[Sometimes, you just want a dish that's quick and easy--no fuss. I've decided to offer a mini-post every once in a while, for a dish that comes together incredibly quickly or else is so simple to make that no recipe is required. Here's today's "Flash in the Pan." (For other FitP recipes, see "Categories" at right).]
A little taste of impending spring, this is a variation on the classic chia pudding, or a much fruitier, lighter version of Crimson Mousse I made with strawberries from our organic produce delivery last week. (But calling it “Fluff” makes it sound much more appealing, doesn’t it?) Feel free to use another berry if you prefer.
Strawberry Chia Fluff for Spring
The coconut milk adds richness and creaminess, yet this still tastes like a light dessert, and one that is both cool and refreshing because of the strawberries. One spoonful and you’ll know that warmer weather is on the way.
2/3 cup (160 ml) full-fat coconut milk (the kind in the can)
2 cups (480 ml) sliced fresh or frozen strawberries
2 Tbsp (30 ml) whole chia seeds*
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) pure almond extract (omit if sensitive)
1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp (15 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
15-25 drops plain or vanilla stevia, to taste
Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender* (such as a VitaMix) and blend until perfectly smooth. Pour into glasses and refrigerate until cold, 1-2 hours (or just eat it right away if you can’t wait–thinner, but still good).
*NOTE: If you don’t have a high-powered blender, you can still make this, but grind the chia seeds first in a coffee grinder until they form a fine powder; pour the powder into the blender along with the other ingredients.
And finally, I’m also linking this up to Amy’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays event. Because, well, this dessert is nothing if not slightly indulgent.
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