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Creamy Coconut & Chia Pudding

Delicious, nutritious and versatile -- this breakfast will rock your mornings.
Prep Time5 mins
Calories: 531kcal
Author: Conner

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt plain, whole
  • 1/2 cup kefir plain, whole
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk unsweetened, additive-free; I like Trader Joe's
  • 1.5 servings hemp protein powder I like Wilderness Poets' hemp protein powder as it contains only one ingredient and is minimally processed
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract ideally, alcohol-free as this dies doesn't get cooked
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 ripe mango or berries, cherries, apricots, peaches -- whatever's in season
  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes

Instructions

  • In a dry, small skillet over medium heat, toast the coconut flakes, stirring constantly, until they are a pale golden color -- this should take no more than 30-45 seconds. Tip onto a plate to cool.
  • Place kefir, yogurt, coconut milk, hemp protein powder and vanilla extract in a medium mixing bowl and stir with a wire whisk to combine. Stir in the chia seeds until evenly distributed. Transfer to a container with a lid that seals tightly.
  • Let soak for at least one hour, ideally overnight.
  • When you are about to eat, peel and cube the mango (half a mango per serving). Spoon chia pudding into a bowl, top with mango and toasted coconut flakes and enjoy.

Notes

  • 530-odd calories are probably too much for a small, light person eating about 1,800 calories a day, but just about right for a larger, heavier person who eats 2,500 or more each day. If a full serving is too much for you, I won't stop you eating less of it and spreading it out over three servings instead of two.   
  • Instead of coconut flakes, feel free to scatter this dish with a tablespoon of chopped nuts of your choice or low-sugar, grain-free granola (like Autumn's Gold).
  • For a fruit-pudding effect, “smoothify” fruit in a blender with yogurt, kefir and coconut milk, and then stir in the protein powder and chia seeds (add the seeds after blending the other ingredients; if you grind them in the blender, they can taste bitter).
  • Add 1-2 tbsp defatted peanut powder (like PB2) to the base mix and top with low-sugar strawberry spread for a “PB&J” flavor profile.

Nutrition

Serving: 1generous cup | Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 885mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1243IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 333mg | Iron: 8mg