I recently learned that some people find the texture of pudding, off putting – or shall we say, “off pudding”?? (see what I did there? hehe!). I personally don’t have a problem with pudding consistency but I do love a crunch factor. So while people may not go for the traditional smooth pudding, perhaps one with a little bite will work, like adding in chia and then topping it off with some paleo granola and/or fruit! (more on the chia texture later)
I woke up one morning and craved yogurt and since I had none on hand, I tried to think of something that would give me the same “feels”. My daughter had recently been on a ‘yogurt topped with granola kick’ and it got me itching for some. She does get yogurt made with almond milk as she’s trying to steer clear of dairy for a while. She really does like it and seems to prefer the milk alternatives. I have been wanting to make a coconut yogurt in my Instant Pot (has anyone done this??? If so…..any tips???) – I hear it’s easy and turns out great but until then, my little chia “pudding” will have to do.
While people might not like a pudding consistency, I also realize that some don’t like the texture of chia seeds. I get it. I have issue with boba! I have tried a handful of times but just don’t like it. It’s weird how texture plays into it because there’s nothing not to like flavor-wise …..it’s all how it feels in my mouth that gives me the “ummm…nope” feel! So in this recipe, there’s an option to use a method that will give it a smoother consistency so you’re not eating little tiny “bubbles”, if you will.
Top this guy off with your favorite paleo granola and/or fruit and you’ve got breakfast or dessert. You can even make it more dessert friendly with mini dark chocolate chips and a plop of coconut whip! (Oh yes, this just might have to happen tonight!) It’s super easy my friends but it does take time to set up so it’s best to whip it up at night and let it hang out in your fridge til morning. Or if you prefer to have this for dessert at night, make it up in the morning so it’s good to go after dinner! Enjoy!
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1 heaping tbsp honey
- 1.5 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- Mix thoroughly with a whisk and set in fridge for 6 hours or preferably overnight.
- If you prefer to have a smoother consistency, place all ingredients in a blender and whip up. Set in fridge for 6 hours or more.
- This serves 2 - so double up on the recipe to serve more or to just have some on hand.
- Serve with favorite berries and/or grain free granola.
- I have 2 grain free granola recipes here on the blog. Search 'paleo granola' and/or 'grain free granola'.