This 21 Day Fix Strawberry Cheesecake Chia Seed Pudding is sweet, creamy and uses a surprising secret ingredient to make it taste just like cheesecake! No yellows!
Fitfession: I have a sweet tooth. Not necessarily in the way that I feel like a treat needs to be tooth-achingly-sweet, but more in the way that I feel dessert is a basic human right that should be enjoyed on a daily basis.
I have unwittingly passed this belief onto my two little sponges, who now ask every night after dinner, “So, what’s for dessert?!” Thankfully, I’ve also passed a few healthy habits on to them, because they are usually satisfied with a green smoothie or fruit with some homemade fruit dip (not that they wouldn’t love me forever for a cupcake), which they are only allowed to have after they’ve eaten a decent dinner. I’ll be honest and say that my youngest doesn’t end up getting dessert all that often, she’s a tough one!
I got the idea for this from that awesome 21 Day Fix Cheesecake recipe that’s been going around. Since I tried it I’ve been using blended cottage cheese like it’s going out of style. It’s really fantastic and makes this pudding taste like cheesecake! And what says “decadent dessert” more than that?!
If you’ve just started the 21 Day Fix, you’re probably starting to feel some serious sugar cravings. We get to use about 4 teaspoons of natural sweetener in a day and if you’ve been eating the way the average American does (22 teaspoons a day!!), that’s a pretty big freakin’ change. The good news is, if you stick with it and don’t give in to a “cheat,” I promise that by week 2 those cravings will be long gone.
Here’s some more good news, there are some GREAT and satisfying ways to use those teaspoons! This is one of my (and my daughters’) very favorites and thanks to this video from Autumn Calabrese, no yellows are needed! Bonus!
How about another bonus? In case you haven’t heard, those little chia seeds have some amazing health benefits! They are full of omega-3s (which can reduce inflammation and high cholesterol), they’re high in fiber – the 2 tablespoons that are used in this recipe will give you one-third of your recommended daily intake, and they can help regulate blood sugar. Because of their protein and fiber, they also help you to feel fuller longer and those are words I love to hear!
What are some of your favorite ways to use those teaspoons of sugar? Let me know in the comment section below!
- 1/4 cup cottage cheese
- 1 tbs greek yogurt
- 1 cup chopped strawberries, divided
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/8 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp raw sugar or other natural sweetener of your choice
- 2 Tbs chia seeds
- In a blender, combine the cottage cheese, greek yogurt, 1/2 cup strawberries, almond milk, vanilla and raw sugar and blend, blend, blend until the mixture is completely smooth and adorably pink. You may have to scrape down with a spatula once in between.
- Pour into a lidded container and add the chia seeds, stirring well. Let sit overnight (at least 24 hours, the longer it sets, the thicker it gets!) in the refrigerator.
- The next day when you are ready to eat it, stir it again to distribute the seeds evenly and serve with the remaining 1/2 cup chopped strawberries. Yum!
21 Day Fix Container Equivalents: 1/2 RED, 1 PURPLE and 1 ORANGE
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: entire recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245 Total Fat: 8g
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