Banana coconut chia pudding

Now that #selflovejanuary is over I am going to make some changes to the blog. It's getting a revamp so you can navigate it more easily (give me a bit of time please to get it all done - this is one huge website!).

On top of that you have told me you would like more ebooks and online programs to learn chunks of information around a topic. I love that both the Everyday Detox ebook and 4 Week Health Kickstarter have been such big help to you! Creating content is really my favorite thing to do and it comes very easily to me. Putting it out into the world ... well that's another topic for another day :-).

In order for me to keep my sanity and have the time to create these things for you, I will change how often I post here on the blog. Regular posts will be every Friday from now on alternating between an exercise video and a recipe post. In between I will still post about books I love, other interesting health and wellness information, my favorite healthy food spots, and more. Plus this way I can create more programs for you online. The next two that are coming for you is Nourishing Mom - my mom workshop that will now be available to you online anytime, anywhere. And of course online Bounce is on the way!!!

For some reason I love chia seeds for Valentine's Day. Probably because the omega-3 fats are so great for luscious hair, skin, and nails, and they are a crucial part of our female sex hormones, making us feel great in our bodies. Plus, chia puddings are just super yummy!

This recipe is inspired by True Food Kitchen in Walnut Creek (they do have other locations, too!) - one of my favorite restaurants for real, whole foods. If you have never been, run, don't walk there! It's amazing food that will nourish every cell of your body while making you truly satisfied. Either way, they have a banana coconut chia pudding on the menu that is fabulous, and this is my best re-creation of that dessert :-).

Preparation time: 10 minutes plus 30 minutes (or longer) soaking time

Makes 1 big serving or 2 smaller servings:

  • 1 banana

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (make your own - it's so easy and yummy!)

  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 tsp lemon juice

  • 1 /2 vanilla extract

  • pinch of sea salt

  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds

  • 2 Tbsp coconut chips or desiccated coconut

  1. Combine the banana, coconut milk, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt in a blender and blend for 1 minute until super creamy.

  2. Pour into a bowl, stir in the chia seeds, and let it sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or longer.

  3. When you are ready to serve the chia pudding, heat the coconut chips in a pan over medium heat to brown them. Keep an eye on the coconut, it browns quickly!

  4. Sprinkle the coconut on top of the chia pudding and serve. You can also be fancy and add more sliced banana on top!

  5. This will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days - although I bet you will eat it before :-).

Happy Valentine's Day!

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