If you are looking for something a little different for a Chrissie pudding that is not only ‘on trend’ but healthy too, try these delightful chia seed puds. You could use any fruit for the compote, or don’t cook the fruit at all and just use fresh! Chia seeds pack a punch in terms of fibre and protein and are great for a healthy bowel.
¼ cup chia seeds
1½ cup unsweetened milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup (about 8) frozen or fresh pitted cherries
¾ cup water
1 star anise pod
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
In a bowl or sealable container like a glass jar, combine the chia seeds, almond milk, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and the vanilla. Stir, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
In a saucepot, combine the cherries, water, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and star anise. Bring it to a boil then reduce to simmer. Simmer until the water has reduced by ¾ and has thickened slightly, probably about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the star anise. All this can be done in advance and refrigerated until served.
In a dry frying pan over medium heat, toast almonds until golden, about 5 minutes.
To serve, pour cherry compote over chia seed pudding and top with toasted almonds.