Strawberry chia pudding

I'm currently cutting sugar out of my diet, so you can expect to see more healthy, sugar-free recipes in this space in the coming weeks.

As luck would have it, my friend Linda posted a picture of her ridiculously delicious looking sugar free berry chia puddings on Facebook just last week. Given the great timing, I did a little happy dance, asked for the recipe and made some for myself the very next day.
It tastes SO GOOD. The hint of sweetness from the yoghurt, combined with thhe tartness of the strawberries work beautifully. Add the jelly like texture of the chia seeds and the crunch of nuts on top - it makes one hell of dessert, and a healthy one at that.

I used little shot glasses, purely for aesthetic/styling purposes (they'd be great for entertaining with too), but feel free to use any type of glass container you have at home.

Strawberry chia pudding (adapted from here)

Ingredients

200g plain yoghurt
1 cup frozen strawberries, thawed
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
Handful of almonds, finely chopped

Method

1. Soak the chia seeds in 1/2 cup of water. It will expand and develop into a jelly-like texture.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of yoghurt into a glass,  add a tablespoon of strawberries, followed by a tablespoon of chia seeds.
3. Repeat with a second layer then top with finely chopped almonds.

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Now, this is the part where I tell you why I am on a sugar free diet.

I've never had any health or weight problems. I pretty much eat anything I want - no problems. Food is very important to me. I see it as one of life's pleasures. Most of all, I love cooking food and baking sweet delights. So it seemed like a bit of a cruel joke when I found out I have gestational diabetes.

I know, there are worst things. It took me just over a week to come to terms with it and I'm glad to say I'm 100% OK with it now. But it has been hard - after a lifetime of eating whatever I like, whenever I want to, I'm now constantly checking labels for sugar content and determining serving portions, watching my carb intake and testing my blood sugar levels four times a day. But at the end of the day, it's something that needs to be managed for baby's sake, and (hopefully) only temporary and I can live with that.

Have you been on a sugar free diet before? If yes, will you share some recipes with me? It will be much appreciated!

38 Responses to Strawberry chia pudding

Sam said...

This looks so scrumptious, I have never used Chia seeds before as they are not so widely available here in SA, would love to try this recipe, is there another alternative I could use like sago maybe?

Sarah morethanadored said...

This is looks sooo yum! You always have the best food one here... Think I need to start cooking them :P

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Tina Bradley said...

That looks absolutely fabulous! Healthy to boot is the cherry (or dare I say, "strawberry") on top! ;) xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Sonia De Macedo said...

YUM! I just brought some fresh strawberries the other day and am looking for something to make with them - this sounds divine. Just need to rush out and grab some chia seeds. Sorry to hear about the diabetes thing. I don't really know of any sugar free recipes but have you tried taste.com.au? They have all kinds of recipe collections and I'm sure they'd have something on sugar free. Might be worth checking out.

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Victoria // Oh So Pretty said...

We are cutting sugar out of our diet too!! It looks so amazing and we have plenty of chia seeds at home. I'm definitely going to have to try. Thank you for sharing, Trishie and let us know if you come across any other yumminess!

Briseidy said...

looks delish! thanks for sharing!

oomph. said...

i've never tried chia seeds before! do they have a taste??

Susannah said...

Big hugs Trishie. Sorry to hear you have been going through that. Take care and hopefully it will all resolve really quickly once bub is born. Your recipe looks delicious! I'm looking forward to more sugar free recipes.
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Anouka K said...

What amazing looking dessert. Sorry to hear about your condition; I really hope that you will be able to get rid of it. I have never been on a sugar-free diet. I wouldn't survive it!

Kek said...

Gestational diabetes sucks. :( But cutting sugar way down (or even going sugar-free) isn't so hard once you get used to it. Most of my recipes are low- or no-sugar, but not being diabetic myself, I don't need to specifically worry about fruits and other carbs, so they may not be entirely suitable for you.

I do find that Natvia sweetener is very good. It certainly beats all the nasty chemical sweeteners out there. I use it to replace some or all of the sugar in all kinds of recipes and it works really well.

