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    Incredibly Easy Strawberry and Coconut Cream Chia Pudding

    September 27, 2015

    Incredibly easy strawberry and coconut cream chia pudding parfait. Vegan, gluten-free, and decadent!

    Seriously foodie friends. I’ve been wanting to try a Chia pudding/parfait for a while now, but all the photos I’ve seen of them look like they take forever to prepare, and I haven’t had a lot of time in the kitchen lately. I’m here to tell you- this was probably the easiest dessert I’ve ever made. I’ve been reading a ton of recipes and most people are serving these Chia puddings/parfaits for breakfast, but I would eat this for dessert! Strawberries and cream? (Make that coconut cream) Yes, please!

    PLUS- This is VEGAN and GLUTEN-FREE!

    Not that I’m a vegan, or gluten-free, it’s just nice to know that there are healthy dessert/breakfast options out there that taste great, and look pretty- because we eat with our eyes first, right? Also, I’m aware that some people don’t consider honey a vegan item. Some do, some don’t. I’m not a hipster so I’ll call it freakin’ vegan. If you don’t eat honey, then obviously- omit it. I just personally would rather use a natural sweetener than an artificial, or processed one where applicable.

    This particular recipe uses coconut milk from a can- considerably more fat than if you used almond milk, or coconut milk from a carton. However, I really think the thick creaminess of the canned coconut milk gave it an awesome smooth, creamy texture and a delicious, light coconut flavor. (Also- COCONUT is a super food- HELLO?!?!) AND, it’s a good fat! Winner winner, Chia seed dinner!

    My girlfriend and I both really liked it- however, by boyfriend, who despises Tapioca didn’t care for this. If you don’t like tapioca, or have a texture issue, this recipe probably isn’t for you!  Here we go!

    Incredibly easy strawberry and coconut cream chia pudding parfait. Vegan, gluten-free, and decadent!Incredibly easy strawberry and coconut cream chia pudding parfait. Vegan, gluten-free, and decadent!Incredibly easy strawberry and coconut cream chia pudding parfait. Vegan, gluten-free, and decadent!

    Strawberry and Coconut Cream Chia Seed Pudding
    Serves 2
    Incredibly easy strawberry and coconut cream chia pudding parfait. Vegan, gluten-free, and decadent!
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    Total Time
    1 hr 5 min
    Total Time
    1 hr 5 min
    Ingredients
    1. 8 Tbsp Chia seeds
    2. 1 Tbsp Lockerbean's Vanilla
    3. 4 Tbsp Maple Syrup
    4. 1/2 Unsweetened, shredded coconut
    5. 1- 14 oz can coconut milk
    For the Strawberry puree
    1. 1 cup hulled strawberries
    2. 2 Tbsp honey
    Instructions
    1. In a bowl, whisk together coconut milk, chia seeds, vanilla, maple syrup and shredded coconut.
    2. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
    3. For the strawberry puree: Blend strawberries and honey in small food processor.
    4. Whisk chia seed mixture once more, and let sit in the fridge for an additional 30 minutes.
    5. After 30 minutes, layer chia mixture and strawberry puree into dishes.
    6. Serve immediately, or let sit in fridge for more firmness. (I like the texture immediately after layered!)
    Notes
    1. Use a clear glass for prettiest results!
    Adapted from Big Hair and Foodie Fare
    Big Hair and Foodie Fare http://bighairandfoodiefare.com/

    Has anyone else tried Chia pudding? What are your thoughts? Favorite flavors? I’d love to hear your tips/tricks!

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