Lent has begun and with that comes the sacrifices that we make for the 40 days until Easter. I know what my weaknesses are and try to make these sacrifices something that I know I will struggle with. If it was easy it wouldn't be a sacrifice now would it? This year I gave up sugar and TV (a sacrifice as a family). Included in the sugar category I am including all artificial sweeteners (Splenda, nutrasweet etc) and natural sweeteners that contain calories (honey, agave, etc) so the only option I am allowing myself is pure stevia (hey, I'm not giving up coffee and I'm not cool enough to drink it black, so I need something). I think that I am going to be very surprised by the amount of things I consume that contain something in this sugar category. I know that I have a very strong addiction to all things sweet and am anticipating a withdrawal of sorts in the next week. Should be interesting.
A while back I saw this deal online for coconut oil, which I use frequently both in baking and toiletries. The price was pretty amazing and it came with a bag of chia seeds. I did not know anything about chia seeds except for the Smiling Obama Chia Pet that we got my brother-in-law for Christmas. I kind of asked around, and then tried a recipe with chia seeds. It was my first absolutely inedible disaster while baking with somewhat expensive gluten free products. I think that I was so upset that I tossed them in the back of the pantry and didn't want to attempt anything else.
The other day one of the blogs that I follow had a Chia-Raspberry Pudding recipe and so I thought I would give them another go around. Oh my goodness I am in love! To me it is just like tapioca pudding, something that I enjoy. If you don't like the texture of tapioca pudding, you probably won't like this. Just as Maureen from Homemade Mothering made adjustments to her recipe, I made adjustments to my recipe to cut out the sweetener. I also used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, so it does have a vanilla taste to it. I think that if it was the regular unsweetened almond milk it would definitely need the fruit in it, I left it out for my batch.
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 teaspoon stevia (this equals 8 teaspoons sugar)
fruit if desired
Combine all in a container and shake well. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Shake it a few more times if you think about it.
The chia seeds absorb up to 9 times their weight in liquid, so they form a gel, creating the pudding.
I can't get enough of this. However, Munchkie saw the bag of frozen blueberries and couldn't get enough of those. She was a blue mess until bathtime! This picture doesn't do justice to how blue she really was.