A strict diet of eating healthy can be difficult when others around you are enjoying some delectable delights from your past. Pudding was one of my favorite treats, and years back when I went gluten and dairy free, I would make pudding with soy milk. It made for a real creamy pudding with the mixes available. No doubt delicious but not appropriate for one who needs to eliminate sugars. Chia provides a vast amount of nutritional benefit such as rich omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and also includes fiber, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, niacin and zinc. How cool is that? Another ingredient I included in this recipe is unflavored gelatin (Great Lakes) that is pure protein. It is a unique and non-inflammatory amino acid that has anti-inflammatory properties, that are quite beneficial to those with arthritis and others who are dealing with other inflammatory diseases. This pudding has no sugar, which is another benefit to a healthy lifestyle. The less sugar you eat, the less sugar you crave. And for those who need to restrict sugar and carbs, this particular pudding might be a nice treat while healing from candida, Lyme Disease, arthritis, etc.
By Laura D. Field
I estimate that this will make 8 half-cup servings
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp. Great Lakes unflavored gelatin
- 1/2 cup chia seed
- Put all ingredients (except chia seeds) in your blender (I use a Ninja Mixer) and process until the mixture is smooth.
- Add the chia seeds and blend for a few seconds to mix them in.
- Transfer this pudding mix into a glass bowl and place in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 20 minutes) to allow the chia seeds to soak up some moisture as well as allow the pudding to get up.
Okay, I had to try some after a half hour. All those that are familiar with pure dark cacao (chocolate), it is bitter compared to other chocolate. This pudding is no different. But let me share something that I have appreciated over the last few years while cooking (and even making hot cacao drinks) that I have found that I do not have cravings after. Now, if you have family members who are not on your particular healthy lifestyle method of food choices, you can top this pudding with some powdered sugar (or whipped topping). I recommend the powdered sugar, because I know that many will put an equal amount of whipped topping (if not double) onto their chocolate pies and puddings, which only adds more sugar to their diet. Just a tablespoon of confectionary sugar is enough to give them the sweetness they might desire, while enjoying a extremely healthy pudding option.
I hope that you enjoy this pudding!! BTW…it does taste better when it sits overnight. Enjoy healthy eating!!
Enjoy and be sure to share your feedback.
Laura – Gluten and Milk Free Lifestyle
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