You’ve got to try this tangy, sweet, tart, creamy, delicious vegan raspberry coconut chia seed pudding. The perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast or dessert.
So there’s a holiday coming up that involves an adorable little cherub named Cupid who shoots arrows into the hearts of those who are looking for love (why are so many beloved mythical creatures so dang creepy?), a Hallmark or Papyrus (my favorite) card, a box of chocolates, roses, and for the really fortunate, jewelry. And you know what, I’m not excited. Is it wrong that I care more about this raspberry coconut chia pudding than this holiday?
It’s a fantastic day if you’re in a relationship, or if you’re in elementary school and get to have a party in class. But if you’re not, or your school has banned all things fun, then it’s annoying. I’m blessed to be married to my high school sweetheart, but before he came around, Valentine’s Day sucked. I hated going to school on that day. All (when you’re a teenager, if one friend gets something then they ALL do) of my friends got carnations from boys, they all got pretty heart shaped cards slipped into their locker, and they all went out to dinner with the most popular and handsome boy in school. All. Of. Them.
Not really, I’m regressing back to teenage heart break.
Once I started dating my guy, I loved V Day. Then I had kids. Sure, it was great when they were little, and I adored cutting out paper hearts, baking heart shaped cookies, and showering them with all gifts pink and red. But then, they turned into teenagers, and I had to watch them go through the same heartache that I, and a billion other people went through. Seeing them come home from school looking sad and rejected when they didn’t have a girlfriend or boyfriend to share the day with sucked even more than it did for me before I met their dad. Nothing I could say would make them feel better, and it made me dislike Valentine’s Day even more.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for people who are in love. Heck, I’m in love, and my daughter and son are both in wonderful long term relationships, we are all blissfully in love. Those lonely Valentine’s Days of the past are long gone, but this day still conjures up a little sadness in my soul, because I still feel for all of those kids and adults who are feeling left out and alone on Valentine’s Day. I wish every single one of you who know what I’m talking about could see into your future and know that one day, you will get that flower, that card, and that love! And when you do, you won’t care about getting those things, you will only care that you get to make that special person who you love feel special.
Now that I’ve depressed you – it can’t always be rainbows and sunshine folks – I’m going to share this gorgeous, beautiful, delicious coconut raspberry chia pudding with you. Trust me, this would make any one feel better.
This bright, tart, sweet coconut raspberry chia pudding doesn’t just look pretty, it tastes pretty darn good. I amped up the flavor, and the sweetness (you can turn the sugar down if you want) to make this so luxuriously delicious that you will be scraping the sides of the dish with a spoon to get every last drop. Like my husband is right now, and it’s distracting the hell out of me as I write this! Just in case you read this, I love you babe, and I’m so happy you like my raspberry coconut chia seed pudding. Just don’t break the glass with the spoon. 😉
To begin with, I crushed the chia seeds so that they wouldn’t take over the texture of the pudding. They’re still there, but not as bold. The fresh raspberries and coconut milk are pureed together, along with the sugar, vanilla, and a little orange juice, and together they are divine. The combination is tart, sweet, tangy, fresh, bright, and truly lovely. This is one of the most flavorful chia seed pudding recipes I’ve ever made.
It would make a wonderful breakfast, or a light dessert. But, if you’re looking for something with chocolate or cake, you can always try making these easy chocolate dipped treats or these gorgeous raspberry rose petit fours.