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Blueberry Chia Bowl with Warm Banana and Sesame Brittle

Before we dig into this showpiece of a sweet bowl, I wanted to share a little feature that I started on my instagram this month. I simply call it March Favorites. It’s a curated list of seasonal favorites that I will share each month. Things that I wear or use and ingredients that we cook with. And since it’s a new thing, I included it here as well. As a sort of inspiration.
/Luise

March_favorites

M A R C H   F A V O R I T E S

Golden milk & raw honey. To warm me up in this cold weather. Here is a recipe.
Ginger root. We grate ginger over everything at the moment to keep our immune system strong and because almost all food and drinks just taste better with lots of ginger.
Beet & red cabbage kraut. This little bubbly friend is soon ready! Fermented food is your superfood number one! The recipe is from our book Green Kitchen at Home but another one is here.
Socks. Stockholm has been too cold this month so I’m walking around in these super soft Alpaca wool socks that David’s friend in London makes.
Kale flower sprouts. A pretty looking mashup of two of my favorite ingredients – kale och brussels sprouts. These are great to roast as they get super crispy.
Dried apple rings. We have been making our own apple rings lately and the kids love them for snacking. We’ll share a recipe later. A good alternative to deep-fried chips and candy .
Rings. I’ve always loved wearing rings. Some of my favorites come from designer Caroline Hjerpe who has her shop dangerously close to our apartment on Södermalm.
• Been treating my dry skin with this face oil and toner from Bare Origin Skin.
• More moist for my face with this fermented coconut juice face sheet mask with collagen from Miqura.
• David made these raw carrot cake bars for our road trip to Denmark last week. So good with lots of ginger and spices.
• As a different form of meditation I have started drawing in a coloring book in the evenings. It helps me stress down after the intensity from three little ones and it’s more calming and satisfying than scrolling on social media. I like these illustrated coloring books for adults from Johanna Basford.

Okay, let’s get on with this chia bowl. First, start by pressing play on this short little recipe video below.

It’s still very cold here in Scandinavia which means that we’re relying on our freezer for much of the produce, fruit and berries we use. Luckily we have stocked up on lots of wild Swedish blueberries. They have this intense blue/purple colour and fresh tangy flavor and we use them to flavor smoothies, porridges and chia pudding. We pair blueberries with cardamom because they are Best Friends Forever. And we top this blueberry chia with something David once called a “Banana & Sesame Thingy” on his instagram, but “Sesame Brittle” feels like a more suiting name. It’s crunchy and sweet (with a sting of ginger) and works so well with quick-heated bananas. There is also some creamy yogurt, rich nut butter and a sprinkling of dark chocolate on top of the bowl. We make this both as breakfast and dessert. Skipping the chocolate for breakfast and keeping it a little sweeter for dessert. We’ve served it in a large bowl to share here but you can of course also scoop it up in two smaller individual bowls instead.

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Blueberry Chia Bowl with Warm Banana and Sesame Brittle
Serves 2

Notes: If you want to make this as a breakfast, you can stir in some oats and some extra liquid and leave it in the fridge overnight (add the topping in the morning).
Since the topping is quite sweet, we don’t sweeten our chia pudding. You can use rice milk or add a splash of maple syrup if you prefer it sweeter.

Blueberry Chia Pudding
70 g / 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries, thawed (or other berries)

1 cup plant milk (or regular milk)
3 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp freshly ground cardamom
A tiny pinch salt

Topping
1 banana, peeled and sliced lengthwise 
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 small handful walnuts, lightly crushed
4 tbsp Greek yogurt (or coconut yogurt)
2 tbsp nut butter or tahini
30 g / 1 oz dark chocolate

Mash the blueberries with a fork. Add milk, chia seeds, cardamom and salt and whisk until combined. Let sit for 20 minutes, stirring one or twice midway through. Meanwhile prepare the topping. Heat coconut oil and maple syrup in a skillet and grate in some fresh ginger. Stir in the seeds and walnuts and let sit for just a minute. Make room in the centre of the skillet and place the banana slices there. Heat for just a minute on each side. If the skillet looks dry, add a little extra oil or syrup.
Pour the chia pudding into one large or two smaller bowls. Add yogurt to the bowl and arrange the bananas in the middle. Drizzle the sesame brittle over the bananas, add a drizzle of nut butter and sprinkle over chocolate.

