If you have ever got the chance to talk to me in person about gut health, you’ll know that I geek out about this particular topic!! Not only has focusing on gut health changed my life but with my biology background I friggin’ love learning about what all those little gut bugs are doing for our bodies!
This leads me to today’s recipe – a probiotic creamsicle chia pudding. If you’ve never had a chia pudding before, it’s very similar to a tapioca pudding…but about a zillion times better for you! Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium, and are a good source of protein.
But…what makes this chia pudding extra special is that it is jam-packed with probiotics. In fact, if you make it with coconut milk kefir, you will be consuming one of the most probiotic-rich substances out there!!
What is The Benefit of Following Probiotic Recipes
Probiotics have been shown to alleviate digestive issues and improve many chronic health issues (like auto-immune diseases and mental health diseases). And for those who struggle with sugar addiction, probiotic-rich foods and drinks can be the perfect antidote.
If you are already making your own coconut milk kefir then you can use that as your base for this recipe. However, if you are not, there is a way to make this recipe still work.
Process To Make Probiotic Creamsicle Chia Pudding
Simply dilute a can of coconut milk (be sure it doesn’t contain additives, guar gum is ok) to your desired thickness/richness. Now, add the powder from 1-2 probiotic capsules and let sit at room temp until it begins to taste a little tart.
To make the probiotic creamsicle chia pudding you will first mix your essential oil, vanilla, and stevia into your kefir (or probiotic coconut milk). Finally, pour 1 c each into 2 jars or mugs and stir in chia seeds.
Stir periodically for the first 10 minutes so that your seeds do not become clumpy. Afterward, refrigerate for at least 3 hours to allow seeds time to gel and soften. Serve it along with a dollop of whipped coconut cream.
Also read: Favorite Probiotic Vegan Cheese
What To Follow For Making Delicious Probiotic Creamsicle Chia Pudding
PREP TIME FOR PROBIOTIC CREAMSICLE CHIA PUDDING
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Ingredients Required To Make Probiotic Creamsicle Chia Pudding
- 2 c coconut milk kefir
- ½ c chia seeds, divided
- 5-10 drops of orange essential oil, or to taste
- 2 tsp ground vanilla OR 1 tbsp non-alcoholic vanilla extract
- liquid stevia to taste
Coconut whipped cream
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk, chilled in fridge for at least 3 hours
- 1 tsp ground vanilla or 2 tsp non-alcoholic extract
- optional: liquid stevia, to taste
Instructions To Follow For Delicious Probiotic Creamsicle Chia Pudding
- Stir together coconut kefir, essential oil, vanilla, and stevia.
- Pour into 2 small jars or mugs.
- Slowly stir ¼ c of chia seeds into each mug. Stir periodically for 10 minutes, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours (overnight is great too). Serve it with a dollop of whipped coconut cream.
Coconut whipped cream
Spoon out solidified coconut milk from the top of the can (you can drink or use the leftover coconut water in a smoothie) and blend in your blender with the remaining ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Also read: UPCOMING FREE SUGAR-FREE CHALLENGE!
If you don’t already make coconut milk kefir for probiotic creamsicle chia pudding, you can make a similar version (though sadly not nearly so probiotic-rich).
Dilute canned coconut milk to your desired richness with filtered water (make at least 2 cups total volume) and open 1-2 probiotic capsules and sprinkle the contents into your coconut milk, stirring to mix.
Let sit at room temperature until the desired level of tartness/sourness is reached. Also, check every few hours as things will vary depending on the probiotics used and the temperature of your house.