I’ve been fighting a head cold this week. Not fun. Usually these don’t slow me down, but this one has stopped me in my tracks a few times.
Growing up, my mom made us tapioca pudding when we didn’t feel well. So, yesterday I had a major ‘Tapioca Pudding Attack’. Picture red nosed zombie with tissues hanging from every pocket…”Must have pudding.”
But how does an Anti-Candida Diet victim cope with such cravings? Tapioca is made with milk and lots of sugar.
My friend, Ricki at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs, came through for me again. Now, before I explain, I must clarify who this friend is. This isn’t just any ol’ friend. Ricki is a holistic nutritionist who has one of only three cookbooks listed on the Ellen Degeneres website. Ricki also teaches cooking school. This is a serious friend, folks. Not to just be passed by as some girl who makes up healthy recipes. She is to be listened to.
Okay, glad I got that off my chest.
Back to the treasure I found through Ricki’s website. Chia Seed Tapioca Pudding. Now, come back here. It’s not yuck. Stop that. It only sounds disgusting. But I’m here to tell you, this is heavenly. Even if you’re not a huge tapioca fan, this is good stuff, people.
Did you know?
Chia seeds :
are great for dieting. They make you feel full. They expand to 9 times their original size when placed in a liquid and slow down the absorption of carbs. Woo! Hoo!
have a faint nutty flavor, but when mixed with other things, they take on those flavors.
are considered better for you than flax seeds. And they don’t go rancid like flax does.
are high in fiber, protein, omega 3 and 6.
have a glycemic level of 1.
help to lower cholesterol.
And so much more. Google them. I’m telling you, these tiny seeds are the new super food.
Still don’t believe me? Okay, fine. Watch this.
See? It’s good for you. Okay, I realize you probably didn’t doubt the health qualities of these wee seeds; it’s the flavor you’re concerned about. As was I. But desperation breeds adventure. I am here to tell you this was delicious, satisfying, and so close to the real thing (tapioca pudding) I was in blissful ecstasy. I’m thinking this could be my new breakfast cereal.
Here’s what I did:
3/4 C coconut milk (you know the stuff that comes in a can in the Asian Food section at the grocery store)
1 TBS chia seeds
Xylitol to taste
Vanilla flavoring (I have to use a non-alcohol, non-sugar version of vanilla extract)
Soak chia seeds in milk for a couple of hours (you can do this in 30 minutes I read). After the seeds have expanded to the size you like and you have ‘pudding’, add sweetener and vanilla.
The chocolate pudding at the top is actually made with a chocolate almond milk, but you could just use plain old chocolate milk if you can have it.
Enjoy! I sure did.