Today I'm sharing with you a very delicious and refreshing treat--Berry Chia Pudding.
This Dairy-free Berry Chia Pudding is loaded with so much healthful goodness that you will feel great eating it or serving to it your family for breakfast, lunch, snacks, desserts -- pretty much anytime.
I'm all for easy, and I'm all for healthy, (and I'm all for delicious), so this Berry Chia Pudding fits the bill on all points.
In fact, my son asks for it when he's sick, and I can just put in a little collagen to give him a protein boost, which makes it even more healthy. Collagen is a fantastic source of protein that's easy to digest and so light so even if someone isn't feeling the best, it's typically something that you can add in easily to foods like puddings and hot drinks when someone is under the weather.
Berry Chia Pudding for Berry Lovers
He just LOVES blueberries.
Make that ANY kind of berries. And cherries.
Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries....you name it -- he LOVES them.
In fact, we had a 30 pound bag of organic blueberries in our deep freeze....I went into the freezer to find some to make some of this mousse for him, and found that the berries were....
I think I have about 1/4 cup.
Yeah, Mr. Bluelips. You did it again.
Back to the recipe.
Berries are just loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients that scavenge up free radicals to keep your body working well.
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
Source for nutritional information: MySeedsChia.com
I got the inspiration for this recipe from Ricki's Strawberry Fluff from Diet Dessert N Dogs.
I "met" Ricki years ago when I first started on my path of getting candida under control. Though I wish we'd "met" under better circumstances, since then she has been an inspiration for a lot of my kitchen adventures. And we did eventually meet in person later, which was lovely.
Anyhow, the first batch of this lovely mousse was gone-zo in about 5 minutes flat. So I went back to the blender to make some more.
And it's been part of our healthy dessert repertoire ever since.
Besides being healthy, it's a super easy recipe.
When you're a busy mom, being healthy can be hard, but recipes like this one make it a whole lot easier.
I love recipes like these -- no baking required, and one container or one pan only is needed for preparation, so clean up is minimized.
Here's how you can have some of this silky smooth freshness this spring or summer.
For those on special diets, this mousse is easily adaptable. See notes for details.
- For the berries, you can use blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, you name it! 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! See The Easiest Way to Freeze & Store Berries.
- 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 :-).)
- If you would like to make your own coconut milk, see my Homemade Coconut Milk.
- For tips on using stevia, see How to Use Stevia. Here is a great brand of stevia scoops. 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.
Dairy-Free Berry Chia Pudding
- 2 2/3 cup coconut milk (or other milk or milk sub)
- 2 cups berries (fresh or frozen - strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are all great choices)
- 10 Tbsp chia seeds (see above notes about grinding ahead of time)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 9-10 scoops stevia extract powder (approx. 5/16 tsp [just a tad over 1/4 tsp]; or to taste)
- Put all ingredients in a high-powered blender (like the Vitamix) and blend until smooth.
- 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.
I hope you enjoy this healthy chia pudding whenever you choose to make it!