I am calling this a pudding because I’m not sure what else to call it, but it’s nothing like a traditional lemon pudding. It’s got an almond base, so it’s high in protein, nutrients and fiber, the coconut oil adds a little healthy fat, the chia seeds thicken it a bit, and the raisins and maple syrup sweeten it up. Because the rest of the ingredients have very subtle flavors, I like how the taste of the lemon really shines through here. This recipe is adapted from a book called Ani's Raw Food Kitchen: Easy, Delectable Living Foods Recipes. —WinnieAb
2 tablespoons organic chia seeds
1 1/2 cups filtered water
2 cups almonds
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
3-4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 whole Meyer lemon, cut in half (you don't have to remove the seeds)
Soak chia seeds in water for 10 minutes, then process them together with the rest of the ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor until fairly smooth. Leftovers will keep for several days in the refrigerator.
I grew up in a restaurant family (my parents owned the now closed Quilted Giraffe in NYC) and I've always loved to cook.
My interest in the connection between food and health led me to pursue a graduate degree in naturopathic medicine. I don't practice medicine anymore; I have a blog called Healthy Green Kitchen that I started in May of 2009 and I wrote a book called One Simple Change that will be published in January, 2014.
I live in upstate New York with my family and many pets.