My new favorite healthy grain-free, low starch, to-die-for tapioca pudding impostor. Breakfast, after school snack, or dessert, this one's a kid and mom alike pleaser.
In the last few weeks there has been a major shift in the dietary habits of my household. This is due in large to my father's MS and the recommendation of a ketogenic diet trial from his physician. As I cook for everyone in the household, and am also trying to increase my brain health I have been adopting a largely similar diet high in healthy fats (even more than before!) and super low in carbs (even lower than before) and avoidance of grains. So there's the background to this ridiculously easy, absolutely delicious, and healthful recipe's invention.
On cold evenings I am one who thinks there is nothing better than a cup of tea or other such bowl of warmth to start the evening's wind-down. As a kid I loved tapioca (think snack-pack) although as an adult I learned how to make it the "real" way with tapioca and whole milk. Tonight I was craving such a treat so I invented this little beauty which absolutely hit the spot. Variations are highly encouraged as you could go a million different directions. I give the amounts for a single serving (about 6 oz) so just increase as needed for additional hungry mouths.
- 1/2 cup Whole fat coconut milk, non sweetened, with no carageenan. (For me, this means cans at this point as my grocery store doesn't carry it otherwise to these specs)
- 1/2 Tbs Coconut sugar (or sweetener of your choice- maple syrup or honey would be yummy too)
- 2 Tbs chia seeds
- 1 Tbs ground flax seed
- 1 Tbs butter (grass fed organic is my fav)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 Tbs crushed/chopped nuts of your preference
Stir the coconut milk, sugar, chia seeds, flax seeds, butter and cinnamon together in a microwave safe bowl/mug. Heat on high for 1 min. Remove from microwave and stir in nuts and vanilla. Allow to cool or serve warm. The longer it sits, the more liquid will be absorbed, and the softer the seeds will become. Expect a little crunch if you eat it hot.
This can also be made on the stove by heating the first 6 ingredients together on the stove top with a heavy bottom pan, stirring frequently, until it thickens and then allowing to cool before adding the nuts and vanilla.
Yum! Enjoy in good health :)
Here's the specs: