This “recipe” is a total cheat because it’s truly just a variation of the Golden Milk Pudding I posted a long time ago, but it’s really too delicious not to post by itself. You know, just in case you’re not into golden-milk-flavored things. Recipes like this are a testament to the fact that sometimes the easiest dishes to make are by far the most delicious. Easy process, minimal ingredients, and oh-so-good for your bod.
Like me, my friend Alison is also on a gut-healing diet right now, and she’s been getting a little sick of eating similar meals over and over again. Unfortunately, she can’t have any coconut yogurt right now while she’s on her low FODMAP / SCD protocol, and it’s something she’s been craving. I totally understand the struggle of getting stuck in a food rut, especially when you’re on a specific diet for your health. It truly gets monotonous if you don’t get creative.
I wanted to make her something to add some variety into her meals, but I have zero patience for making coconut yogurt at home. I’m just too lazy, to be honest. The best alternative I could give was a coconut pudding, so I offered to make her one to switch things up. In the process, I made myself some, too, and I completely re-fell in love with this recipe again. How could I have forgotten how delicious this pudding is?!
What makes this pudding possible is Vital Proteins Gelatin, which I’ve had a love affair with for oh-so-long. If you haven’t read my post about why you need collagen in your diet, I highly recommend you read that here! Collagen is amazing for your hair, skin, nails, joints, and muscles, but the reason I really love it is because it is so incredible for healing the gut lining. That means this coconut pudding is totally gut-healing, which I’m all about. Gelatin is a great source of protein, so it pairs perfectly with the healthy fats used in this recipe. You need to use gelatin for this recipe, NOT the regular collagen. The gelatin is what creates the pudding / Jell-O-like texture.
You hardly need any ingredients at all – coconut milk, your Vital Proteins Gelatin, some cinnamon, and vanilla. Make sure you get full-fat coconut milk with no added guar gum, which can cause digestive distress for a lot of people. The only ingredients in your coconut milk should be coconut and water. Trader Joe’s has a can like that, but I prefer Natural Value, which has no BPA in the can’s lining and is nice and thick in texture. Coconut milk is full of healthy fats and high in MCTs. It can help manage your blood sugar, increase your metabolism, and keep you full for a long time. Cinnamon, which helps add “sweetness” to this recipe, is also great for balancing blood sugar, which is why I include it in as many recipes as I can!
The only real time this takes is waiting for the gelatin to set overnight. So yes, sadly it’s a waiting game, but it’s well worth the wait. This is the perfect make-ahead breakfast, but it’s also a delicious sugar-free dessert! The best part, of course, is adding your toppings. You could keep it low-carb like me and pair it with cinnamon roasted vegetables, nuts, and nut butter, or you could add some fruit on top to make it even sweeter! Add whatever you feel like – cinnamon roasted veggies, cinnamon roasted nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, almond butter, coconut flakes, pecan butter, bananas, strawberries, goji berries, cacao nibs… the list goes on.
You’re more than welcome to make this sweeter by adding in maple syrup, honey, or another sweetener, but I don’t think it needs it. You can also make this a chocolate pudding by adding in some raw cacao powder! Again, this recipe is amazing because it’s a good “base” to build off of.
This creamy coconut pudding is paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, AIP-friendly, low-FODMAP, SCD-friendly, Candida diet-friendly, keto-friendly, all of the things. It’s also nut-free, depending on your toppings! It’s the perfect thing to have in the fridge for when you’re hungry, and it’s also a great yogurt replacement!
Creamy Coconut Collagen Pudding (Paleo / AIP Friendly / Keto)
Time: 5 minutes, plus overnight waiting time
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk (no guar gum or other ingredients besides coconut and water) – I like Natural Value
- 1 can’s worth of filtered water
- 6 tsp vanilla (Use vanilla bean powder if you’re on the Candida diet. If using vanilla extract, check your ingredients and make sure there isn’t added sugar!)
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1.5 tbsp Vital Proteins Gelatin
- (Optional: add raw cacao powder for a chocolate pudding)
- Add all of the ingredients except for the gelatin into a small saucepan, unheated, and mix together until everything is well incorporated.
- Sprinkle the gelatin on top of the mixture in a single layer to let it “bloom.”
- Grab a whisk and whisk the gelatin mixture into the coconut milk mixture, and turn on the saucepan to medium-low heat. Keep whisking until the gelatin dissolves into the mixture, which should only take a few minutes.
- After everything is dissolved, remove from the heat and pour the liquid into the containers of your choice (mason jars, bowls, etc.). I usually do two containers but you could do three smaller ones. Let it cool for about 5-10 minutes.
- Place the containers, covered, in the fridge to set overnight, or at least for a few hours, until it reaches a pudding-like consistency.
- After it’s set, plop the mixture into the blender and blend it for 5-10 seconds.
- Add the pudding into your bowl, cover with toppings, and enjoy!
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