Carob Chia Pudding
Knowing that on Wednesday last week I had arranged with Shawna to run, hike, surf or swim – I realised it would be a good time to test another recipe from Eat & Run – for our post-workout fuel. But I also felt like something sweet. The Minnesota Winter Chili was next on the list but somehow it has not yet sounded inviting enough, in Hawaii, to cook – I might wait til England over Christmas to make that one. Deciding on the Carob Chia pudding I set out to find a few ingredients, but luckily had most things in the house, chia seeds of course being in our cupboard (don’t most endurance athletes stock them after reading Born to Run?)!
16 ounces silken tofu drained
3 tbsps maple syrup
3 tbsps raw carob powder or cocoa powder
1 tsp miso
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsps chia seeds
Mint springs to garnish.
The recipe was simple and easy to follow – and I just threw everything in the blender. Scott Jurek suggests stirring in the chia seeds after blending all other ingredients, which probably prevents the chia seeds from being broken up – but I was trying to save on dishes so just put everything in one jug. Pouring the mixture in one medium sized bowl, I left it in the fridge to cool until later that evening, after the workout – which turned out to be an aquajogging session with our friend Malia in her aunt’s awesome pool.
Result: The dessert was tasty, and as the book said, it was hard to believe it contained tofu. The other surprise ingredient was the miso – but maybe not to Scott Jurek fans who know how much he loves miso! The chia seeds gave the dessert it’s almost mousse/ tapioca like consistency, but yet it wasn’t too thick. The hint of maple syrup provided a light sweetness and the carob an earthy essence – which may take a while for some people to acquire if not previously tasted. We discussed variations to the recipe that could be made, and I know I’ve seen coconut water/ milk adaptations on OmGal and other websites. Shawna gave the recipe 7/10, and I would give it 8. The carob & chia to me are perfect partners.