Basil Seed Pudding with Apple and Plum Compote

Basil Seed Pudding with Apple and Plum Compote

I have finally managed a dessert with fruits :D. It is guilt-free, delicious and nutritious as well! The Basil Seed Pudding with Apple and Plum Compote can make for a great make-ahead breakfast or a cooling summer dessert. You can easily customize this recipe and make substitutions based on availability of ingredients. The Apple and Plum Compote could be replaced with a berry sauce or mango puree or some caramelized peaches! Whatever you like! The Basil seed pudding is perfect for summer. Basil seeds or Sabja seeds have a cooling effect on the body. They also help in digestion, which seems to go for a toss in hot summers. You could use Chia seeds as well. I have used Basil seeds because they are native to India. Both Basil and Chia seeds are beneficial for health and have multiple benefits.

Basil Seed Pudding with Apple and Plum Compote


Basil Seed Pudding with Apple and Plum Compote

The Basil Seed Pudding with Apple and Plum Compote is a very simple recipe. The Basil seeds are presoaked in milk for a few hours and then served with a fruity Apple and Plum Compote, chopped nuts and seeds. Doesn’t that sound healthy and breakfast worthy! And it’s delicious as well. I served it in these pretty wine glasses to make it more fancy.

I am not a fruit person. Butter and sugar laiden rich desserts are always more fun to make and eat :D. But I also realize the importance of healthy eating. I am not saying, I have suddenly taken up a vegan and healthy lifestyle. I am very much going to make caramel, chocolate and other indulging desserts on a regular basis. But once in awhile, I am going to try bringing up something guilt-free and healthy as well. This The Basil Seed Pudding with Apple and Plum Compote is a little step in that direction. With time, I see a progressive tilt towards a healthier lifestyle. Food choices have changed so much now. Nutritious and healthier alternatives are also easily available.

Basil Seed Pudding with Apple and Plum Compote

The fruit compote is lovely on its own as well. Add it to your overnight oats, spread it on a toast or toss it with some granola over your vanilla yogurt. If you want to indulge, enjoy it with some vanilla ice-cream ;).


Basil Seed Pudding with Apple and Plum Compote

Basil Seed Pudding with Apple and Plum Compote

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4-5 servings

Basil Seed Pudding with Apple and Plum Compote


    For Apple and Plum Compote
  • 2 cups chopped apples
  • 2 cups chopped plums
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Juice and Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • For Basil Seed Pudding
  • 6 tablespoons basil seeds
  • 1 ½ cups warmed milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Mixed nuts and seeds for topping


    For Apple and Plum Compote
  1. Peel, core and chop the apples. Core and chop the plums. Put all the fruit into a heavy bottom pan and cover with a little water- around ¼ cup. Add the Cinnamon stick, zest and juice of lemon.
  2. Cook over low heat for about 15 minutes or until the fruit turns soft and mashable and the compote thickens to your liking.
  3. Cool completely, remove the cinnamon stick and add honey to sweeten the compote. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator.
  4. For the Basil Seed Pudding
  5. Take the warm milk in a bowl, add the honey and vanilla essence to it. Mix well. Stir in the basil seeds and refrigerate until needed.
  6. I made my pudding and compote in the evening, refrigerated them overnight and assembled them the next morning for breakfast.
  7. To assemble the pudding, take around 3 tablespoons of the basil seed pudding in a wine glass or a dessert bowl. Top with the fruit compote and a generous helping of chopped nuts, seeds and fresh fruit if desired.
  8. Refrigerate until serving time.


If the pudding is very thick, add a few tablespoons of cold milk to loosen it up. * The cook time doesn’t include time for soaking seeds.


Basil Seed Pudding with Apple and Plum Compote


The The Basil Seed Pudding with Apple and Plum Compote is a refreshing option for a light but flavorful summer breakfast. It can also be enjoyed as a mid-afternoon snack or a guilt-free dessert :).

If you are looking for more healthy breakfast options, try the Breakfast Granola Cups or the Banana Chocolate Chip Waffles.                                                                             

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    1. I love their texture too!! Love them in puddings or overnight oats.. Thanks Heather 😘. Have a great day ahead!!

  1. Congrats on a fruit dessert – just on time:) The combo of apple, plum, and cinnamon is fantastic, and so is this pudding. I love adding basil leaves in desserts, but I don’t recall I’ve ever used seeds. Very nice, Deepika!

    1. Thank you so much Ben😍 I am so glad you like it!! I also want to try and see, how basil leaves flavor a dessert!!

  2. To echo Heather’s comment above: I love the texture of basil seeds too! And I LOVE plums!! They are probably my favorite fruit (in addition to mangoes) and I don’t see them very often in dessert recipes. PS: Have you tried “Pluots” or “Plumcots”? They are a hybrid between a plum and an apricot and they are DIVINE! You should def try one if you haven’t!!

    1. Thank you Alia💗! Finally, someone has tried basil seeds😬! I haven’t had Plumcots before.. But they sound yummy.. I really need to get my hands on these soon☺️!!

    1. Thank you so much Katherine 😘😘! I have also been eating the compote with my yogurt every morning! Cinnamon and lemon zest impart an amazing flavor to it 🙂

  3. OH this looks so refreshing and delicious. I have used sabja seeds in milkshakes, not basil. Does it taste any different? I love basil and would really enjoy this recipe. Looks stunning too!!!

    1. Sabja and basil seeds are the same Ashika!! They taste great with kulfi falooda, milkshakes and puddings like these!! Have a great weekend😍!!

    1. Basil and chia seeds are very similar Kelsie! I am sure you will love the pudding! Thank you love😍😍

    1. Hehe😬 I am glad you are with me on this😉! But after indulging so much in these rich desserts that we bake… It’s necessary to eat healthy once in a while! This is perfect for then! Thank you Kelly 😘😘

    1. Yes Angie, I agree they taste so fresh and yummy! Fruit compotes are a great way to store these beautiful summer fruits! And use later for so many things! I am glad you like it! Thank you😘😘

  4. I’ve never had basil seeds before, but they do look a lot like chia. I am assuming they are different than the seeds I would plant for like sweet basil? Either way, this looks absolutely delicious. I am a fan of your chocolate desserts too, but balance is good! 😉

    1. Hi Carlee!! Thank you so much for your generous appreciation 💖💖💖💖! Basil seeds are harvested from the basil plant’s flowers itself!

    1. Basil seeds are quite similar to Chia seeds in taste and texture! You could try the pudding with Chia seeds as well! Thanks Kim 😍😍

  5. I agree that butter + sugar laden desserts are indeed more fun to make AND eat, but I’ve gotta say that I would happily dig into this pudding + compote. You’ve got so many awesome fruit flavors going on in there! I’m not familiar with basil seeds, but chia seeds are readily available here in the States. Thanks for the idea, Deepika! 🙂

    1. Thanks for the thumbs up David😊!! I will try to come up with more such desserts in the near future! Even I enjoyed the fruit compote for a change😉!

    1. Thank you lovely💗💗! Trying to eat something healthy after indulging so much in the last few days😉!

    1. Yes Jenny! You must try again! It’s so summery and refreshing☺️! Thank you for stopping by! Have a great week ahead 😘😘

    1. Thank you Agness😍 It’s lovely in texture and flavor too!! I hope your friends like it!! Thank you for stopping by☺️.

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