Creamy Vanilla Bean Chia Custard
I seem to be working on quite a few different cookbooks at the moment, which may mean that it will be some time before this wonderful recipe is in print. I will be nice and share it on here now.
This is a healthy and filling snack or dessert with the delicious taste of real vanilla and a decadent creamy mouthfeel. It takes very little actual kitchen time – just put a couple of ingredients on to soak for a while, then add some extra ingredients and blend it up.
Gluten-free, soy-free, under 45 minutes option
Kitchen time 5 minutes
3 tablespoons chia seeds
6 tablespoons raw cashews
1 1/2 cups vegan milk (for best results use homemade unsweetened almond, cashew or sunflower seed milk)
2 tablespoons agave syrup
pulp from one vanilla bean (or 3 teaspoons high quality real vanilla extract)
a pinch of salt
optional 1/2 teaspoon maca powder
Combine the chia seeds, cashews and vegan milk in a bowl. Cover and leave to soak in the fridge for at least 10 minutes, preferably over 2 hours or overnight.
Add this to a blender along with the agave, vanilla bean pulp, salt and optional maca powder.
Blend until smooth and enjoy right away, or refrigerate and enjoy later (it will thicken in the fridge).