Strawberries and Cream Chia Seed Pudding

The Cowgirl Gourmet thanks for this brilliant idea which I slightly adapted

Who doesn't love pudding and who doesn't love strawberries and cream in summer? Combine this with chia seeds and everyone will flip for this lovely summer treat.

Serves 4-6

1 (13 1/5 ounce) can coconut milk, full fat and organic

1 pound organic strawberries, washed, hulled and chopped

1 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla bean paste

Scant 1/4 cup raw honey

1/2 cup chia seeds

Berries, such as strawberries or blueberries, for garnish

Whipped cream or whipped coconut cream, optional as garnish

Hemp seeds, optional as garnish

A drizzle of honey, optional as garnish

In a blender, place the strawberries and the coconut milk. Add the vanilla and honey. Puree until it turns a beautiful pink color and mixture is smooth. Taste and add a bit more honey if needed.

Place the chia seeds in a large bowl, pour the strawberry-coconut milk mixture on top and whisk thoroughly. Let stand for 10 minutes and whisk again.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 3 days. 

Before serving, stir the pudding. The longer it sits, the thicker it will become...if it is too thick, whisk in a little water or coconut water until you reach the desired consistency.

Spoon into individual cups or bowls and garnish as you wish with berries, whipped cream, hemp seeds and/or a drizzle of honey.

Note: The original recipe calls for adding 3/4 teaspoon of lime that I have made the recipe twice, I like it better without the zest. but you should try it both ways and decide for yourself.