No-COOK Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with Berries

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This recipe’s photo looked too pretty in Giada’s “Feel Good Food” cookbook… I just had to try it. I’d never used Chia Seeds before and found that although they are expensive they go a long way.  I used only 1/4 cup of seeds and they expanded into 4 servings of pudding. Someone told me this is like tapioca…although it looks like dark tapioca, it’s not and the taste and texture is different. My kids beg my for  this recipe… I think it’s because it looks so fancy. It’s like a special treat everytime I make it and even my husband who does NOT like greek yogurt, likes this! I also like to make this for family and guest that stay at the house. It looks like something you would get at a gourmet restaurant, but it’s so easy a kid could make it!! I love the fact that I don’t have to cook anything. ;)

This a great way to jump start your day packed with lean protein, healthy carbohydrates, fiber and  omega-fatty acids!

Enjoy!

** This recipe has ingredients that can be expensive in regular groceries. Try Trader Joe’s or a comparable Co-op for cheaper Chia Seeds, Almond Milk, Greek Yogurt, Maple Syrup/Agave) **

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There are SO many ways to make this recipe, so have fun with it! You can use regular unsweetened Almond milk, maple & pecan, blueberry  almond,  “pina colada” with pineapple and papaya or heated frozen blueberries and flax as I did here. 

Ingredients

1 cup vanilla-flavored unsweetened almond milk (OR try the new Coconut-Almond Milk in this!! YUM!)
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (0-2%)
1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup/agave nectar/honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional!)
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 cups blueberries/other fruit
1/4 cup sliced almonds or sprinkle of flax

Directions

In a medium bowl, gently whisk the almond milk, yogurt, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, and the vanilla until just blended. Whisk in the chia seeds; let stand 30 minutes. Stir to distribute the seeds if they have settled. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, in a medium bowl, toss the berries with the remaining 2 teaspoons maple syrup/honey. (TIP: if you buy frozen fruit you can nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds and you won’t need to add any syrup at all!) Mix in the almonds.

Spoon the pudding into 4 bowls or glasses; mound the berry mixture on top and serve.

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My kids LOVE this stuff!!! 

Recipe from; Giada’s Feel Good Food – modified by Kristi Nicole climbinginthekitchen.com
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/chia-seed-pudding.html?oc=linkback

AND… Possibilities….

Frozen???

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CHOCOLATE??? 

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nom nom nom….

Wonder what would happen if I sweetened it with Chocoloate Shakeology?? :o

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