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A Yummy Guilt Free, Super Easy week night dessert that is creamy, delicious and actually good for you. This Clean Eating Coconut, Raspberry & Chia Dessert fulfills that after dinner sweet spot perfectly. Oh yes. And it’s pretty. Really, really pretty.
Chia seed desserts are a relatively new discovery for me. I didn’t even know chia seeds existed until about two years ago. And now I am making up for lost time.
Magic happens when you add those tiny seeds to pretty much anything.
According to Legend, Aztec warriors ate chia seeds to give them high energy and endurance. I figure that may have just been an excuse because they are fun to eat too. But I tell my kids this story anyway.
Aside from making you run a little faster, Chia Seeds are little Powerhouses with a ton of other health and nutrition benefits like:
- Promoting healthy skin,
- Reducing signs of aging,
- Supporting the heart and digestive system,
- Building stronger bones and muscles
- they’ve even been linked to helping reverse diabetes
- And they are crazy high in fiber so. Um. They help you poop.
What I use Chia Seeds for.
It’s really great that they are so good for us, but I use Chia seeds for one simple purpose: to turn any drinkable smoothie into a thick dessert you can eat with a spoon.
Yup. Science at it’s best.
You can take pretty much any smoothie – milk or fruit based – add one tablespoons of Chia Seeds to two cups of liquid and leave for a couple of hours – up to 2 -3 hours for max set-ability (I know it’s not a word) – and voila! The Chia seeds start to act like Gelatin and form a pocket of jelly around each seed. The liquid becomes a solid and Pudding is ready to be served.
Super excited about Chia Seeds and wondering where else you can use them? Join the club!
Chia Seeds aren’t just for desserts. Here are two breakfast recipes that my kids absolutely love!
And if you add them to a Clean Eating Chocolate Shake – it becomes a Super Thick Chocolate Shake.
How to make Chia Seed Gel
To prepare chia gel, you will need to add one tablespoon of chia seeds to two cups of liquid. This can be anything from coconut milk, fruit juice, coconut water and even plain ol’ water. The gel will begin to form within 15 minutes as soon as the seeds start to absorb the surrounding liquid.
This Raspberry, Coconut & Chia Seed Recipe is a family favorite. It’s thick, creamy and sugar free. Plus it’s extremely easy to make!
A Quick Note for Fussy Eaters
Some kids may protest over the texture of the seeds in the dessert the first time they try it. If you haven’t tried chia seeds yet – imagine little balls popping when you bite them. I know it sounds strange, but give it a go and don’t give up. Start by adding it to smoothies and serving before it has time to gel completely so that you can get them familiar with the new texture.
Clean Eating Coconut, Raspberry & Chia Pudding
- 1 Cup Frozen or fresh raspberries
- 1 small banana
- 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon honey optional
- Blend all ingredients together in blender for 30 - 40 seconds until smooth.
- Pour into 4 cups or mini pudding pots and place in the fridge for 1 - 2 hours until set to a jelly consistency. Serve chilled.
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