Something I love about January is the opportunity for reinvention. I’m not a diligent resolution-maker but do feel the effects of beginning a new year. A bit like completing a chapter in a book, when the last page turns everything does feel fresh. It’s a natural time for reflection, renewed resolve about healthy habits developed over the prior year as well as trying on new things, experimenting, and freshening-up life a bit.
I keep a running mental list of new things I want to try and foods I want to make. I find I can get into a rut like a trail horse walking the same route repeatedly day after day. Routine does not play to my strengths and I’m most happy when mixing things up. Lately I’ve wanted to incorporate more healthy plant-based options into our family diet for the health benefits but also to stretch my knowledge and recipe options.
I’ve always felt best with a high amount of plants in my diet but that gets off kilter during the holidays. The fact that chocolate comes from a plant seems to migrate it into that category as well! I’m starting my year off eating lower fat, lower sugar foods and focusing on natural whole foods. Another goal of mine is to get smarter about is time; I simply don’t have enough of it. I want to develop unique recipes and meals which offer flavor and nutrition without hours of preparation.
I needed to whip up a dessert for this week and candidly am burnt out on rich, decadent sweets. My family loves Tapioca which I don’t make often not wishing to stand over the stove attending to it’s demands. I decided to change it up in a few ways. First off I made it in the slow cooker; perfect! No slaving over the stove. And secondly, instead of cow milk I used Silk’s Almondmilk Light which has a 1/3 fewer calories than the original almond milk. Almond milk has sweetener added so the amount of sugar needed in the tapioca is reduced.
Out of curiosity I compared the nutritional content of Low Fat Cow Milk and Almondmilk Light to learn for a 1 cup serving both the low fat cow milk and Silk Almondmilk Light have 2 grams of fat, however the Almondmilk Light has only 5 grams of overall Carbohydrate (low fat cow milk = 13 grams), 0 cholesterol (low fat cow milk = 12 mg) and 40 calories (low fat cow milk = 102). Normally I make tapioca with whole cow milk (higher in fat and calories than low fat cow milk), so I was excited about the idea of reducing the fat and getting the calories and cholesterol down from my usual on-stove recipe. The texture of this recipe just as creamy as the original old-school tapioca we all love !
One would never guess this effortless recipe for classic Tapioca Pudding did not require you to slave over a hot stove! Prepared in the slow cooker, it requires little attention and turns out like our favorite comfort food desert should! Make lighter with non-dairy light Almond Milk, it's as creamy as ever with less calories too.
For those who desire more pudding than tapioca, 4 cups of milk may be used instead of 3 1/2 cups.
- ½ cup Granulated Sugar
- 3 ½ cups Light Almond Milk (to make pudding even creamier, 4 cups may be used)
- ½ cup small Tapioca Pearls
- 2 eggs, room temperature; lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Lightly spray the insert of the slow cooker. Add the sugar, almond milk and tapioca pearls, whisk together.
- Cook on Low for 3 hours or until tapioca pearls are transparent. Stir once and hour to keep tapioca mixed in with the liquid.
- Place the lightly beaten eggs and the vanilla extract into a medium mixing bowl. Remove 1 cup of the tapioca mixture from the slow cooker and add ½ cup to the eggs; whisk briskly to mix together. Add the remaining ½ cup and whisk again. Add the mixture back into the slow cooker to cook 30 additional minutes. Note: if eggs are added directly to the slow cooker mixture they will scramble.
- Remove tapioca and chill to fully set.
January is the month to take stock and change what’s either not working or could be better in your diet. If you haven’t tried plant-based milks, give it a go. Not only are there wonderful benefits but you may find your new favorite drink or ingredient! We in the Boulder Locavore household always have a few cartons of Silk milks going and love them as a thoughtful local company. Silk Helps You Bloom into the best you possible! To learn more sign up for their FREE newsletter which offers tips, free coupons for trying their product and fun product giveaways as well!
This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.