Our plums are now ready, to my great delight. We've grown Omega, and as a later variety they're ready at the end of January. We love their sweet juicy taste and ruby rich colour. With all this heat at the tail end of the summer school holidays, I'm putting together as many refreshing cold treats for our family as I can, so here's what I've been plating up.
Chilled Plum Chia Puddings
I began experimenting over Christmas with a tasty plum and chia dessert, and after a few 'zesty' test desserts I think I've cracked a balanced mix. Here's the recipe:
2 C plums, halved and de-stoned
2 t ground cardamom
2 T maple syrup
A squeeze of lemon juice
2 T ground chia seeds
2 C yoghurt
Icing sugar, to taste
1. Heat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
2. Place halved plums in roasting dish and sprinkle with cardamom, maple syrup and a squeeze of lemon juice. Roast for 20 minutes, or until the plums are softened and have a bit of caramelisation.
3. Place in blender and blend into a pulp. (Be careful with the hot mixture). Add ground chia seeds, yoghurt, and icing sugar to taste. (I try to keep mine as low sugar as I can, without an overly zesty tang).
4. Pour into individual serving glass containers and set in the fridge for a couple of hours.
5. Decorate with nuts, fresh berries, and yoghurt.
Alternative Serving Suggestions
1. This recipe works well as a healthy breakfast option. leave to set in the fridge in your breakfast bowl overnight, and top with fresh fruit and granola to serve.
2. We've used this recipe as a base for a layered Plum chilled dessert. We layered the plum chia mix with yoghurt, berries and chocolate shavings for a delicious after dinner treat - see pic above.
3. For a dairy free option, try substituting the yoghurt for coconut cream or coconut yoghurt.
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