Strawberry Lemon Chia Pudding

imageI splurged and bought beautiful organic strawberries this week.  I really wanted to just eat all of them but decided that I had better share with my family.  So I made this pudding for dessert tonight.  I had some for breakfast too but don’t tell anyone.

Chia seeds have amazing health properties.

Here are just a few:

  1. Important for digestive health – high in fibre
  2. High in Omega 3
  3. Good for your bones – high in Calcium
  4. High in Manganese – another nutrient that is good for bones
  5. Helps reduce belly fat – stabilizes blood sugar
  6. Lowers cholesterol

Great reasons to eat chia seeds, right?

It helps that they are also simple to use.  Buy them in bulk and store in your freezer.  Now you will have them on hand to add to smoothies, dips, puddings and also your baked goods, such as muffins and cookies.

For this recipe, I began by stirring together chia seeds, shredded coconut and ground cinnamon.

Chia seeds & coconut

The next step is to add the liquid ingredients and stir until it is well combined.  Give it a taste to see if you would like to add any sweetener.

Chia pudding

At this time, you need to let the chia seeds swell.  That will take about an hour, maybe more. Put your bowl in the fridge and cut up the strawberries.

organic strawberries

Add the strawberries to the pudding. You may wish to purée a small amount of the pudding to give more of a red colour.  This is completely optional.

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Serve in your favourite bowl and enjoy!

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Let me know what fruit you like to add to your pudding.

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Strawberry Lemon Chia Pudding
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Recipe type: Dessert or Breakfast
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Need a quick dessert for guests stopping by? Want a delicious breakfast that you can make the night before? This tasty recipe is for you! You can easily substitute the strawberries for the fruit that you have on hand. The coconut water can be substituted with a juice of choice or water.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • pinch Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1¾ cup coconut milk (1-400ml tin)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon rind
  • ¼ - ½ cup lemon juice, preferably freshly squeezed (1 or 2 lemons)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, diced
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, stir together the chia seeds, coconut and salt.
  2. Add the coconut water, coconut milk, lemon rind, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.
  3. Put in the fridge for about an hour or until the chia seeds have swelled and the pudding is thick.
  4. Taste the pudding and decided if you would like to add the maple syrup or sweetener of your choice.
  5. Stir in the fresh strawberries.
  6. At this point, you could serve as is or if you would like more red in the pudding, you could get out your hand blender and blend a bit of the pudding. Then stir the red colour gently.
  7. Serve in your favourite bowls.

 

Comments

    • Barbara Dolan says

      I love chia pudding too, Corinna! A friend emailed me today and told me that she is going to try blueberries and cacao. That sounds good too!

  1. Sharon says

    I have been interested in Chia seeds because of the health benefits, but one thing holds me back from eating them. It is the texture. They remind me of tapioca. I have terrible memories of having to eat lumpy tapioca at school *shudder.* Even now the thought makes me gag. Are they anything like tapioca in texture? Can you puree them to get a smooth texture?

    • Barbara Dolan says

      I don’t find that chia seeds are anything like tapioca but then I don’t have any bad memories around tapioca.
      I would suggest grinding the chia seeds in your coffee grinder before beginning the recipe.
      Let me know if that works for you, Sharon. There may be others who feel the same way that you do.

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