Mama Chia Coconut Milk Bowl

Hi guys! I know there’s been a lack in food posts lately but I AM working on it! The last two months I’ve been re-working a lot of items in my diet and I am feeling SO much better! I’m hoping to have an update on my current food intake/what I eat daily for you next week! With that I am sharing something I am LOVING right now… in fact I’ve even turned JB and my dad into addicts 😉 

When we went up to Petoskey in July, we were looking for a place to grab some breakfast on our way home. We decided on the American Spoon. First and foremost, if your Up North (they have a few locations) you NEED to get their gelato! It’s one of my absolute favorites! And yes after consuming what I am about to tell you about we did have gelato for a “second breakfast” 😉  

I chose to order a granola bowl for my first breakfast 🙂 and was in heaven. I don’t typically go for yogurt or parfaits but this time something told me to try it and I am so happy I did! Their version had greek yogurt, homemade strawberry compote, granola and raisins. I added a little touch of JB’s cashew butter to the mix and knew I had to recreate this at home. Here’s my version! 

I always try to use mostly organic, non-gmo, gluten & dairy free items so this is my spin on this bowl. Most of these items are at my local Meijer and Kroger but the granola is from a local health food shop. 

SO Cultured Coconut Milk in Unsweetened Vanilla | Strawberry Preserves | Cashew Butter | Mama Chia Vanilla Almond Clusters | Any toppings you want! 

Honestly I am not a huge yogurt fan so I switched that out for cultured coconut milk – its ahmazzzzing! Since getting JB to like this we have switched to the unsweetened version to cut out any extra sugar. The coconut milk is super light and has a little sweetness and tang to it. It has the same consistency as yogurt but a different taste – and no it doesn’t taste like a pina colada 😉 but its delicious none the less. 

Since I am tracking my calorie intake, I do measure my portion out to 4oz. This gives me nice base but not too much coconut milk to granola ratio. 

Then you add in your strawberry preserves. Before I was using a tablespoon but have since switched to 1/2 of a tablespoon to cut out some sugar while also letting the coconut milk hold it’s flavor a bit better. You can choose any flavor to add in as well! 

Next is my favorite part! The cashew butter!!! If you know me I LOVE cashew and almond butter and could literally sit and eat an entire jar in one sitting… but I won’t – maybe one day ;p I also add in 1/2 a tablespoon of this. You can use almond butter, sunflower butter, peanut butter, or anything else instead – this is just my favorite pairing. 

Mix these three items all together and you are left with an almost liquid pb&j. I could eat it just like this! I don’t like to mix it too much so I have some bigger spoonfuls of that cashew butter goodness 🙂 

Now on to one of the main stars! These Mama Chia granola clusters are the bomb! Now I love granola but am super picky about the types I will eat because of the sugar content – some are ridiculous, this only has 5 grams compared to some at 10g and above! I had narrowed it down to a few options and then found this which has changed the game. My favorite aspect is that it packs a plant based 10g protein punch. I love to sneak in a little protein whenever I can get it in my meals. It also has chia seeds mixed in with it. Chia seeds have an incredible amount of benefits. They are loaded with antioxidants, a great source of fiber & omega 3 fatty acids, and can improve exercise performance. And the most important factor to most – it tastes good! 

I add about 1/3-1/2 of a cup over top my coconut milk. 

Lastly I toped off this deliciousness with coined bananas, walnuts, flaxseed, and dried cherries. You can add just about anything! I am trying out new combos with it and will keep you in the loop on other concoctions! But until then.. try this because I’m telling you I could eat it everyday! 🙂 

Enjoy your weekend! 

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4 Comments

  1. Carsla Peyton
    September 13, 2015 / 11:27 pm

    i’ve been putting more effort into eating healthier as well & def feel the difference. this sounds yum! (:

    xo | http://www.connect-the-cloths.com

    • Keia McLean
      September 16, 2015 / 11:25 pm

      It’s so good girl! Eating healthy definitely pays off 🙂
      xo Keia

  2. Sarah
    September 30, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    This looks SO good. Never would of thought to put some of these ingredients together. The cultured coconut milk is new to me but sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try!

    Sarah

    • Keia McLean
      January 11, 2016 / 11:31 pm

      Glad you liked it Sarah! Def delicious and there will be more coco bowl recipes soon 🙂
      xo K

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