Vegan Chai Chia Pudding

Vegan Chai Chia Pudding

First of all I need to apologize for being MIA recently! Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter are probably sick of me on the other hand!

I have been keeping up with social media and have been cooking up a storm but have not have two minutes to get on here and write up a blog post and edit pictures and type out the recipe to share with you all! I am so sorry for teasing you with yummy pictures on Facebook and Twitter and not getting around to posting the full recipes on here. I promise I am working on it and will get each and every delicious meal, snack and dessert to you very soon!

So naturally, despite having about ten recipes worth of photos to share with you guys from the last few weeks. I decided tonight I wanted to share this scrumptious belly warming pudding I made last night and have since consumed all of: dessert last night, breakfast this am (2 servings) and dessert tonight. It super duper healthy and just sweet enough to help with the ice cream cravings. *I am making an attempt over the next few days to drastically reduce my dairy intake and then going to  go dairy free completely for a week to see if it helps improve a few symptoms I have been experiencing lately. It is common for people to become dairy intolerant after going gluten free. As their intestines and guts begin to heal, the body becomes more sensitive to foods that it probably had issues with in the past but were secondary to which ever major intolerance first arose… for  me that was gluten. When this happens, many of your initial symptoms return and/or new ones arise and you have to work on eliminating each potential culprit to figure out which food is your trouble area. For me, I have a strong feeling it is dairy. But to be completely honest, while I want to feel better, I am really hoping I am wrong! I love me some coconut or almond or soy ice cream, but I will miss all the amazing flavors and options in the non-dairy free section!!*

Vegan Chai Chia Pudding

Vegan Chai Chia PuddingMy ideas for this recipe came from this recipe for tapioca pudding. I have been a little obsessed with Chai Tea lately… it has been the first thing I have had every morning the last week! I know it’s summer and 80 degrees out but when I wake up to my chilly condo after getting out of my nice warm cozy bed, tea just hits the spot! Especially Chai! I love the combination of vanilla and cardamon and cinnamon and ginger in one delicious warm cup of heaven! This recent obsession started when I found this amazing box of Good Earth Vanilla Chai Tea at Big Lots for super cheap!

Vegan Chai Chia Pudding

This recipe combines the amazing superfood nutrition of Chia Seeds with the heavenly flavors of Chai and the soothing creaminess of pudding. It is so simple to make and can be chilled for several days and eaten cold or warm. Try adding fresh chopped berries or banana for an extra special twist! Be sure to sub the honey out if you want this to be vegan!

Vegan Chai Chia Pudding

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 123; Fiber 4.5 grams

Fat per serving: 5.7; Protein 3.9 grams

Vegan Chai Chia Pudding

You can prep/make this multiple different ways. You can soak the chia seeds over night. You can chill the pudding overnight for a thicker texture. You can serve warm like oatmeal. And you can add any mix ins your heart desires. You can also leave the oats out if you wish, but I recommend adding more chia seeds at the end if you decide to do this since the oats absorb the extra liquid and help thicken the pudding.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Soak chia in cup of water till saturated and they have swelled to about ten times their original size. You can also soak these overnight the night before you make your pudding.
  2. Bring almond milk and chopped ginger to a boil and tie off the chai tea bag to the pot so it can begin brewing in the milk.
  3. Once boiling, reduce milk to a simmer and add cinnamon, vanilla and honey (or sweetener of choice!)
  4. NOTE: Honey is NOT vegan! Use agave, maple syrup or sweetener of choice for a completely vegan pudding!
  5. Simmer for 20 minutes until flavors are well combined. Add more spices at this point if you so desire.
  6. Remove from heat and stir milk tea mixture, the chia seed gel and your oats together.
  7. Eat warm or let chill over night for a thicker pudding consistency as the oats and chia seeds continue to absorb more liquid. Try adding strawberries or bananas chopped on top for an extra special twist!

Notes

You can prep/make this multiple different ways. You can soak the chia seeds over night. You can chill the pudding overnight for a thicker texture. You can serve warm like oatmeal. And you can add any mix ins your heart desires. You can also leave the oats out if you wish, but I recommend adding more chia seeds at the end if you decide to do this since the oats absorb the extra liquid and help thicken the pudding.

http://www.andasideoficecream.com/2014/06/03/vegan-chai-chia-pudding/

Vegan Chai Chia Pudding

I’m a little proud of this recipe! It is seriously delicious and super nutritious thanks to the Chia Seeds! Even my boyfriend who, isn’t Gluten Free or Dairy Free or Vegetarian, gave i his tamp of approval! He had never had chia before and doesn’t love almond milk so I take that as a pretty big ringing endorsement!

Reader Response:

  • I would love feedback on how many of my readers are gluten free! Are you diagnosed Celiac or gluten intolerant?
  • If you are gluten free, did other intolerance develop over time as you began to heal?
  • What were your symptoms? TIA
  • And last but not least, what is your favorite way to use chia?

