Spot the odd one out. Psyllium… first off, what is it?
Psyllium is usually sold as psyllium husk in powder form. You can find it in health food stores, and its stocked in IGA, Coles and Woolies too. Its often marketed as a colon cleanser, a reliable and natural remedy for constipation. So sexy – not.
This recipe came by accident.
My intention was to make chia pudding, but instead of reaching for the chia seed container I poured in psyllium husks instead! D’oh! My mistake turned into a discovery… pysllium has the same effect as chia seeds poured into liquid, mixed and left to set. Thickens to a pudding or jelly very nicely!
Why I didn’t realise this earlier I don’t know. I’d known about psyllium for quite a number of years, but the usual M.O. of taking psyllium is mixing a tablespoon with water or juice, or sprinkling it over cereal. As I’d never had a problem with *ahem* regularity, I didn’t investigate further uses and applications.
At a fraction of the price of chia seeds, I’ve found a new egg (1 tbs psyllium + 2 tbs water) and agar-agar replacer for raw treats. Win! For my gluten-intolerant bakers, you can morph baked goods into gluten-free versions by substituting psyllium for regular flour. I imagine it would give an extra ‘lift’ when baking. Taking advantage of its thickening ability, it could be added to soups and stews to generate a creamier consistency too.
Important notes: make sure you drink extra water to ensure the psyllium can move easily through the colon. Its fibres absorb waste in the stomach and carry it out from the colon. Psyllium should be taken on an empty stomach. Regular intake is said to promote weight loss as it shifts stubborn built-up body toxins.
Without further ado, here’s a pudding recipe even a man can’t stuff up.
Raw Cacao Coconut Pudding
1-2 tbs psyllium husk (start with 1 tbs if you’re not accustomed to taking psyllium)
stevia or agave, to taste
2-3 tbs raw cacao powder
2-3 tbs shredded coconut
1 cup non-dairy milk (I used oat)
Mix ingredients into a large mug or small bowl. Let it thicken – leave for an hour or so.
As it was a blistery cold and windy night, I heated the oat milk and poured it in. The heat enabled it to thicken instantly.. probably less than a minute of stirring it.
I had a thick rich gooey chocolatey treat – minus the guilt!
What other flavour variations can you come up with?
Hope you’re staying warm and toasty … till next time.