In many parts of the world, berries are the harbingers of spring! Not only are berries beautiful, but they contain a powerful punch of antioxidants (second-highest known in the plant kingdom, actually). Pomegranate juice (which contains the highest antioxidants) pairs well with chia seeds to create a fruit pudding that has the nutritional punch that moms can feel awesome about feeding to their kids!

I love to tinker in the kitchen and when I find a great product, I often try to reverse engineer it in my own kitchen. I was inspired by the product Mamma Chia, which is essentially a fruit gel loaded with chia seeds and sweetened with fruit. Moms, this recipe is so easy to make at home and has a number of great uses. Swirl it in some yogurt, top it on your toast with some creme fraiche, or throw a scoop into a popsicle mold with some fruit juice to make some epic hot weather treats. The final result is a gorgeous, nutrient-dense pop of fruity flavor that is refined sugar-free, loaded with nutrients and, best of all, delicious.

You will need:

2 cups frozen (or fresh) raspberries (or any other berries) that have been thawed
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 cups pomegranate juice
Honey or agave nectar to taste
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt

Macerate the berries. (Macerating is a fancy name for “smooshing.”) Basically, smoosh the berries using the back of a spoon to release their juices. If you prefer more chunky,  do less smooshing; for less chunky, go for the full blender pulse. We just want to extract the juices and all that fruity flavor.

Next, add the two cups of pomegranate juice to the chia seeds and whisk together. Chia seeds will hydrate to create a gel. Add the berries (with all their juices) to the hydrated chia gel, then add salt and your preferred sweetener to taste. 

Keep refrigerated and eat often!