Spicy Quinoa Citrus Salad

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial DayI want to take a moment to thank and acknowledge all the men and women who have given their lives protecting our country. The United States military dedicates their lives everyday to give us the opportunity to “celebrate” holidays such as this. Please make sure that while you are with your friends and families, at cookouts or the beach or wherever you choose to spend your day off from work, that you take a moment to remember what Memorial Day is really all about and to thank the veterans and current military members in your life! I know I couldn’t do what they do!

Spicy Quinoa Citrus Salad
So since I am hoping this weekend will also include a gathering of friends and family for you, or maybe just a nice day at home, I wanted to share this amazingly refreshing summer salad recipe with you! It is the perfect healthy dish to bring to a cookout or to serve as a side dish with a nice white fish or shrimp. You cold even add some leafy greens and make tacos with this as the filling! Or use it as a dip with gluten free corn chips! I love the Late July brand! They have so many yummy flavors… all gluten free!!

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This whole recipe takes about 30 minutes! I am even gunna give you a step by step for making this WHILE you get ready for your party! If you are a guy, just totally ignore the hair and makeup parts. In fact you probably only take 20 minutes to get ready so just go make this for your girlfriend while she is getting ready!! Sooo rinse your quinoa super well to avoid that nasty soapy flavor it might have if you don’t rinse it! Prepare quinoa according to package or the directions below. Once removed from the heat, jump in the shower. When you are so fresh and so clean come back and fluff the quinoa and place in a large bowl in the fridge. Chop your apple, onion, pepper and mandarin oranges and place in a medium bowl. Mince the garlic, cilantro and jalapeno and place in another medium bowl. Go dry your hair!

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While your straightener/curler is heating up come back and whip together the dressing following the directions below.

Spicy Quinoa Citrus Salad

Go do your make up and hair and put your party dress on! 🙂

Spicy Quinoa Citrus Salad

Ok now that you are all pretty and ready for your party, gently toss the veggies and fruit with half of the dressing and fold mixture into the chilled quinoa. Drizzle the second half of the dressing onto salad and gently until flavors are thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with the remaining cilantro.

Enjoy your salad and your party and remember to thank the troops… today and everyday!

Spicy Quinoa Citrus Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 147; Fiber 2.6 grams

Fat per serving: 4.8, Protein: 3.8 grams

Spicy Quinoa Citrus Salad

Ingredients

    Salad:
  • 1 c organic quinoa (I used Arrowhead Mills Organic Quinoa, I usually buy Bob's Red Mill products but this one is significantly cheaper)
  • 1 large gala apple, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 2 small mandarin oranges, diced
  • 1/2 large bell pepper, diced (I used an orange one... I like the sweetness in them better)
  • Dressing:
  • Juice of 3 limes (about 1/3 cup) - use fresh... the bottled just isn't the same
  • 1 T local honey (agave nectar will work as well)
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced (use less if you don't like spice!)
  • 1-2 minced garlic cloves (use fresh not jarred!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 T POMPEIAN OlivExtra Original Canola & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Blend (can use canola oil or olive oil, or a combo of both... I like this brand for dressings!)
  • 3/4 c chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • Kosher salt
  • Black Pepper

Instructions

    Salad:
  1. Rinse the quinoa in a strainer several times with cold water (Don't skip this step! You will be left with a "soapy" tasting bowl of what could have been delicious quinoa!).
  2. Bring 2 cups water to boil in a covered medium pot.
  3. Add quinoa, cover and simmer until the water is fully absorbed (approx 15 minutes).
  4. Remove from heat and let stand, undisturbed, for 10 minutes.
  5. Fluff with a fork and transfer to a large bowl to let cool. (Place in fridge, uncovered to speed this process up if necessary)
  6. Dice your apple, red onion, bell pepper and mandarin oranges (peeled of course).
  7. Place the diced fruits and veggies in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
  8. Dressing:
  9. Combine the lime juice, honey, diced jalapeno, minced garlic and cumin in a glass mixing bowl, whisking briskly.
  10. Slowly add the oil while whisking to combine evenly.
  11. Once the vinaigrette is smooth, whisk in chopped cilantro (MINUS 1 heaping tablespoon) as well as the lime zest. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  12. Combine:
  13. Pour in about half of the honey cilantro lime vinaigrette into the bowl of chopped fruits and veggies, gently toss to combine.
  14. Fold this mixture into the quinoa and drizzle in the remaining vinaigrette. Again, gently toss to combine thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper.
  15. Transfer the quinoa salad to a large serving bowl, garnish with remaining cilantro and serve immediately (or cover and keep in refrigerator for up to two days).
  16. ENJOY!

Notes

NOTE: The longer this sits in the dressing the more garlicky it will taste. Be aware of this if you plan to make ahead of time. I recommend dressing directly before serving.

Inspired by: Food Network

http://www.andasideoficecream.com/2014/05/25/spicy-quinoa-citrus-salad/

Spicy Quinoa Citrus Salad

Reader Feedback:

  • What are your holiday plans?
  • What is your favorite quinoa recipe?
  • What are you bringing to your holiday party… or are you brave enough to be the host!?

