Little white flowers full of relaxy goodness. Not only do they make a stellar bedtime tea, or in general a stellar make-me-feel-better-tea. They also taste quite delicious. The flavour is soft and delicate.
I used to get headaches as a kid. The remedy was chamomile tea and frozen peas on the head. Chamomile in the belly, not on the head. A cup of chamomile tea was, and forever will be so soothing. Now, with a teething and obviously uncomfortable babe, I just want to make her a cup of tea and send her to bed. But that doesn’t exactly work, does it. So I brewed up some chamomile tea and put it into an ice cube tray (a seahorse ice cube tray for that matter), let them freeze up, and then popped one in a meshy sucky thing. She loves it. I imagine it is so soothing.
Tea before bed is a ritual. But let’s face it, sometimes before bed you don’t just want a cup of tea, you want a snack. Maybe a bowl of granola, a piece of toast, a bowl of pudding… Full of therapeutic goodness, good for you fats, I give you chamomile chia pudding. Swoon.
Chamomile Chia Pudding
Inspired by Amy Chaplin’s vanilla pudding recipe
½ cup chia seeds
1 cup raw cashews (soaked 2-6 hours)
4 cups chamomile tea (brewed for 30 mins)
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons honey
Pinch sea salt
2 teaspoon ground chamomile flowers
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
1. Soak cashews in 2 cups of water for 2 to 6 hours.
2. Drain and rinse cashews.
3. Add nuts to blender with 3 cups of strong chamomile tea, the honey, salt, chamomile flowers, coconut oil and vanilla, and blend until smooth as can be.
4. Pour into a big bowl.
5. Add chia seeds and remaining cup of tea.
6. Whisk everything up nice.
7. Pop in the fridge for 1 ½ to 2 hours until completely chilled.
8. Serve chilled with or without coconut whipped cream. (I suggest with.)
* When brewing the tea make sure that it is covered. If not, the magic volatile oils will peace out with the steam, and your tea will no longer be magic, just flavoured hot water.
Coconut whipped cream
Inspired by Laura Wright’s coconut whip
2 cans full fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Remove the solid cream from the cans of coconut milk, it’ll be super easy if it is chilled. Save the milk for something else.
2. Blend coconut cream with the honey and vanilla in a food processor.
* Sidenote, this is basically vegan, the honey could be replaced with maple syrup, but come on, honey & chamomile are meant for eachother.
* Another sidenote, the next time I’ll make this I’ll modify it, no cashews & no honey, so that my babe can have a taste. I know she would dig it.