Healthy, sweet, and special – that’s how I like my snacks and desserts, and not to mention, easy to make if I’m the one dishing out the goodies! Lack of time and a small pantry shouldn’t stop anyone from being able to whip up something delightfully yummy, so here’s a go-to treat I whipped up just last week. Inspired by tropical theme, but perfect for a city girl, this pudding combines energy-boosting coffee, healthy fat and electrolyte-filled coconut milk, and omega-rich chia seeds to give you instant – and sustained – energy through the day!
Why is this so good for you:
Benefits of Coconut Milk:
There is a reason the coconut is a staple in Indonesian cuisine – from being cooked in curries to freshly grated in desserts. And the water – we drink it straight out of the coconut! The electrolytes, including potassium and magnesium, and fatty acids in coconut milk help you, contrary to what intuition says, build muscle and lose fat. It also helps fight fatigue and sustain your energy. The healthy fats also curb your appetite, reducing the desire for snacking. It also is rich in lauric acid, which contains natural anti-bacterial properties. Lauric acid is also linked to improved cholesterol and overall heart health.
Benefits of Coffee:
Indonesia is known for its famous coffee regions: Sumatra, Bali, Sulawesi, the list goes on. This energy boosting cup of java we love contains antioxidants and other nutrients including Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin. It also has shown to have protective effects on the liver and may also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes when drunk in moderation. Other studies have linked coffee to a decreased chance of developing Parkinson’s and Alzheimers.
Benefits of Chia Seeds:
Chia seeds are a superfood loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium to name a few,) and of course, are a chock-full of omegas to help skin, hair and nails remain lustrous and smooth – a great anti-aging benefit. Chia seeds are also shown to help reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure, all elements that contribute to a healthy heart. Also loaded with fiber and protein, a lot is packed in this tiny seed!
Recipe time! Coffee & Coconut Creamy Chia Seed Pudding
4 heaping tablespoons Chia Seeds
3/4 cup coconut milk (or other coconut creme or milk blends.)
3/4 cup hot coffee (or I like to take an espresso shot and add water)
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon molasses
To add for variety (Mix and match to taste):
- Chopped, dried figs (medium to fine pieces – I prefer medium so it keeps its texture.)
- Finely chopped almonds or walnuts
- A Splash (or 2) of Rum to taste
- Toasted coconut
Spoon 4 tablespoons of Chia Seeds into a bowl or a large cup. Slowly add in the coconut milk, stirring so the seeds don’t clump on the bottom of the bowl.
Add honey and molasses to the coffee separately, until completely dissolved. It’s much easier to dissolve the thick sweeteners in warm-to-hot liquid than in the cold coconut milk. If accessible, you can use palm sugar or coconut sugar instead of honey if available. But if using honey or agave, I like the molasses because it adds a bit of a rich flavor to the sweetness.
Pour the sweetened coffee into the chia seed, coconut milk mixture and stir. Add the extras (nuts, rum, figs, etc…) and stir some more. Wait about 2-3 minutes, and stir the bowl to keep the chia seeds from sinking as they soak up the liquids. Once you see them starting to suspend in the coffee-coconut cream mixture, cover the top and refrigerate for 30 minutes or more.
Garnish with chopped figs, coconut pieces, or just dig right in! (For sheer decadence, if you want to go for a dessert vs snack, this pudding tastes great with a side of coffee or coconut ice cream!)
Beauty Beat: Coffee & Creme on you!
If you don’t have time to make the pudding, but a huge fan of coffee & creme, I highly recommend the JUARA Skincare Invigorating Coffee Scrub. It is a duo of a rich, dark roasted coffee scrub that cleanses and exfoliates in the shower, followed by the decadent Candlenut Body Creme – its fluffy, buttery texture and deep hydration with a signature velvety, non-greasy feel. It’s like a dessert in the shower!