One thing about fresh coconut milk: It only lasts about 4-5 days in the refrigerator. So once you make it , you will want to get the most out of your fresh batch before you have to freeze what’s left. Since I already have the chia seeds out when I’m making Matt’s oatmeal, I always make some chia seed pudding. This is one of my favorite snacks and it’s easy to make.
2 Tablespoons of Chia seeds
1/2-2/3 cup of fresh coconut milk
Put the Chia seeds in a small mason jar. Add the coconut milk and stir until they begin to absorb enough of the milk to be suspended. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. The Chia seed pudding is good for about 4 days but, I guarantee that it won’t last that long. Enjoy! Makes 2 servings.
Food Tip: This snack is high in protein but also high in fat. Eat it sparingly especially if you are making your own coconut milk.
Time Tip: Freeze the coconut meat in 6oz portions. When it’s time to make your milk just defrost and blend.
Money Tip: Coconuts are not that expensive. They tend to run about $2 but the price drops around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Most of us are very motivated to live healthier lifestyles these days and rightfully so. With problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and allergies on the rise, it would be foolish not to. We are also very quick to jump on the band wagon when some new “super food” comes along. It’s easy to do when all we hear and read is how our food is poisoning us and making us sick. That being said we need to “KNOW OUR SUPER FOODS!”
Today’s topic is chia seeds. When I was growing up, they were only good for growing pets at Christmas time (Come on now, we all remember the commercials). So when the internet and airways became abuzz with how good these tiny seeds were for you, I got interested. I read that they were high in protein and fiber and, because I’m always looking for new sources of plant based protein for Matthew, I was eager to try them. There were no instructions on the bag so I just tossed some in to a batch of Matthew’s oatmeal. When his oatmeal became extremely thick, I decided to research them further. I found out that they absorb about 27 times their weight in water!
So what’s the big deal? If the seeds aren’t soaked first, people like Mathew could end up with a blockage because the chia seeds adsorbed the water out of their digestive tract. So, before you add any new food to your diet, research, research, research! If you have health problems, talk with you doctor.
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This is the recipe that started it all. After I blend this in the Vitamix, my family comes into the kitchen looking for the apple pie because that’s exactly what it smells like. Even if you or your child has never liked oatmeal, give this recipe a try. You will be amazed at how good it tastes. The apples and raisins add natural sweetener. If you like your cereals a bit sweeter you can always add your favorite sweetener to the bowl but try it first. Enjoy!
4 cups of steel cut oats (cooked)
1 cup fresh coconut milk
2 cups of water
1 large apple (cut in quarters & seeds removed. DO NOT PEEL!) or 1 banana
1/3 cup raisins
2 tbs chia seeds (hydrated in 2/3 cup of water)
2 tsp cinnamon (substitute 1 tsp of vanilla if using banana)
Bring 1 cup of dry steel cut oats, water and coconut milk to a boil. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let stand for 15-20 minutes or until all of the liquid is absorbed.
Place the chia seeds, apple, raisins and 1 cup of the cooked cereal into the large Vitamix container in the order listed and secure the lid.
Select Variable 1.
Turn machine on and quickly increase speed toVariable10, then to High. Blend until completely smooth.
Turn off machine and remove lid.
Add remaining cereal and replace lid.
Select Variable 1.
Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
Blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached.
Pour into ice cube tray, cover with plastic wrap and freeze.
Food Tip: This recipe can be reduced by 1/2 and made in smaller containers. This oatmeal is best suited for older babies and individuals on a pureed diet that can handle a bit of texture. For younger babies and individuals with gag reflex problems it is best to start with basic oatmeal made from oat flour (see recipe in whole grains). When making this recipe for younger babies, add 1 ingredient at a time with at least 4 days in between additions to test for allergic reactions. This recipe tastes so good the whole family will love it!
Money Tip: Watch your prices. I use Steel cut oats instead of whole oat groats, old fashioned oats or quick oats. Oat groats and Steel cut oats have a more robust flavor and more fiber because of the oat bran. Other than that, they are pretty much the same nutritionally. Steel cut oats run about 65 cents a pound if you buy them in bulk. Since you are grinding or blending, why not save some money.
Time Tip: Each cube is approximately 1 once. Storing you cubes in labeled freezer bags will save lots of time and your servings will always be fresh. To serve, simply put the desired portion in a microwavable bowl the night before and heat for 15-30 seconds on high. If the cubes have not been defrosted, it will take 30-60 seconds to heat. 4 frozen cubes takes approximately 45 seconds.