I am partnering with Hamilton Beach today to bring you all this recipe for a creamy & low fat Coconut Mocha Chia Pudding. As always, all opinions expressed below are 100% my own.
I have no shame in admitting that I am a total coffee addict... and a coffee snob. You will rarely see me sipping on fast food coffee. Believe me when I say this, you all- I have tried most of them, but they are just not my cup of java. That being said, I am also all about saving money and being frugal. And yes, I know that being a coffee snob and being frugal do not exactly mesh. I know most "coffee snobs" in the traditional sense of the term have no problem dropping $5 on a cup of coffee goodness, but that is just not something that is in my everyday budget. Nor do I feel like wrangling a toddler & hopping into the car every morning to go pick up said snob-worthy coffee.
My solution? Making good coffee at home every morning. :)
And while the quality of the coffee you choose to brew at home has a lot to do with how good it will taste in your favorite coffee mug, owning a good coffee maker is also essential. Up until about a month ago, I had been using the same coffee maker for the past 6 years. It wasn't anything fancy, but it did the job... or at least I thought that it had been. That was until I was offered the opportunity to try Hamilton Beach's new FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker. Seriously, you all. I had no idea what I had been missing! The Flex Brew gives you the option of brewing either a 12 cup pot of coffee the traditional way, or you can use the single brew side to brew one cup of coffee using either your favorite K-CUPS* or fresh grounds. And the best part? It really doesn't take up that much more space on my counter than my old coffee maker did. ;)
Being the self-proclaimed coffee addict that I am, I am always looking for ways to incorporate coffee into some of my recipes. Given my recently acquired fondness for creamy & healthy chia pudding, it only made sense that I would try and make a coffee flavored one. This delicious Coconut Mocha Chia Pudding combines fresh brewed chilled coffee with coconut milk, chia seeds, & cocoa for a delicious treat with a little bonus pick-me-up...
Coconut Mocha Chia Pudding
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: None
Ingredients (1 serving)
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- Scant 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 3 tbsp strongly brewed coffee, cooled
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- Sweetener of choice (I used 1 packet of Pure Via- you could use sugar, honey, etc or just use sweetened coconut milk.)
- Toasted coconut for topping, optional
In a pint jar or glass, combine the chia seeds, coconut milk, coffee, cocoa powder, and sweetener. Stir well (or place the lid on the jar and give it a good shake). Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
Stir before serving and top with toasted coconut, if desired.
Cover and refrigerate any leftover pudding.
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Okay, so let me harp for just a moment on this FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker from Hamilton Beach...
First of all, I love the flexibility it offers! There are mornings when I seriously need half a pot of coffee to function. And then there are the rare mornings when I feel pretty well rested and only need a single cup of coffee to get myself going. The FlexBrew allows me do both with ease.
My teenage son usually gets himself up and out the door on his own each school morning. He loves using the K-CUPS in the FlexBrew. It is quick and easy- he just has to pour in the water, pop in a K-CUP, and flip the switch to the single brew side.
Easy, convenient, and it totally fits right into our coffee sipping lifestyle...
Want to win a Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker for yourself? My friends at Hamilton Beach generously want to give one of you a FlexBrew of your own! Just read the terms and then use the Rafflecopter widget below to get entered! :)
Can't wait? Stop in at your local Walmart and pick one up for yourself today. (Pssssttt... the Flew Brew would also make an excellent Mother's Day gift this year. ;) )
*This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, 18 years or older. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified, so please make sure you are doing what you are claiming in the Rafflecopter or all your entries will be voided. No funny business, folks. ;). By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. Number of entries received determines the odds of winning. One winner will be selected. The winner will be notified via the email they provide, and will have 48 hours to reply to the email. If the winner does not reply back within the 48 hours, they forfeit the prize and a new winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter. The prize pack will be sent directly from Hamilton Beach. Carrie of Frugal Foodie Mama is not responsible for the fulfillment of this prize. Entries must come from your MAIN social media accounts, not accounts that have been set up separately just for entering giveaways. Entries from these types of accounts will be disqualified. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Good luck, all!
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* K-CUP is a registered trademark of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. Use of the K-CUP trademark does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.