Today I invite you to the breakfast table with chia pudding with saffron and warm apples.
Saffron is such a spice that in Sweden in principle is only associated with December and Christmas. What a pity since there are so many tasty things to do with it, think risotto milanese (classic Italian risotto), rouille (french mayonnaise with saffron and garlic) and all the good recipes that include saffron from the Middle East!
However, today I make chia pudding with saffron instead. And no, I don’t mean that awful kind of jelly chia pudding with strange seeds in it. No, I mean a creamy version that together with the apples tastes very similar to a dessert even though it probably should be categorized as a breakfast. That kind of chia pudding is more my thing…
It is important that there are still some bite left in the baked apples to get different textures in each bite.
If you want, you can prepare the apples in advance, you can always heat them up just before serving if you want the contrast between the hot and the cold.
Chiapudding with saffron and warm apples
Makes 2 portions
Chiapudding with saffron
3 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 dl / 200 grams of coconut milk or other plant based milk that you prefer
The day after;
1 ripe banana
about 2 tablespoons of plant based milk (the same that you used for the pudding earlier)
A pinch of grounded vanilla powder
1 pinch of saffron (or equivalent in powder)
Warm apples with cinnamon
1 large apple / about 250 grams
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 small handful of yellow raisins (black also works)
about 1 teaspoon grounded cinnamon
about 3 tablespoons of water
How do I do it?
Chiapudding with saffron;
Prepare the day before; add the chia seeds to a bowl and add the milk. Stir well and cover with a lid. Leave the bowl in the fridge until the following day.
2. Time for breakfast!
Pour the chia seeds and milk into a high mixing bowl and add the banana, some extra milk, vanilla powder and saffron. Mix with a stick mixer until it has become a smooth and fairly smooth cream. Set aside while preparing the apples.
Warm apples with cinnamon;
1. Peal, core and cut the apple into small pieces.
2. Add some coconut oil into a frying pan and add the cut apple. Bake on medium heat for a few minutes and then add the raisins and cinnamon. Add water and bake for a few more minutes while stirring until you have warm but still with a bite apples with a sauce.
3 Layer the chia pudding with warm apples in a bowl or glass, preferably in glass so that you see all the beautiful dots from the saffron and the different layers. Sprinkle some roasted seeds, maybe cocoa nibs or my Christmas granola on top.
This recipe is free from gluten and lactose.