This is a wonderful, healthy breakfast alternative to eggs. I used to love yogurt with fruit and granola, but since giving up dairy, this has totally filled that void. It's tasty on it's own with just a sprinkle of cinnamon, with "fruit on the bottom"....or top, or with my homemade Paleo Granola. My husband loves it and will eat it anytime of day as a healthy snack. Since it's make-ahead, I love keeping a mason jar of this ready-to-eat goodness in the fridge. It's so easy to make!
Chia seeds are full of antioxidants, fiber and Omega-3's. The coconut milk is full of healthy fats that will keep you feeling satisfied longer.
Coconut Chia Pudding
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Snack, Dessert
This is a wonderful breakfast alternative to eggs...or a healthy snack!
- COCONUT CHIA SEED PUDDING (2 servings)
- 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk (mix up if separated)
- 1/4 cup black chia seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 vanilla bean - sliced open and inside scooped out or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
- 1/2 cup fruit of choice when serving (mango, banana, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries…add when serving) or nuts
- Sprinkle of cinnamon when serving
- ---> Alternative #1: add a couple tablespoons of my favorite plant-based vanilla protein powder in the mix to make sure I'm getting my protein in, this is optional. If you add this, you can leave out the vanilla extract. It also might make it thicker, so you may need to add more coconut milk to adjust...or add a little almond milk when serving;) See my 6 Steps to Choosing a Healthy Protein Powder.
- ---> Alternative #2: add 1 scoop of my favorite Greens Blend that is berry flavored! A great way to sneak your healthy greens in! Tastes great....and it's pretty!
- In a mason jar or small bowl, mix all ingredients together and cover. Let sit in the fridge overnight to soak the chia seeds. They will turn "tapioca-like". Serve with diced fruit. I added mango, which was delicious! Banana is also wonderful. You can also add slivered almonds, shredded coconut and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I often double this recipe as my family loves it and it goes fast. If you have a sweet tooth, feel free to add honey, but I think it's sweet enough as is. Enjoy!
-this recipe is adapted from thehealthyfoodie.com