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I’m always tickled when a dairy-free recipe turns out well enough for the general populace to enjoy! I don’t have any dairy sensitivities, but I like to be dairy-conscious because I know there are a lot of people with dairy allergies who read my blog. However, taking dairy out of life limits the options, and to someone who isn’t that well-versed in dairy substitutions, trying to create a dairy-free recipe usually involves more flops than a “normal” recipe would! Hence, why I’m delighted when a dairy-free recipe works on the first or second try and tastes good enough to please even the people who consume dairy with great gusto. This Single-Serve Vanilla Chia “Tapioca” was thankfully one such recipe!
As I’ve said before, chia puddings remind me of tapioca! Especially when they’re made in classic flavors like vanilla or strawberry. Chia seeds do have a bit of their own flavor so they’re not exactly like tapioca, but they’re a great substitute when you’re trying to avoid tapioca because of its starch! Today’s recipe is a basic vanilla flavor. I used light canned coconut milk to make it creamy (you can find this in the ethnic foods aisle at the grocery store or Walmart), but after refrigerating the pudding overnight to thicken, I can’t taste any coconut flavor! (And I’m not a big coconut fan.)
I used light canned coconut milk because I wanted something creamier than carton coconut or almond milk but I didn’t want all the calories of full-fat coconut milk when it wasn’t really necessary.
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Creamy Vanilla “Tapioca” (THM:E, made with barley)
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- Whisk the ingredients together in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Refrigerate overnight to thicken, then enjoy! You can top it with some berries or use it as a blank canvas for your favorite extracts and/or spices.