Berries ‘n Cream Chia Pudding

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We’ve been back in Canada for 3 days, at home, with the dogs. Life is sweet!

Although our diving trip to Dominican was fun, I really did miss home. Specifically, my kitchen. And even more specifically, berries and butternut squash.

The first thing I did when we got home on Sunday was set the oven to 400F and begin peeling a butternut squash I’d kept in the pantry for this very occasion. When the squash was in the oven, the berry flavored chia pudding was mixed and thrown in the fridge for Monday’s breakfast, then the squash was devoured, and we were asleep by 7pm.

I’ve begun each day since we’ve been home with a big bowl of this chia pudding and am just as in love with it this morning as I was on Monday. This is either a sign of recipe success, or just a major lack of berries while we were gone.

Either way, I’m diggin’ it, and I hope you will, too!

Berries ‘n Cream Chia Pudding

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar-free, Yeast free, Corn free, Grain free

A sweet and delicious way to start the morning. Great served with a couple of fried eggs + bacon!

Yield: 2 cups

Servings: 2 snack sized servings or one meal sized

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lite or full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon dried currants (for sweetness, you can omit)
  • 2 drops liquid stevia

Directions

To be made the night before you plan on eating it, or at least 4 hours in advance:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large container. Mix with a spoon until incorporated.
  2. Seal container and keep in the fridge overnight.
  3. When complete, portion out into 1-2 bowls or glasses and serve!

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Before we went on vacation, Kevin was toying with the idea of trying out the primal eating style. I couldn’t be happier that I talked him into doing this he decided to take this step to improve his health.

He decided to progress to paleo by first going gluten-free on our vacation – it’s so easy to adjust your dietary preferences while you’re at an all-inclusive resort, especially when there’s 6 buffets running 24/7 with loads of gluten-free foods.

Kevin found the adjustment relatively simple and satisfying. He got a bit upset when he was told that there were virtually no desserts he could enjoy that were gluten-free, but made up for it in raw coconut and fresh fruit. 7 days into it, at the end of our vacation he said that he hadn’t noticed any major changes.

Now that we’re back at home and have had time to create a meal plan for him, Kevin has taken the next step to primal eating! Over the next 30 days, he’ll be stopping by periodically to share his experience, frustrations, comments, and paleo progress with us!

Today’s primal Kevin update: I’m feeling kind of dizzy and tired and my stomach seems to be a bit confused. I’d love to have a nap right this moment and could really go for a hot dog, or three. Leanne says I’m feeling tired because I’m just not used to the decrease in carbohydrates, but that everything should settle down in a couple of days.

I’m finding it hard to eat enough fats. Leanne keeps telling me to snack on almonds, seeds, or coconut oil, but that kinda grosses me out. My favorite part of this journey so far – bacon.

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I think the bacon was my favorite part, too!

Has your family adjusted their eating style to fit your own? Or do you have multiple eating styles under the same roof?

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  1. So glad your back! When I leave for a while I always miss my kitchen, too! The convenience to make and create :D

    And Kevin, it will get better. Just keep eatin’ that bacon!

  2. Has your family adjusted their eating style to fit your own? Or do you have multiple eating styles under the same roof? = Both.

    and over the years, some more than others both of conforming and of doing our own things…just kinda depends. The beauty is that my family will pretty much eat anything I make them (at this point) but there are times I know they just dont enjoy something that I make like I would…so I save that for myself and tweak their meals as needed so they have maximum enjoyment, not just eating it b/c it’s healthy, but b/c they truly savor it.

  3. Ooooh I’ve got to try the bananas and cream chia pudding!
    Over time my family has adjusted to more of a healthy eating pattern.
    There was a time when my husband and I would be eating two completely different meals. Him a cheeseburger w/ fries and a soda — me a veggie burger w/ tomato slices. But he’s changed alot.
    He actually likes eating more of a veggie heavy diet now and he has completely stopped drinking soda!!

  4. Looks so delicious, I’ve been enjoying coconut milk a lot lately… finally! I always have wanted to but never knew what to use it for but I’ve been making sauces with it and its truly decadent.
    That’s great that Kevin wants to support you and try to feel better himself. When I am home my brother’s will eat anything I make them, usually because it involves bacon and eggs. But we all eat at different times and different things usually so there are a lot of different eating styles going on.

  5. Yummy! I am on my way into the kitchen to make some kind of chia seed pudding right now. I’ve fallen out of the habit lately, but I’m going to change that right away :)
    We really have different eating styles in my house. My son is like me and doesn’t care much for meat and will usually choose something veggie filled. My husband and daughter on the other hand are major meat eaters, although my daughter is a lot less picky than my hubby and will eat all my veggie meals too. I find with my hubby, I need to have meals available that he does enjoy and then it’s not a big deal, but I still cook meat more for him than I would ever for myself. He’s occasionally goes crazy on junk food too, but that’s a whole other story.

  6. Ok, first of all – that chia pudding looks amazing, I could seriously go for a bowl of that right now! Butternut squash? Yep, pretty much obsessed, too! Congrats to Kevin for pushing himself to try something new and different health-wise. I’m looking foward to reading his updates and learning more about a paleo/primal diet!

    I have a random question for you – is there a certain brand/company that you get your shrimp from? I am having a VERY hard time finding some that I am ok with buying.

  7. This pudding is so moreish, just perfect for this time of the year as an Australian summer breakfast! I have also made a cacao pudding, a mango pudding and a banana and cacao nib pudding – they all have been delicious. Thanks so much Leanne. I left out the dried currants as I felt they were sweet enough. :)

  8. So I’ve been making my chia pudding with a much bigger chia-to-liquid ratio. In 1 cup of almond milk I do 1/4 cup chia seeds ( I also add 1 scoop of protein powder). I divide this into two servings. I can’t imagine it thickening with just 1T of chia in 1 cup of liquid, but maybe I need to experiment with less? Looks delish!

    • It’s really a preference thing. I’m not a big fan of the thicker puddings, so I opt for less. If you like it with the 1/4 cup chia, stick with that!

  9. I am not a very good cook and, to make matters worse, I am always trying to cook “healthy”. Leanne, your recipes have saved me from myself. They are healthy, delicious and super easy to follow. I have found that I have most of the ingredients already on hand for your recipes.
    I love this chia pudding! It is so easy too make and shockingly filling. It tastes like the tapioca pudding I loved when I was a kid, but is way more nutritious.
    This is my new favorite website.

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