Coconut Chia Seed Pudding With Savory Granola And Tropical Fruit

coconut chia seed pudding

 

coconut chia seed pudding

Chia seed pudding has become as popular to eat for breakfast as yogurt parfaits these days. Like yogurt, the simple base for this pudding is very versatile and can be flavored and topped with almost anything.

Living in Hawaii I’m partial to topping it with tropical fruit myself but you could also use fresh berries, diced stone fruit, apples, pears and pomegranate seeds. Really any kind of fruit you can think of.

This is a handy go-to breakfast for a few reasons: 

  1. It’s fast. You make it the evening before so it is ready to eat the next morning. All you have to do is sprinkle on your toppings and grab a spoon.
  2. It’s easy to make. The pudding literally takes 1-2 minutes to put together. You don’t have to make your own granola like I do, store bought is fine and much simpler. If you use fruit like frozen berries there is not even any fruit prep to do.
  3. The ingredients are non-perishable. Keep some cans of coconut milk and toppings like granola and cacao nibs in the cupboard so you have them whenever you need them. If you store toppings like nuts, seeds and shredded coconut in the refrigerator they will stay fresh for months. You can even keep frozen berries on hand in the freezer .You never have to run the risk of any of the ingredients for this dish going bad before you get to them
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Coconut Chia Seed Pudding With Savory Granola And Tropical Fruit

This is a very basic coconut chia seed pudding recipe. You do not have to use the suggested toppings to garnish it with. You can use any fruit or toppings you desire or even just eat it plain. The tropical fruit I used in the photo shown was lilikoi, red dragonfruit and papaya from Hawaii.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Dairy free, Gluten free
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 14 fl oz Coconut Milk 1 can, unsweetened
  • 1 Tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Raw Honey
  • 5 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Garnishes:

  • 1/2 cup Savory Granola store bought or see link below to make your own
  • 1 Tbsp Cacao Nibs
  • 2 Tbsp Shredded Coconut
  • 2 tsp Hemp Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Tropical fruit diced

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl whisk together the coconut milk, vanilla extract, sea salt and honey. Whisk the chia seeds in last. 

  2. Ladle the pudding into 4 ramekins or coffee cups, cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. 

  3. The next day, unwrap your puddings right before serving and garnish each one with granola, cacao nibs, shredded coconut and tropical fruit. 

  4. Chia puddings (without garnishes) will stay fresh in the refrigerator up to 5 days. 

Recipe Notes

I recommend using Organic Aroy-D coconut milk for this recipe. It comes out nice and creamy and thick. Other coconut milks may result in a thinner pudding. 

The recipe for my savory granola is right here.

Need shredded coconut? - Use this

Need cacao nibs? - Use this

Need hemp seeds? - Use this

Sarah Burchard is the author of The Healthy Locavore, a natural foods chef and certified health coach whose writing centers around holistic health, supporting community and eating locally grown and made food.

Savory Granola

Savory granola is something you can use on yogurt for breakfast, sprinkled in salads for lunch or as a delicious snack. With only 2 tablespoons of raw honey this is the perfect granola for anyone trying to cut way back on sugar. With so much flavor packed in from all the nuts, seeds and spices you’ll never want to go back to sweet granola again.

Local spotlight:

For this recipe I used nuts and seeds from G.L. Alfieri Farms (Ripon, CA).

G.L. Alfieri Nuts

Health bennies:

  • Oats – High in fiber and protein.
  • Nuts – Great source of protein and healthy fat.
  • Pumpkin & sunflower seeds – High in important minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium and copper.
  • Sesame seeds – Great source of calcium, magnesium and other important minerals, contain lignans which can have a cholesterol-lowering effect.
  • Coriander, ginger, cardamom – Stimulates digestion, anti-inflammatory.
  • Cayenne – Stimulates digestion & blood circulation, antibacterial, dissolves congestion, helps you absorb nutrients from other foods.
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Savory Granola

Use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Servings 6 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon Raw honey
  • 4 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/8 cup Pumpkin seeds
  • 1/8 cup Sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup Almonds raw, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Pistachios raw, shelled, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Pecans raw, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Cashews raw, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Sea Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coriander ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cardamom ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame seeds raw

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a small pot melt the coconut oil and raw honey together over medium-low heat. About 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl combine the oats, nuts, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, salt, pepper, all of the spices and the coconut oil-honey mixture. Stir well.
  4. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and spread the granola mixture on to it in an even layer.

