Tropical coconut chia pudding is one of those super easy and quick dishes you can make in 10 secs! Best part is its extremely versatile, GF, vegan and hello..overnight, which means your breakfast is already ready in the morning! Win win all round..and hey its a super food too!!
I am currently in a holiday frame of mind. Something about July, isnt there? may be its just those random pins from people celebrating Christmas in July or may be it is just seeing my friends go away on lovely holidays, but there’s certainly a kind of lethargy in the air and I am definitely bitten by the lazy bug. Strangely though, last few days I haven’t been thinking about a strange foreign land to go and wander in or to wonder of, it isn’t the mystical Egypt that I have always been enamored with or saw one of my friends post the most amazing pictures ever on Instagram. I am not imagining my trip to Rome and Italy next summer (Oh yes, we are already planning folks) nor of Scotland where P really wants to go. Last few days I have been hankering for the most humble yet the most wonderful holiday one can ever take, and that is a holiday to my hometown. I have been feeling extremely emotional and somewhat vulnerable, and whenever that happens, I find that there is just one place that calls out to me, that all I want is to see those special faces and get a warm hug from them again. Needless to say I am speaking of my parents. To my foolishly sentimental and overly sensitive heart, they will always be best holiday destination.
Another strange thing happened. I fell in love with coconut! Its been a strange week. First it was hot in monsoon. Humid and damp, so much that I felt like I was living and breathing the first few pages of God of Small Things.
“May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month. The days are long and humid. The river shrinks and black crows gorge on bright mangoes in still, dust green trees. Red bananas ripen. Jackfruits burst. Dissolute bluebottles hum vacuously in the fruity air. Then they stun themselves against clear windowpanes and die, fatly baffled in the sun. The nights are clear, but suffused with sloth and sullen expectation.”
This is what’s been happening, apart from me falling in love with coconuts and missing home. So, i am in absolutely no mood to toil in the kitchen. The mornings are relatively better than the days and I am up real early and finished my breakfast and shooting it by 8:30! Yup, its way too much work after that. Besides where’s the time!
This tropical coconut chia pudding is one of those dishes that put E in the word Easy and make your life seem really breezy (which if you live in India, is kind of a dream). Do you know about chia seeds? Its been the most popular health diet ingredient all through last yr and is still reigning supreme this year. I finally gave into the temptation I saw everywhere on Instagram and made these tropical coconut chia pudding. Originally when I bought the coconut I wanted to share one of the signature dishes of my mom, the laddoos. But as luck and weather would have it, I didn’t have it in me this time. May be I will share that special recipe around the festive October. So I gave up my initial idea, looked at those awesome mangoes we still had lying in the fridge along with a jar of coconut milk I had originally bought for Thai curry, and thus this tropical coconut chia pudding was born.
A little information about chia seeds:
Extremely good for you. A couple of tablespoons per day is a great dietary addition. It is filled with antioxidants, there is more Omega-3 fatty acids in 2 tablespoons of chia seeds as in 4 ounces of salmon,they are high in proteins, loaded with fiber and have an extremely high concentration of calcium!!! Need more reason to add this to your lifestyle?? They are super duper easy to make, are extremely adaptable and easy to add to your diet even when you are travelling. Simply put two tablespoon of soaked chia on your daily smoothies and shakes, sprinkle some over simple fruits and green salads or even add them to your muffins, chia seeds are awesome anyways. I added poppy seeds to my orange yogurt muffins, but imagine how much more healthier it would have been with chia seeds in it!!
This tropical coconut chia pudding takes 10 seconds to make, since all you need to do is add the chia seeds to a jar/bowl. Add some coconut milk and honey to it. And put it in the fridge. In the morning, take it out of the refrigerator, whisk it a bit, add your choice of toppings and ta da.. tropical coconut chia pudding is ready!! Is there anything better than a 10 sec breakfast on a hot sunny day, especially if that includes a super food too and having dessert for breakfast!!! Not in my book there isn’t. Talking of overnight easy recipes, overnight oats with brulee mangoes and cherry compote were the bomb!! You must make it!!
Only thing or rule to remember here is this : The ratio of chia seeds to the liquid.
Other than that there really isn’t any rule. You can use any kind of milk you enjoy. Coconut, regular, almond, soy, low fat, hazelnut any kind! Also, the topping list is endless!! Pretty much left to your imagination. Also, you don’t have to necessarily do this overnight, soaking chia seeds for even 2-3 hrs works. The hard chia seeds became gelatinous when soaked and marry the other flavorings quite well. And this tropical coconut chia pudding will take you right to the beaches on a warm day!
Here I went with a tropical vibe for these tropical coconut chia pudding. So I used ripe fresh mangoes, caramelized coconut flakes, pomegranate aril and mint leaf. Served in a coconut shell, and garnished with fresh flowers and mint, this looks and tastes super delicious! And hey, this tropical coconut chia pudding is kind of a great breakfast option when you have people staying over. You can add muesli to this, nuts of choice, fresh berries, chocolate anything! The world’s your oyster. But make this tropical coconut chia pudding for sure coz hey its really simple and quick, is super duper healthy, quite filling, sweet and cooling!