Unicorn chia pudding
The trend of rainbow and unicorn foods have been raging on social media for quite a while now and it does not seem to slow down anytime soon – I mean I can hardly scroll down my instagram feed without seeing a new super colorful, artsy creation and I absolutely love it! I love that people are being so creative and passionate about creating new beautiful dishes, it is super inspiring and motivating for me and it definitely pushes me to step up my game a bit!
While my food is usually always pretty colorful naturally (I feel like it is definitely part of my brand by now), then I have actually not really experimented much with the whole unicorn trend – I mean I have made a recipe or two, but that’s about it really.
I have honestly found some of the trends to be a bit silly from a pure food perspective, I mean from a creative perspective I totally get it, but flavor wise all the colors rarely bring anything to the table – in many cases I have found that they actually interfere with the intended flavors of the dish and can even end up ruining them. It is also a lot of extra work (and dirty dishes) to make these kind of dishes. You often start with a base that you then have to divide into 5+ bowls to add extra ingredients to get the whole range of unicorn colors and then it needs to be styled on another plate, bowl or glass to get the perfect photo for the gram ;)
I will gladly admit that up until now I have been a bit too lazy to give the trend a decent try, it just seemed like way too much work for something that would probably taste better without all the extra added colors. I couldn’t help myself though, so when I was making a batch of chia pudding the other day I just had to give it a try.
I ended up making this colorful unicorn chia pudding and I was actually pleasantly surprised! It didn’t take that much longer to make than my regular chia pudding (some extra dirty dishes though) and I personally think I managed to choose ingredients for the coloring that added something positive both flavour and nutrition wise + it is of course just super fun and pretty to look at!
This is probably not something that I am going to make on a daily basis, but it is fun and pretty easy to put together for when you have people over – or when you want to flex for the gram ;)
Basic chia pudding recipe – 2 small servings:
1 can of coconut milk
4 tablespoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
1 small handful blueberries, mashed
1 small handful raspberries, mashed
1/3 – 1/2 teaspoon matcha
1/4 – 1/3 teaspoon turmeric
Simply add all the ingredients for the basic chia pudding to a bowl and stir until everything is well mixed. Then set it aside for 10-15 minutes to allow the chia seeds to soak up the liquid. The coconut milk that I use is full fat and very creamy, but if you use a light version, then you might need to add more chia seeds to get the right consistency – or instead allow it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours, so the chia seeds can expand and soak up the liquid. You can enjoy the basic chia pudding on its own (maybe with some granola or fresh fruit as a topping) or you can be a little extra and turn it into unicorn chia pudding.
To make the unicorn chia pudding you simply divide the basic chia pudding into 5 bowls and add the extras to each of the bowls (except for one). Stir everything well together and adjust the colors with more of the extras if needed.
Now all there is left to do is to layer the unicorn chia pudding in a glass or bowl + add your favorite toppings. I love to add homemade granola, edible flowers and fresh fruit. Enjoy! ♥