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Vegan Raspberry, Chocolate and Chia Pudding Recipe

Updated: Jul 21, 2022

Serves 1 - 350 Calories


4 TSP Chia Seeds

100ml Warm Water

4 TSP chopped Dates

2 TSP Sugar-free Raspberry Jam

7 Walnuts

1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Raspberries

4 TSP Oats

1/2 TSP Cocoa Powder


Soak the chia seeds in the warm water for at least 1 hour (can be left overnight).

Mix the cocoa, jam, dates and soaked seeds together. Spoon 1/3 of the mix into the bottom of a bowl or glass. Place onto the walnuts.

Then spoon in all the oats. Place in 1/2 of the raspberries. The pour over the rest of the chia mix and then finish off on top with the rest of the berries. Can be refrigerated overnight ready for breakfast or eaten immediately.

My Chef Training

I found the academic side of school very hard. Suffering from dyslexia it became apparent that the vocational side of life was my calling. This is where my love of food took the next step.

At 15, I found my love for cooking. Immediately my confidence grew and I was finally good at something. Excelling my year group with my culinary skills, at 16 I enrolled at the most prestigious catering college in the country, Westminster.

This had to have been one of the most challenging, fun and eye-opening experiences I had in the real world. Commuting from Sevenoaks to London, Monday to Friday, at 16 was thrilling but tiring. Our days in the kitchen started at 9am and finished at 5pm each day. I would then go and work in a kitchen as a paid chef from 6pm-10pm.

Weekends were a no-go. I would then work from 6.30am to 10pm every other weekend and study on alternate weekends. Welcome to the real life of a chef. Or lack of.

During my time at Westminster, I had opportunities to work at the Dorchester Hotel, Hilton Park Lane, City Rhodes, Houses of Commons and Marco Pierre White’s, Belvedere.

This experience helped a team of 6 chefs win the country's biggest catering competition, Toque D’or.

Daniel Welstead Plant Based Vegan Personal Trainer in Sevenoaks

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