My daughter Ava and I have been reading Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie. She LOVES the books, her first real “big girl chapter books” and loves hearing about the stories from that time that seems so long ago. We talk about the Ingalls family, and the Spartan living compared to our life today. “Can we give Laura some of my toys?” asked Ava. Melt my heart!
In one of the chapters, Ma made Hasty Pudding. There are a bunch of recipes online and I’m sure there are many variations, but in the book they described it as a cornmeal porridge with some maple syrup and butter. So that’s what we made! Super fun kid experience to watch and learn and super yummy! 🙂
Corn meal package should have instructions for quantities and cook times. I usually make a larger batch, about 1 cup cornmeal + half a large pot of water. I realize that’s not very helpful, but it’s one of those things you’ll need to check based on how finely ground your cornmeal is.
You can adjust water to make it thicker or thinner
Chia Seed Pudding Cups are super easy to make and a tasty and healthy paleo snack! You mix chia seeds into a cup of coconut milk, add some flavor and toppings, refrigerate for a few hours and voila! 🙂 No baking, no cooking, no fuss!
Ingredients (1 serving)
1 cup coconut milk
1 Tbsp chia seeds
Flavor/topping of choice (pick one or make up your own combo!) 🙂
1/2 tsp almond essence + chopped almonds
1/4 tsp ground cardamom or cardamom seeds (open the pod)
1/2 tsp vanilla essence + fresh berries (I used red currants)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon + cinnamon sticks
Mix the coconut milk, chia seeds and flavor well
Pour into serving cup
Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or up to a couple of days
This is great as a chilled summer dessert! Creamy rice pudding, sweetened naturally by milk and cinnamon, topped with chopped mango – a delicious balance of tart and sweet. The dish draws on Indian and Scandinavian flavors, where both cardamom, cinnamon and rice are staple ingredients in a variety of dishes.
6 cups whole milk (or coconut milk if you prefer)
1/3 cup uncooked basmati rice
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon + more for garnish
2 cups chopped peeled mango (about 2 large mangos)
Combine whole milk and rice in large saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Reduce heat and gently boil for 40 minutes or until mixture thickens
Stir in coconut milk, cardamom and cinnamon and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly
Spoon~1/2 cup servings into dessert bowls (makes 8 servings)
Lemon Pudding Parfait anyone? Protein rich and paleo! Top with some chilled whipped cream for some not so paleo but oh so delicious goodness!
12 egg yolks
¼ cup agave nectar or honey
pinch celtic sea salt
¼ cup lemon juice
½ cup heavy cream or use a can of whipped cream to top the pudding – this will give a little extra sweetener (if you so desire) and is a little time saver! You could also drizzle with some coconut milk for a great dairy free option.
Place egg yolks, agave, and salt in a medium sauce pan
While heating over very low flame, whip with a hand blender for 6-8 minutes, then whip in lemon juice
Chill for a half an hour
If pudding separates, whip with hand blender for 1-2 minutes, until fluffy again
Whip cream in a separate bowl
Serve in small glasses, alternating layers of pudding and whipped cream
This is an amazing, rich and silky chocolate pudding inspired by Elanaspantry.com. Yes it has pumpkin in it, but no it did not taste like pumpkin! So if you are looking for a pumpkin flavored pudding this is not it. But a great way to add some pumpkin to a dessert.
The original recipe called for raw egg, which I’m not a fan of, so I’ve modified the recipe to allow for cooking the egg.