Sweet Tooth: Pineapple Vanilla Chia Pudding

Happy Friday! I've got goodies for you, but first, congrats to Dianna, the moonie pie giveaway winner. I hope you enjoy your moonies girl!

I really appreciate all that you guys shared in reply to my previous post on self love - thank you! It looks like a lot of us experience the same things in life. Isn't is nice to know we're all in it together? 🙂 

The Ultimate Raw Ice Cream Cake Challenge is in full swing now. There have been 5 amazing cake entries thus far. I get so excited with each new cakey - you can see all the raw cakes thus far, HERE. Remember, you've got until May 15 to make and submit your creation. 

It appears that a lot of you are chia seed fans, just like myself, (chocolate chia pudding from last week, if you missed it), so I've got another chia pudding for you. Today I've used white chia seeds which are perfect when you want a lighter color, but if you only have the dark chia seeds, feel free to use them in this recipe - the taste is the same. 

Pineapple Vanilla Chia Pudding

This pudding is frosty, light, and totally delicious. I find that the vanilla really kicks up a simple fruit blend. I sprinkled dried, chopped pineapple on mine. 

2 tablespoons white chia seeds
1 cup water
1 cup diced, frozen pineapple
1 small frozen banana
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Vanilla stevia, to taste

Shake the chia seeds and water in a tightly sealed jar or container. Make sure the seeds aren't clumping at all. If they are, break them up with a spoon. 
Allow the chia to soak in the water for at least 10 minutes, or as long as 12 hours (overnight). 
Add all ingredients to the blender and mix until smooth and creamy, adding stevia to taste. 

My blast from the past raw dessert comes from November, 2008. Here's what I had said in that post: 

"Here's a new cake and ice cream that I had fun creating. You see, it all started with the huge jicama that my mom carted back from Halifax...after making the mashed taters and eating it in salads, there was still so much left and my mind just couldn't help but think about turning it into something sweet. On first look at the pic, you might think it looks like my white chocolate orange cake , sans the chocolate layer - or at least thats what came to my mind - but this is definately a Fall flavoured cake with the dates, maple, cinnamon, and oats. Mmmmm...."

I realize it's not the Fall, but while browsing my old recipes in search of an oldie, I came across it and remembered how yummy it was!
You can read the whole post HERE, where I included a super cool recipe for raw smoked veggie wraps!

Oatmeal Date Cake with Orange Maple Filling and Cinnamon Orange Ice Cream


1 1/2 cups almonds, ground
1 1/2 cups diced jicama
1 cup ground oat groats
1/3 cup maple syrup (or agave)
1 tbs ground yellow flax
1 tbs melted coconut oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup minced medjool dates
In a food processor, grind the jicama.
Add the remaining ingredients, except the dates, and blend until smooth.
Transfer to a bowl and fold in the chopped dates, making sure to evenly distribute them.
Let the batter chill while making the filling (it might seem a bit wet but will firm as it chills).

Orange Maple Filling:

1 medium orange
1 cup cashews
2 tbs maple syrup
2 tsp lecithin
1/2 tsp packed orange zest
Blend all ingredients until completely smooth.
Set aside until ready for cake assembly.
Spread half the cake batter into a 6-8" spring form pan.
Evenly spread half the filling on top. Chill in the freezer until firm enough for the next cake layer.
Continue one more layer of each the cake and filling.
Chill at least a few hours to set.
Cinnamon Orange Ice Cream
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1 1/3 cup cashews
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup agave
1 tsp packed orange zest
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Blend all but the coconut oil, until smooth and creamy. Now add the oil and blend to incorporate.
Chill and then process through an ice cream maker or freeze in an ice cube tray until firm. Most of all - enjoy!

Lisa's moonies arrived in the mail last evening, so today I'll get to sample on camera and share with you what I think. Eeeks, I'm so excited!
I wish you a sweetly raw weekend - make your raw ice cream cake! XO

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  1. May 7, 2010 at 14:10

    Pineapple-vanilla, eh? Sounds like a heavenly combination; and I LOVE the looks of that orange date cake!! Holy yum, my friend.

  2. May 7, 2010 at 14:14

    I love pineapple and chia! Chia is one of the few superfoods that seems to give me some kind of upswing in energy right away. Right now, as I write this, I have a glass of mango chia milk (recipe courtesy of Joanna Steven - Promoting the Raw Food Diet While Debunking the Myths) I have been consuming for breakfast. I have collected a number of recipes utilizing chia, including many pudding recipes, but I think yours is the first I have seen using pineapple. Thanks for sharing, and I will be trying this!

  3. May 7, 2010 at 14:18

    The pudding looks great. My kids (and I) loved the Chocolate Chia pudding. I ended up substituting the honey with 2 frozen bananas. <br /><br />I look forward to trying this one. <br /><br />Thank you!

  4. Sophie
    May 7, 2010 at 15:41

    So cool because I'm in chia world this week. I love how the universe has drawn "all things chia" into my view; my body clearly wants and loves it! My daughter Riley (7) and I just made a double batch of your pineapple vanilla chia pudding (she measured out the chia seeds in a large mason jar and then she put the lid on and shook it like crazy!) and then we oohed and aahed as we ate it - thanks so much for posting this today. ;)

  5. May 7, 2010 at 16:04

    Oh heather your Chia pudding creations are so amazing! Thank you for sharing the pineapple and vanilla pudding..I so want to try this:)<br />I love how simple the date cake is too! Thank you for sharing a blast from the past!<br />Have a super wonderful weekend:)

  6. May 7, 2010 at 16:04

    PS I love how your Mom hauled a jicama back from Halifax...so awesome!

  7. May 7, 2010 at 18:12

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  8. May 7, 2010 at 18:25

    That looks amazing! Pineapple and vanilla sound divine! Love that cake too! Mmm!!<br /><br />I'm sad to say..all your choccies are gone! LOL, I couldn't resist! Everything was so darn good! I plan on posting some pics of everything next week! Have a great weekend and great trip home!

  9. May 7, 2010 at 21:15

    I just ordered all three of your books.<br />Comment: FANTASTIC,AMAZINGLY WELL DONE EVERY PROSPECT OF IT !!!<br /><br />CONGRATS !!!!

  10. May 7, 2010 at 21:48

    Thanks guys, yup - pineapple and vanilla - not too common but it's a winning combo!!!<br /><br />Mindy - mango chia milk sounds really good. I'll have to check out that recipe, thanks for the link.<br /><br />Melissa - LOL, thanks, yes my mom is a trooper! I enjoyed every bit of that jicama!<br /><br />Nelly - hehehe, it was a pretty good size - she put it in her suitcase. <br /><br />Andrea - thanks so much for the book comment. Im so happy to hear that you like them ;)

  11. May 8, 2010 at 05:23

    jesus that orange date cake looks heavenly with the ice cream. genius.

  12. May 8, 2010 at 06:03

    i just started a chia give away, love the pineapple chia!<br /><br />the cake..omg the middle layer w/ orange and the cake..looks so perfect and the flavor combo must rock!

  13. May 10, 2010 at 18:00

    thanks for coming to visit my blog!! Your recipes look delish!! :) <br /><br />I am doing a raw foods course in June and can't wait!! :)

  14. August 27, 2010 at 21:52

    HEY ! I REALLY NEED A REPLY FAST! <br />so i saw that your mom bought chia seeds from halifax? and i have been looking for chia seeds for so long ! CAN YOU PLEASE ASK WHERE SHE GOT THEM FROM HALIFAX !?! THANK YOU! <br /><br />my e-mail is crazzzy.dottie@hotmail.com if you could PLEASE get back to me THANKYOU!

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