out plan to go with your recipes? Thanks.

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Hi Jeff! Thank you very much for your kind words! As for the workout I’m not a personal trainer. But I would say cardio combined with weight training. Do you like outdoors? Running? At home DVD workouts? Find what you like. Join a class? Have you tried any workouts?
      I found I like at home DVD workouts and I do Turbofire and Chalean Extreme. For a man, maybe you will like P90X?!
      Good luck.:)

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  2. Ilan

    Hi Olena! I’ve never tried chia seeds before but they sound super awesome. I love raspberries in anything. This looks great.

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  3. Lina Fedirko

    Amazing recipe. Breakfast is tricky, I like dishes that are filling but not too heavy, and don’t like to rely on eggs and shakes, so this was perfect for me. I used a mashed banana here instead of stevia, and it was just the perfect breakfast.

    On another note, it’s lovely to see a Ukrainian that cooks healthy! I’m a Ukrainian immigrant myself, and I don’t cook my mom’s traditional recipes. Instead I’m giving her tips on how to cook healthier using nontraditional ingredients (which is sometimes challenging, because words like chia and ginger mean nothing to her haha)

    -Lina

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Hi, Lina. Glad you liked the pudding recipe and you can truly use any fruit instead of raspberries. I tried it with strawberries and blueberries too. Delicious!

      I totally agree about breakfast. Chia pudding is a solution when you have lack of time to create something fancy and healthy and are bored of the same old PB toast. I always want the breakfast to be full of complex carbs and protein.

      About Ukrainian dishes I get it and my mom is the same. Canned veggies, mayo, dressings, grease, fat simple carbs…I’m visiting her right now and yes it’s a challenge to teach her cook healthy. I tried to teach my MIL to eat healthy at least for a month. She is 40 lbs overweight and just wouldn’t do it. Seems like this generation just don’t want to change.

      Nice to meet a fellow Ukrainian and see you around.:)

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  4. Holly

    Thanks for the great recipe! I made this with blueberries and it is delicious!

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  5. Roberta Appel

    Olena, I have just discovered your site and have been browsing through it- made my first recipe with the lasagna roll-ups which were very good! I’m a great pudding fan having come to Texas from England in the late “70s so I tried the chia rasp pudding but after refrigeration overnight it’s still sort of loose or not pudding consistency… could it be that I have the chia seeds ground instead of whole? don’t know what I did wrong- followed recipe exactly.
    thanks for the wonderful recipes and encouragement!

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Hi Roberta. Yes, you usually need more of ground chia seeds than whole. Just throw in extra tablespoons if using ground. Glad you enjoy my clean recipes.:)

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    • Olena

      Unfortunately no other nuts work in this recipe like cashews. You can sub it with Greek yogurt though.

      Reply

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