Breakfast is a funny meal for me. I'm so very inconsistent about what I like to eat, how much I like to eat and when I want to eat it. Some days I wake up ravenous and want a giant bowl of creamy buckwheat or oat porridge. Other days I can't face food for a couple of hours and when I do it's eggs or some other really savoury dish. The in-betweeny mornings look something like this: Rich, nutty chia pudding with a little fruit sliced on top.
Rather than making a separate batch of pumpkin seed milk, I just blend the seeds, skip the straining step and add the chia. The texture of the blended seeds is delicious when combined with the other ingredients.The good fats in the chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and coconut milk mean I don't need a huge serving - no weighed down feeling and it's an ideal breakfast on the run.
My sweet (and fussy) 18 month old really likes chia pudding so sharing this with her feels like a mummy win too.
I've been using coconut water to blend with soaked pumpkin seeds. It means no additional sweetness needs to be added. I prefer to not over sweeten the chia pudding and then sprinkle coconut sugar over the top when I sit down (on a good day I'm sitting down!) to eat it.
Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of zinc. In my constant mission to have my best skin possible zinc is something I always look to add more of into my diet.
I'm going to do a breakfast focussed post in the coming weeks. It is a meal that lots of people struggle with. I've got loads of delicious ideas. My breakfast fickleness means I'm always trying something new. It'll be fun to share my ideas and hopefully get some off you all as well.
Happy Monday! I hope you have a positive, successful week.
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds - soaked for 8 hours or overnight. Rinsed well.
3/4 cup coconut water (optional - can use water)
1 Tbsp honey (if not using coconut water)
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Using a blender or a good hand held blender in a jug - combine the coconut water or water / honey and the pumpkin seeds. Blitz until very very smooth and creamy. This may take a little time depending on your device.
Combine all the remaining ingredients and stir well.
Taste and add additional sweetness if necessary.
Place in the fridge for at least fifteen minutes to set and thicken. An hour or the night before is even better as the flavours seem to develop if given some time.
Store covered in the fridge. This makes enough for two servings and will last 3 days.