I’ve recently fallen back in love with chia seed pudding. I used to eat chia puddings a lot a few years ago, and then I just… forgot about it. Isn’t that horrible? I still don’t know how that happened.
Anyway, a few reasons I love chia pudding and this recipe in particular, is that it’s super easy, a source of healthy fat (which is the number one way to naturally get rid of cravings), and it’s dairy-free and refined sugar free. Sugar is one of those stupid ingredients that’s in anything and everything, especially if it’s a store bought product. So if you are trying to reduce your sugar and processed food consumption you will enjoy this delicious breakfast and / or dessert that is super creamy and sweet without any dirty additives. Mix this pudding up the night before to enjoy in the morning. It will be properly plumped if you let it sit overnight, however if you ain’t got time to wait, let it sit at least half an hour to let the chia seeds soften.
You’ll notice that almond milk is a large component in this recipe and that is because it really helps balance out the coconut flavor. I enjoy coconut but it can be a pretty heavy flavor when it’s not cut with something. Also, the berry topping is simply frozen berries cooked down to a syrupy mixture. Feel free to substitute your favorite frozen fruit. Strawberry and mango is another good flavor to try as is simple cooked apples or even ready made organic apple sauce.
16 ounce can of coconut milk, refrigerated
1 1/4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other non-dairy milk alternative)
1/2 cup chia seeds
3 cups organic frozen berry mix (or fruit of your choice)
1/4 cup filtered water
Blend the chilled coconut milk (it may have separated into heavy cream and clear coconut “juice” – this is ok) and almond milk together until smooth. You may use a whisk but I find the blender makes it super smooth and quickly gets all the clumps out. Next pulse in the chia seeds until nicely mixed throughout. Pour into a glass container and let sit in the refrigerator overnight. Next, simmer the frozen berries in a saucepan over low heat with about 1/4 cup of filtered water. Cook down for about 10 minutes or until heated all the way through. Pour into a glass container and place in the refrigerator to chill. The next morning (or in half an hour for the impatient ones) scoop out the pudding and pour some berry mixture on top! Enjoy the clean source of energy, omega 3s, fiber, and healthy, satiating fat – and not to mention yummy flavor.
Eating well should ALWAYS taste good.
Photo credit @gabriela.s.johnson