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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Chia Seed Pudding

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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Chia Seed Pudding

If you’re like me and you have a sweet tooth at breakfast, finding a nutritious meal to start the day can be tough.  As much as I’d love to dig in to French Toast or Waffles I know I will regret the massive stomach ache and bloating that inherently ensues.  As for Tony’s the Tiger’s claims of Frosted Flakes being part of a well balanced meal, while they are GRRREAT, well balanced, they are not.

I first discovered chia seed pudding during my first stint in the Whole30 Challenge.  As much as my eating habits changed during that program, sometimes there are cravings (ahem sweet tooth, I’m looking at you) that you just can’t kick.

Chia Seed Pudding to the rescue!  This super simple recipe is not only sweet, without any added sugar, but it is also decadent and satisfying- because hello? It’s pudding! 

Tis the season for anything and everything pumpkin so I stayed on-trend but feel free to experiment with any flavor combination!

 

Pumpkin Pie Chia Seed Pudding

2 cups vanilla almond milk

½ cup chia seeds

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

  1. In a large Tupperware combine all of the ingredients and whisk together
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes and whisk again.  This will help prevent any clumping
  3. Seal the Tupperware and refrigerate for 2.5 hours, best overnight.

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Paleo Cookie Dough Bites

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Paleo Cookie Dough Bites

Just because you cut out sugar, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun.  These little bites taste like cookie dough but lucky you, they have no gluten, dairy, or refined sugar. 

Made with just a few simple ingredients, these energy bites are sure to power you through an afternoon of work, or re-fuel you post-workout.  They’re also great as an after dinner-treat.  On second thought, they may actually be TOO good.  I’ve had four already and I’m only on the second paragraph. 

Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids.  Our diets commonly lack these essential fats, which are directly linked to benefits including heart disease prevention and improved cholesterol.  Fiber-rich dates are also known to aid in digestion. 

So basically eat “cookie dough,” re-fuel, reduce your heart prevention risk, and no stomachache or bloating to show for it?  Count me in!

 

Paleo Cookie Dough Bites

2 cups pitted dates

1 cup walnuts

1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

2 tbsn coconut oil

1 tspn vanilla

1 tspn salt

  1. In a large food processor combine dates, walnuts, coconut, coconut oil, vanilla and salt.
  2. Blend until It forms a crumbly and sticky dough.
  3. Using a tablespoon or your hands, roll the dough into little bite-sized balls.  The dough may be slightly crumbly.  If you squeeze the dough between your fingers, it will release some of the coconut and natural nut oils and form a cohesive ball.
  4. Once rolled, place the balls in the freezer.  I like to eat them straight from the freezer but you can move to the fridge after an hour if you prefer a softer consistency.

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