LAVENDER HONEY CHIA PUDDING

Summer has left us and fall is here laying it on thick with its pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin spice doughnuts and sugar and spice and everything nice. BUT if you secretly can’t let that fresh summer fling go, here is a recipe that gives you a little bit of summer that is all yours all year long!

Chia seeds are the ultimate healthy blank slate. You can add whatever incredible flavors suit your mood. I’ve chosen a stunning combo (and personal favorite) of lavender and honey for this creamy pudding and I’ve topped it with another healthy heavyweight, bee pollen. Bee pollen has this slightly sweet flavor reminiscent of honey but with a personality all its own, and I have really fallen for it. As soon as we got our last gorgeous shot of this pudding, I ate it. Right there in the middle of breaking down our set up. And now I’m getting hungry again just thinking about it. So before we all stop, drop, and eat lets get this going!

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Ingredients:

¼ cup chia seeds
1 cup coconut milk*
2 tsp dried lavender
2 Tbs honey (adjust for desired sweetness)
2 tsp honey powder
1 tsp vanilla
Bee pollen for garnish**

*There are dozens of coconut milk options out there but for this recipe I would go for something creamy and full of flavor (usually the kind in a can). The kind you find by the milk is more of a milk substitute so tends to be a little thin and lighter on the flavor. I use regular coconut milk instead of light because I love all those good fats but feel free to use what’s right for you. Those chia seeds will soak up whatever you give them!

**Bee pollen is believed by many to have a wide range of health benefits, but BEE 🙂 sure that you check with your doctor if you have a bee or other type of allergy that might cause a reaction with this ingredient. If it’s a no go, the recipe will still be great without!

Directions:

1. Pour the coconut milk into a small saucepan and add lavender. Warm on stove set to medium low for about 5 minutes. It doesn’t need to boil, the goal here is just to release that yummy lavender flavor into the milk. Remove from heat and strain out the lavender.
2. Transfer coconut milk into a jar or other sealable container and add chia seeds, honey, honey powder, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
3. Let those little chia babies soak overnight!
4. Garnish with bee pollen! Let your taste buds dance and enjoy those healthy benefits!

I find that this recipe makes a great breakfast (but by all means, eat it whenever you want!). It keeps me full during that uphill battle toward lunch. It’s the kind of breakfast that tells your tummy ‘Hey, wait a second. Lets take this nice and slow and give this body a real steady source of energy.’ Steady feels good. Let me know what you think of your secret slice of summer!

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