Coconut Chia Pudding Recipe
Chia seeds are rightly called “superfood” as they are packed with nutrients e.g. rich in fiber (5 grams in 1 tablespoon!), protein (can be used as the egg replacement), omega-3, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and many other nutrients.
They almost have no taste at all, so it is easy to incorporate them in many recipes or add to foods like yogurt, cereal, juices, pudding etc.
This recipe is one of my favorite ways of using the chia seeds to make a delicious desert that can even be used as a part of many detox protocols.
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
- 1 teaspoon Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla powder
- Some ground cinnamon (optional)
- 2 teaspoons pure stevia powder or honey (optional)
- 3/4 cup of low-sugar fruits such as raspberries, blueberries or kiwi (optional)
- In a bowl, stir together chia seeds, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and stevia/honey. You can add some (warm) water if your coconut milk is too tick.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight. The chia seeds will expand and absorb liquid.
- For me the recipe stops here, but if you like you can add some fruits just before serving.
How To Make Nut Milk At Home
Looking for a healthy alternative to using milk for your morning cereal or add to your coffee?
Nut “milk” is super healthy, dairy-free and easy to make.
Almond is commonly used for making nut milk as it tastes great and it is alkalizing.
I take any nuts that I have at hand (almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, pistachios, brazil nuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts etc.)
Soaking nuts is important as it starts the sprouting process and make their full nutritional potential available. Soaking also releases enzyme inhibitors making the nuts digestible.
Most nuts generally require 8 to 12 hours of soaking (see below for exact timing).
Nut milks usually keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 days. You can experiment by adding cacao, cinnamon, vanilla extract (all optional).
Nut Milk Recipe
- 1 cup of soaked almonds or mixture of any nuts that you have at hand
- Pinch of salt
- 3 cups of filtered water
- 3-4 dates or honey (optional)
- 1 tsp natural vanilla extract or powder (optional)
- Combine nuts, dates, salt and water in a blender and blend for few minutes.
- Strain through a cheesecloth or fine sieve into a large bowl.
Use it as you would use the “normal” milk: in your cereal, coffee, tea or drink it plain. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to four days.
Soaking Time for Raw Nuts
- 2 hours (sunflower, cashews)
- 8 hours (almonds, sesame, pumpkin, flax)
- 4-6 hours (pecans, walnuts and all other nuts)
- no soaking required (brazil, macadamia, pine and pistachio)