A few years ago I was a guest on the Fresh and Local Show on AM950 along with a talented blogger and photographer, Susan Powers. She produces the blog, Rawmazing, offering not only mouthwatering photos but great recipes too. I’m particularly fond of the Cinnamon and Fruit Chia Pudding recipe. I love how easy it is to put together and how adaptable it is to the seasons. After making it regularly, I was ready to try a new chia pudding recipe so when a friend sent me a link to What’s Cooking Good Looking’s Vanilla Cardamom Chia Seed Pudding, I jumped on the opportunity to try it out.

Now, I know what you’re thinking and yes, those are the same chia seeds you see on the ch-ch-ch-chia commercials and they happen to be very good for you. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids and soluble fiber, they are becoming quite a popular superfood. When chia seeds meet liquids, they turn into a gel making it perfect for thickening puddings like this one.

The other piece that attracted me to this recipe was the opportunity to use the rest of those beautiful oranges I talked about last week and poaching them in a honey mixture was quite simple.

Honey Poached Oranges
(adapted from What’s Cooking Good Looking)

1-2 navel oranges, peeled and segmented
1 cup water
½ cup orange juice
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp honey

Bring water, orange juice, vanilla, and honey to a boil in a small saucepan. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add orange segments and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Use orange segments on top of chia pudding, yogurt, or ice cream.


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