July 6th, 2016 | Posted By: Magdalena Wszelaki | Posted in Adrenals, Anti-Candida, Desserts, Dips, Dollops & Snacks, Estrogen Dominance, Menopause, PCOS, Recipes, Thyroid | Tagged

Sleepy Lime Pudding

Dairy-Free Sleepy Lime Pudding

For more than two thousand years the kudzu root has been used in Japan and China for its medicinal benefits. Though in some parts of America this hardy creeping vine is regarded as a pest, in Asian cultures the purple mountain plant is highly valued for its health benefits.

A Healing Digestive Aid

As the kudzu root is high in complex starch, it has long been used to aid digestion and heal digestive issues like nausea, bloating, and acidic stomach pain. Kudzu (also called kuzu) contains high levels of a flavonoid called puerarin. This is believed to help reduce high blood pressure, stabilize blood sugars, and alleviate issues like muscle tension and headache–calming effects that also make the root beneficial for sleep. Kudzu also helps alkalize the body so it is sometimes given as a thick soupy drink to people who are sick, or used instead of rice as a base for meals.

Cooking With Kudzu

Kudzu can be used to make noodles or tea. The starch from the root also comes in white crumbly chunks that need to be crushed or dissolved in cool water. It’s this form of the kudzu plant that is used in this pudding recipe.

Because of its starchy consistency, kudzu makes a great thickener for soup, stews, sauces or puddings. About 1.5 tablespoons of kudzu are needed per cup of liquid. For more of a gelling effect, use about 2 tablespoons. Unlike thickeners such as cornstarch, kudzu it is not bleached or highly processed.

Full of Mountain Goodness

The traditional process of drying kudzu takes about three months. During that time, the roots are ground, repeatedly washed in mountain springs and then they are dried for 90 days. No part of the plant goes to waste. The roots are used for medicine, the powder used for cooking, the leaves are fed to livestock, and the vines are used to make clothing and weave baskets.

Sleepy Lime Pudding with Kudzu and Pistachios

Sleepy Lime Pudding

One of the most common reasons why we wake in the middle of the night is due to fluctuating blood sugar levels. If you must have something sweet-ish before going to bed, this pudding might hit the spot. To thicken the coconut milk, I used kudzu root which has some serious medical properties too, one of which is a sleeping aid. Kudzu is available in many health stores as well as Amazon.

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Sleepy Lime Pudding
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Serves: 2-4 servings
  • 3 tablespoons kudzu powder (where to buy)
  • 1 (13.66-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • pistachio nuts, crushed, for garnish
How To Make
  1. Crush the kudzu powder in a mortar and pestle to remove all the lumps.
  2. Pour the coconut milk to a saucepan, mix in the maple syrup, lime zest, lime juice, vanilla and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Whisk in the kudzu powder and continue cooking until the pudding thickens, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Pour into individual ramekins and let it cool. The pudding will continue to thicken as it's cooling.
  5. Sprinkle with pistachios.
Supports: Paleo, AIP, low-FODMAP
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9 Comments to Sleepy Lime Pudding

  1. Hi Magdalena,
    I have your book love it! The receipts are wonderful. You look so pretty, THANK YOU for such a great book. Tonight I will try Lime Pudding.

    You are blessings,

    • Thank you for al this love and support for Magdalena and her lovely book <3 ~Deanna HB Team

  2. I’m confused, first you say that “kudzu does not continue to thicken as it cools” then in the recipe itself you say “The pudding will continue to thicken as it’s cooling.” How thick to I want it to be while it’s cooking? Does it continue to thicken as it cools or not?

    • Yes, thank you Kianti! We fixed it. It does thicken as it cool 🙂 ~Deanna HB Team

  3. Hi Magdalena,
    I am a little confused about the texture of pudding. Is it thickness like liquid or like a solid pudding? Could you please describe or show me? thanks a lot!

  4. Hi, I just read Magdalena’s feed on facebook re Coconut. I would like to know what I could use instead of coconut milk? I finally found kudzu powder yesterday, and had my first pudding. Thank you!

  5. Would this book be suitable for someone with ER+, Pro+Her- breast cancer? Thank you

    • Hi Andie, the book does contain a wide range of nourishing recipes that are designed to support our hormones. It would provide you with some wonderful, delicious recipes on your health journey. If you’d like some additional resources, send us at email at [email protected]

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