Monday, 24 August 2015

Chia and yoghurt trifle

Why should desserts be off the radar just because you're watching your weight?

A single serving of this imposter of a trifle pudding gives you 40% of your daily dose of Vitamin C, a dollop of high quality protein and a satisfying treat for your sweet tooth, all at a mere 117 calories.

What I've done in this recipe is to replace the traditional custard and cream with a blend of yoghurt, orange juice and chia seeds. The chia seeds swell up to give a satisfying creamy quality to the yoghurt, besides offering up all those antioxidant properties that make it a superfood.

And the good news is that you can reduce the calorie count further, without taking away from the taste or nutrition! You could replace the full-fat yoghurt with its low-fat cousin. Swap the sponge cake base with a lower calorie version, or do away with it altogether! I tried a helping of a layer of fruit with the chia custard, and although it's no longer trifle pudding, it's still delicious.

So here's the recipe.


Serves 2

1 small slice of sponge cake (I used a slice of my popped amaranth grain cake)
1 Orange: The juice of half the orange, grated zest and cut up flesh of the other half
 1/2 an apple, diced
4 tbs yoghurt
1 tsp chia seeds


Add some of the zest and about 1/3rd of the orange juice to the yoghurt and mix in chia seeds. Leave aside for the seeds to do their magic.

Meanwhile,  lay the slice of cake on the bottom of a serving dish and drizzle the remaining orange juice on it.

Arrange diced fruit on top of the cake layer.

Spoon the chia custard on top of the fruit and garnish with grated orange zest.

Chill the dessert for an hour if you can keep your fingers out of it. I have tried but failed.