CHIA CHAI BUTTERNUT BREAKFAST PUDDING

I  bring to you this versatile butternut recipe, perfect as an overnight breakfast of make-ahead dessert. I’ve infused omega-3-rich chia seeds with my favourite rooibos chai breakfast tea and together they turn the usually savoury butternut squash into a sweet start to the day. Gently heating up the pudding before layering with the mango cashew cream( see desserts recipes) is my favourite way to breakfast and warm my belly in the  autumn.

This is so yummy that you’ll also fancy it as a cool, creamy dessert. I love it with summer fruits, such as blackberries, grapes, figs, plums or peaches, which are just in season as butternut comes in. In the winter months, try apple chunks, chopped clementines or blood orange.

If you bake the butternut squash the night before, then it’s ready to go in the morning. Don’t forget to chew well in order to get the most goodness out of the tiny chia seeds.

This breakfast pudding tastes great its Nut Free, Sugar Free, Gluten Free and Vegan.

INGREDIENTS:

large butternut squash (enough to make 400 g cooked butternut squash purée)

  • 2 rooibos chai tea bags or 2 tsp rooibos chai tea leaves
  • 4 tbsp white chia seeds (I use white chia to keep the pudding’s bright orange colour, but black also works – and black are cheaper and easier to find too!)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp raw honey

OPTIONAL: Coconut yoghurt and goji berries,to serve

HOW TO :

Preheat the oven to fan 180°C/Gas mark 6 and roast the butternut squash in the oven for 40–50 minutes until cooked through and tender. Scoop out 400g of the squash flesh and mash well.

Any leftover squash can be frozen and used in a soup or smoothie.

Add the squash to a saucepan with 350ml water, the coconut oil and the tea leaves (or the contents of the tea bags, if using). Bring to a medium simmer, then remove from the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes.

Stir in the chia seeds, continuously whisking at first to avoid lumps, then add the honey.

Leave to sit for at least 20 minutes to an hour for the chia to swell (unless you like it crunchy). Alternatively, transfer to a flask and by the time you get to work, you’ll have a nice warm chia breakfast pudding.

Add the coconut yoghurt and goji berries, if using, and enjoy.

TO MAKE A CREAMY DESSERT

Take a jar or glass and layer up the chia butternut breakfast pudding with mango-cashew cream and scatter 2 handfuls of seasonal fruit, such as blackberries, between the layers.Top with more fruit and enjoy