Full disclosure, this recipe came about by mistake. I tried to make a chia seed pudding and it did was a total flop! Not only was the pudding bland, I learnt that my body still reacts (albeit slightly) to chia seeds.

But you can’t find success without failure! While the taste of the original pudding wasn’t exactly what
I was looking for, I knew I wasn’t far off. With a few refinements and the addition of a banana I had it! The delicious taste of pudding which I remember so fondly from my childhood.

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Not only will this recipe get your taste buds dancing it is completely guilt free (there ain’t no sweetener here!). If you’re trying to keep your inflammation down or simply don’t want the insulin spike, this recipe is your best friend.

While the banana does contain some sugar (approximately 14g per medium banana[1]) it also contains fibre which slows the rate of sugar absorption as well as a number of nutrients including potassium, manganese and vitamin C[2]. The cinnamon is anti-inflammatory and the coconut milk is full of antiviral and antimicrobial goodness in the form of lauric acid[3].

Healthy, delicious dessert isn’t impossible, the proof is in the pudding!

BANANA COCONUT PUDDING (Paleo, AIP, sweetener free)

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Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 x tsp cinnamon
  • 1 x tsp ground vanilla beans (substitute ½ teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract if strict AIP)
  • 1 x cup coconut milk (use BPA free coconut milk if possible such as 100% Coconut Milk – 8.5 oz packages (6-pack – affiliate) your endocrine system will thank you!)
  • 1 x ripe medium banana
  • 2 x strawberries (optional, for garnish)

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender/food processor
  2. Mix until smooth
  3. Place mixture into 2 small ramekins
  4. Place ramekins into fridge for at least 2hrs (IMPORTANT – Although the pudding tastes delicious warm don’t be tempted to eat it straight away. The flavours become even richer on the pallet after being left to cool in the fridge)
  5. Garnish with strawberries
  6. Enjoy!

 As seen on the Phoenix Helix AIP Recipe Roundtable


[1] Ogunjimi, Angela. “Fructose and Glucose in Bananas.” LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 30 June 2011. Web. 28 Jan. 2015. http://www.livestrong.com/article/482491-fructose-and-glucose-in-bananas/ [2] “Nutrition Facts.” And Analysis for Bananas, Raw. N.p., 2014. Web. 26 Jan. 2015. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1846/2 [3] “The Truth About Saturated Fats and The Coconut Oil Benefits.” Mercola.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2015. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/10/22/coconut-oil-and-saturated-fats-can-make-you-healthy.aspx