Monday, 16 February 2015

Healthy recipes for kids: coconut chia seed pudding

Mr. Toddler is starting to notice that sweet foods exist. He's noticing that desserts exist.  Which makes me cringe a little. If you've been around this blog for a while, you know that I'm quite particular about what I feed my son (2.5 years old). My husband and I are very cautious about the foods he gets, and try to give him a balanced, healthy diet. 

The thought of him wanting candy, cake, and ice cream scares me. However, instead of panicking at the thought of him getting older and wanting to eat loads of sugary treats, I am trying to get creative in the kitchen by coming up with healthy alternatives for some less healthy desserts. One of those alternatives is: 


Healthy recipes for kids: kid made coconut chia seed pudding by Welcome to Mommyhood! This is a delicious and easy to make HEALTHY dessert recipe that little ones can make themselves! Cooking is a fantastic way to practice math as well as practical life skills for kids! Plus, this recipe makes a tasty treat for adults! #montessori, #healthyrecipesforkids, #easyhealthydesserts


Personally, I have been in the mood for some kind of sweet pudding lately. Something rich, healthy, or basically an alternative to the sugar loaded store bought puddings that we regularly see at my in law's house. 

Healthy recipes for kids: kid made coconut chia seed pudding by Welcome to Mommyhood! This is a delicious and easy to make HEALTHY dessert recipe that little ones can make themselves! Cooking is a fantastic way to practice math as well as practical life skills for kids! Plus, this recipe makes a tasty treat for adults! #montessori, #healthyrecipesforkids, #easyhealthydesserts

Because of my son's interest in food, I have also been putting in a lot more effort into getting him involved in our cooking. Since we also homeschool (and use a Montessori inspired approach), I thought it would be perfect to set up a recipe that he could make on his own. 

This dessert thus had a double purpose - not only did we both get a sweet treat, but Mr. Toddler got to practice some very important skills: 


  • Math (measuring and counting) 
  • Fine motor (pouring ingredients) 
  • Hand eye coordination (scooping, spooning, pouring and not spilling) 
  • Practical life (nothing more practical than actually cooking!)

Plus, we had loads of fun and that is always a sign of a successful adventure with a toddler! 


Healthy recipes for kids: kid made coconut chia seed pudding by Welcome to Mommyhood! This is a delicious and easy to make HEALTHY dessert recipe that little ones can make themselves! Cooking is a fantastic way to practice math as well as practical life skills for kids! Plus, this recipe makes a tasty treat for adults! #montessori, #healthyrecipesforkids, #easyhealthydesserts

Healthy Recipes for Kids: 

Coconut chia seed pudding



Portions


4-6 portions approximately - depending on how much you take 

Time


5 minutes of prep
12-24 hours of refrigeration  

Ingredients


1-2 tablespoons of honey
1 cup of coconut milk (or really which ever milk you prefer)
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 teaspoon coconut flakes 
Optional: Before serving, add a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds for some crunch

Instructions


Mix all of the ingredients together and store in the refrigerator overnight. The seeds will expand, making this pudding comparable to a rice or tapioca pudding! 

Mr. Toddler poured the chia seeds into our jar first. 
Now, Mr. Toddler is carefully pouring honey over the seeds.
Healthy recipes for kids: kid made coconut chia seed pudding by Welcome to Mommyhood! This is a delicious and easy to make HEALTHY dessert recipe that little ones can make themselves! Cooking is a fantastic way to practice math as well as practical life skills for kids! Plus, this recipe makes a tasty treat for adults! #montessori, #healthyrecipesforkids, #easyhealthydesserts

Mr. Toddler particularly enjoyed mixing everything together (with a fork). He was very careful throughout the entire process and constantly had a serious look of concentration on his face. He made sure not to spill a single ingredient! 

Healthy recipes for kids: kid made coconut chia seed pudding by Welcome to Mommyhood! This is a delicious and easy to make HEALTHY dessert recipe that little ones can make themselves! Cooking is a fantastic way to practice math as well as practical life skills for kids! Plus, this recipe makes a tasty treat for adults! #montessori, #healthyrecipesforkids, #easyhealthydesserts

Here is what everything looks like after mixing it together prior to refrigeration. 

Healthy recipes for kids: kid made coconut chia seed pudding by Welcome to Mommyhood! This is a delicious and easy to make HEALTHY dessert recipe that little ones can make themselves! Cooking is a fantastic way to practice math as well as practical life skills for kids! Plus, this recipe makes a tasty treat for adults! #montessori, #healthyrecipesforkids, #easyhealthydesserts

Mr. Toddler, like any chef,  just had to taste the final product and see if it needed any adjustments. Luckily, he deemed my recipe 'yummy' and we were able to put our pudding in the refrigerator. 

Healthy recipes for kids: kid made coconut chia seed pudding by Welcome to Mommyhood! This is a delicious and easy to make HEALTHY dessert recipe that little ones can make themselves! Cooking is a fantastic way to practice math as well as practical life skills for kids! Plus, this recipe makes a tasty treat for adults! #montessori, #healthyrecipesforkids, #easyhealthydesserts

Place in the refrigerator for anywhere between 12-24 hours, being sure to mix occasionally. The important bit is to make sure you are incorporation the seeds from the bottom of the jar together with the milk. 

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