I don't eat much dairy any more, outside of all too delicious cheese from time to time. Research has shown that milk isn't quite as healthy as we were led to believe growing up. Many cows are given a hormone to increase their milk production and turns out this wasn't part of their original diet so it often makes them sick, which then leads to an antibiotic prescription and remember that thing about you are what you eat? Well you are what you eat eats too. Dairy is actually the most common food allergy with 75-80% or adults having a sensitivity. There's also mandated Vitamin D that gets added to the milk, and I'd rather get my Vitamins naturally from food when possible. So that's a few reasons why I'm laying off dairy.
I've been looking for a good yogurt alternative because I love starting my day with a bunch of fruit and like to have something to mix it with outside of a smoothie. I've been playing with making my own almond milk and have also been using coconut milk so I wanted to see what I could make out of them.
I have lots of chia seeds in my kitchen and not only are they a nutritional powerhouse with all their fiber, protein, calcium and omega-3s, they also can absorb up to 30 times their weight in water. You see what's going to happen here? A simple mixing of chia and almond milk and you got yourself a dairy free bed for your fruit in the morning. It won't be quite yogurt consistency, but it's thick enough to suspend some juicy fruit for a dairy free breakfast.
Makes 2 Cups
- 2 cups of unsweetened almond, coconut or hemp milk
- 1/2 cup organic chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pour 2 cups of almond milk in a mason jar and add the chia seeds, vanilla and cinnammon and stir. Let sit overnight, stirring once or twice.
- Serve with fresh fruit on top.