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This is the easiest of recipes using a dairy-free kefir and chia seeds to make a quick healthy snack or dessert. This is a 2-ingredient recipe that takes only 15 minutes.
Have you noticed all the dairy-free fermented products at the health food store recently? I have been seeing coconut and dairy-free milk yogurts and kefirs, including the cashew kefir I used for this recipe. This makes me so happy since I can’t tolerate dairy, but I love the idea of eating more fermented foods to keep my tummy happy.
What Does Fermented Mean?
Do you know what fermented means? In this case, it means that strains of healthy bacteria have been added to the cashew milk and then grown or developed enough to contribute to the healthy bacteria levels in the body. At least, that’s my understanding of what it means! Let me know if you know otherwise.
I saw a few dairy-free products while I was in Europe this summer, but I’m convinced that the US is at the forefront of creating awesome new health foods. I feel lucky in that way, except part of me wonders if the demand is just higher here because we are sicker as a whole and now require more specialty dietary products.
I was actually pretty surprised how easy it was to find gluten- and dairy-free dining in Iceland. I asked a few people why that was, but nobody gave me a really great answer. I have a feeling it’s because Iceland is closer to the US than Europe is, plus all the tourists from the States visiting Iceland in recent years. These are the weird things my brain thinks about! Back to the chia pudding.
Moms, kids, and adult-kids like me can make this recipe super quickly. Just pick out your favorite fermented beverage at the store. I prefer to use kefir which is more of a pourable texture than yogurt. Pour one cup of the kefir into a bowl and add the chia seeds.
I used organic white chia seeds sent to me by my friends at NOW Foods because they’re prettier than the black ones. See how scientific I am? Despite all my training, being “prettier” outweighs any other measure. Heh.
Use a whisk to combine the ingredients. Do a good job so you don’t get any clumps.
In about 15 minutes max, the chia seeds will absorb a lot of the liquid from the kefir, making a lovely thick pudding that I love as a snack full of fiber, healthy fat, and protein too. It won’t be overly sweet, but just sweet enough to be a treat. Don’t be fooled by my picture, the pudding will be wayyyy too thick to drink out of a straw.Print
A healthy and easy dessert with only two ingredients
- 1 cup berry-flavored cashew kefir
- 1/3 cup white chia seeds
- Combine the kefir and chia seeds in a bowl and use a whisk to stir together.
- Set aside for 15 minutes to thicken, stirring at least once more to get rid of any clumps.
- Refrigerate any leftovers and consume within 4-5 days.
Now that I’m home from my trip abroad and getting all settled back at home, I’m planning to share more recipes here on the blog. I feel like I’ve let you down in that way, plus I’m really trying to improve my food photography. Thanks for your patience (you can see my current updated Recipe Index here) and please let me know what types of recipes you’d like to see in the future.
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