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If you miss tapioca pudding, this Strawberry Chia “Tapioca” is going to take you back in time! Since starting Trim Healthy Mama, one of my “I wish I could still eat that!” foods has been tapioca, specifically vanilla or strawberry tapioca. I made a pretty snazzy mockup of vanilla tapioca using barley awhile back (don’t pretend like you’re surprised at my odd ingredient choice), but some people just aren’t into barley desserts. How closed-minded. 😛 That’s why I decided to do some further experimentation with other tapioca substitutes.
Enter chia seeds. Aldi started carrying them at a very affordable price – ((hugs)) to you, Aldi! If my personality were turned into a store, I would probably look a lot like Aldi. Diverse, minimalistic, cheap, few employees (#introvert)…and German dark chocolate. I really like Aldi. And Aldi’s chia seeds.
In my chia experimentations, I found that chia pudding actually does resemble tapioca quite a lot in texture. I’ve been trying to create more dairy-free recipes for those of my readers who can’t eat dairy, so every time I make a recipe, I ask myself, “Can this be made dairy free?” If I think it can, I try it. If I don’t think it can, sometimes I still try it. I’m not strictly a dairy-free blog, and I eat quite a bit of dairy myself, so even if I don’t think a recipe lends itself to being dairy free, I usually still make it. However, I do find myself going down the dairy-free path much more often these days than I used to. It just so happens that I decided to try my hand at a dairy-free chia pudding, and it worked superbly.
I ate this chia pudding for breakfast, but it could easily be a dessert or snack as well. Since it includes collagen, it has enough protein to be a meal on its own.
Dairy-free peeps – what dairy-free recipe would you most like to see on my blog? Comment below and tell me!
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- Blend everything but the chia seeds until smooth. (I do this in a saucepan with an immersion blender, but a regular blender would work fine.) Pour the mixture into a saucepan, whisk in the chia seeds, and bring to a boil. Once the mixture comes to a boil, pull it off the heat. Refrigerate overnight to thicken. Enjoy!
If you don't have a dairy intolerance and want to increase the creaminess in this, add 2 T. cottage cheese and/or 2 T. half and half. Add before blending.
You can try substituting whey protein powder for the collagen, but I prefer the taste (rather, the lack of taste) of collagen.
- Great Lakes Collagen
- Great Lakes Collagen (iHerb)
- THM Integral Collagen
- THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder
- Chia Seeds (Amazon)