Strawberry Vanilla Chia Pudding
Happy Friday! I’ve been trying to wake up earlier and earlier in quarantine since I go to bed at grandma time like 10pm. Let me tell you- it’s 6:30am currently and I’m praying for the coffee to kick in soon!
I’ve been nannying some of our family friend’s kids here and there during this quarantine. Yesterday it rained all day so I came prepared with activities knowing we wouldn’t get to play outside. I made them mini cupcakes and brought frosting of all different colors. It was super easy for me to whip up at home and they had a blast. If you’re looking for something to do with kids, cupcakes make any kid happy.
Anyways, I have a great recipe for you guys today! Seriously, this recipe is already gone in my house. All eaten by me. It’s packed with protein from chia seeds! If you know me, you’ve heard me mention chia seeds before, especially in my post about superfoods. I love chia seeds as an easy alternative to oats. I’m a sucker for overnight oats, but as you also may know, I love doing the Whole30 and oats are a no-no. So I opt for chia seeds and it’s still just as delicious.
Chia seeds are great because they congeal when you mix them with a liquid, making them soft and chewy- not crunchy.
Chia seeds are packed with fiber, keeping you full. They are abundant in omega-3 fatty acids which we need in our diet. And if you don’t like fish so much, this might be a great alternative for you. An ounce of chia seeds holds almost 5 grams of protein!! Plus they are a great source of antioxidants.
This recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth if you need a sweet breakfast in the morning to start your day or to get you through that 3pm slump.
Strawberry Vanilla Chia Pudding
2 tbsp chia seeds
½ cup coconut milk
1 carton strawberries
2 tsp vanilla extract
Few shakes of cinnamon
2 tbsp cashew butter
Wash and cut your strawberries. Take out a food processor and place all strawberries but 4-5 of them. Puree the strawberries to desired consistency. I pureed them until there were just a few chunks left. Set aside.
Get a small to medium sized mixing bowl. Add in your chia seeds and coconut milk. Stir with a spatula while the chia seeds congeal. If you need to add more coconut milk, add to desired consistency. Consistency should be pudding-like. Add in your vanilla, cashew butter and cinnamon. Mix together with the chia seeds. Then add in your pureed strawberries. Mix together.
Pour contents into a jar for storage and top with your extra strawberries or other fruit! Snack on the pudding here or there or use the recipe as your full breakfast!
I know there are TONS of chia pudding recipes out there. I love this one because it’s just the right amount of sweetness and you can top with other fruit. I like having fruit in the morning, as digestion is the fastest then, and I know when I have fruit with chia pudding I’m not spiking my blood sugar. Plus, you’ve got some good fats in there with the cashew butter.
This recipe also lasts a decent amount of time in the fridge. Mine lasted a week before it was all gone, but feel free to leave it in there longer. Just check the expiration date of your milk you use. I wouldn’t go more than a week and a half with the fruit in there.