Dessert

Chia Seed Pudding

This is really yummy and has the added advantages of being full of protein and Omega 3 fatty acids - both of which we need more of.  It’s delicious and filling, good for breakfast, a snack or dessert.

Here's What You'll Need 

2 cups of coconut milk (homemade or natural)

1/2 cup of chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/4 cup (or less) of maple syrup (or sub in any sweetener)

Optional: 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

Fruit of your choice for topping

Instructions

Blended/Smooth Version

Place all ingredients into blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes until completely smooth.

Whole Chia Seed Version

Blend all ingredients except chia seeds in a blender until smooth (including any added flavors, fruits or chocolate). Whisk in chia seeds. 

Continue with these final steps for either version

Pour mixture into a jar or glass container and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight so the mixture can set. 

When ready to serve, top with fruits and/or nuts of your choice. 

Enjoy!

Rice Pudding

A very popular comfort food in England is hot rice pudding.  During the winters, it gets very cold in the Northeast and I am always craving comfort food. Hot rice pudding is super easy to make and a semi-healthy and not-too-sweet dessert that will warm your insides. 

Here's what you'll need: 

¾ Cup of Arborio Rice

½ cups of water

¼ teaspoon of salt

4 cups of Almond or Coconut milk

¼ of brown sugar (more if you like it really sweet)

½ teaspoon of vanilla

¼ cup of raisins

Cinnamon for topping

Get ready to cook! 

Bring rice water and salt to boil over medium heat

Simmer covered until water has been absorbed (about 15 minutes)

Stir in milk and cook uncovered for 30 minutes

Add vanilla and cinnamon and raisins

You can tell it’s done when it’s the consistency of porridge

Enjoy, it’s delicious and sticks to your ribs!