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Caramelised Apple Crumble Chia Pudding

Quite a mouthful that name isn't it? Well, I wanted to describe exactly what it was and Apple Crumble that has been deliciously caramelised combined with chia pudding is exactly it! This came about after having too much leftover apple puree in the freezer that needed to be used. I find it handy to keep apple puree in the freezer (not only for baby food) but it also is very handy to replace sweeteners in baking-(check out our apple muffin recipe). This lot of puree had been in the freezer for about 6 months so I thought it may come in handy for a quick breakfast (but could easily be dessert too!)
Chia puddings can be made with all types of flavourings, they are so simple and offer a great range of nutrients including omega 3. I love them since they cater for my whole family-keeping them more basic for the baby-adding a few more textures for the older ones. Keep in mind, if you don't have some of the ingredients such as the spices, vanilla, coconut etc, just leave them out! Add in whatever you like! 
How is it loaded? Full of chia seeds that have absorbed the moisture, they offer fiber, omega 3, protein, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and more which is quite amazing for such a small seed! Chia seeds can be used to replace eggs, be sprinkled over food for a little texture or used, as we have here, as a simple pudding. Green apples provide sweetness and tartness while also providing a dose of Vitamin A & C. Topped off with a mix of rolled oats (great for the heart), nuts (optional) and shredded coconut-its ALL good! 
Ingredients:
Chia pudding
  • 3 large granny smith apples
  • 1 Tbs water
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (almond, dairy, coconut)

Crumble:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut (additive free)
  • 1/4 cup of almonds chopped (optional)
  • 1 Tbs raisins (additive free)
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Coconut or greek yoghurt and extra maple syrup to serve (optional)
Process:
  • Chop apples roughly and add with water and lemon to a heavy based saucepan and cover. Simmer until softened (approx 10 minutes). Add in spices and vanilla and stir to combine cooking off the spices lightly for a few minutes. Puree with a stick blender. Allow to cool. 
  • Place apple puree into a medium bowl, add chia seeds and milk and stir thoroughly. Place in fridge for 20 minutes until thickened. 
  • Meanwhile preheat oven to 200C fan forced. In a medium bowl, mix all crumble ingredients together thoroughly, place into a small baking tray and bake in the oven to brown. Stir every 5 minutes or so until all slightly brown and crunchy (approx 10 minutes).
  • To serve, place apple chia pudding into a glass or bowl, top with some greek or coconut yoghurt and then the crumble. Drizzle with maple syrup if desired. The chia pudding will be even better if refrigerated overnight.
  • Enjoy xx

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