Making your own pudding is an easy and fun cooking activity to get your kids to help with, but for those with dairy allergies or lactose intolerances, they may feel left out, of not only the activity, but with partaking in the food, too. Healthy Little Cooks doesn’t want you to fret, though. We love food and believe that even those with allergies and intolerances can equally love and enjoy the same foods. All it takes is a dash of food-substitution know-how mixed together with a sprinkle of creativity to make your own, unique to the needs of your family, homemade pudding! To get you started, here are 4 ways to make pudding healthy and dairy-free:
Simply substitute regular milk for coconut milk to create a yummy pudding. Try using this kind of milk with your favorite chocolate pudding recipe for a great tasting concoction!
Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seeds have been gaining popularity lately, and considering all their health benefits, it’s no wonder they’re called the “wonder seed”! Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids…these seeds are full of health benefits, AND, they aid in weight loss. A “wonder seed” indeed! Simply place raw chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla extract, in a bowl and refrigerate. Check out our Chocolate Shaved Chia Pudding and Super Simple Vanilla Chia Pudding With Fruit recipes.
Want to enjoy an instant pudding using soy milk? Whisk 1 ¾ cup of soy milk with your favorite instant pudding mixture for 2 minutes. Cover immediately and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes to allow the pudding to set.
Surprisingly enough, you can use cashews to produce pudding. Place cashews, coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla extract, and honey in a food processor to produce a healthy, dairy-free pudding.
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