Coconut Milk Chia Pudding (Gluten Free)

Quinoa and Chia seed is all the rage these days. Eating either of these foods pretty much places you on the “cool kid” team. The health benefits of both are pretty impressive, but I’m pretty sure chia seeds might just bring about world peace.

While I will not even attempt to tell you that you will ever get a craving for it, I will tell you there is a plethora of ways to prepare them so it doesn’t feel as though you are eating eyeballs or bugs (references from my daughters upon seeing this on they’re plates…and yes they’re adults).

I will say I do feel better when I eat healthy whole foods and the benefits outweigh the sacrifices. While this pudding is NOT beautiful it is tasty. The preparation couldn’t b easier and I love that I can make a big batch of them and trow them in the fridge to grab on the go. The varieties really are only limited by your pallet. Give it a try!

coconut chia seed pudding

coconut chia seed pudding

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Ingredients

1 cup chia seeds (white or black)

3 3/4 cups coconut milk (any milk could be substituted)

2 tablespoons vanilla (alcohol free or use vanilla bean)

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 1/2 tablespoons ground turmeric

1/4 cup raw honey or real maple syrup (or your sweetener of choice), optional

3/4 cup, per serving, fresh fruit of choice

coconut chia seed pudding

coconut chia seed pudding

Directions

In a bowl, stir together all ingredients except the fresh fruit. Let mixture stand for about 10 – 15 minutes to set up. refrigerate overnight. The longer it sets in refrigerator the more the seeds expand and the softer they get.

To serve: Place some of the fruit at the bottom of a container (I use 1 cup containers with lids). Place approximately 3/4 cup in each container. Add the remaining fruit on the top and cover with the lid. Replace back in the fridge until ready to eat. Keeps for a week in the fridge.

Note: Once you have the base of coconut milk and chia, you can pretty much throw in any foods you enjoy eating together: strawberries and chocolate, blueberry and lemon, mango and lime, etc. add a bit of your preferred sweetener and you are off to the races for healthy 2015! You can essentially sub out the coconut milk for any milk of your choice. The same is true for the fruit, spices and sweetener. Have fun!

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