Being a retreat chef on the Openhand courses is a real joy! Not only do I get to make the most delicious soul-inspired food and serve it to the most beautiful souls on retreat, it gives me the enormous privilege of filling my shopping trolley with bountiful loads of delicious, organic goodness! It's like a delightful treasure hunt as the menu unfolds from one basket of fruit and veggies to the next. I never quite know what is going to be available at any given time.
The menu is often planned (or not planned!) in the moment as I ask, what am I being invited to create right now...?
So last week in Belgium, right before the 5GATEWAYS Retreat, I was busy filling my shopping trolley with fresh delicious goodies, when the a lush pile of 'Emilia' mangoes caught my eye. I suddenly thought our residential guests would just LOVE a 'Mango Chia Breakfast Pudding' for brekkie one morning. And so it was. Sunshine in Bowl, as Emilia (Openhand trainee facilitator conveniently with the same name as the mangoes, almost!) called it.
I managed to shoot a super quick video to show you how easy these chia breakfast puddings are to make (and also an excuse to say a quick hello to you guys!)...
If you've not yet discovered the culinary alchemy of chia seeds, then you are in for a real treat. They thicken, in a jelly-like fashion when soaked, making the perfect pudding or smoothie addition. Soaking also makes it easier to digest and assimilate their nutrients. Chia seeds are one of the richest plant-based sources of essential fats; a high quality, complete protein food and loaded with antioxidants. A perfect superfood to support all that deep unfolding on the spiritual journey.
Mango Chia Breakfast Pudding Recipe by Trinity
- 1 ripe mango (medium sized)
- 200ml to 250ml water (or plant-based milk)
- 1 ripe banana (optional but delicious)
- 2 heaped teaspoons of tahini (or cashew butter)
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- Optional superfoods like hempseeds, moringa, maca
- *** Please check my super quick video above for a helpful visual guide ***
- Peel and scoop out the mango and place into a blending jug.
- Add the water (or plant-milk).
- Add the banana.
- Add the tahini.
- Add any optional superfoods (I enjoy additions such as geletanised maca powder, moringa, ground flaxseed, hempseeds or hempseed protein powder).
- Blend until smooth.
- Mix in chia seeds.
- Over the next 20 minutes, stir in a couple of times again. Re-stirring in this period, stops the seeds sticking together.
- Pop in the fridge overnight (or for at least an hour or two). Serve the next morning (or later) after you give it a stir. Add toppings of your choice like fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, granola etc.
How to make it
Trinity has been creating conscious cuisine for over 21 years, after a profound spiritual awakening. She has now published two recipe books with Openhand Press Trinity's Conscious Kitchen and Angelicious - Food for a New Paradigm. Trinity is passionate about the spiritual nature of compassionate foods and works as the Openhand Retreat Chef. As well as tuning in to Trinity on www.Openhandweb.org, you can check out her own website here: Trinity's Conscious Kitchen Website