Autumn Recipe: Apple-Cinnamon Chia Pudding + Homemade Almond Milk

Chia Seeds are particularly high in tryptophan, the amino acid precursor of our happy hormone, serotonin and melatonin, our sleep and anti-cancer hormone. Sprouted chia seeds and even more digestible than the regular seeds and are high in B Complex. I love having this as a breakfast, snack or dessert!

Apple-Cinnamon Chia Pudding

Apple-Cinnamon Chia Pudding

¾ cup homemade nut milk (see below), unsweetened almond or soy milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup white chia seeds

2 tsp maple syrup

Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and chopped apple

-In a small mason jar, combine chia seeds, nut milk, vanilla extract and maple syrup.
-Mix well, place in fridge and leave to soak for 4hrs or overnight.
-Before serving add a little more milk and stir well.
-Serve with fresh fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Homemade Almond Milk

Homemade Almond Milk

1 cup raw almonds, soaked in water for 4 hours

4 cups of water

4-6 pitted soft dates or 1 tsp vanilla extract or scrapping of vanilla pod

-Drain and rinse the almonds. Transfer to a blender.
-Add water and dates
-Process until the almonds are finely ground.
-Strain into a bowl through a nut milk bag. Press and squeeze the solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
-Pour into a glass jar and chill before serving.
-The almond milk will stay fresh for 7 days if stored in a sealed jar in the refrigerator.
-Add it to smoothies, granola, muesli, coffee, tea or simply have it on it’s own!
-Makes approx. 1L
Tip: I keep the almond pulp and use it as a facial scrub and in various recipes

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Melissa Macchione



Melissa Macchione is passionate about living a holistic lifestyle and empowering others to exceed their nutrition and lifestyle goals. In the past 12 years, she has studied nutrition, fitness and currently is opening herself up to learning mindfulness meditation to deepen her spiritual practice. She holds numerous professional qualifications, including being a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, 2010) STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor, TRX Suspension Trainer, and is soon-to-be a Booty Barre® Instructor.