I love food and I love to eat. So you would think the whole breastfeeding-eat-all-the-food situation I’m in right now would be heaven. But let me tell you this, getting in enough calories every single day, to maintain my milk supply is really tough! Eating has become a full-time job!
Full-fat coconut milk has been a life saver – mainly in the form of smoothies but recently with quick blender puddings, like this Banana Coconut Pudding! I love it because it takes me about the same length of time to make as a smoothie, but I make a huge batch that stays in the fridge and I can eat it for days! (as long as the hubby doesn’t get to it first…which happened…words were exchanged…)
Additionally, my stomach has been a little off in the mornings – it always is when I don’t sleep well and the kiddo is teething, so clearly not sleeping well. Starting with a small bowl of pudding has been a great way to start the day with food, but not overdo it on my digestive system!
Gelatin vs. Chia – chia seeds are fun. I’ve made chia pudding before, and it’s yummy (as long as you use the full fat coconut milk and not the white-water-no-nutrition almond milk). But chia seeds are the plant-based alternative to gelatin. Which for someone like me, is counter intuitive. I’m always looking for extra ways to get gelatin (especially the grassfed kind) in for gut-healing, so I would much rather make a real pudding, instead of a chia-one. But that’s just me!
- 2 cups full fat canned coconut milk (Aroy D is my favourite brand)
- 3 tsp gelatin (grassfed is preferred)
- ripe bananas (totalling 2 cups mashed)
- juice of ½ lemon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- Pour coconut milk into a small sauce pan. Heat over medium just to warm through - don't boil! Turn off heat, sprinkle gelatin on top and let sit for a few minutes.
- Meanwhile, add enough ripe bananas to your blender to make 2 cups.
- Add lemon juice, vanilla and sea salt and blend.
- Pour coconut milk/gelatin mixture into blender. Blend again.
- Pour into a bowl or container and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
- Top with shredded coconut, cinnamon, banana slices, blueberries, cocoa...get creative, or simply enjoy it as is!
- You can absolutely add some maple syrup or honey, but I honestly think that's overkill. Ripe bananas are sweet enough!
- Super into chocolate or nut butters? Add some PB, almond butter or cocoa powder!
- Great for kids, even little ones!