Chocolate Chia Pudding

I received so much feedback from my photo post on Instagram that I felt obligated to post this recipe.  Also, it’s simple and delicious, which also makes it a must share…IMG_3897

What you will need:

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 cup of your favorite non-dairy milk

1 tablespoon raw cacao powder

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A squirt of raw honey (adjust to suit your sweet tooth)

A sprinkle of sea salt

Place all ingredients in a sealed jar and shake.  Leave in the fridge for 10-15 minutes (or up to 3 days) and enjoy.

Chia seeds are loaded with omega-3 oils, antioxidants and fiber.  The outer layer on these seeds, which creates the pudding consistency, works wonders for keeping your digestive system running smooth, and also keeps your fuller for a longer period of time which makes these seeds a great addition to anyone trying to reach their ideal weight.

Raw Cacao.  Who doesn’t love chocolate, right?  Well now you can love it without all of that awful guilt.  Cacao powder is loaded with antioxidants, trace minerals, vitamins and nutrients.  The best part?  It contains an element called phenylethylamine, which is the same chemical our bodies produce when we fall in love!!  Probably why chocolate holds such a strong place in most of our hearts.

Cinnamon is a wonder herb that helps to normalize blood sugar levels, and also supports digestion, circulation, skin health, and helps to fight off illness and headaches.  I suggest sprinkling cinnamon in anything you see fit.

Some other fun additions include:

Fruit

Maca powder

Unsweetened coconut

Hemp seeds

Nuts

Oatmeal

Get creative…

 

with love and pudding,

Amanda

Vegan Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

I posted this recipe on a different blog I used to keep a while back; I heard from quite a few readers that they tried making these delicious little cookies and loved them so I thought it was worth re-sharing with new readers! I hope you enjoy them too….

I never bake; not cookies, cake or bread. This is strange because I LOVE dessert, but think I’ve stayed away from baking for a couple of reasons: 1) I view it as complicated and fear I’ll mess it up and most importantly, 2) I know myself too well; if there are 2 dozen freshly made cookies on my counter, all self control will fly out the window.  As I become more and more aware of what I eat and how it affects my body, most desserts out there don’t really make the cut. While dark chocolate is great, sometimes you just want a cookie, right?! When I came across this recipe, I had a feeling it was a winner. Easy, delicious and rather healthy for a cookie. I found this recipe on 101cookbooks.com, and modified it slightly by adding shredded coconut. BTW, about that self control thing – I haven’t been able to stop eating these but at least they’re filled with good for you ingredients!

vegan carrot oatmeal cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
scant 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
3 teaspoons of shredded unsweeted coconut
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup real maple syrup, room temperature
1/2 cup unrefined (fragrant) coconut oil, warmed until just melted
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

Preheat oven to 375F degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and oats. Add the nuts, shredded coconut and carrots. In a separate smaller bowl use a whisk to combine the maple syrup, coconut oil, and ginger. Add this to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.

Drop onto prepared baking sheets, one level tablespoonful at a time, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Bake in the top 1/3 of the oven for 10 – 12 minutes or until the cookies are golden on top and bottom.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

with love and cookies,

Jackie

Guilt-free Chocolate Pudding

What an amazing dessert this is!  It is easy to make, stores great in the fridge, and doesn’t contain any of the harmful chemicals, sugars, or preservatives that store bought chocolate pudding contains.  And as an added bonus, it is actually HEALTHY for you!

Chocolate pudding topped with fresh blueberries and hemp seeds. Yum!

What you will need:

1 ripe avocado

3 tablespoons raw cacao powder

5 mejool dates, pitted and soaked (if they need to be softened)

1 teaspoon of 100% organic maple syrup

¾ cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.  You may need to scrape the sides during the blending process to ensure everything is mixed evenly.

Place the pudding in a bowl and store in the fridge for a few hours so it can chill and set.

Top the pudding with your favorite ingredients, such as:

Berries

Hemp seeds

Unsweetened coconut flakes

Chopped nuts

Fresh mint

Sliced banana

Cinnamon

Maca Powder

Carob chips

Raw Cacao is jam-packed with antioxidants, and is one of the worlds best sources of magnesium and iron, which play a critical role in healthy blood, heart health, brain power and strong bones.  This superfood also contains Phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the chemical that our bodies produce when we fall in love! (Probably why we all love chocolate so much).  Its scientific name, Theobroma cacao translates to “cacao, food of the gods”.  I mean, are you in love with this stuff yet?? I know I am!!  And remember, this is dessert!

I hope that you enjoy this pudding as much as I do; actually, I know that you will.

with love and chocolate,

Amanda