If you sit a bit long on the loo, these chia pudding treats are for you!
Chia seeds have a huge amount of soluble fibre – when mixed with liquid, they form a jelly-like consistency, which helps to form healthy stools. Soluble fibre also binds toxins and cholesterol and helps to excrete them from your body. If you’re worried about cholesterol or if you ever get a bit constipated, you should be consuming more soluble fibre. Flaxseeds are another food full of soluble fibre.
These little chia puddings are sugar free – I’ve used stevia instead, so they’re full of goodness, still sweet, but with no added sugar (which can turn to fat when we eat too much).
These chia puddings can be made with raw cacao (and a little extra sweetener) or with carob, if you are intolerance to chocolate or amines. Carob is naturally sweeter than chocolate, so no extra sweetener is needed.
As well as soluble fibre, chia seeds are also packed full of vitamins A, B, E and D, and minerals calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese.
Enjoy these as a dessert (serves 4) or a healthy breakfast alternative (serves 1-2).
Chia pudding dessert or breakfast treats
Gluten free, dairy free, low salicylates, low amines (when made with carob), low glutamates
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp carob powder (or 1 tbsp raw cacao if you’re ok with amines, and 2 tsp maple syrup)
1/2 tsp green stevia powder*
1 tsp vanilla paste
Add all ingredients to a jar and shake till all ingredients combined.
If you want to serve as a dessert, divide into 4 little bowls and place in fridge to allow to set. Top with finely grated dairy-free chocolate if you like. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
Serve with coconut yoghurt (or sheep’s yoghurt or coconut ice cream), stewed apples or pears, or sliced bananas or berries, nuts or seeds or tahini. Put them all out on the table and let your family or guests choose their favourite toppings to add.
*buy green stevia at Mr Vitamins or online at iHerb.com or shopnaturally.com.au – it’s a much healthier alternative to sugar, that doesn’t spike your insulin levels.