Berries. Mousse. Dairy-Free?
Join me for a dessert cup filled with our latest culinary success, won’t you?
My youngest son LOVES blueberries.
And chia is a nutritional powerhouse that we have somewhat recently added to our pantry.
So you can imagine my excitement when I could add these two together and come up with a refreshing no-bake dessert that is:
- a breeze to make,
- a treat to eat and
- good for you to boot.
Nutritional Benefits of Chia
Just 2 tablespoons of chia has:
- 4 grams of complete protein
- 4.5 grams of omega 3 oils
- 5.5 grams fiber
- 9% RDA calcium
- 7% RDA iron
I got the inspiration for this recipe from Ricki’s Strawberry Fluff from Diet Dessert N Dogs. (Since I unfortunately became personally acquainted with candida, she has been an inspiration for a lot of my kitchen adventures.) Well, the first batch was gone-zo in about 5 minutes flat. So I went back to the blender to make some more :-)!
Here’s how you can have some of this silky smooth freshness this spring or summer.
Dairy-Free Berry Chia Mousse
Makes: Approximately 4 servings (but of course, that depends on how much you eat!
2 2/3 cup coconut milk, or other milk or milk sub (My Homemade Coconut Milk works great! (even my “low fat” version works well)
2 cups fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, you name it!)* (See The Easiest Way to Freeze & Store Berries)
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp chia seeds**
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp lemon juice (I use organic bottled)
9-10 scoops (approx 5/16 tsp [just a tad over 1/4 tsp.) pure stevia extract powder, or to taste***
***(If you prefer, of course you may substitute other sweeteners for stevia as well, according to your needs. Depending on how sweet you like your foods and which sweetener you choose, you will need 1/2 cup to 1 cup of sweetener.)
1. Put all ingredients in a high-powered blender (like the Vitamix) and blend until smooth.
2. Pour into a container (I prefer glass or stainless) and refrigerate until cold. You can, of course, eat it as is, but the flavor is much better chilled.
*If using strawberries, slice or chop before measuring. Be creative! A blueberry/cranberry mix works great too! We even used cranberries alone, for a totally anti-candida diet friendly recipe. I just added a tad more stevia and the result was GREAT!
**Those of you who have not taken the plunge and purchased a blender like the Vitamix yet will have to grind the chia seeds first in a coffee grinder or the like. (One more reason to buy a Vitamix :-).)
Source for nutritional information: MySeedsChia.com
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