First off, let me say Happy Veteran’s Day! I’m thankful for all those who have served in the past and present and I’m proud to have the privilege to serve with some pretty incredible people. I’ll be standing the watch from Miami tonight.
Secondly, I’d like to apologize ahead of time for the number of pictures that I’m putting on here of this treat! I mean seriously, this may have been one of my favorite food blog photo sessions. It’s just so pretty, I couldn’t help myself!
My very first blog post had some chia seeds in it, but in case you haven’t seen that one (don’t look now, it’s bad), I’ll review some of the awesome-ness that is chia seeds.
Here’s what they look like when you first add them to your coconut milk/yogurt mixture for this recipe. After a few hours of soaking, they turn into little gelatin-like blobs.
Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding
- 1/2 cup light coconut milk
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 2 tbsp Chia seeds
- 1 tbsp agave nectar or honey
- 1 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 packets Truvia
- In a blender (Nutribullet works perfectly), blend coconut milk, Greek yogurt, coconut flakes, agave nectar, vanilla extract and 2 Splenda packets until smooth. Pour mixture into a resealable bowl or container.
- Add chia seeds to yogurt mixture and mix well, scraping any seeds off the sides and into the yogurt. Seal the container and allow it to set up for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.
- Mash the raspberries to desired consistency. Strain about half the seeds out of the mashed raspberries and discard. Stir in remaining 2 packets of Splenda.
- Once the yogurt mixture has set, remove from refrigerator and stir. Add a little almond milk to get it to the desired consistency (I used about 1 tbsp).
- Divide the yogurt mixture into 2 serving dishes. Top with a layer of raspberry mash, then more yogurt mixture. Garnish with coconut flakes and a raspberry. Enjoy!
The raspberry in this recipe is the perfect compliment to the creaminess of the coconut and yogurt. I strained out about half the seeds from the raspberries that I mashed up, you could take out more or leave them all in. I personally am not a huge fan of how MANY seeds there are in raspberries but I wanted to keep some of the thickness they provide to the mash. I ended up with a little over half a cup of mashed up raspberries after mashing and straining one and a half cups of fresh ones.