Can we talk about chia seed pudding?
I'm a little late to the game, I know. But after seeing all of these delicious photos of chia seed pudding recipes that looked more like dessert than a healthy breakfast, I tried my own hand at making these. I found a recipe that called for almond milk, added some puréed berries, honey, vanilla, and chia seeds, shook it up, and refrigerated overnight.
But instead of pudding, it tasted more like half-congealed Jello, and the texture was a little more than I could handle. Cue the gag reflex.
Until a friend suggested I use canned coconut milk instead of refrigerated almond milk.
And since I'm running out of options for breakfast that don't include eggs or sugar or grains, I gave the chia seed pudding another try. This time, it was a win! I posted the recipe below if you want to try it.
So, I made it all day yesterday with no sugar, even though I wasn't the most chipper version of myself. Last night's dinner was baked tilapia, roasted squash and zucchini, and a supergreens salad, so that lasted about 30 minutes, and I had to go to bed at 9 just to keep from eating the rest of the ice cream in the freezer. Why is it that sugar cravings hit hardest when the kids are in bed? It's like Pavlov's dog; kids go down, and the sweets come out, Jesus take the wheel! Anyone out there have the same problem? I've decided that sleep will be my antidote. If I go to bed early, I don't have a chance to eat all the comfort foods in the house after dinner. I'm looking forward to the extra rest. (And all moms of three said an Amen!)
And now, Day 2 is off to a great start! Happy Tuesday, friends!
STRAWBERRY CACAO CHIA SEED PUDDING
- One can full-fat coconut milk
- One cup strawberries
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 TBSP raw honey
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
Blend all ingredients in blender. Pour into mason jars (recipe makes two jars). Refrigerate overnight. Top with cacao nibs and chopped fresh strawberries. Enjoy!
This recipe is about as simple as it gets, and about five minutes of prep work at night yields two days worth of healthy breakfasts!
P.S. Have you guys tried cacao nibs? They were an impulse buy at TJ Maxx one day after I'd been seeing them all over the Internet in recipes, and they are like God's answer for chocolate cravings. Like chocolate manna sent down from Heaven every morning. They are full of antioxidants, vegan, sugar-free, and have a great crunch to them. I add them to Greek yogurt and even protein shakes. You know what else you can add them to? Slow-cooker chili. (Trust me on this one!)