24 Calorie Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites (No Milk Monday)

Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites

BANANA COCOA-NUT BITES!!!

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, 24 Calories!!!

Banana Cocoa Nut Bites
You did it! Thanks for your patience! Yesterday was crazy. Sorry I didn’t get this recipe up until today but I promise it is worth the wait. Anyone else put off taxes and just realize they are due in three weeks? Oh or even worse.. put off getting health insurance and realize they only have a week left to get it from the MarketPlace? Well you can put me down for both of those and I decided to try and conquer both yesterday. NOT FUN AT ALL! Thankfully I knocked the insurance off the list and am working on the taxes.

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I will be so excited when they are done so I can focus on getting some yoga info up here and some more saving advice 🙂

So I woke up yesterday craving chocolate and staring at a browning bunch of bananas. I told you this happens every time! Thankfully they were perfectly sweet and worked wonderfully in this recipe. I froze the rest for smoothies this week. Yum!

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Maybe I am the only one who lays in bed for hours falls asleep looking at Pinterest but that’s what I did again Sunday night. I found this awesome blog that reminded me of my Paleo, CrossFit crazy sister (love you Lainey!). Paleo recipes are a great place to start when you are looking for gluten free, dairy free and sugar free recipes. You can sometimes even find great vegan recipes which seems counter intuitive due to the large quantities of meat that many people following the Paleo lifestyle consume, but they also eat a lot of nuts and whole foods and are great at finding natural protein sources as well as natural sweeteners.

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Anyways, not only does she share my love for frozen yogurt, but she also finds and creates great healthy recipes. She inspired my Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites with her Simple Flour-less Protein Cake. I am kinda obsessed with making things small and bite size so I can eat more. If you have ever read my about me page you know that I tend to choose quantity over quality. Not sure what that says about me. When I am making my own food though… I CHOOSE BOTH!
Banana Cocoa Nut Bites
These Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites fit the bill! They taste amazing, have only 24 calories and 2.1 grams protein each ANDDDD you can indulge in 5 for a measly 120 calories and 10.5 grams protein!

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I was so happy with the way these turned out. I had two yesterday and today before yoga and they gave me the perfect amount of energy without being too filling or causing my blood sugar to spike and crash. I normally have an apple or coconut water before class but I think these might be my new go too!

So I have a confession. Well it’s sort of a confession.. I made these today for No Milk Monday, but the protein powder I used does have whey in it. They are completely lactose free, but if you are trying to avoid ALL dairy and dairy products then you will need to find a protein powder that is completely dairy free. Here are some ideas: Dairy Free Protein Powders.Banana Cocoa Nut Bites
The protein powder seriously adds an amazing flavor so I highly recommend finding one you like! You could also try this with a Vanilla Protein Powder! I bet it would be super yummy! If you do, let me know! I would also love to hear about what dairy free protein powders you like. I would love to try a new one. I really need to switch to a plant based protein powder but haven’t found one I like yet!
Banana Cocoa Nut Bites
The little bites will make you happy you have 24 of them! Once you pop I can promise you won’t wanna stop!

Also check out last week’s No Milk Monday recipe: St. Paddy’s Protein Smoothie

24 Calorie Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites (No Milk Monday)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 24 mini muffins/12 regular muffins

Serving Size: 1... or 5 🙂

Calories per serving: 24... or 120 (for 5)

Fat per serving: 0.7... or 3.5 (for 5), 2.1... or 10.5 protein (for

24 Calorie Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites (No Milk Monday)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Peel and mash up your banana really well in a bowl. (I used my mixer after I mashed them to get them extra nice and creamy)
  3. Mix all dry ingredients (chocolate protein powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and baking soda. Stir well to remove all clumps.
  4. Whip the egg and egg white in a separate bowl until like and airy.
  5. With a fork, combine the egg mixture and the beaten bananas.
  6. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until well mixed but not over beaten.
  7. Spray your muffin pan with a baking oil spray or line pan with baking cups
  8. With a pour spout mixing bowl or a large spoon, pour the mixture into the muffin pan (preferably not as messily as I did)
  9. Sprinkle your chopped nuts... or chocolate chips or banana chunks or whatever else your heart desires that you think would be yummy!
  10. Bake in the middle rack for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Let cool in the pan till you can carefully pop each one out onto a cooling rack.
  12. DEVOUR AT LEAST ONE WHILE WARM!

Notes

You can definitely make these in a regular muffin pan. They will probably need to bake slightly longer and of course just double the nutrition facts to calculate the nutrition for each one.

You could also make this is a glass or metal pan almost like cake or brownies and cut into desired size. Just be careful to watch cooking length if you change the pan size.

http://www.andasideoficecream.com/2014/03/25/24-calorie-banana-cocoa-nut-bites/

Banana Cocoa Nut Bites

Reader Response:

  • What is you favorite protein powder? Is it plant based?
  • Are you a quality over quantity kinda person?
  • How do you feel about chocolate for breakfast?

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