We love unexpected flavors in recipes we’ve made time and time again. This chia seed pudding has just that, thanks to rooibos tea. The tea gives the chia seed pudding a subtle, but delicious flavor that will leave you guessing what the secret ingredient is. Combined with the creamy, cold smoothie mixture and blackberry jam, this smoothie bowl is incredibly unique and satisfying.
Rooibos Tea Is A Great Alternative To Caffeine
Rooibos tea is not just in this recipe for its delicious flavor. It is rich in antioxidants and other nutrients to help heal and nourish the body. Traditional rooibos is made by fermenting the tea leaves, which is where it gets its deep red color. Naturally caffeine-free, this is a great tea to drink at all times of the day. It has been shown to help ward off heart disease, improve Activity performance, and heighten focus. Its antioxidant content also helps to protect the body against free radicals and fights inflammation.
Chia Seeds Will Keep You Full
Chia seeds are an incredible source of fiber, protein, and fat. They absorb liquid rapidly (up to 9-12 times their volume in ten minutes) to form a gel-like consistency. This makes them perfect for creating a creamy pudding texture, but also perfect for filling up the stomach and helping to satiate. They are slower to digest thanks to the fiber content, which will improve digestion and help sustain the body for longer between meals. Chia seeds are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and iron.
We Love Berries While Cleansing
The low-glycemic berry content in this recipe seriously amps up the nutrient content. Blueberries are one of the best food sources of antioxidants, but also boast a high content of fiber, potassium, folate, and vitamin C. The fiber content in blueberries (and this entire recipe) helps to remove excess cholesterol from the bloodstream, reducing the risk of heart disease. Blackberries are incredibly rich in vitamin C, with just one cup containing nearly half the daily recommended amount. There are studies that berries boost brain function and can also improve oral health.
1 cup blackberries
2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar
1/2 lemon, juiced
Step 1: Heat up almond milk over the stove or in the microwave. Remove from heat and add to a large mason jar or bowl. Steep tea in almond milk for 10 minutes.
Step 2: Once the tea is steeped and has cooled slightly, add coconut milk. Whisk or blend until fully combined. Add chia seeds, sweetener, and salt. Stir to combine, and store covered in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Ready ingredients.
Step 3: While the chia seed putting is being chilled in the fridge, make the blackberry jam. Mash blackberries, coconut palm sugar, and lemon juice until fully mashed. Drain liquid from jam and evenly distribute jam into 3-4 small containers.
Step 4: Blend all smoothie ingredients (frozen blueberries, yogurt, date, and almond butter) on high. Slowly add coconut milk, almond milk, or water (1 tablespoon at a time) if the smoothie is too thick to blend.
Step 5: Spoon chia seed pudding over blackberry jam. Pour smoothie mixture on top of chia seed pudding. Optionally, top with blueberries and mint. Serve immediately.
Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble