Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Nice-Cream Sundae

1622246_10154462444155085_7125828081516435754_n In the summer I take advantage of as much seasonal produce as I can. Since strawberries and cherries are in season I figured why not create a nice-cream sundae jar of amazingness?!

Theres many ways you can take advantage of buying seasonal produce. Farmers markets are becoming more popular then ever, which is a great thing! However, those that can't make it to the farmers market on time may want to opt for something called a CSA. This is when you purchase a share in a farmers crop for a certain period of time. This allows you to receive a box of fresh fruits, vegetables, and sometimes even eggs. You have a set pickup point close to your home where you pick up your bounty and it should last you while! Here's more information about CSA's available in New York City. It not only provides you with extremely fresh local food but also switches up what you would normally buy every week, so you are forced to be more creative! Which I love!

There are also other organizations in New York City that deliver organic produce straight to your door. This organization called Go Organic NYC emphasizes on organic produce. If it's available and in season locally then thats where it comes from but if you order tropical fruit like bananas and pineapple they are still organic but haven't been grown locally of course.

Not only will buying locally support local farmers and your community but it will also allow you to eat a more plant-based diet. Buying organic is important as well, because the more we learn about how harmful pesticides are the more we realize we shouldn't be consuming them whatsoever. And lets face it, fresh fruits and vegetables that haven't been sprayed with pesticides just taste better! We shouldn't withhold flavor from ourselves!

Whenever I roam through farmers markets upstate I get inspired by all the colorful imperfectly shaped produce and the fresh jams, baked goods, and breads that all the vendors bring! Food should feed your creative juices as well as your body. Food is nourishment, but when we make that nourishment tasty and delicious, that's what keeps us coming back for more.

I see a trend in organic local food spreading, and the more we develop new tasty recipes and show people how delicious real food is, the more people won't be able to deny that fact, that fruits and vegetables taste good! I don't blame people who have eaten bad quality or poorly prepared vegetables and think that they all taste that way. But when they discover that cauliflower can be roasted, or made into a pizza crust and see how delicious it tastes, thats success!

Buy fresh bounty, spread the bounty, and get creative with your dishes! Maybe incorporate a different cuisine once a week, like Indian night, or Thai night, and from there discover different spices and flavors that you may not normally cook with.

Hope you enjoy this sundae recipe! Its creamy, naturally sweet, chocolatey and won't have you craving ice cream anytime soon!

Yields 1 Serving

Ingredients:

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding:

  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 to 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP cocao powder

Banana Date Nice-Cream Layer:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 dates (chopped)
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened almond milk

Black cherry Banana Nice-Cream Layer:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 frozen cherries
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened almond milk

Layers in between:

  • 3 fresh or frozen cherries
  • 4 freshly sliced strawberries

Assembly:

1. Mix all chia seed pudding ingredients together well. Make chia seed pudding night before or allow mixture to sit for at least 3 hours.

2. Place chia seed pudding in bottom of jar and a layer of sliced frozen or fresh cherries on top.

3. Blend banana date nice-cream ingredients together and place on top of cherry layer.

4. Add in freshly sliced strawberries.

5. Blend black cherry banana nice-cream ingredients together. Add on top.

6. Top sundae off with dates, shredded coconut, and almonds. Enjoy this delicious masterpiece!