35 Comments

  1. Posted 20 Mar ’18 at 18:39 | #

    This looks delicious – as always! Can’t wait to try this combination. My Mum would enjoy it so much, she’s a sesame fanatic. 🙂

    PS. I’ve been loving apple rings too. They’re so addictive! ❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
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  2. Posted 20 Mar ’18 at 19:09 | #

    This looks unbelievably tasty! I want to make this recipe ASAP! xoxo

  3. Posted 20 Mar ’18 at 19:35 | #

    Wow can’t wait to try this recipe! Looks amazing and delicious.

  4. Mo
    Posted 20 Mar ’18 at 21:41 | #

    What other fruit would work in this recipe? It looks very good, but I don’t like bananas! Perhaps a pear?

    • Posted 21 Mar ’18 at 00:46 | #

      Hi, there are lots of options if you don’t like bananas. Apple or pear slices (or cubes) would be good, or stone fruits like peach or plums. Or you can skip the fruit and just make the brittle.
      /David

      • Mo
        Posted 21 Mar ’18 at 19:45 | #

        Thanks David! I do love fruit, so I will try pear or apple! Perhaps even kaki fruit might work! I will experiment with it!

        • Posted 22 Apr ’18 at 01:24 | #

          I was going to ask the same question, about not using bananas, so thanks for piping up! I will try some thinly sliced apples sauteed in the brittle. Looks lovely.

  5. Kay Wong
    Posted 20 Mar ’18 at 22:59 | #

    A wonderfully uplifting blog and i so look forward to each new post.
    I particularly enjoy the short recipe videos and wonder if you could produce a CD (or even a list) of all the music which accompanies these videos. Someone clearly has good taste ( if you will pardon the pun.)
    I will certainly be buying a few of your books to give as gifts to the special people in my life!
    Keep up the good work!

    • Posted 21 Mar ’18 at 00:47 | #

      Hi! Glad you like the videos. And the music! Yes maybe I should do a playlist, that’s a fun idea :)
      /David

  6. Floriane
    Posted 21 Mar ’18 at 08:05 | #

    Yes!!! Making this for an easy and quick dinner tonight! (craving something sweet rather than savoury) Once again it’s easy and delicious, I bet :-)

  7. Posted 21 Mar ’18 at 10:06 | #

    Hi! I’m very interested in the Raw carrot cake bars!
    Could you share the recipe, please?
    Thanks a lot!
    Silvia

  8. Posted 21 Mar ’18 at 11:38 | #

    I’ve made blueberry chia before its fantastic with lime zest stirred through. The banana sesame brittle looks delicious can’t wait to try it!

    https://daniaportman.com/

  9. Posted 21 Mar ’18 at 12:21 | #

    Looking fwd to trying this – thanks!

  10. Bri
    Posted 21 Mar ’18 at 12:53 | #

    Now you are about product placement? Are we to assume that you are being paid to provide advertizing for your “favorite” products (by free product, money, gifts, etc). Either way, a disclaimer is needed because the optics aren’t good. It is not enough to be objective, you need to be seen to be objective.

  11. Marleen
    Posted 21 Mar ’18 at 14:00 | #

    Love the new feed with your favorites every month, Luise!

  12. Posted 21 Mar ’18 at 14:14 | #

    Thank you for another delicious recipe. I’ll be making this in the weekend!
    I’m also very interested in the raw carrot cake bars from the March Favorites, but it doesn’t have a link :-)

  13. Posted 21 Mar ’18 at 16:15 | #

    What a delicious recipe and the video is amazing !!

  14. emma
    Posted 21 Mar ’18 at 17:46 | #

    Hi,
    I have three questions and one story:
    – I am looking to buy a cake tin so I can bake some of your delicious cakes. What kind of shape/material/dimensions/volume do you recommend in general, or does it vary with each cake?
    – Have you tried baking with aqua fava (chickpea water) to replace eggs?
    – Your banana bread recipe link in the archives is not working?
    – My mum bought your latest book for me for Christmas, but she loved it so much she decided to keep it for herself… :)

  15. Kelly
    Posted 21 Mar ’18 at 17:47 | #

    I just made this last night and it was delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe. I noticed in the video you added grated ginger, but it isn’t in the recipe below (so I forgot to add it when I made it). Approximately how much ginger did you add to the brittle? Thanks again!

