Inside: Do you want to satisfy your sweet tooth with a dessert that makes you feel good from the inside out? Then this l high fiber, low carb cheesecake chia pudding made with Sunsweet PlumSmart Light is the perfect recipe for you #ToFeelGood
Have you ever noticed that you start the New Year eating well and exercising more… then right around the beginning of February you start to slide back into old habits? Trust me… you aren’t alone. I have personally been dealing with this the past few weeks as I am still adjusting to the chaos that is life with three kiddos. So, after eating a few too many Valentine’s chocolate hearts the other night (I discovered my husband’s secret stash), I decided I needed to work on my dessert choices. And that’s where I came up with my idea for this super simple low carb chia cheesecake pudding recipe.
This post was created in partnership with Sunsweet Growers. All opinions are my own.
How to have your (no sugar added) cake & eat it too
One of my favorite things to do when creating a new dessert recipe is find ways to sweeten it without additional sugar. And that’s why I decided to incorporate Sunsweet PlumSmart Light as the superstar ingredient in this chia seed pudding. With only 60 calories and 3 grams of fiber per serving (and 60% less calories and sugar than other leading juice cocktails), this juice cocktail allows me to sweeten my recipe without unnecessary added sugars all while boosting the fiber content to help support digestive health. And what’s better than a dessert that not only tastes great but makes you feel good from the inside out?!
How to make a low carb chia cheesecake pudding
Do you know anyone who dislikes dessert? Me either! But if you have to monitor your carbohydrate intake for any reason – whether it is to manage diabetes or because you just feel better on a low carb meal plan – having dessert can seem off-limits. Thankfully, with a few simple recipe tweaks you can enjoy a sweet treat with fewer carbs and added sugars. And you can even squeeze in nutrients that boost health at the same time.
For this Plum Chia Cheesecake Pudding recipe, I used only four ingredients: cottage cheese, Sunsweet PlumSmart Light, strawberries, and chia seeds. I selected these ingredients based on the taste and texture they contributed to the recipe, but also because each provided its own unique health benefits.
The best ingredients to use when making a chia cheesecake pudding recipe
Chia seeds are of course a necessary ingredient for a chia pudding since they create the structure and texture of the ‘pudding.’ But what makes chia seeds so amazing is their ability to absorb as much as 12x their weight in fluid. That’s why you allow the chia pudding to sit in the refrigerator overnight – so the chia seeds can absorb the water and create the gel-like structure that makes the finalized pudding so creamy and delicious. Chia seed are also a good source of protein and fiber. With 2 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per tablespoon, they can help you to stay satisfied for hours. The soluble fiber of the chia seeds may also help to reduce cholesterol levels, providing added heart health benefits.
Sunsweet PlumSmart Light is a staple in my house as a beverage of choice, but also as a go-to ingredient in many recipes from smoothies to overnight oats. As a diabetes educator and dietitian, I am always looking for ways to help my clients reduce their carbohydrate intake without sacrificing flavor, and Sunsweet PlumSmart Light helps them to do just that. In addition, the fiber helps to support digestive health. And when you help to support digestive health, it allows you to feel at your best each day.
Cottage cheese is the perfect ingredient for boosting the protein content of many recipes. Although I alternate between using cottage cheese and Greek yogurt in many recipes, I tend to opt for cottage cheese when aiming to lower the carbohydrate content of a recipe even further. It provides a creamy, rich texture and neutral flavor allowing it to serve as a great base for this chia pudding recipe.
Strawberries were incorporated into this chia cheesecake pudding recipe to add additional flavor, color, and texture. As one of the lowest sugar fruits, berries are perfect for incorporating into low carb dessert recipes. Plus as an added bonus, strawberries are packed full of antioxidants such as vitamin C to enhance the health benefits of this dessert.
Making the perfect low carb chia cheesecake pudding recipe
To make a chia pudding is incredibly simple. Start by using a small food processor or blender. Start by blending together the cottage cheese and strawberries until they achieve a creamy, rich texture. Then slowly add in the Sunsweet PlumSmart Light juice cocktail on a low speed until fully blended. Once done, simply stir in the chia seeds until they are evenly distributed, place in a glass jar, cover, and allow the chia pudding to sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Once the pudding has set, you will be ready to enjoy this delicious, low carb ‘cheesecake’ and won’t believe a ‘healthy’ dessert can taste this good!
Do you want to satisfy your sweet tooth with a
dessert that makes you feel good from the inside out? Then this l high fiber,
low carb cheesecake chia pudding made with Sunsweet PlumSmart Light is the
perfect recipe for you #ToFeelGood
- 1/3 cup 2% cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup Sunsweet PlumSmart Light
- 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
- 2 Tbs chia seeds
In a small food processor or high speed blender, blend together the cottage cheese
and strawberries until they are smooth.
Slowly blend in Sunsweet PlumSmart Light on a low speed until fully incorporated.
Transfer the mixture into a lidded container (like a mason jar) and add in the chia seeds. Mix evenly and cover.
Let mixture sit in refrigerator for 24 hours to set.
Serve chilled & enjoy!
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1 gm saturated fat
33 gm carbohydrate
15 gm fiber
Have you tried this recipe? If so, take a picture and tag me @ErinPalinskiWade on Instagram and use the hashtag #ToFeelGood #PruneJuiceReboot and let me know what you think!