Coconut Chia Pudding – The new tapioca

What if you could have a dessert that was actually providing some sound nutritional value? There is a seed available called chia and when placed in liquid it acts a lot like tapioca. The difference is chia has 3 grams of protein and 5 grams of dietary fiber per tablespoon. Place the pudding in a pretty dish – like this one that belonged to my grandmother – with some cut up fruit – a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of hemp seed and you have something special.

Coconut Chia Pudding

Coconut Chia Pudding
Chia is similar to a tapioca when made as a pudding
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews, rinsed
  2. 1 cup coconut water
  3. 2 ½ cups purified water
  4. 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  5. 6-10 drops of liquid coconut stevia
  6. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  7. 1 Tbsp pure coconut extract
  8. 3/4 cup whole chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Place the cashews, waters, maple syrup, stevia, coconut, and coconut extract into a high powered blender (like a Vitamix - If you don't have a Vitamix - soak cashews in water for 1-2 hours, then drain) and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a mixing bowl, then add the chia seeds and whisk together. Transfer to a glass storage container like a quart canning jar. Shake a few times for the next 30 minutes until it starts to hold together. Place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Garnish as desired.
Notes
  1. A tablespoon or two of this pudding will also thicken smoothies.
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Favorite Product – Coconut Stevia

Did you know you can be an adventurer without climbing Mt Everest by just going to the market?  It takes quite a bit of courage to try a new food but more often than not that new addition has more uses than what we initially bought it for.

Coconut Stevia

 So last week I’m in Sprouts doing my grocery shopping and there it is – just waiting for me – whispering in my ear about all the fun we could have together.  Okay maybe it wasn’t doing that – but I picked the product up – looked at the price ($12.50), set it back down again – picked it up again because this was Coconut Stevia.  I quickly placed it in the cart – you see if you do it quick it’s almost like you’re surprised at the checkout – “Oh how did that get in there?”  You can pick up from Amazon for $9.99 – Here

Now the good news is that you only use a few drops at a time allowing the bottle to go a long way in the kitchen.  I’ve already used it in the following recipes and just made a coconut chia pudding with homemade cashew milk.  Yum!  Check back on Wednesday for the recipe. 

Lemon Treats
Last week I made these Lemon No Bake Treats using this recipe. I made a few changes to the recipe by eliminating the gluten free pretzels and replacing with 1/2 cup of macadamia nuts plus a few drops of the coconut stevia. I rolled them in balls and then dipped into some pastel rainbow sprinkles.  They were enjoyed by coworkers, my daughter and my 2-year-old grandson said “More please.”

Tropical Delight
The stevia is also used in the Tropical Delight Smoothie recipe.  The amount of ice used in this recipe will determine the thickness – you decide whether you want a milkshake or soft serve ice cream consistency.

One more idea – sparkling water, a couple of squeezed lemon wedges and a few drops of the coconut stevia provides a coconut enhanced lemonade.

 

 

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What I’m listening to

Music is the language of the heart.  It often speaks to our brains in a way that regular communication can’t.  Sometimes there aren’t words and sometimes it feels as if kindness, encouragement, hope are being poured out on the hurts we carry. 

Colony House2

There is a new band called Colony House and their first album is my new favorite.  It has great music with a message that gives it  a lasting quality – not “one hit” wonders.  It’s not all that surprising that I would be drawn to this music – after all I’ve listened to their dad’s music for over 25 years, read their mother’s book and followed their family story over the past few years.  These young men have lived and experienced more than a human would ever sign up for But God continues to use their lives for His good and dare say the good of others.  Learn more about their story HERE

This was Mary Beth’s (two of the band member’s mom) Facebook post the morning of July 23, 2014 regarding Colony House:

“I am smiling today with tears rolling down my cheeks… A very very good thing! I am humbled and thankful for all of our friends and family who have walked through the fire that forged this project. THANK YOU! To the Giver of all gifts… Thank You Jesus for holding Will Franklin Chapman in your grip every step of the way. This story is one of a marathon, and not a sprint… We will SEE one day the full redemption Willy… just you wait! You have been brave.. Your lungs are full and your body is indeed breathing… and Maria will indeed take your hand…she loves you so much. Keep your hope… and don’t be afraid of your questions, for it is in the questions that we find God. He holds all the answers and until heaven, we walk with a limp, but we walk together as family, holding each other upright. Caleb Chapman, there is not an older brother on the planet that has held what you have held… you possess the wisdom and the strength of a mighty warrior. In the bible, Caleb was the first to speak up and say… “let’s go and conquer this land”…. which is what I pray you do for the land your headed needs redeemed and conquered! Your name means whole-hearted, and that is how you have loved Willy Frank… stay the course and take the land! Scott Mills you my friend and “adopted son” have been a vital part of the journey. Your friendship to my boys couldn’t have come at a better time. You are faithful and we have noticed… I know your family is so proud… and you need to know we love you and count you as our own! Jillian Edwards and Julia Chapman…. you are the real rock stars….. you hold them up and send them out with so much love and support… It makes this Momma smile! I couldn’t have asked for better wives and partners for my boys… For you I have prayed… and God answered with you two … I love you both so much.. ok, I’m done… To everyone who believed… I am humbled…. be blessed… “

Every life will have times we don’t understand – times we are asked to sink or swim.  Times when it’s just too big and we feel like we are drowning in the unknown of the whys. – as if an octopus has us and just keeps pulling us down.   I know I have felt this way at times in my own life and know it’s only because of my whispering “Help” to God that the oxygen mask of his love and those He sent my way kept me moving.  

So if you are looking for something new to listen to.  Take a listen to what the children of Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman and their friend, Scott, have been up to.  The transparency that is shared in these songs are so very powerful and I know it took such great courage but I believe God is already using the songs to bring an encouragement, healing and hope that points us to Jesus to a hurting world.

Colony House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-UnZl_Kocg&feature=youtu.be

Take a listen – available on iTunes or M3 download – I am happy to have new music to listen and workout to.

 

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