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Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with Mango - dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and paleo friendly! | https://www.theroastedroot.net

When it comes to food trends, I tend to be pretty stubborn (says the girl who’s writing a cookbook on kale. PAH!). I resist, give the cold shoulder, and ultimately I end up caving because it’s lonely being a black sheep.  Plus, I get hungry.

Up until a few days ago, I ignored chia seed pudding like it was the annoying kid in class who constantly had his/her hand raised. I assumed (incorrectly) that chia pudding would require a time investment with a lot of milk-boiling and yolk-tempering. I imagined it would be just another insulin spike and sugar coma walk down food addiction lane. Sooooo whaaaat, whooooo caaaaaares, no big deeeeeal, was my take. The fact that I was spotting chia seed puddings all over the intraverse made me mistrust its validity when the whole time, I should have been swaddling it in my warm, welcome embrace.

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with Mango - dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and paleo friendly! | https://www.theroastedroot.net

Well, great news for all us folks that enjoy short ingredient lists and 30 second prep times: There’s no boiling or egg tempering required and chia seed pudding is GREAT for you (provided you use healthful milks and natural sweeteners versus cane sugar).  All I did was mix almond milk, coconut milk, and chia seeds together in a jar and stick it in the refrigerator overnight. What came out was a thick, rich pudding similar to tapioca, that I felt absolutely no shame over eating for breakfast.

The first batch I made, I didn’t add a sweetener and simply diced up a ripe mango to mix in. What happened next was I felt like I had cheated the system. The whole system. There I was, enjoying a decadent treat that took half a minute to make, which had zero refined sugar and was nothing but healthful. This is my bliss. Coldplay should be playing right now as background music.

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with Mango - dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and paleo friendly! | https://www.theroastedroot.net

I love you, my chia pet.

So what’s the deal with chia seeds? Other than the fact that they make a delicious, tapioca-like consistency when soaked in liquid, they have mondo health benefits. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, are an anti-inflammatory, can lower blood sugar, and can be used as an egg replacer in vegan cooking and baking. Plus, they are digestible in their whole form, which means they don’t need to be ground up in order to reap the benefits.

Where do you find ’em? You can purchase chia seeds from any natural food store, most grocery stores, and online.

Oh chia…I want to gaze lovingly at you and put you on my windowsill.

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with Mango - dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and paleo friendly! | https://www.theroastedroot.net

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine the milks and agave in a jar and stir well with a spoon (or put the lid on and shake the jar. That’s the more fun way of going about this). Note: If your coconut milk is cold and separated, it will need to be stirred well to combine the water and flesh.
  2. Add the chia seeds and shake with the lid on (or stir).
  3. Refrigerate the overnight (at least 6 hours).

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Francesca

Wednesday 1st of January 2014

beautiful presentation and delicious looking treats :D

Kristin

Sunday 25th of August 2013

I'm trying this for dessert tonight. Looks yummy!

Just FYI, you can also buy a huge bag of organic chia seeds at Costco for pretty cheap.

Loes

Sunday 25th of August 2013

This recipe looks so good, would I be able to sub fat free milk for the almond milk?

Julia

Sunday 25th of August 2013

Thanks, Loes! I've never tried using cow's milk for the recipe, but I'm pretty sure it would work just fine! Let me know how it turns out! :)

Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

Saturday 24th of August 2013

Yep - I'm in the same boat as you and some of your readers! I love chia seeds and use them in lots of my recipes, but just never got around to making a chia pudding. Well, duh! Now I clearly see how bummed I'm gonna be that I didn't make pudding sooner! Your recipe is the one that is finally gonna send me to the kitchen to give it a try! And, I'm pretty sure it's gonna be my new obsession, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

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andrew

Thursday 22nd of August 2013

agave syrup is still sugar. this isnt sugar free if you include it as a sweetener.

Julia

Thursday 22nd of August 2013

My apologies for the confusion, Andrew. I did mention in my post that there is no "refined sugar" in the recipe, but I understand that there is still debate as to whether or not agave is considered refined, so this was probably poorly worded. I did make the pudding minus the agave and I thought it was wonderful, so if you're concerned about agave being sugar, you can omit it from the recipe and still have a tasty treat :)

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