Why is chia pudding with homemade coconut milk so good for you? Actually, there are several health benefits and it is super easy to make!
Here is a list of the numerous reasons why you should put this tiny seed in your body:
- Chia seeds contain more antioxidants than blueberries
- Chia seeds contain more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon
- Chia seeds contain more calcium than milk
- Chia seeds provide fiber and iron
- Chia seeds true carb content is only 1 gram per ounce
- Chia seeds are a high quality protein
- Chia seeds can cause major improvement in Type 2 diabetes
I would say that line up is pretty convincing! And the best part is the ease of making chia pudding with homemade coconut milk.
How to make Coconut Milk using Shredded Coconut
I recently visited a dear friend of mine in Little Rock and she taught me how to make homemade coconut milk. It is super easy to make and so yummy. It’s 100% better tasting than coconut milk in a box and it has no added carrageenan or other preservatives. To make the coconut milk you will need two items: organic shredded coconut and filtered water. Yep, that’s it, unless you want to add a little vanilla extract.
Let the hot water sit over the shredded coconut for about 30 seconds to 1 minute before blending. Then blend on high for approximately one minute in a high-powered blender. Once you are finished blending the coconut and water into coconut milk, use a fine mesh strainer to separate the coconut pulp from the coconut milk. Place the coconut milk in a glass jar with a secure lid and refrigerate up to four days. I use it in my morning coffee in place of cow’s milk; it is a great dairy-free alternative.
Here is a recipe from the Nourished Kitchen on how to make coconut milk from fresh brown coconuts!
How to make Chia Seed Pudding
Start with 2 1/2 cups of fresh coconut milk and add 1/2 cup chia seeds. Stir immediately, as the chia seeds will tend to clump together. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 15-20 drops of vanilla flavored stevia drops (or 1/4 cup maple syrup, and a 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Chia seeds will absorb a large portion of the liquid as it sits over time.
Pour the chia pudding with homemade coconut milk mixture into small jam jars, place a lid on top and put them in the refrigerator to enjoy the next morning for breakfast or a mid-day snack. You can always add fresh fruit on top but I find this a satisfying treat all on its own. Enjoy this nutritionally dense treat!