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Veggielicious Vanilla Pudding

This is my easy-to-make, go-to, guilt-free satisfying treat. Dress it up or dress it down, a warm yummy breakfast, creamy chilled afternoon snack for the kids or fancy dessert. And oh yes, the perfect pH friendly weightloss food. Every ingredient is a powerhouse of nutrition on its own, yet when combined the whole is greater than its parts.
 

VEGAN VANILLA PUDDING
4 - one cup servings, 90 calories each

  • 2  OG medium fresh yellow summer squash (or zucchini), coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup pure water
  • 2 tablespoons agar agar
  • 2 tablespoons golden flax seeds
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil raw organic
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon stevia powder, choose a brand maltodextrin free
  • 2 teaspoons non-alcohol vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Steam chopped squash in the 1/2 cup pure water until tender, about five minutes. While still hot place in blender or food processor, I use a Vita Mix. Make sure steam can be vented through lid or mixture will explode and possibly cause burns. Process until smooth. Add agar and flax seeds, blend until smooth. Add all remaining ingredients and blend on high until creamy. Taste and adjust flavors. Pour all at once into serving dishes. It will thicken with time. Chill or serve warm.
VARIATIONS:  

  • Add chopped walnuts for texture and crunch (also another source for omega-3).
  • Serve in a parfait glass alternating with fresh berries, garnish with a mint leaf.
  • Make a pie crust from ground nuts and coconut, fill with pudding mixture. Allow to rest at least 4 hours or longer.
  • Serve warm with gluten-free granola.
  • Freeze in pudding pop forms as a frozen treat.

Keep in mind that fat does not make you fat. Sugar makes you fat. The good fats protect your tissues from acid. They also safeguard the brain and heart from “bad” fats. Artificial man-created fats are dangerous, while healthy fats found in whole grains, nuts and seeds heal. Life is short, eat dessert first. Enjoy!
 
Nutrition Facts per one cup serving:  90 calories, 2.5g protein, 5g fat, 1.75g natural sugars, 2g fiber
Yellow Summer Squash:  Only 31 calories per each medium squash with only 2 grams of slow burn natural sugar and 2 grams protein. If you ate 10 of these nutrition powerhouses it would only be 300 calories and 30 grams sugar! Loaded with the perfect complement of vitamins and minerals. This is the way nature intended for you to get your energy.    
Flax seeds:  Loaded with heart healthy ALA Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Part of the good fats your body needs to control triglycerides, regulate inflammation, help reduce the risk of heart disease, aid in the production of brain tissue, eye tissue and healthy sperm. The academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that people eat Omega-3’s everyday. As an added bonus the 2 grams protein will give you energy and the 3 grams fiber per tablespoon in flax seeds will help keep you regular.
Coconut oil:  The health benefits of raw virgin organic coconut oil are too numerous to list. Coconut oil is used by many to assist in the care of;  hair, skin, heart, weight loss, digestion, immunity, infections. Plus the presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids in coconut oil helps support the liver, kidney, gallbladder, pancreas, stress relief, blood sugar, bones and teeth.
Agar Agar:  A vegetable gelatin made from several types of red algae, sometimes refered to as kanten. Unlike regular animal source gelatin (made from animal by-products) this is a more healthful alternative. Another feature of agar agar, no refrigeration is required for it to set and hot day will not make it melt. A very “clean” ingredient for the food sensitive and those trying to loose weight. Only 3 calories for two tablespoons with zero protein, fat, sugar and fiber. No odor, no color and gives a firmer texture than traditional gelatin.
Almond milk:  Wether you buy pre packaged or make your own, this is an awesome alkaline alternative to cow’s milk. Benefits of almond milk; weight management, heart health, blood sugar friendly, bone health, skin care, eye health and extremely alkalizing compared to cow’s milk which may block the body’s absorption of calcium and other bone friendly minerals.
Non-alcohol vanilla:  Once you taste non-alcohol vanilla you won’t go back. Not only does the alcohol in regular vanilla make it acid-forming, it also promotes parasites, usually has gluten and just tastes nasty. Non-alcohol vanilla is preserved in vegetable glycerine rather than alcohol giving it a naturally sweeter taste with only 4 grams sugar per teaspoon. In a recipe like this that’s only 1 gram per serving.
Stevia:  High in potassium, this is natures sweet miracle. Look for a brand that doesn’t contain a lot of unnecessary fillers. I have always liked Sweet Leaf brand and that is what I use when I make this recipe. With a calorie and glycemic load of zero, stevia is safe for diabetics and those trying to control a candida overgrowth. Three hundred times sweeter than sugar, a very little goes a long way. This is the only pH friendly sweet treat safe for everyday use.
Sea Salt:  Our body’s are water and salt. Sea salt has the same mineral content as our blood and in the same ratio. Unlike table salt, sea salt complements our chemistry. Less is needed making it the best choice.