Keto Chia Pudding with Roasted Strawberries is a fabulous treat after dinner or a snack or even serve for breakfast! This is low carb, sugar free, gluten free and can even be dairy free!
If you've never heard of or tried them, you're probably wondering what these chia seeds are and how in the world can they become a dessert like pudding. Chia seeds are a superfood! They are loaded with nutrients and have many health benefits. They are tiny black edible seeds native to central America coming from the plant Salvia Hispanica, related to the mint. They are high in fiber, protein and a good amount of fat as well as being high in calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus.
If you're on a low carb or keto diet, since these seeds are high in fiber, you can subtract their fiber from the total carb count and you've got a pretty tasty treat when incorporating it in things like this pudding recipe. Having that high soluble fiber content in a recipe like this one, helps you to feel full for longer.
Chia Seeds as an Egg Substitute
The wonderful attribute chia seeds have and why it's a great substitute for eggs and creating puddings, is because of it's gel like tendencies when combined with a liquid. The seeds tend to swell up when mixed with a liquid be it, water or cream. They still retain a bit of a crunch, but the longer you allow them to sit after mixing with a liquid they soften. For those of you allergic to eggs or a vegan, you can combine 1 tablespoons of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and it will work like an egg would in a recipe.
Roasting the strawberries takes this simple chia pudding to a whole different level. The roasting of the strawberries brings out their natural sweetness and once added on top of this creamy pudding, your taste buds will be singing!
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Keto Chia Pudding with Roasted Strawberries
Keto Chia Pudding with Roasted Strawberries
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt for dairy free
- 2 tablespoon Swerve sweetener or choice
- 8 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1.5 cups strawberries quartered
- 2 teaspoon Swerve sweetener
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ cup basil leaves loose
- Combine all of the pudding ingredients together in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Cover bowl and place in the fridge overnight, stirring occasionally if you like.
- The next day, pre-heat oven to 350⁰ F and toss the quartered strawberries in a bowl with the Swerve and the vanilla.
- Spread out on a lined oven tray and bake for 20 minutes.
- Let cool and mash slightly with a fork to release the juices. Thinly shred half of the basil and stir through the strawberries.
- Spoon the chia pudding into bowls or jars. Top with the strawberry mixture.
- Garnish with basil leaves and enjoy! Store, in a covered container, in the fridge for up to one week.
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Love it! I make chia pudding frequently for breakfast but the yogurt addition makes it so nuch creamier . I pureed my strawberries, swirled it in and threw fresh black raspberries on top (the lowest carb content of all the berries!)
After reading the recipe only, it sounds so delicious and healthy too.
This could be a great dessert for kids as well as for entertaining guests.
Thank you so much for sharing such a mouth watering recipe.
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I have ground chia seeds, not whole. I assume I can use the ground version, but also assume that I would not use the same quantity (8 tablespoons). I imagine if I used the same number of grams of ground chia as the number of grams in 8 tablespoons of chia, the recipe should work. Does your whole chia seed label indicate how many grams in a teaspoon or tablespoon of whole chia seeds?
This recipe sounds wonderful, and I look forward to trying it EXCEPT... I'm highly allergic to almond milk and almost all other tree-nut milks. And making 6 servings of anything is overkill for me (single and living/cooking alone here). I am not allergic to coconut, and can drink and cook with coconut milk or rice milk (and dairy milk in small quantities). How much coconut milk can I substitute for the almond milk? Since canned coconut milk is so thick, how much filtered water should I add to this to make it thin enough to substitute in this recipe? I appreciate your help, thank you.
I wouldn't use canned coconut milk here as it is so much thicker than almond milk. You could use a fresh coconut milk in the refrigerated section of the market, near the almond milk.
I stopped eating the 1/2 cup strawberries I used to put in my daily smoothies. My A1c went down 0.8 mg/dL some 5 weeks later. Natural sugar is metabolized exactly the same way as added sugars so NONE of them are healthy. Our bodies have been making blood sugar at normal levels for millions and millions of years before we even HAD any carbs to eat because our body makes blood sugar out of fats and proteins which ARE necessary for us to eat but CARBS just aren't required at all.
Keto isn't a one size fits all approach. What happens to your body eating berries may not happen to someone else. Some people have more metabolic flexibility and can stay in nutritional ketosis eating berries occasionally. While I agree our bodies don't need carbs, enjoying berries in season from time to time is living a sustainable ketogenic lifestyle in my opinion.