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GOLDEN MILK CHIA PUDDING

I absolutely love this chia pudding recipe.  It is wonderfully creamy and satisfying but free of refined sugar, dairy, and grains.  Better still, it is packed with antioxidants, fibre, protein, healthy fats, and anti-inflammatory goodness!

Chia pudding is a great make-ahead no-cook breakfast option.  It is made in just minutes the night before, so it is ready to go in the morning whenever you are!

The Golden Ingredient

Golden milk is a traditional Ayurvedic tonic that combines turmeric with dairy or nondairy milk (coconut milk used here) and other spices such as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper.  

Turmeric — or the “spice of life” as it’s known in India — has been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries.  Its anti-inflammatory benefits are also well documented in the mainstream medical literature.

Turmeric’s main active ingredient is curcumin.  In addition to its potent anti-inflammatory effects, this amazing phytochemical is believed to have blood sugar-stabilizing, anti-cancer, wound-healing, and cognitive & mood-enhancing benefits.

Why Chia?

Chia seeds have a mild nutty taste and are extremely nutrient-dense.  They are rich in fibre, minerals, protein, antioxidants, and omega 3s.  In fact, 2 Tbsp of chia seeds contain 4 grams of protein and 12 grams of carb, of which 11 grams are actually fibre!

Unfortunately, the ALA fatty acids in chia seeds are not easily converted to the EPA & DHA omega 3s our bodies need.  This means it is still important to consume omega 3-rich fish or take supplements with fish oils or vegan algal.

Golden Milk Chia Pudding Recipe

Ingredients for 2 large or 4 small servings:

  • 1 cup canned organic full-fat coconut milk

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or nut-free milk)

  • 2 packets Crushed Tonic probiotic collagen with turmeric*

  • 2 Tbsp coconut butter (optional)

  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger or 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger or 1/8 tsp ground cardamom (optional, based on personal preference)

  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

  • pure stevia or sweetener of choice to taste

  • 6 Tbsp white chia seeds

  • optional parfait and toppings: coconut yogurt, fresh or dried fruit, nuts, seeds, toasted coconut chips, bee pollen

*Note: Each packet Crushed Tonic contains 10g marine collagen, 1 billion units probiotics, 1,000 mcg biotin and <2g turmeric.  As an alternative, use 2 scoops collagen peptides or one scoop protein powder of choice plus 1 to 2 tsp ground turmeric.

Directions:

  1. Put the coconut milk, almond milk, collagen + turmeric, coconut butter, cinnamon, ginger or cardamom, and pepper into blender container and blend until smooth. Sweeten as desired.

  2. Add chia seeds and pulse blend a few times until combined.

  3. Pour into a bowl and cover.

  4. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, then whisk well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Serve in the morning with your favourite toppings or layer with coconut yogurt for a chia pudding parfait.  Golden Milk Chia Pudding will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.