  5. Bake for  1 hour, or until golden brown, giving the mixture a stir every 10 minutes or so.
  6. Let cool completely.
  7. Stir in the sesame seeds and store in airtight containers at room temperature.
  8. Granola will stay fresh for 3 weeks.

Recipe Notes

Need Coconut oil? Try this
Need Sea salt? Try this
Need Oats? Try these
Need Parchment Paper? Try this

Sarah Burchard is the author of The Healthy Locavore, a natural foods chef and certified health coach whose writing centers around holistic health, supporting community and eating locally grown and made food.

Pitaya Bowl Paradise

Pitaya bowls

Have you tried pitaya yet? It’s going toe to toe with acai in the frozen breakfast bowl department. These bowls of frozen pureed fruit, topped with granola and berries are all the rage these days. I feel like I’m seeing a new acai & pitaya bowl shop or food truck opening up every week.

But what is pitaya? This vibrant magenta fruit from Central America is also known as dragonfruit. You can now buy pitaya pureed, portioned and frozen just like you can acai.

Health bennies:

  • High in antioxidants
  • Contain B & C vitamins
  • Good source of iron & magnesium
  • High fiber
  • Low glycemic fruit

Building pitaya bowls is fun! I like to puree my pitaya with frozen bananas for potassium and avocado for healthy fat. These ingredients also add to its silky smooth sorbet like texture. From there you can top your bowl with anything you like. Seasonal fruit, nuts, seeds, granola, bee pollen, coconut, the sky’s the limit.

Pitaya bowl prep

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Pitaya bowls

Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 2 packs Pitaya puree (3.5 oz. )
  • 2 Bananas frozen & chopped
  • 1 Avocado chopped

Garnish:

  • Freshly sliced strawberries and peaches
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Granola
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Place the pitaya packs under cool running water until you have defrosted them about half way.
  2. Place the pitaya puree, chopped frozen banana and avocado in your vitamix blender. ( Need Vitamix Blender? Click on the link below at the recipe note.)

  3. Blend until smooth (you will need to use your tamper to help with the pureeing).

  4. Pour the puree into bowls and top with garnishes. Enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

Learn how to make a Home-Made Granola here.

Need Pitaya puree? Try this.
Need Hemp seeds? Try this.
Need Chia seeds? Try this.

Tools:
Vitamix blender with tamper (or other high speed blender)

Sarah Burchard is the author of The Healthy Locavore, a natural foods chef and certified health coach whose writing centers around holistic health, supporting community and eating locally grown and made food.

Awesome acai bowls

classic acai bowl

Acai (pronounce it ah-sigh-ee) is the fruit of a palm tree native to the Brazilian amazon. Once a staple of the indigenous amazon tribes, now a favorite amongst surfers, hippies and foodies. Here in the U.S. you can find it in the freezer section, already pureed and packaged in individual portions. There are usually two types available, unsweetened and sweetened with guarana, another plant native to the amazon, used for its potent amount of caffeine.

Acai bowls are most commonly made by pureeing acai with milk and other fruits. They are basically really thick smoothies, plated in a bowl and then garnished with whatever ingredients your heart desires. The sky really is the limit with this popular breakfast dish. They are an excellent way to get powdered superfoods into your breakfast like maca, spiralina and cacao or your daily dose of fiber by adding ingredients like chia seeds, granola or ground flaxseed. Pack in some protein by garnishing with nuts and seeds and kick up the antioxidant level with cacao nibs and berries. I like to keep bananas, mango or berries in my freezer at all times to blend up with the acai.

Health bennies:

Acai is high in antioxidants, vitamins A, B & K, fiber, potassium, omega fatty acids and is an anti-inflammatory,

Here are three acai bowls I like to make at home. Garnishes change depending on what I have in my pantry & fridge.

The Classic Acai Bowlclassic acai bowl

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The Classic Acai Bowl

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 pack Sambazon Acai puree unsweetened (200g)
  • 1/4 cup Coconut milk organic
  • 1/2 each Banana frozen or fresh, organic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Maca powder
  • 1/2 cup Strawberries organic

Garnishes:

  • - strawberries sliced
  • - blueberries
  • -granola
  • - raw honey
  • -chia seeds
  • - bee pollen made from local bees, can be purchased at your local farmers market or health foods store
  • -hemp seeds
  • -goji berries

Instructions

  1. - In a high speed blender puree the acai, coconut milk, banana, maca powder and strawberries until smooth.
  2. - Pour puree into a bowl, sprinkle the garnishes on top and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Need Sambazon Acai puree, unsweetened (200g)? Try this!
Need Maca powder? Try this!
Need granola? Try this!
Need chia seeds? Try this!
Need hemp seeds? Try this!
Need goji berries? Try this!

