Monday, March 25, 2013

Fruity and Nutty Chia Seed Coconut Milk Mousse - Paleo friendly, Wheat-free and Low-Carb Yumminess



Today was a long day. I had an awesome work-out this morning, my iron induced dizziness is completely gone and my energy levels are good. But having three kids at home all day (yay for spring break??) - one fussy, one whiny and one hard-to-describe difficult - makes for a long day. Okay, and I was a little grumpy and short-fused. I was trying really hard to enjoy the day (life is good, I am blessed - I KNOW this) but I was finding everyone annoying - let's blame my adrenal glands. Its not me, I am a kind loving woman.

There was a lot of crying and fighting which would try anyone's patience but I do feel a bit off mood wise. We ended the day with some peace. We had to divide and conquer - my 3 and 5 year-old could not play today without someone getting violent so they each got some one-on-one time with Mom and Dad before bed and things settled down. They went to bed with angelic smiles on their faces. So a quick post because I need some rest myself. And I got the new "Young, House, Love" book from the library this week and need to find some DIY projects to dive into or dream about. 

I am determined to curb my sweet indulgences this week as my sweet tooth was taking back over. So I whipped up this sugar-free mousse. It was darn good -- satisfying and surprisingly filling. My mom actually gave me the idea based on a cool whip recipe she makes so I cleaned it up with some Chia seeds and coconut milk and here we go. Delicious! Have I mentioned I love Chia?  You could sub the walnuts with any kind of nut you like. Same goes for the grapes.......Enjoy!

Paleo Nutty Fruity Chia Coconut Milk Mousse 

1/2 can coconut milk (full fat canned) - about 200ml
1 1/2 Tbsp black Chia seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 drops liquid Stevia
1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped grapes

Mix milk and Chia seeds together and let stand for 5 minutes to give time for the Chia to gel. Add vanilla, Stevia, coconut and cinnamon. Using a hand mixer, blend on high for about 3 minutes (until soft peaks form). Add walnuts and grapes. Mix. Let chill. 

3 comments:

  1. Hi. Do you think just hemp hearts would work? I can not get chia seed up here and I have actually never had it before. What are your thoughts?

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    1. Hey. I think it would work as long you you don't use too much of the liquid from the canned coconut milk (use the fatty part) or it might be too runny. The chia seeds actually "gel"/soak up some of the liquid whereas the hemp won'g. And make sure you have the full fat coconut milk (not light). Let me know if it works out.

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  2. We ran to Wpg Easter weekend for a Costco shop and I found the chia, I made one of your original recipes, with just chia, protein powder and almond milk and added strawberry's to it. I let it sit while I did my work out, then warmed it up and it was very good! A nice alternative to shakes and yogurt every morning. I will have to thaw out my pumpkin to try the other recipes. Thanks for the great ideas!

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