This makes a fantastic breakfast, snack or desert – It is also great as a treat for kids! It would also be a fantastic addition to a Paleo lunchbox. For older kids and adults you could send it in the mason jar I have depicted below… for younger kids just package it in a plastic or metal container- or even leave out the extra peach chunks and use one of these great silicone icepop tubes that are fantastic for smoothies as well (if doing this, I would blend the entire peach rather than just half).
And this is what I took for lunch at work today!
It is incredibly satisfying (all that coconut milk provides healthy fats). This plus one banana and one apple kept me going from breakfast (2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon, one satsuma) until dinner (a pork salad). And remember that I do a VERY physically demanding job…
It is rich, thick, slightly sweet and delicious. And the Chia seeds naturally thicken the coconut milk giving a smooth creamy consistency – it really does have the same mouthfeel as a pudding – but with no starch or grains at all!
Not only that, Chia seeds are the richest natural plant source of Omega 3 fatty acids. And then add in that the 2 tbsp of Chia seeds in this recipe can double your fiber intake, providing 25% of your recommended fiber in one fell swoop. And they are also packed with protein – which also makes this recipe VERY satisfying. Over 23% of the calories in Chia seeds comes from protein. When you add that to all the good fats in this recipe, is it so surprising that it is so very filling?
But it is also very healthy…..
This recipe will fill one small mason jar – perfect for an “in jar” snack or desert in your packed lunch for work!
Chia seeds are an AIP stage 2 reintroduction. When reintroducing foods on the AIP, I recommend this guide.
Peach-Coconut Chia Pudding
1 cup full-fat coconut milk (if using canned, read the ingredients – you want one that contains nothing but coconut and water).
1 peach – cut in half and stoned. I bought my peaches from the Symons Valley Ranch Farmers Market.
1 tsp raw honey (I use honey from Buzz Honey). This is optional. It will make the pudding slightly less sweet if you leave it out.
2 tbsp Chia seeds
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Take your halved peach and toss one half into a blender or jar with the coconut milk, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. Blend until smooth.
Transfer the mixture to your mason jar and add the chia seeds. Mix well.
Finely dice the remaining half of the peach and use to top your pudding.
After a few minutes it should have thickened.
Seal and take to work (or nom immediately! It won’t be as thick if you eat it straight away but it will still taste as good and will still pack the same nutritional punch).
If you leave it for half an hour or more it will thicken up to the consistency of pudding…. I made mine around 9am, and ate it around 12pm… by that stage it was pretty thick.
You could use pretty much any fruit you fancied as a substitute for the peaches… I just have an overabundance of them which is why I used them!
You also don’t have to serve it out of a mason jar – a small, pretty bowl works just as well…