Banana Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

This was one FULL week. Work was crazy busy and I had something planned each night as well! Friday night a lovely friend invited me to an essential oil party. It was so interesting and fun to learn about all of the ways essential oils can treat various ailments or just promote all-around health. I’m so excited to receive the oils I purchased this week! Any way I can live healthier and happier and more simply is invigorating. Apparently they treat anything from allergies, to digestive issues, to depression, to sore muscles. You name it, there’s an oil for that! I’ll be sure to share what I find as I explore using them. In the meantime, if you have experience using essential oils, please share your thoughts and ideas!

This pudding was inspired by the incredible pudding at True Foods Kitchen. Have you had it? Last time we went, I asked them what was in it so I could attempt to make one at home… It’s not quite the same, but it is SO yummy regardless! I am really trying to stay away from sugar lately {a battle which I am losing most days}, so I left it out of this recipe. The sweetness of the banana is just enough for me to not miss the sugar!

Sugar: it’s bad for your tummy. It caused inflammation, which causes all kinds of health problems. I notice I feel AWFUL when I’ve had a lot of sugar, and I feel WONDERFUL when I cut it out. I notice a huge difference in my skin as well, which should be enough to keep me off it for good. Leave it out of this recipe and see what you think!

Chia seeds help you stay full longer. They also have Omega-3’s–more than salmon!

Coconut milk: high in many vitamins and minerals, good fats and Lauric acid, coconut milk can also help the body fight infections and viruses.

Lemon and cinnamon: both contain antioxidants, reduce inflammation, and help detoxify!

Banana Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

1 can light coconut milk (Trader Joe’s is great!)

1 very ripe, soft banana

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ lemon, juiced

¼ cup chia seeds

1 pinch sea salt

Optional topping: Trader Joe’s Roasted Coconut Chips

Add all ingredients except the chia seeds to a blender or food processor. Blend until combined. Transfer to a small bowl and add the chia seeds; stir. Leave to chill in the fridge over night or for at least 4 hours. Top with Trader Joe’s Roasted Coconut Chips and enjoy!

Options:

Top with berries or sliced banana

Mix in 1 tablespoon of brown sugar if you want it a little sweeter

Add dark chocolate chips

Add in a tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

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