This lady has quite a lot of recipes specifically for gestational diabetes though: http://gestationaldiabetesrecipes.com/

Other than that, Google for low-GI recipes or cook books. There are lots out there. :)

Christine ♥ CHRiiSSYDOLLXO said...

wow that is such a perfect treat!! i really want to make it as soon as possible, thanks alot for your yummy recipes :)

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Gaby said...

i love chia. have you had the chocolate avocado pudding at about life? it's so good too :)

Shirley Tay said...

I like simple & fast recipes like this, but I'm not familiar with chia. They look like kiwi seeds....

greenthumb said...

Looks great.

burntfeather said...

That's no good about your gestational diabetes :( luckily your finding yummo ways to stay on track, I'm definitely going to try out this and also I second the avocado chocolate mousse, I was skeptical but it's yummo!

OtherMix said...

Looks great. Take good care of the gestational diabetes! I am not sure, but is it permanent or not?

Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

I love strawberries so this is something I'll add to the list to make. Healthy and yummy looking. I've never tried Chia seeds before. Writing that down on the shopping list.

Ann Jones said...

I'm a huge fan of strawberries when they are in season and this looks so good! Great looking pics and recipe :)

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Sorry to hear that Trishie! I have friends who went through gestational diabetes when they were pregnant and they were normal after they delivered. I'm pre-diabetic and cut sugar out for awhile. It's hard at first but you don't miss it after awhile. Coconut sugar is a great natural low glycemic sweetener.

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Jane said...

you had me gulping through the post. i have never heard of chia seeds but want to try! and i am desperately trying to cut out sugar too (going back on a healthy diet!) so this would be great!

Taj Acosta said...

yumm! I am looking forward to your sugar free recipes dear!! xx -Taj

cquek said...

I will definitely have to try your recipe

Bhushavali N said...

Looks so so yummmm.... I've never been on a sugarfree diet... But I don't have much sugar in my everyday life, except for a spoon and a half for all the 3 cups of coffee I take everyday...!
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Kim Alston said...

It looks so refreshing! Good for you in cutting the sugar out of your diet.
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Sharlynn said...

Looks awesome! I've become better at making crumble desserts and that's becoming my niche. I love crusts and bits in my desserts so I might add some crumble to this! ^^

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I've been meaning to make chia pudding. This looks great.

My Garden Diaries said...

Yum and Yum! I need to cut more sugar out of my diet as well! This recipe looks so very easy, healthy and delicious!!!

Ira Kharchenko said...

OMG! So delicious:)

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June L. said...

This looks absolutely delicious! And amazing photography, your photos are some of the best I've seen so far. ^-^ Thank you for sharing!

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Mimi said...

i've never tasted chia seeds before, but i would love to. this looks yummy! :)

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Diva In Me said...

It is good that you're thinking of your baby. You're a very thoughtful mom =)

P.S. After looking at your pics, I guess I'm going for Froyo tonight =D

curly purplepig said...

yum!

Jemma said...

Looks completely and wonderfully delightful!
Back home from visiting daughters and grandbabies-I hope you are feeling super!
Happy Hugs,
Jemma

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Those look so good!

Beauty Box said...

What a lovely looking dessert...gotta try that! Sorry to hear about the gestational diagnosis - as you said, it is only temporary and you'll get through it. Have you heard of Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar e-book? I downloaded it and it has a quite a few delicious recipes. You can also find healthy sugar replacements in natural food stores in Sydney, e.g. stevia, xylitol, rice malt syrup etc.

Feronia said...

Sorry to hear about the diabetes :( It looks like you're well on your way to finding some sweet alternatives, though - that pudding looks exquisite!

little t said...

This looks so yum.

Carmen ShuGar said...

I completely relate with how you felt with you were diagnosed. That's how i felt! It hit me hard because I am a foodie and I indulge in good eats. It's my pleasure in life. It's nice to know that it's survivable and I have your blog to help make me feel better. Again, another yummy thing I wanna try!