chia pudding

Chia pudding went to the forest…

Chia pudding served as a dessert to your guests? Sounds like a great way to introduce healthy options to your friends. Even though we are living in the world of social networks and internet communication, a good old fashion of home socialising is still popular. At least in the Mediterranean area. Now and then we have some friends visiting. People who are “keto freaks” like me and my wife will not have anything that contains: sugar, wheat flour, modified starch, soybeans, soy oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, artificial sweeteners, honey etc…

So, what do we serve to our guests who are not following the keto lifestyle? Of course, something ketogenic, what else? Our friends always storm the keto chocolate pasteli. They are a big hit and literally, everybody loves them! But, of course, we need some diversity. I had to think of something else to impress our guests. As you might know, Sweet Goes Keto by Greek Goes Keto is not only about impression. I wanted to create something fruity, colourful, and nutrient density. Something that can serve as a light dinner, not just a dessert.

chia pudding

Keto pudding

So, I got an idea about a milky pudding. To tell you the truth, I don’t like cow’s milk very much. It bloats my stomach and the taste is not something I enjoy. So, I decided to use my favourite milk replacement – coconut milk. This excellent substitute is not only tastier, but it also has a lot of health benefits. It is a great choice for people with lactose intolerance and gastrointestinal problems. For this reason, I paired it with mighty chia seeds.

Chia seeds – The tiny bombs of Omega 3

Chia seeds contain essential fatty acids such as alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid; furthermore, they are rich in mucin, strontium, vitamins A, B, E and D. They also contain important minerals, including sulphur, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin and thiamine. Let’s not forget that they are an abundant source of antioxidants. Chia seeds create a great jelly texture that takes our pudding to another level. Since I am a lover of ancient wisdom, let’s just mention that Chia in the Mayan language means Strenght.

Not so sweet but beneficial berries

As we know, on ketogenic diet fruits are limited. On the other hand, berries are a great choice if we consume them in small amounts. Let’s not forget that berries have a significant content of phytonutrients and a low glycemic index. That sounds like a perfect match for me. Time to give you this awesome recipe that will satisfy even the most demanding guest.

Chia pudding went to the forest…

Recipe by Apollonas Kapsalis
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking timeminutes
Calories

179

kcal

Ingredients

  • 80g (2.8 oz) chia seeds

  • 500 ml (17 fl. oz) of homemade coconut milk

  • 200 ml (6.7 fl. oz) mineral water

  • 2 tbsp stevia blend

  • 1/2 tsp ground vanilla bean

  • 4 tbsp mixed berries (you can use frozen as we did)

  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions

  • Take a big glass jar and fill it with coconut milk and water.
    Add vanilla, salt, stevia and chia seeds.
  • Close the jar and shake it well. Let it sit on your kitchen counter for about 10 minutes, then shake it again.
  • Place it in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • When the pudding is ready, scoop some of it and fill 4 glasses halfway.
  • Add a spoonful of berries to each glass, but keep some for decoration.
  • Top it with the rest of pudding and decorate with berries.
     

Notes

  • You can use fresh or frozen berries, depending on the season. Also, make sure that your coconut milk is homemade. I would like to remind you that canned or packed industrial products contain a lot of additives, conservatives and sometimes even sweeteners. It’s quite easy to prepare coconut milk at home. Enjoy and have some fun!