Chia is an ancient seed, use by the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas. Uses included cooking, ground for flour, pressed for oil, and in drinks.  Besides culinary use Chia was also valued for medicinal and ceremonial purposes.  Iskiate a drink originally made by the Mexican Tarahumara tribe known for their long distance running ability is popular today with runners as a natural energy drink.  Iskiate is made from Chia seed, water, agave and lime juice.

Chia seeds are reported to be higher in omega 3 fatty acids than flaxseed, good source of plant protein, fiber, minerals and gluten free. In liquid they can absorb up to 12 times their weight in fluid. When mixed with the right ratio of liquid the result is a gel like ‘pudding’. Chia seeds have little flavor and take on the taste of the ingredients in the recipe. They are commonly found in health and bulk food stores, and as always, organic is best! I keep my bag in the freezer for freshness and personally use Bobs Red Mill Organic Chia seed.

In creating this recipe I really enjoyed the result of enhancing the tropical fruit with the infusion of the Lemon Vitality essential oil and the boost of vanilla flavor with the Young Living Pure Protein Complete Vanilla Spice.  Great as a breakfast bowl, dessert or snack!

Coconut Vanilla Spice Chia Pudding with Lemon Infused Tropical Fruit

Using a 1 quart Mason jar add:

Quickly put lid on Mason jar and shake very well, to prevent clumping of the protein powder.   Refrigerate 2 hours prior to serving for proper set up/thickening.  Store in refrigerator up to one week.

Lemon Vitality Infused Tropical Fruit :

  • 1 Cup Mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Cup sliced Strawberries
  • 1 – 2 sliced Bananas
  • 1 Cup chopped fresh Pineapple
  • 4 peeled and sliced Kiwis
  • 6 Drops Vitality Lemon Essential Oil

Gently toss to coat, store in refrigerator.  Serve in bowl with chia pudding on bottom,  fruit on top, or layered in a wine glass.  Can also be topped with unsweetened, unsulfured  coconut!