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    Prep Time 20'

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Wild fruit and chia parfait with sea buckthorn recipe

  • 4

    Servings

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 20'

    PT20M
  • Total Time

    Total Time 30'

    PT30M
  • Gluten-free

    Gluten-free

  • Vegan

    Vegan

Vegan

I once spent a month in a Mayan village and was taken into the jungle to see an ancient Mayan ruin, thickly shrouded in vines that had to be hacked aside by my guides. It exuded a very real magic and wisdom. With this in mind, I was enchanted to learn that chia is the ancient Mayan word for strength. How wonderful that contemporary society has now rediscovered this food, forgotten for so long!

In this recipe, we use chia seed in a fluffy layered parfait. In other words, each layer brings new pleasures. When taken together they are an utter delight for the taste buds as well as for the body. The very word ‘parfait’ brings to mind rich animal fats like eggs and cream as well as white sugar, which is what the prototypal French parfait contains. Reshaping the recipe using plant-based ingredients and whole sweeteners like maple syrup and agave nectar represents an authentic metamorphosis of perspective and lifestyle without any accompanying sacrifice of hedonistic pleasure.

Wild fruit and chia parfait with sea buckthorn recipe
Wild fruit and chia parfait with sea buckthorn recipe
Wild fruit and chia parfait with sea buckthorn recipe
Wild fruit and chia parfait with sea buckthorn recipe

Chia is strength

Why would the ancient Mayans associate this tiny seed with such a powerful word as ‘strength’? Chia seeds are some of the most invigorating foods in this world of ours. Some of this is down to the high ratio of plant proteins that they carry. Most importantly, this is perfectly balanced by the essential amino acids that chia seeds also contain. After all, amino acids are needed by the body to make best use of the protein.(1)(2) Protein is beneficial for weight loss, so this is a parfait that you can feel quite virtuous about! Chia seeds are also high in fiber, which just makes them even better at helping you maintain an optimal weight.

Of course, any long-term weight loss will come from a diet based on real foods, regular exercise, and plenty of sleep. With that in mind, we have fashioned two types of chia pudding for our parfait. One includes berries, and the other turmeric. Turmeric has been used for centuries in India as a medicine. Various research studies are starting to find out exactly why.

We layer our sister chia puddings in between more berries and Erbology Tigernut Granola with Sea Buckthorn and Aronia Berries A gentle cashew cream makes up the final layer.

Lemon zestful

We include lemon zest or lemon juice in all of the layers of this parfait. For us, there is nothing quite as cleansing and brightening as lemons. They are as refreshing to the eye as they are for the palate, too. Sometimes we have to stop ourselves before adding them into every dish and onto every surface! Something that we did not realize – and you might not either – is that, for vegetarians, it can be hard for the body to absorb iron from plant-based sources (non-heme iron). Citric acid and vitamin C, both contained in lemons, can give your body a boost on this front and help ward off anemia.(3)(4)

Yet another reason to love lemons – and to love this parfait. Not that we need reasons to love anything…. but they never hurt!

Other chia seed recipes

References

(1) Sandoval-Oliveros MR and Paredes-Lopez O, “Isolation and characterization of proteins from chia seeds (Salvia hispanica L.).” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, January 2013, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23240604.

(2) Olivos-Lugo BL et al, “Thermal and physicochemical properties and nutritional value of the protein fraction of Mexican chia seed (Salvia hispanica L.).” Food Science and Technology International, February 2010, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21339125.

(3) Ballot et al, “The effects of fruit juices and fruits on the absorption of iron from a rice meal.” British Journal of Nutrition, May 1987, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3593665.

(4) Peneau et al, “Relationship between iron status and dietary fruit and vegetables based on their vitamin C and fiber content.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 2008, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18469253.

 

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Cashew cream:
  • 2 cups soaked (activated) cashews (soak for at least 2-4 hours)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • ¼ cup raw agave nectar / maple syrup
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3-4 drops vanilla extract and a pinch of salt
Wild berry chia pudding:
  • 3 ½ cups coconut milk
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar / maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries (I used raspberries and blueberries)
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
Turmeric chia pudding:
  • 3 ½ cups coconut milk
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar / maple syrup
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
Other ingredients:

Here's how you make it

Cashew cream:
  1. Place the soaked cashews in a blender with the coconut milk, agave, lemon, salt and vanilla.
  2. Blend well until it becomes smooth enough.
  3. Set aside in a bowl.
Wild berry chia pudding:
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the coconut milk and chia seeds.
  2. Set aside, whisking occasionally until the pudding hardens.
  3. When the pudding is hard enough, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  4. Add the berries, mashing with a fork until your pudding has a nice pink color.
Turmeric chia pudding:
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the coconut milk and chia seeds.
  2. Set aside, whisking occasionally until the pudding hardens.
  3. When the pudding is hard enough, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  4. Set aside in a bowl.
Assembly:
  1. In a glass or jar, start layering your parfait.
  2. Start with a layer of the cashew cream.
  3. Then add a layer of mixed wild berries.
  4. Add another layer of the wild berry chia pudding.
  5. Then add more wild berries and granola.
  6. Add a layer of turmeric chia pudding.
  7. Top off with more berries and granola!
 

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