Pomegranate-Goji Chia Pudding

Happy New Year!!! I hope your celebration was healthy, safe, and fabulous. Mine was exactly what I wanted: a trip to the gym, a bit of food shopping, writing, leftovers for dinner, and a few hours snuggled on the couch with my honey watching Kathy Griffin make Anderson Cooper squirm. Yep, pretty much a repeat from the last 5+ years. :)

Oh, oh, you know what was really cool, though? For those of you watching CNN, did you see the Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead ad that came on? I jumped out of my seat to text Jasmin who is featured on the ad. She texted me back (unknowingly proving that she is way cooler than me by being on the East coast and actually being awake close to midnight) and we decided that 1. she is famous and 2. that was the sign that 2014 is going to be the best. year. yet.

The most excitement in my day yesterday was editing this photo to go along with a new recipe for Pomegranate-Goji Chia Pudding:

Pomegranate-Goji Chia Pudding from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.comThere was some drama involved because when I went to download the pictures for this recipe, <poof!>, they were gone. I have no idea how that happened, although I’m certain it was user error on my part. That’s what I get for spending time last week trying to organize photos from the last four years of blogging. Fortunately, I had tested the recipe twice so I had a few good photos from the test round, but the ones that I actually tried to look all pretty were gone. Oh well!

The ingredients themselves are beautiful enough, I suppose:

Pomegranate-Goji Chia Pudding from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

I used a combination of whole and ground chia seeds to get the texture right in this pudding, and I love that the pomegranate arils really are sweet enough that you don’t need any added sugars. Here’s the recipe:

Pomegranate-Goji Chia Pudding
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups fresh pomegranate arils (the seeds from about two medium-sized whole pomegranates or one large one)
  • 2 tablespoons whole chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
  • ½ cup dried goji berries
Instructions
  1. Combine the almond milk, pomegranate arils, whole and ground chia seeds into a blender and process until smooth. Pour into a medium bowl and stir in the goji berries. Place in the refrigerator at least four hours or overnight to set. Stir before serving.

This pudding makes a really lovely breakfast, although I like to add some buckwheat groats to give it more texture. I also think it makes a nice sugar-free, healthy dessert:

Pomegranate-Goji Chia Pudding from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

As part of my commitment to living a healthy lifestyle, I recently wrote an article for my friend Alexandra’s website, Made to Glow, titled “5 Tips for Living Toxin-Free.” Check it out and let me know what your tips are. This area of avoiding toxins is of great interest to me.

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Note: this recipe was submitted to Wellness Weekend.

Comments

  1. says

    Your pictures look pretty fantastic actually (as always ;p).
    Sounds like you had a nice celebration last night. I stayed up nowhere close to midnight haha (like 10:15pm)… ah well.
    I hope you and Allan had a lovely evening =)
    Looking forward to spending more time with you in person in 2014!!!

    • says

      Thanks, Helyn!!! A very Happy New Year to you and yours. I loved your recent blog post with the wooden sign in your kitchen. You are the shining star of the blogosphere of 2013 in my humble opinion and I can’t wait to see what greatness lies ahead for you this year. HUGS!

  2. says

    What a beautiful recipe Carrie! Your New Year sounds like my perfect day! ( Minus your man of course:) I love this recipe as it’s clean, nutritious and perfect for a snack or dessert outside of breakfast. I’ll have to share this with my readers in my Fab Finds Friday post on Friday! Cheers and Happy New Year!

    • says

      Thank you, Heather, and Happy New Year to ya! I’d share my man with you, but, to be honest, he’s rather high maintenance and you’d probably send him right back to me, ha ha. Thanks for sharing my recipe and all the best to you for a wonderful year.

    • says

      Thanks for the note, Lynn! I’d love to see your version of a chia pudding, I bet you could come up with something more exciting than mine. Sending you, Abe, and Julius the pup a very big New Year’s hug and best wishes for a great 2014!

  3. says

    Happy New Year Carrie! I enjoy your blog. This looks good. I’ve been adding pomegranate arils to my breakfast a lot lately–a treat up here in Idaho!! Nice to see someone else who likes to add buckwheat groats for texture–they are one of my favorite “crunches.”

    • says

      Thanks, Lauren! I thought the color was so pretty, too. I can’t get enough of the pomegranates this season. Now if I could only get someone to come de-seed them for me…it takes forever! :)

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