The Chocolate Lover’s Acai bowlchocolate lover's acai bowl

chocolate lover's acai bowl
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The Chocolate Lover's Acai bowl

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 pack Sambazon Acai puree unsweetened (200g)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons Almond milk
  • 1/2 each Avocado organic
  • 1 each Banana frozen or fresh, organic
  • 1 teaspoon Cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground flaxseed organic
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey

Garnishes:

  • -cacao nibs
  • - almonds chopped
  • - blueberries
  • - coconut shredded, unsweetened
  • - sunflower seeds
  • -chia seeds

Instructions

  1. -  In a high speed blender puree the acai, almond milk, avocado, banana, cacao powder, ground flaxseed and honey until smooth.
  2. - Pour puree into a bowl, sprinkle the garnishes on top and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Need Sambazon Acai puree, unsweetened (200g)? Try this!
Need Almond milk? Try this!
Need Cacao powder? Try this!
Need Ground flaxseed? Try this!
Need cacao nibs? Try this!
Need chia seeds? Try this!

Tropical Acai Bowl

tropical acai bowl

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Tropical Acai Bowl

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 pack Sambazon Acai puree unsweetened (200g)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons Coconut milk organic
  • 1/2 each Banana frozen or fresh, organic
  • 1/2 cup Mango frozen or fresh, organic
  • juice from half  a lime

Garnishes:

  • - mango diced
  • - pineapple diced
  • - banana sliced
  • - avocado sliced
  • - coconut shredded, unsweetened

Instructions

  1. - In a high speed blender puree the acai, coconut milk, banana, mango and lime juice until smooth.
  2. - Pour puree into a bowl, sprinkle the garnishes on top and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Need Sambazon Acai puree, unsweetened (200g)? Try this!

Sarah Burchard is the author of The Healthy Locavore, a natural foods chef and certified health coach whose writing centers around holistic health, supporting community and eating locally grown and made food.

My Go To Breakfast

home-made granola

home-made granola

I’ve been making home-made granola for years. Once it’s made it stays fresh for weeks and can be used to make the quickest breakfast. This size batch lasts me right around 3 weeks and tastes great sprinkled over plain greek yogurt and fresh berries.

Health Bennies:

Whole grain Oats – High in fiber, low calorie, high in protein, lowers bad cholesterol and it’s filling so you can eat less and still feel full.  *Favorite brand Bob’s Red Mill. They have many different kinds of oats to choose from such as organic, gluten free, extra thick, quick cooking etc. 

Organic Almonds – High in protein, alkalize the body, good source of vitamin E and contain high levels of healthy unsaturated fatty acids.

Raw organic honey – High in vitamin C, calcium and iron, an antibiotic and great for the immune system.

Organic Coconut – High in fiber, contains healthy fats, high in omega-3s and iron.

Cinnamon – Improves circulation, can lower blood sugar, antibacterial, strengthens immune system and improve cholesterol. (Ceylon cinnamon is safer in high doses than the more popular and widely available Cassia cinnamon, which can cause liver damage if used in high doses.)

Dried Ginger – Anti-inflammatory, good for digestion and an antioxidant. (Can be harmful if used in very high doses).

Dried fruit – High in fiber, nutrient dense, antioxidant. (Choose fruits that contain no additives. Eat sparingly if you are trying to lose weight because they do contain more calories than fresh fruit.)

 

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HOME-MADE GRANOLA

Servings 5 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Bob's Red Mill organic regular rolled oats
  • 1 cup Coarsely chopped organic raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened organic coconut shreds
  • 3/4 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground ginger
  • pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup Raw organic honey
  • 1 cup Assorted dried fruits bite size

Instructions

  1. - Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. - Mix everything except the dried fruit together and spread evenly on to sheet

Recipe Notes

Need Bob’s Red Mill organic regular rolled oats? Try this!

 

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My go to breakfast:

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plain organic greek yogurt *Favorite brand - Straus Organic Plain Greek Yogurt.
  • 1/4 cup home-made granola
  • 1/8 cup fresh organic berries I usually use blueberries

Recipe Notes

Need Straus Organic Plain Greek Yogurt?  Try this!

 

Sarah Burchard is the author of The Healthy Locavore, a natural foods chef and certified health coach whose writing centers around holistic health, supporting community and eating locally grown and made food.