“Mocha” Oat Bran Pudding (Budino di Crusca d’Avena al Caffè d’Orzo)

While living in Italy, I discovered “caffè d’orzo”, a barley-based coffee substitute that is by default caffeine-free.  It’s a very common drink there, but virtually unheard of in the U.S.  After doing some research, I found that it does exist here under the name “grain coffee”.  While it’s more difficult to find here than in Europe, there are a handful of brands available in health food stores and on the Internet.

Grain coffee is almost always barley based and sometimes has rye and chicory added for flavor as well.  I get the kind that dissolves when stirred into water, but some are meant to be brewed in a coffee pot, just like regular coffee grounds.  Not only does it have a similar taste and aroma as coffee, but grain coffee has a maltiness that reminds me of mocha- the combination of coffee and chocolate.  Try mixing it with warm almond milk on winter nights as a “grown-up” alternative to hot chocolate!

In the summer, I like to make this raw porridge as a cooling alternative to traditional oatmeal (perfect for an AC-free New York City apartment!).  If you don’t have grain coffee, the base of oat bran, flaxseed and nut milk can be the starting point for limitless other variations (mango-brazil nut, berry-almond, apple-walnut-cinnamon…)!

“Mocha” Oat Bran Pudding:

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/4 cup oat bran

1 tablespoon freshly ground flaxseed

1 cup nut milk of choice, preferably homemade

1/3 banana, thinly sliced

a few raisins

pinch salt

2 teaspoons grain coffee powder (water soluble kind)

1 teaspoon honey

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

walnuts, for topping

What to do:

Mix all of the ingredients (except for walnuts) in a mug or small bowl, cover and let sit 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

Remove from fridge a few minutes before eating so it’s not ice cold and top with crushed walnuts.

"Mocha" Oat Bran Pudding - The Clean Gourmet

Budino di Crusca d’Avena al Caffè d’Orzo:

1 porzione

Ingredienti:

4 cucchiai di crusca d’avena

1 cucchiaio di semi di lino, macinati

ml latte di mandorle, preferibilmente fresco

1/3 di banana, tagliata a fette sottili

un pò d’uvetta

pizzico di sale

2 cucchiaini di caffe d’orzo in polvere (quello solubile nell’acqua)

1 cucchiaino di miele

piccolo goccio d’estratto di vaniglia

delle noci, per servire

Cosa fare:

Mischiate tutti gli ingredienti (tranne le noci) in una tazza o in un scodella piccola, coprite e lasciate in frigo per almeno quattro ore.

Tirate dal frigo qualche minuto prima di mangiare, così non è freddissimo, e sbriciolate le noci sopra.

"Mocha" Oat Bran Pudding - The Clean Gourmet


Fruity Chia Pudding (Budino di Semi di Cia alla Frutta)

Chia in many ways outdoes flax; first of all, chia does not need to be ground up in order to absorb all of its benefits, which include: as much protein as flax (but, unlike flax, is a complete source of protein), twice the phosphorous, more than double the calcium, and less fat.  Also, chia is packed with gelatinous fiber, meaning it is especially effective for lowering cholesterol, and it alkalizes the body.

Besides adding chia to smoothies, yogurt and salads, this pudding is a great way to introduce a good dose of chia into your diet.

*Note:  Matsu was not around during the action, so the in-process photos are mine and way inferior!  I hope you enjoy his lovely pictures of the finished product though 🙂

Serves 1-2 

Ingredients:

1/2 nectarine, 1/2 banana, a few figs or other fruit, mashed

2 tablespoons chia seeds

2/3 cup almond milk, coconut milk or any other milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or you can have fun and do 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, plus 1/4 teaspoon coconut, ginger or some other extract)

1 teaspoon honey, agave or maple syrup

pinch salt

What to do:

Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl (not too small, as the mixture will double in size) and let sit in fridge for 4 hours or more,  stirring once to ensure all chia seeds come in contact with liquid.

Mix again before serving.

Fruity Chia Pudding - The Clean Gourmet

1-2 porzioni

Ingredienti:

1/2 nettarina

2 cucchiai di semi di cia

2/3 tazza di latte di mandorle, latte di cocco o qualsiasi tipo di latte

1/2 cucchiaino di estratto di vaniglia (oppure 1/4 cucchiaino di vaniglia, più 1/4 cucchiaino di estratto di cocco, zenzero o qualsiasi altro tipo)

1 cucchiaino di miele, agave oppure sciroppo d’acero

pizzico di sale

Cosa fare:

Mescolate tutti gli ingredienti in una scodella piccola (ma non troppo piccola, perché la mescolanza raddoppierà) e lasciatelo in frigo per almeno 4 ore, agitando una volta.

Agitate un’altra volta prima di servire.

Downloadable/Printable Version