Hooray, it’s finally the holidays: time to treat yoself every day until January 1st, right? Turns out, there’s a reason why we indulge a little more during winter festivities: according to NPR, some studies have shown that people tend to eat more when it’s darker and colder.
Whether it’s Mother Nature or simply the temptation of being surrounded by our favorite treats, starving our sweet tooth is clearly no easy feat — but this healthy holiday pudding recipe may make it a cinch.
Here, nutritionist and wellness coach Jennie Miremadi, MS, CNS shares her superfood-charged version to the traditional dairy dessert, which is typically filled with milk, cream, butter, and refined sugars.
“It still has all of the flavors of the holidays, without the dairy and sugar,” Miremadi says. “It’s also made with nutrient-packed chia seeds, which are rich in alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid with a multitude of health benefits. Chia seeds are also a great vegan source of calcium, and an excellent source of protein and fiber.”
Check out the full recipe below, then scroll down to see Mixed Makeup Wellness host Kelly Leveque’s video guide to making healthy freezer fudge.
Chestnut Chia Seed Pudding
Ingredients (4 servings):
1 cup organic, full fat coconut milk (canned, BPA-free, gum-free)
8 tbsp. chia seeds
1 cup organic, whole, peeled & cooked chestnuts
1 cup water
1 tsp. Ceylon cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
Vanilla stevia drops to taste
1. Blend all ingredients other than chia seeds in Vitamix or other high-speed blender until thoroughly combined.
2. Adjust stevia to taste.
3. Combine coconut milk-chestnut mixture with chia seeds in a bowl.
4. Stir until chia seeds are distributed evenly.
5. Pour mixture into four glass jars and refrigerate overnight.
6. Remove chia seed puddings from refrigerator.
7. Serve and enjoy!
Want more good-for-you holiday goodies? Check out Be Well By Kelly’s recipe for chocolate almond butter freezer fudge in the video below.