    • Posted 21 Mar ’18 at 22:40 | #

      Hi Kelly, yes we do add ginger to the brittle and it’s so good – it gives it a fresh kick! The amount depends how spicy you prefer it. We usually just take a big chunk. Can’t believe we missed that in the recipe! Thanks for noticing, we have updated it now.
      /David

  16. Kay Wong
    Posted 22 Mar ’18 at 00:26 | #

    I sent a message yesterday,can you confirm whether you have received it?
    Many thanks

  17. Charlie
    Posted 22 Mar ’18 at 20:35 | #

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it after I get to the markets for some berries! I’ve just been wondering if in the cooler months your nut butters go a little more solid than what it looks like in this clip? Mine always do and I’m not sure how to make them beautiful and flowing again so it’s easy to top things with. Do you have any suggestions?

  18. Kimberly
    Posted 24 Mar ’18 at 22:41 | #

    Made this for dinner tonight and I must say, I ate it so fast I don’t think I put my spoon down even once. Whoops. You guys are culinary geniuses! What is your preferred type of milk to use? My chia pudding ended up looking quite milky, and I wanted it to look more smoothie-like as yours does.

    Thanks again for such a lovely recipe!

  19. Posted 25 Mar ’18 at 04:39 | #

    Your chia bowl looks amazing. I’m thinking it would make a great energy packed breakfast for tomorrow. I already know everybody at home will love it.

  20. Posted 26 Mar ’18 at 03:13 | #

    how do i get this kind of food i am very interested to have it, do you sell it in online shop or something so i can buy it

  21. Sandra
    Posted 3 Apr ’18 at 12:43 | #

    I was browsing this morning and ended up seeing this recipe. Went straight to the supermarket, bought all the ingredients and made this amaaaaziing bowl! Thank you for reminding me that making a healthy breakfast can taste sooo delicious and is just so easy and simple to make!!!

  22. Laurie
    Posted 9 Apr ’18 at 13:59 | #

    Just made this and it brightened my morning!
    Keep up the good work :)

  23. Vera from Lisbon
    Posted 11 Apr ’18 at 15:57 | #

    Hi Luise/ David! :) I’ve tried this with some changes, to go for with what I had on my pantry. So, instead of blueberries, I have used raspberries, replaced the banana with an apple cut into cubes and cooked with a cinammon stick, and the greek yoghurt with a (soya) yofu. Heaven!! Cannot wait to try again as per the original version too, though. But I’ll be skipping the chocolate part again, as it does not appeal to me as much ;-) Thanks a lot! Vera

  24. Posted 23 Apr ’18 at 19:16 | #

    Just wanted to say, I made this today and it’s quite lovely. I used thinly sliced apples instead of bananas, and no yogurt (but everything else) on top.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  25. Posted 26 Apr ’18 at 22:01 | #

    question: I made this this morning with cashew milk, and it didn’t gel. However, I made it a few days ago, with coconut milk and it gelled up beautifully! Everything else was the same — i wonder why it didn’t work this morning? Is there something about cashew milk? The cashew milk was a commercial brand called Malk, which contains only salt, water and cashews. It’s a mystery…..

  26. Posted 27 Apr ’18 at 17:06 | #

    I’m seeing on other sites that chia seeds work best when the liquid you mix them with is at room temp. I think that might’ve been the problem. I will experiment! thx

  27. Posted 17 May ’18 at 14:05 | #

    Hello David, Luise and Elsa! I really love this recipe. I like the fact that we can substitute wild blueberries with other berries (which in fact, I tried for once…with huckleberries). It actually turned out good but I prefer the ones with blueberries in it. It was so satisfying! Can’t wait to make some again with my kids!

  28. Posted 17 May ’18 at 19:51 | #

    As always, this was another inspiring recipe. I tested out while the kids weren’t around and can’t wait to make it with them. My blueberries didn’t provide as much liquid and color as yours, so I tossed them into the blender for a few spins to ensure I had as much liquid. This was so good and I can imagine this structure working in many different ways. I hope the kids like it! Thank you as always for the inspiration.

  29. Posted 12 Jun ’18 at 07:19 | #

    Ever since I tried it out, this has been my favourite breakfast option! I make a small modification – I cook the smashed blueberries in a pan for 1 minute so that they get a “jammy” structure.

  30. Posted 18 Jul ’18 at 17:24 | #

    I love blueberries so much!! Can’t wait to try it!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

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