Vanilla Plum Chia Seed Pudding

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One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about blogging is getting to see what trends other people are into and learn about new foods in the process. Lately it seems like everyone has been really excited about chia seeds, so I had to get some and try them out.

As much as I consider myself a healthy person, I’m always skeptical of new health foods. I always assume that they won’t taste good or I won’t like it and I’ll end up disappointed. So, naturally, I was hesitant to try these chia seeds but boy am I glad I did! This pudding is seriously good, you wouldn’t believe it’s made with such healthy ingredients. I had the intentions of making it for dessert, but I couldn’t resist taking a few too many spoonfuls throughout the day while it chilled. The plums also make it such a beautiful pink color, what’s not to like!?

And of course it’s Fiesta Friday! So I guess I’m that person bringing the healthy food to the party, but I think you’ll enjoy it!

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4-5 plums
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup chia seeds

1. Cut the plums up into small pieces. Place them in a plan with the water and sugar on low heat. Cook the plums on low heat for about 5 minutes, then bring the heat to medium until it starts to get bubbly. Then turn the heat back down and cook on low heat for 8-10 more minutes, until the plums are mushy and soft. Stir in the vanilla, then turn off the heat and let sit until cooled.

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2. Add the milk to a bowl and stir in the chia seeds. When the plums have cooled incorporate them into the milk mixture.

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3. Chill the mixture overnight, enjoy!

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Plum Ice Cream

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I’m not usually a fan of having a bunch of kitchen gadgets around, but even when we lived in a tiny studio apartment the ice cream maker attachment to my stand mixer proved to be a kitchen necessity.  My husband always talked about this creamy lemon ice cream he used to eat in Turkey and how he could never find anything like it in America.  After we got an ice cream maker lemon was the first variety we tried and we were actually able to come up with an acceptable version of the one he remembered.  After experimenting with more flavors and getting used to the extra creaminess that homemade ice cream has, it’s very very difficult to go back to store bought ice cream.  If you like ice cream, I highly suggest trying to make your own, it’s definitely worth it.  This week we got some great little plums in our farm basket and I couldn’t wait to try making ice cream with them.

Plum Ice Cream
1 pint plums
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cup 1% or 2% milk
1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract

1. Wash the plums, cut them in half and take out the pit. Then cut each half into small slices.
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2. Add the plums, water and 1/2 cup sugar to a bowl on low heat and let them cook down until the plums get mushy and the liquid gets syrupy (usually about 20-30 minutes).

3. Let the plum mixture cool.

4. Add the cream, milk, vanilla and the rest of the sugar to a bowl and whisk slightly to combine.

iceream65. Add the cooled plum mixture to the milk mixture and stir to combine.

6. Add the entire mixture to an ice cream maker and follow the ice cream maker’s instructions.

I’ve found that the ice cream is very soft when it comes out of the ice cream maker but it’ll harden up after about 12 hours in the freezer. Enjoy!

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